My wife and I have been trying to make an effort to give each other "a night off" during the week. The idea being that once a week if she wants to go sit quietly and read a book or if I want to just veg out and play a game, the other can tend to the baby during that time. Of course, the best laid plans...
But we're trying.
For some reason, I had been really in the mood to play Ducktales Remastered again. This is a game I've played and beat many times. I was a huge fan of the original NES game. Like, it's possibly a top ten NES game for me from my youth. And for the last decade, I've been a big fan of Way Forward who developed this remake.
From what I can recall, the critical consensus of Remastered was mixed at best. I don't care enough to research why that was. I think there were complaints about the overuse of dialogue. Which I guess could be a complaint. Except you can skip all the cut scenes. That, and much of the voice cast from the original Disney Channel cartoon reprise their roles here, which is super awesome in my opinion.
For those of us of a certain age, that Disney Afternoon cartoon show was mandatory. All those shows were: Chip N Dale's Rescue Rangers and Darkwing Duck and Talespin. But Ducktales was probably the best of the lot. The voice acting was great; the music ruled; and the animation was top notch.
And then there was the NES game. My goodness! Capcom absolutely killed it. They took the property and kept all the charm of the cartoon characters and put them into a Mega Man-esque game with levels that had branching paths. Oh, and Scrooge McDuck had a friggin' pogo jump! It's brilliant stuff.
When Way Forward was announced to helm the remake, I was thrilled. These guys had already made a name for themselves pumping out some awesome retro-style throwbacks like Shantae and Wendy: Every Witch Way on GBC, Godzilla: Domination and Sigma Star Saga on GBA; and Contra 4 and Alien: Infestation on the DS. I was a fan!
And Ducktales Remastered rules, you guys. No matter how many times I play this game, I'm always blown away by how smooth the animations look. It's really like playing the cartoon. And the remixed music? Brilliantly executed by Jake Kaufman. So good.
Anyway, the point is that this game is pure comfort food for me. And even though my night off ended up being about an hour since the baby is dealing with some acid reflux issues and I just felt too bad playing a game instead of helping out with comforting her, an hour with Ducktales Remastered was a nice little bit of downtime for me.
It's not a long game by the way. I mean it is just a remake of the original NES game. So it's the sort of game I can probably beat in just a couple of hours, really. So last night I really only got to play three levels, but that's fine. This game just always puts a smile on my face. And right now, short joyful experiences are pretty much what fit into my gaming life.
It's crazy for me to go back and read the above. The last time I played this game, my daughter was just a month old. Now she's about to turn two. Nuts.
Unfortunately, she still has tummy issues. My poor little girl.
But we've at least gotten a better handle on being parents and managing our time in the last two years. My little girl tends to sleep through the night with no problem - *knocks on wood*
Tonight, I felt like firing up Ducktales again and just wow - I really do love this game. This remaster is up there for me with Link's Awakening for being a modern remake that captures everything good about the original while modernizing it and making it feel NEW.
I picked up right where I left off in July, 2019. I knocked off the rest of the stages and beat the rest of the game in about an hour or so. But this game is just perfect for what it is. It looks great, it sounds great, it plays great, and it never outstays its welcome.