DuckTales: Remastered is a beautiful hand-crafted reimagining of one of the most cherished 8-bit titles of all time. Go back to one of the golden ages of gaming, now refined with a level of detail that will please the most hardened devoted Disney or retro Capcom fan alike.
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Release Date: Aug 13, 2013

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DuckTales: Remastered is a beautiful hand-crafted reimagining of one of the most cherished 8-bit titles of all time. Go back to one of the golden ages of gaming, now refined with a level of detail that will please the most hardened devoted Disney or retro Capcom fan alike. Featuring hand-drawn animated sprites, authentic Disney character voices talent and richly painted level backgrounds from the classic cartoon TV series, Scrooge McDuck and family come to life like never before. The gameplay retains the authenticity of its 8-bit predecessor; simple and fun, with slight modifications to improve gameplay flow and design. Embark on an authentic DuckTales adventure, as Scrooge McDuck and his three nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie travel to exotic locations throughout the world in their quest to retrieve the five Legendary Treasures.

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows®XP™ SP2, Windows®Vista™ or Windows®7
    • Processor: Intel™ Pentium 4 2.4 ghz with Hyper Threading
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® Geforce 9600GT, AMD® Radeon™ HD 3870 or higher (it must be able to manage Pixel Shader 3.0) with at least 512MB of display memory.
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows®XP™ SP2, Windows®Vista™ or Windows®7
    • Processor: Intel™ Core 2 Duo / AMD™ Athlon 64 X2 or higher.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce™ 200 series or higher, AMD® Radeon™ HD5000 series or higher (it must be able to manage Pixel Shader 3.0) with at least 512MB of display memory.
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Darktown989
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
This game is like a hurricane. It is set in Duck Burg. There are Race cars, lasers, aeroplanes, it's a duck blur. They Might solve a mystery, or rewrite history! Oh Love they got the original voices cast from the show to reprise there roles in the game! Huge fan of the game boy version. They really did there home work. Well done.
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kromeboy
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
An old school platform fueled by nostalgia.

The game is fairly easy ecxept from some bossfight, and it take about 4 hour to complete.
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Roasted Garlic
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 13
If you liked the original, you'll love this. It's the same game with a few extras thrown in.
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Sheikh #BuildThatWall
( 20.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
A gorgeous remake of one of my favorites SNES games. 10/10

obs: The music that plays when you finish the game is pure gold.
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mrfelixtech
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
brings back old memories like when my wifu said to start live living as a gay women and i said outragous
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bruno buccellati is my husband
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
i doubt i'd recommend this even if not for the widely mentioned game-breaking crash after the final boss. it's certainly charming but i found there wasn't really enough to get all that much enjoyment out of it, and some of the level design choices left a lot to be desired - there was more than one occasion where i would backtrack or come out of a secret room to find an enemy had respawned in a position that meant i HAD to take damage from them before i could get past. i also find it strange that every single gem is invisble and has to be walked past before it appears, meaning you end up doing a LOT of walking back on yourself at sometimes inconvenient moments if you're trying to get everything. it all comes together in a way just makes it a very unfortunately not fun experience.

i would 100% recommend the soundtrack though
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C@$h-M0ney-[1138]
( 23.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
Amazing remake of the original.
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wrjs3
( 23.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
UPDATE: Good news, I think I've found a fix! This assumes your using Windows 8. If you go to the steamapps->common folder for Ducktales Remastered and right click the executable (.exe) file, you can run the Compatability Troubleshooter. Doing this seemed to clear up the issue and enabled me to actually finish the game. As such, since the problem proved to be fixable, I'm changing my score to RECOMMENDED.

HOWEVER, I think the points in my original review are still valid. This game is still broken, and it's been left up to the community to fix it. That still royally sucks. Nor can I promise this solution will help everyone. So, this is really more of a CAUTIOUS RECOMMENDATION.

My original NOT RECOMMENDED review follows:

Color me disappointed. Understand, this is actually a really well crafted and loving remake of a classic game based on an equally classic and beloved show. It's challenging, has a fun exploration element to its level design, and is packed to the brim with fan-service. It's a great game--until it breaks right when you defeat the last boss!

