DuckTales Remastered

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Sarah Van Boerum, Common Sense Media
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Platforming treasure adventure has fun but repetitive play.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Saving family from danger overshadowed by lust for treasure.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Scrooge is the main duck who will do anything to beat any villain crossing his path. He saves his nephews, trash-talks anyone in the way of treasure.  

Ease of Play

Somewhat easy gameplay, but mastering Scrooge's cane moves can be tricky for young gamers. Difficulty can be adjusted to suit skill level.

Violence & Scariness

Mild cartoon violence, whether it's dropping a vault on a Beagle Boy's head or hopping on an opponent with Scrooge's cane/pogo stick.   

Consumerism

A remake of the NES version, draws from the classic cartoon series.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DuckTales Remastered is a remake of the NES action classic that takes players through a series of adventures and locations to earn five treasures. This game will conjure up memories of the hit DuckTales series as you defeat Scrooge's foes while earning diamonds and money along the way. There's mild violence in the game, from bouncing on the heads of enemies to driving objects into opponents, which is tamer than anything seen in the cartoon. Gamers also can adjust difficulty to suit their skill levels; play is relatively easy to learn, but mastering some of Scrooge's cane moves will take practice.

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What's it about?

DUCKTALES REMASTERED is a remake of the original 8-bit adventure game released on the NES. Fans of the DuckTales cartoon will notice the large set of characters and original cast voices from the show bringing the story to life. They'll also pick up on the various show locations that serve as settings in the globe-trotting tale. Scrooge McDuck embarks on a series of quests to retrieve five legendary treasures, while defeating a number of foes along the way. Along with multiple difficulty levels, players will have access to global leaderboards for mission stages, as well as the option to unlock character art, background music, and game design sketches.

Is it any good?

DuckTales Remastered may be a redo, but with modern additions and some fun twists, it's easy to get sucked back into the world of Scrooge McDuck. Detailed scene settings and familiar voices bring the plot to life, and the storytelling builds momentum from start to finish. A variety of levels and challenging boss battles will test younger players but aren't so hard they shouldn't give it a try. There are plenty of hidden gems, hearts, and desserts to help you build Scrooge's fortune and continue through each level with enough health to defeat the boss at the end. Plus there are no worries about having to restart a whole level or lose all your loot when Scrooge loses all his lives because the game lets you restart with all your earnings in the same section without having to restart.

Unfortunately, although the story is engaging, it's told very slowly, which can make it a challenge to sit through at times. Controlling Scrooge also can become repetitive since the same maneuvers are used to defeat enemies time after time. Plus, unless you crank up the difficulty to its maximum setting, the easier settings can allow gamers to race through the adventure very quickly. Overall, if you want to take a ride down memory lane or are new to the DuckTales franchise, this is a good way to get acquainted with the characters from Duckburg; just don't be surprised when its repetitive play and short stages means you finish it in a few short hours.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between cartoon violence and real violence. Are there any similarities in the game between the two types? Should parents be concerned about the violence these cartoon characters cause in the game?

  • Discuss how Scrooge makes all his money that he keeps in his money bin. Are these realistic ways to earn money? What are some ways you can earn money? Is it healthy to be that focused on cash?

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