This Way Back Wednesday I decided to do a theme because I wanted to play the original DuckTales and I’ve also been looking at Daffy Duck games, so I put them together and decided to do a duck theme. I know DuckTales came out on a few years ago in an HD remaster, but I decided to play the original on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Duck Tales

I had’t played DuckTales since the original back on the NES when I was in elementary school. I had always watched the cartoon on Disney Afternoon, but when it came to playing the game I had to go to my friends house. I only played one level when I was younger, so I decided to continue the trend and only play one level yesterday. It looks like some trends never die, because all I did was fail up and down that level. I was determined to try to get past the level, but I seemed to be finding everything but the key and the device to remove a blockage. The one thing I could find solace in was the music, it was very calming and even though I’ve never been on the moon it felt like the appropriate soundtrack.

Daffy Duck in Hollywood

Since I never owned a Sega Genesis, I really never played this game. I figured that since I really enjoyed Daffy Duck cartoons a video game wouldn’t be so different. I don’t know what made me think this, but I know now that I was very wrong. The game has you helping Yosemite Sam remove dynamite stacks in the level I chose to try. You have a trusty bubble gun which is used to subdue enemies that you encounter. During the level that gun can be given different ammo, much like in Contra, by grabbing floating lettered bubbles in the level. The three buttons on the control are used to run, jump and shoot and you will be using combinations of all of them during levels. Each section of the level I played was blocked by a large piece of mountain that wouldn’t get destroyed until you had located and picked up all the dynamite in the previous area. This is where the trouble came in for me, because if you can’t find that dynamite then you’re stuck until you do. Some of the dynamite was stacked on the tops and bottoms of the level while others were access by walking through false walls. The game was fun, but at times I had trouble remembering which button did what and that cost me getting hit and losing health. Other than me not being able to get past the first level, this game seems fun and if I had a solid couple of hours to put into it, I think I’d do better.

By Taylor

Taylor is one half of Media Discord and resides in Orange County, CA. He grew up loving video games, comics and movies. His favorite game is Chrono Trigger and his favorite comic book character is Deadpool.