This game actually worked great on my system when I first got in 2014, but something went horribly awry in the past 2 years. Maybe because of updates to Steam or Windows, this game breaking glitch was introduced. A few seconds in the forums shows that many people have been having similar problems. Unfortunately, it also seems that nothing has--or ever will be done to correct them. For reasons not entirely clear, official support for the game by Capcom, Wayforward, and Steam seems to have ceased entirely. A sign of the times I suppose.

With that in mind, I can't in good conscious recommend this version of the game. I wholeheartedly believe it's a wonderful game worth checking out. Just not on Steam. If a solution to these issues is ever discovered, though, then maybe I can give the game the MUST BUY review it really deserved. Until then, color me disappointed.
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Musashi
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12
PLEASE FIX THIS BUG I LOVE THIS GAME AND THIS BUG IS RUINING THE GAME AND IT HAS WASTED MY TIME
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DMStewart
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 10
I was a kid when the original came out. And it was one of those NES games that you could beat with one life. But it was still somewhat of a classic. Could a remake be made better? It turns out the answer is "yes". The games fidelity to the original is apparent throughout. The only real change is level redesign and adequate levels of difficulty added. If you wer a fan of the original pick this up. First the nostalgia will be pleasing and then youll realize that there is actually a good game behind all of it.
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BrutolMotent
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
DuckTales: Remastered is a fun (as long as you play on Easy Mode) 2D platforming game that has been Remastered from the old NES version. The art and graphics are very sharp and look great; furthermore the sound and music are outstanding! Besides the classic theme song, some of the other music is very well done which I was suprised to hear in a game like this. The game is fun and somewhat short if you play on Easy mode; on increased difficulties this game can be very difficult as you have limited lives, less health and if you lose all your lives you have to restart the entire level and lose all your money you have collected so far in the level. This game brings back those good old memories of watching Disney's DuckTales by letting you play through one of their adventures.
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michaelcmccarty
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
Fun and nostalgic, but I would not reccomend this game. The final boss has a game breaking glitch, and there appear to be no plans to fix.
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Blacknova
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 2
I wouldn't call this a remaster as much as I would a total rebuild. This is amazing ! the art work looks amazing, the sounds are even better now that they aren't 8-bit and there is voice acting. Capcom/Disney went all out capturing the hours of fun I had as a child with this game on my NES, 10/10 would buy again !
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Orias
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 28
So...chances are you either remember playing this game in the 90's (like me) or you had a look and thought oh cool!
So here is a review based on both with pros and cons

PROS: The kid in me that once played the original
-It is a great remaster of the classic and will bring back some fond memories
-Still the same great platforming and same levels as the original.
-Overall great game and for a fair price even at full price.

CONS: The kid in me that once played the original
-Something about the old 16 bit being remasted it looses some of the old school awe-inspiring charm it once had
-The game has gone from being more of a game to this mix mash of game and movie. They added way too many animation scenes for the story with no way to skip. Honestly some last 3 min and longer which makes for boring play time.

PROS: For a new comer
-Great price tag
-Great platforming game
-Fun at all ages (yes even if you're 50 you'll have a blast.)
-A great game to enjoy with the kids. OMG...a game to enjoy with your kids...parents...jump on this. Trust me.

CONS: For a new comer
-Same thing as above for the movie parts. But honestly, if you're not like me and enjoyed the hell out of the original without all the lengthy animation scenes then this wont be an issue. And being new to the game you may like it so this is only like half a con right?


VERDICT: 9/10 Would cane jump Uncle Scrooge again.
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-FRAT- DirtHasMoreKeysThatMe
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
Witty, fun, raucous, brilliant, and still enormously satisfying
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Frast
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 25
Game breaking freeze bug for Nvidia Cards. Devs won't fix.
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Kilo
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 25
Classic game, well remastered.
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Sawtooth
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 24
I didn't have any issues with the graphics.

