By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on November 18, 2013
Last Friday, November 15th 2013, Ducktales Remastered was released for PC. Being born in 1980, I used to watch the Ducktales animated series incessantly. I also owned a NES on which I played the Ducktales game over and over again. So it will be exciting to see if the remastered version is just as much fun as its predecessor.
The first thing that struck me was the increased depth of storytelling. Much more attention is paid to the story. The who, the why and the where of this game is much more elaborate than it was back in 1989 (or 1990, if you lived in Europe) This adventure begins when the Beagle Boys break into Scrooge McDuck's vault. They've turned the place upside down and, on top of that, have kidnapped Huey, Dewey and Louie. Once you've taken care of the marauding band of Beagle Boys, a familiar image appears on your screen.
I like the way this game is in many ways a replica of the old one. In many, not in all! While being basically the same game, it also improves upon the old one. Of course the graphics are much better, but everything else about the game seems to have undergone this same transition. Everything is just a bit smoother, without deferring too much from the original game. Also, the difficulty seems to have increased just a tad, which gives the game a bit more durability.
One of the additions to the game are the collectibles. They are hidden throughout every stage of the game, and are different items, depending on the stage you are currently playing. Look for coins in the Amazon, for pieces of a Magic Spell in Transylvania, and keep your eyes peeled for pieces of RoboDuck's suit when you're on the moon. You must collect every piece to advance in the game. To not completely make you feel lost, a map has been added, which shows what areas you have already visited and where the collectables are.
These collectables are not the only improvement the game has in store. A feature I liked very much, is the possibility to find extra life hearts. You start off with three hearts as usual, but if you play well, this number can increase over time. This is a great help in defeating your enemies and bosses. Over the course of the game, you will find lots of treasure, which yields extra money. You can spend this money in the art gallery and unlock concept art and sketches. This entices the player to play this game again, just to unlock all these bonuses. And let's be honest, who hasn't dreamed of diving into Scrooge McDuck's vault when they were a kid. In Ducktales Remastered you are given the opportunity to do so.
The story increases in depth because all stages are properly introduced. When you meet a character during a certain stage, you already know why they are there and what they're doing. These characters are voiced by the same actors who made the animated series .A wise choice, seeing as how fans of the franchise are used to these voices and will rejoice when they hear them in the game.
Ducktales Remastered is a treat for every fan who is familiar with the animated series or the NES game. People who haven't played the original will enjoy this rendition as well. People who haven't played the original game or seen the animated series... I'm sorry. Your childhood must have been terrible.
While the game isn't that long, but still a bit longer than the original. Extra bits and pieces have been added throughout the game, stretching the time it takes to complete one play-through to about three hours. Nevertheless, it's an enjoyable three hours. Ducktales Remastered put a smile on my face, so I will definitely be playing it again.