DuckTales Remastered is now available on iOS and Android devices along with Windows Phone, Capcom has announced.
Priced at £7.99 / $9.99, DuckTales Remastered is WayForward's modern remake of the classic 1989 NES game. It captures the old game's design and marries it with slick, contemporary presentation and new bonuses like Easy and Extreme difficulty settings. Amazingly, it reunites the cast of the beloved cartoon with the then 93-year-old Alan Young reprising his role as Scrooge McDuck.
Eurogamer contributor Craig Owens found DuckTales Remastered to be charming in some ways, but ultimately a little shallow with archaic design and a bizarre over-reliance on story and handholding. "The impact of WayForward's high-purity dose of old-fashioned platforming has been diluted by the new wrapping," he wrote in his DuckTales Remastered review. "For the Pixar generation, meanwhile, there's just a quaint, old-school platformer here, starring a character of whom they've never heard."
In her infinite wisdom, Cher once sang, "If I could turn back time, if I could find a way." Really makes you think. Mind you, the cruel and inexorable march of time is good for some things, like bringing us this bunch of video game remakes that, in one way or another, managed to surpass their progenitors. Who would have guessed back in 1998 that the one thing missing from Half Life was Paul and Barry Chuckle? Technically that's two things, but you get my meaning.
So, Duck Tales then. Turns out it might not be all you remembered, and WayForward's recent remastering is faithful to the NES original to a fault. It's a rigid, punishing and super-traditional platformer, which obviously isn't necessarily a bad thing - it's just that maybe Duck Tales wasn't quite ripe for resurrecting after all.
Ah well, it at least lets you wallow in nostalgia, and that's probably worth the price of entry alone. If that's not quite enough to justify the cost - or if you're merely curious - you could do worse than watching Eurogamer's Ian Higton have a crack at Duck Tales himself from 5pm BST. If you're properly in luck you could also get the game for free, as he's got a couple of codes to give out during the livestream.
Let's get a quick test out of the way.
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When publishers go rummaging through their retro cupboards for something to remaster, it is not always a cause for celebration, but it's fair to say that when we heard DuckTales was on the way back we abandoned pretty much all objectivity and got fully behind it on spec. A-woo-ooo!
Head of the nostalgic queue was Ian Higton, who immediately started hassling Capcom for preview code. Watch the video below to see how Scrooge McDuck is getting along these days, not to mention Huey, Dewie and Louise - and of course Webby and Launchpad. A-woo-ooo!
Capcom's remake of the NES classic DuckTales is due mid-August on PS3, Wii U and PC, with the XBLA version set for the following month. It will be priced at €14.99.
The exact European release dates for each platform are as follows:
13th August - PC
DuckTales: Remastered will come out on PC, Capcom has confirmed.
WayForward's remake will be released on Steam, Origin and other PC download destinations for $14.99 this summer.
It had already been confirmed for release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U. Capcom said the PC version will launch "within or around" the same window as the console version.
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