Game is very true to the original, which was excellent. A tad short, and the stuff you have to go back to farm money to buy isn't exactly exciting, but overall, loved it.
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kat2kool
( 20.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22
Despite having never played the original DuckTales I really enjoyed this! The graphics and music were excellent and it was super addicting to complete and shoot for the really hard achievements! The story was pretty simple and silly, but it worked fine enough. (Note: I haven't had the troubles with the final boss freezing that other reviewers have mentioned, so be sure to look into that before purchasing)
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tiims
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22
It's not as murderously difficult as I remember the commodore 64 version being. A+.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
A gorgeous remake of one of my favorites SNES games. 10/10

obs: The music that plays when you finish the game is pure gold.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
DuckTales Remastered is a 2D Platformer. It's, as the title implies, a remaster of the original 8-Bit NES game DuckTales. The story is about Scrooge McDuck and his 3 nephews searching for ancient treasures around the world to become the richest duck in the world.

The game is a rather simplistic platformer, but it's charming and fun in lots of ways. You play as Scrooge, who has the ability to jump on his cane like a pogo stick. This gives Scrooge lots of extra height, and it's also the main way to defeat any enemies in the way and cross dangerous obstacles. The pogo jump can be done indefinitely unless you take damage, so it's pretty much the primary bit of platforming you're gonna do. Gameplay doesn't have lots of depth, but it does a good job at what it aims to do: Controls are super precise, platforming bits are fun, game is moderately challenging, and enemies are a threat. So that's what matters most, all of it's gameplay mechanics are solid.




DuckTales consists of 7 levels (Including the tutorial level). You go around exploring, trying to find all the gems and diamonds you can, then subsequently fighting the boss at the end of each stage to get the valued treasure. Every level also has some items you need to find to advance to the next section, which encourages the exploration aspect. Now, don't go around thinking it's gonna be like a Metroidvania, because it's not. It has little tidbits of exploration, but it's not very abundant. The good news is that each level has it's own enemies and gimmicks to it, so you'll never feel like you're playing the same thing over and over again. They're not very long, nor are they very big. But like I said, for what there is, it's good and gets the job done.




The visuals and soundtrack for this game are incredible. Every song, excluding the new levels, are remixes from the NES game, and they sound spectacular. Jake Kaufman, who does the OST for Shovel Knight and Shantae, did a fantastic job on the music here. The graphics really do capture the spirit of the original DuckTales cartoon, each of the characters are hand drawn 2D while the background and objects are 3D. The 3D bits don't look as good as the 2D characters, but they work well to make a cartoonish and fitting environment and all that.

Speaking of which, the game has LOTS of cutscenes, so it kinda feels like an episode of the show if you wanna look at it like that. Some of the original voice actors from the TV show are present, such as Alan Young playing Scrooge. (The dude is in his 90s, mad respect.) However, some people might not like the cutscenes since they show up a lot in the middle of gameplay, whether it's reaching a new area or finding a collectible. They're very abundant, but many felt like it interrupted gameplay. (Tip, you can skip them my pausing and pressing "Skip Cinematic".)



The game has 4 difficulties: Easy, Normal, Hard, and Extreme. Every gamer will probably find their preferred difficulty whether you wanna take a stroll through the game or ramp it up to hardcore levels. The harder difficulty you choose, the less health related items there will be, which will instead be replaced by more money or 1-Ups. Also, after you beat a level, you'll get some bonus cash for it. The higher your difficulty, the more your cash bonus is. Extreme can only be unlocked after you beat the game on Hard, and it takes after the NES game. You have to beat it all in one sitting, and if you get a game over, you need to start from the very beginning of the game.



So anyway, DuckTales is a good remake of the NES game and a solid platformer with not much depth to it. It's also rather short, clocking in about 2-3 hours for 1 playthrough. However, if you're into platformers or just wanna spend some time on a pretty decent game, go get it on a sale.

7/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
DuckTales: Remastered is a fun (as long as you play on Easy Mode) 2D platforming game that has been Remastered from the old NES version. The art and graphics are very sharp and look great; furthermore the sound and music are outstanding! Besides the classic theme song, some of the other music is very well done which I was suprised to hear in a game like this. The game is fun and somewhat short if you play on Easy mode; on increased difficulties this game can be very difficult as you have limited lives, less health and if you lose all your lives you have to restart the entire level and lose all your money you have collected so far in the level. This game brings back those good old memories of watching Disney's DuckTales by letting you play through one of their adventures.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
i doubt i'd recommend this even if not for the widely mentioned game-breaking crash after the final boss. it's certainly charming but i found there wasn't really enough to get all that much enjoyment out of it, and some of the level design choices left a lot to be desired - there was more than one occasion where i would backtrack or come out of a secret room to find an enemy had respawned in a position that meant i HAD to take damage from them before i could get past. i also find it strange that every single gem is invisble and has to be walked past before it appears, meaning you end up doing a LOT of walking back on yourself at sometimes inconvenient moments if you're trying to get everything. it all comes together in a way just makes it a very unfortunately not fun experience.

i would 100% recommend the soundtrack though
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Fun and nostalgic, but I would not reccomend this game. The final boss has a game breaking glitch, and there appear to be no plans to fix.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
I purchased this game alongside Mickey Mouse: Castle of Illusions during the Lunar Sale and played both the same morning so my review is for both games simultaneously.

I didn't care for Duck tales. I wasn't a big fan of the show when I was a kid. (I was more of a Darkwing Duck kid) Right away I was disappointed that the backgrounds and items were not hand drawn like the sprites were. The sprites look great but they are placed overtop of very generic uninspired 3D backgrounds. Castle of Illusions, however, uses all 3D animation and it blends together wonderfully. The backgrounds feel as alive as the foregrounds.

Moving Scrooge McDuck around is basic enough. Bounce on his cane to attack and occasionally swing at objects to bat them across the room. Things like climbing ropes felt strange as I could not jump from rope to rope but rather just fall and hope to catch ahold of another rope. Controlling Mickey Mouse was much more fun in Castle of Illusions. The mouse has ups and when you jump it's fun. Gameplay mechanics felt much more polished whereas Scrogge McDuck's controls were straight out of 8 bit NES era and not necessarily in a good nostalgic way.

The cutscenes in Duck Tales come often and they are corny and repeat themselves unnecessarily. I found myself skipping cutscenes I hadn't even watched for the first time rather quickly into my experience.

And this is the big one for me. Once you exhaust all of your lives in Duck Tales you have to go back to the very beginning of the level and find all of the items over again. Classic old school gameplay. Although when you add that mechanic you better be sure you have a strong game. When I died and went back to the beginning of the Amazon level, I didn't want to do all of that over again mainly because it wasn't that fun to do to begin with. In Castle of Illusions when Mickey was booted out of a room and made to start again I looked forward to having another go at it. That initial reaction to "starting a level over" in a game will always tell me whether or not I am enjoying the game.

So in conclusion if you are into the Disney characters or just want a cartoon platformer and find a few Disney toons (Scrooge McDuck is basically a spin on Donald Duck) on your wishlist -- go with Castle of Illusions over Duck Tales: Remastered.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
PLEASE FIX THIS BUG I LOVE THIS GAME AND THIS BUG IS RUINING THE GAME AND IT HAS WASTED MY TIME
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
This is a cute game and I love it. I'm using the keyboard controls and it's easy for me to play. Just remember to turn down your computer's sound before you start playing, because if you don't this game is very loud if you don't. Thanks for letting me relive my younger days. Having a lot of fun.!!!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
I liked this one. It's a remake of the classic NES Ducktales game, which was a really good title back in the day.

The game is pretty loyal to the original. It reuses a lot of the old enemies featured in the original, giving them a 21st century makeover with some really nice looking 2D drawn graphics. Also featured heavily is the famous pogo stick mechanic which stood out in the original version. It adds a lot to the game and it's fun to do.

Ducktales is very rich in Ducktales lore. It features many of the characters from the show and there's a storyline behind the whole game that's told in a series of voice acted cutscenes. Amongst the voice actors is Alan Young who voiced Scrooge McDuck in the original cartoon, too.

The game isn't very long and doesn't take much effort to beat. I imagine it'd be a great title for kids to play. However I did play it through on Easy mode as I was looking to enjoy it rather than punish myself with a tough play through. It may take longer and be more frustrating on the higher difficulty settings.

In terms of replayability, if you're not interested in trying or you started out at the harder difficulties, then there's a fun little side quest to do where you use the money you earn whilst playing each level to buy art work and music. It's a nice little extra but it isn't essential to getting the most out of the game either. The art work is mainly concept work. There's an entire gallery dedicated to the characters of the game, which features how they used to look in 8-bit form in the old game. I thought this was a nice touch.

If you liked the original, or Ducktales in general, I'd recommend you check it out for sure. If you haven't played the original and don't care for Ducktales, I'd still recommend checking it out if you can get it at a cheap price as it's a fun standalone game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
This game is a marvellous example of how a remaster HAS to be done. Graphics, animations and sound effects have been completely remade from the original 1989 title and the whole game looks absolutely beautiful. Regarding the gameplay, this is one of those games that you almost feel sorry to finish due to how fun they are to play. It's a bit brief, but it's extremely well made and challenging. An absolute must for any platformer lover.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
What better place and time to have unavoidable game breaking crashes then during the end of the final stage, and only then? What a ♥♥♥♥.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
It's a cute game. Recommended if you played the original for the gameboy. Otherwise, I would only recommend this on sale. The graphics are nice, the difficulty level is actually still quite high (for modern games) but at least they added a respawn instead of the old instant death gameover. Still not really a game for kids. Graphics are fine, music is great, voice acting on point. Unfortunately it won't take you more than 2-3 hours to finish and the replay value is zero. In fact the only thing you can do is unlock a few gallery pics, sounds and to fill the treasury by collecting more money. But the levels are all the same and it will take you more than 5 playthroughs to see a visible difference in the collected money and gold. Play it once, spare yourself the perfection.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Game breaking freeze bug for Nvidia Cards. Devs won't fix.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
7 Minutes of playing and I already got a majer bug - All charatchers are becoming invisible and visible and flickering on and off like that for the WHOLE game.

Like - Really Capcom? What the actual F*** is this ♥♥♥♥?
How is this even published!?
And you though Bad Rats are "bad"?
Hell no.
Atleast that works.

And they made this ♥♥♥♥, published it and now won't even fix it.
GG for Capcom and WayForward . *applause*
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
So I'll make this shorter due to the huge problem of the game.

The game is outstanding. It looks so great and is a blast. Almost every track is catchy. The right ammount of difficulty and fun!

Now the problem I said was that it freezes at the final boss. I read that it is the newer NVIDIA drivers that cause this. It might not be fixed anytime soon. Take that into consideration when buying. ONLY BUY ON SALE. Not worth $15 with the game breaking bug.
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136 of 159 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2015
I hate to downvote this game, but it freezes on the end boss for a lot of people, including me. It sounds like it's related to Nvidia's newer drivers but I'm not sure.

The game itself is a solid if not particularly impressive affair. The graphics are obviously an improvement over the original, but compared to the recent remake of Castle of Illusion this remaster is kind of disappointing. If you are looking for a great Disney platformer I'd recommend trying that one first.

This is worth picking up for $5 sometime, though, if you are a Disney fan or like 2D platformers. However, I'd hold off until it's patched - otherwise you might not be able to finish it.
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Not Recommended
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
I'd love to recommend the game. It's a beautiful game and WayForward and Disney have given it a lot of love. I could write many more paragraphs about how well-crafted the and game is than this review takes.

However I can't recommend it. The game has a catastrophic bug that causes the game to freeze on a significant number of users' machines, including my best PC. It appears to be a problem that is occurring with an increasing portion of new players and one suggested option to reduce (unfortunately not eliminate) the problem is to lower the graphics settings, resolution etc. so it seems likely the issue happens most when the game is played at its best. It is more frustrating still that this freeze happens mostly at the very end of the game.

But the most annoying thing about this is that Capcom are being wilfully neglectful of all of these complaints. Players have repeatedly contacted them about the problem over the last 2 1/2 years. WayForward, the licensed developers, have also tried to communicate with them to offer work on fixing the issue. But all of this is being rejected, so nothing can be done. It turns one of the best games and certainly one of the best platformers of recent years into one of the most aggrivating.

Instead I would recommend looking into other WayForward-developed platformers where they are not restricted in such a way, and where such issues cannot be found. In particular the upcoming Shantae: Half Genie Hero is shaping up to be a wonderful game with similar aesthetics and handling.
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62 of 76 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2015
I'm not giving this game a negative review because it's a terrible game. I'm giving it a negative review due to a commonly occurring bug that makes the game impossible to beat.
DuckTales: Remastered is a remake (rather than a remaster) of an old NES game that garnered quite a bit of praise back in the days, for its well crafted levels, great soundtrack and fun gameplay. Remastered does not quite hit all the same notes, but the core gameplay is still very fun.

Graphics and sound
If anything, the game actually looks better than the show it's based on. The colours are vibrant, movement is smooth and everything is nicely detailed without feeling cluttered. It "feels" like a cartoon, in a good way. The only area where criticism can really be had is in the animations that sometimes leave a bit to desire. Still, the game is beautiful.
And it's no slouch in the sound department either. All the songs but one are based on the soundtrack of the NES game, but updated to make use of modern hardware. Only a single song is less than stellar, and that's the one that is new to this game. And it's not even a bad song, it just does not fit in with the rest.
And what good is an action game without good sound effects? It "feels" satisfying to jump on enemies. The sound effects have just the right amount of "impact", creating a very satisfying experience. It manages to both stay faithful to its source material (the NES game), and expand on it.
And let's not forget the voice acting. It's great. I did not grow up with the English version of the cartoon, and I still think the voice acting sound just right. This is extra impressive, considering the age of many of the voice actors (remember, this show originally aired back in 1987).

Story
No-one will play this game for its story. It's a forgettable story that adds very little to the overall experience. You're out looking for some special treasures, and need to visit places all over the world, and also the moon, in order to find them. That's really the extent of it.
Sadly, the story delivery often gets in the way of the gameplay. Cutscenes are frequent, and they completely stop the action. It would most likely have been better to just have one bigger cutscene at the start of the level, and then a bigger one at the end, with some chatter between the characters during the levels that don't require you to stop moving.

Gameplay
The game borrows its gameplay from the original NES game, and it's a testament to good design when in 2015 a game that plays like a game from 1989 still is a joy to play. Bouncing on enemies is just as fun now as it was back then.
The levels are heavily inspired by the levels from the NES game, keeping a similar layout. New objectives are added to the levels that basically amount to scavenger hunts, and here is where the game starts showing its faults. The original levels were never designed to be navigated this way, you were supposed to get to certain points in them, and you had a few options in regards to how you got to these points. In the remaster you need to go through almost every part of the level, which results in some strange looping back. It's particularly bad in the first non-tutorial level that you're likely to play, Amazonas, where you were originally meant to either pick the upper or lower rout in the earlier parts of the level, but here need to pick one, then go back through the other and then through one of them again. It breaks the sense of forward momentum, and it's really just a bit dull. All other levels, except for the new one at the end, suffer from this issue to some extent. This adds up to a game with worse level design than the game it's based on.
The final level also feels out of place. Suddenly the style of the level (in terms of how you play it) changes completely. If you've ever played a Mega Man game, then this level will feel familiar, because that's what it feels like. A Mega Man level (and not a well designed one). The soundtrack on this level also feels like something out of Mega Man.

Options?
The options menu is severely lacking. You can't even change the sound levels. It's more or less limited to resolution, AA, language, brightness and two pre-set key combinations for your jump attack. No, you can not even re-bind controls. While graphics options for a game like this is not super important, sound levels and re-binding controlls is just something that I've come to expect from any game with more than a minimal budget.

The big freeze-bug at the end
This is the reason why my review ends up negative. There is a bug near the end that freezes the game. It won't happen for everyone, but the amount of people I've seen reporting this seem to indicate that it's at least a relatively common bug. One that neither WayForward nor Capcom has bothered fixing. Exactly what causes the bug is unknown, but it does not seem to be due to a specific graphics card vendor, OS version or anything like that.

Closing words
Even without the bug, the frequent cutscenes and the frankly not great level design pulls this game down. The core gameplay is really good, but sadly the things surrounding it are not. Had they either stuck with the original level design, or designed brand new levels around the scavenger hunts you're supposed to partake in, then this game could easily have been a winner, but as it stands, it's just an alright game, with great graphics and sound, and a very serious bug near the end that might make it impossible for you to see the last boss.
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Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
BEWARE: if you have NVIDIA, with recent drivers, expect to wander in the community hub to find the solution of a freezing game during the last boss.

DuckTales.... so many memories... on the NES system.

Because I belong to that generation that got the chance to play it on it. Besides, I can still remember the song (in French) for Duck Tales, the cartoon. And I still remember the pogo stick, the Amazon and the Moon.

DuckTales Remastered is an improved version of the original game. Oncle Scrooge (or Picsou in French) is searching for a mythical artefact with the help of all the gang (the nephews and niece, the chopper pilot, the crazy inventor) and pitched against some enemies (the witch, the scottish billionnaire, the thiefs). I'm sorry if I'm not giving the English names, as I'm used to Geo Trouvetou, Mystique or Riri, Fifi and Loulou (who are Huey, Dewey and Louie) and as names.

Anyway, dear Scrooge will visit the Amazon, some African mines, a haunted castle in Transylvania, the Everest and the Moon, without forgetting a volcano where the big fight will arrive. If he can jump, he can also use his cane as pogo stick to reach heights or to throw stuff. As part of a classic platformer, you can improve your health or find secret areas with bonuses. The score is determined by the value of the diamonds you've found (whether they're hidden in chests or not). Unless they're in chests, you have to pass on the zone they're to make them appear. But they're only there temporary: you have to take them quickly.

Also, the enemies are typical of the level visited: gorillas, spiders and snakes in the Amazon (without forgetting the tribemen), mummies, bats and ghosts in Transylvania, etc... Each level is ending with a boss to defeat, though some are just mad at you for another story, like the Yeti for example.

Anyway, the good part of the game is that you can unlock art gallery thanks to the money you're accumulating during the levels. If you start a new game, it's not erased, which is great. But during a same playthrough, you can't replay a level. Once it's done, it's done. You can't go back for secrets you've missed or for achievements. Anyway, if you're starting a new game, generally, it's because you want to try it at a higher level.

The graphics are very colorful, anyway, you can't expect a dark setting for a remastering of a game that was already oriented towards children at the time. Everything is well polished..... APART FOR A FREEKING FREEZING BUG FOR PEOPLE WITH NVIDIA CARDS ON THE FINAL BOSS! IMPOSSIBLE TO FINISH THE GAME!

And that's where all the good found in the game is crushed because the developers aren't trying to patch the game for that game-breaking bug. It's just sad that I can't finish the game.

So yeah, while DuckTales isn't perfect as there is only audio in English, that the game is for people having played it and finding some good memories, while DuckTales, despite that, is a very good game until the end, should I thumb it down or up?

I'm tempted to thumb it down but I've enjoyed it the game for 90% of it, apart the bug. So, well, I'll thumb it up but stay aware of the problem.
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Not Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
The game is a pretty decent platformer, nothing amazing but good enough at what it does. This in itself would not be enough for me to give a negative review. However gamebreaking bugs are a very valid reason for a negative review.


The bug occurs at the final boss. The game freezes sometimes in the cutscene before the final battle sometimes into the final battle or if you can make it through it without freezing in the cutscene afterwards. This bug has existed for approx 2 years and will not be patched as there is some license issue with Capcom(the publishers) Wayforward( the devs) and Disney (the license holder). On a side note I had very similiar problems with another Wayforward game Double Dragon Neon so I will be taking extra care when looking into any of their games in the future.

I did manage to find a workaround to enable me to finish the game but it was a little awkward and less computer savvy people may be hesitant to try it. And frankly it ruined what would have otherwise been a fairly pleasant experience and I or other paying customers should not have to go to these lenghts to play their game.

For anyone that is unlucky enough to have bought this and is outside the refund window heres what I did to get it working but YMMV.

1. Launch the game
2. Alt Tab out of the game and open task manager
3. Find Ducktales.exe, right click and go to Set Affinity...
4. Change the affinity from 4(For me, it may be 2 or more depending on your system) to just 1 of the CPUs (I doubt it matters but I used CPU 0
5. Play the game until you get to the boss and the cutscene starts, pause the game and skip cutscene. ( You can watch it on Youtube )
6. Fight and win final boss battle and when the cutscene starts pause again and skip the cutscene.
7. Thereis a short escape scenatio to play through then. The game froze on me during this the first time but I managed to get through it on the first attempt the second go. I have no idea if the lenght of time I had been on the scene caused the crash but I would suggest trying to get through it as quickly as possible.

So to sum up do not buy this game, it is broken and will never be fixed. I am just glad I picked it up on sale.

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