Received: October 1st, 2014 / Written: October 7th, 2014
Alternate Name: I Love Donald Duck: Guruzia Ou no Hihou [|O|]
Year: 1991 | Developed by: Sega (AM7) | Published by: Sega
|Off to a brand new adventure!|
Hello everyone, StarBoy91 here; passionate about video games, big retrophile, and fan of all things 16-bit. =) So I was looking at my Genesis collection lately and was truly saddened to find how small it was. When I bought a RetroGen cartridge that enabled me to play MegaDrive/Genesis games two years ago, it was my gateway to play Sega cartridges. But how many Sega games did I get? Three: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, World of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, and Rocket Knight Adventures. All very good games in their own right, but aside from those I largely gathered more Super Nintendo and Super Famicom games. Being a collector can be really difficult sometimes, especially when you focus on one thing more than the other. =( So, not wanting to make my RetroGen feel neglected I decided to order my fourth Sega game: QuackShot starring Donald Duck.
|Egypt has never looked better =)|
When the MegaDrive and Genesis consoles made their debut in 1988 and 1989 respectively it was home to many arcade ports and a few exclusive titles, and while that was all well and good many Sega loyalists felt the '80s were sorely lacking as far as Disney fare was concerned. Then in 1990 Sega surprised everyone by releasing the smash hit Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, which had simple yet fun gameplay and lots of charm going for it. So naturally it made sense that the following year Sega AM7 would form up again to craft Donald Duck's foray to the 16-bit world. The main difference from the aforementioned Mickey Mouse hit? Plenty. =)
|Slip and slide|
As Donald Duck visits Scrooge McDuck one day he browses over some books until a map which leads to the late Great Duck kingdom monarch King Garuzia's treasure catches his eye. Legends say that following the map will take the explorer to his most prized possession. Donald, overjoyed from this realization, gladly takes the opportunity to set out with his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie around the world to start his adventure. Unfortunately he's not the only one after Garuzia's treasure, as Pete and his cronies have overheard Donald and decide to try to take things in his own hands. Also unfortunately Donald leaves his girlfriend Daisy Duck behind and angry; Donald promises to make it up to her by coming back with a special gift for her. Will Donald have luck in his worldly quest to seek the treasure?
|Even underwater there are dangerous hazards|
There are three controls in this game (which can be custom-set in the options): one to jump, one to shoot your plunger gun, and one to ru--really? How is it that games on Nintendo systems have no problem with firing projectiles and running sharing the same button but with Sega games it's a no-no? That was also the case with World of Illusion! Anyway, the controls are simple and well-polished; Donald can shoot the plunger gun above him, ahead of him, while jumping and while he's ducking. There are a few moments that will require him to climb stairs, and in order to slide through small gaps you press the jump button while holding down. =) And as the game progresses so too will your plunger.
This isn't one of those platformers where jumping on top of enemies does the job, for they can only be stunned and/or defeated with the unlimited arsenal of the plunger gun, which has got a long range. When you start the game your plunger is yellow, and the only thing it can do is stun enemies. Once you get a little farther in you'll be given the red plunger gun, which can still stun enemies but also be used to stick to walls to help you climb up higher areas (a few consecutive ones will be required), letting you bounce upward. And once you get the green plunger gun it will still do all those things but also allow you to stick to birds with green vests on. For alternative weapons there's the maize spread gun (which uses up five at a time) and the bubble gun (which can be used to dissolve certain surfaces). FREAKIN' BUBBLES!!! XD Sorry, I still love that Nostalgia Critic meme.
|"Oooh, just looking around. Well, off to make|
my string of cameos, start off a hysterical tour on
history, and join my son Max to save my neighbors
from pirates. A-hyuck!" =)
Sometimes enemies will drop off some items after you stun them while other times they are out in the open. You'll notice in the HUD that there is a temper slot, which does exactly as you expect. Should you collect five red hot chili peppers Donald will flail his arms and run very fast, unable to be hurt by any enemy for a temporary time. It's nice to see this feature here but it's curious that you only get to see it, what, two or three times at least? Oh well, it's nice to have anyway. What's very novel about this game is the world travelling and the puzzling aspect, which makes things very refreshing considering its nonlinear in structure. =D
|Aurora Borealis, YAY!!!!!! =D|
|"WHY I OUGHTA--*QUAWAWACK*"|
|Jumping over the fiery pit of hell|
|Going down to explore a mysterious temple|
|Gyro: "What say we team up again in nine|
years for Donald Duck: Quack Attack?"
|Stick it to 'im, Donald!|
<(^o^)^TO EACH THEIR OWN^(^o^)>
P.S. Yes, I'm fully aware that the title font is like that of Indiana Jones. I don't mind, as it's very fitting for this game in my opinion. ^-^
P.S. 2 Now that I finally got another MegaDrive/Genesis game in my collection, it's time to consider getting other games. Choices I'm considering next: TaleSpin, Goofy's Hysterical History Tour, Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Hidden Treasure, Castlevania Bloodlines, Super Fantasy Zone, and maybe Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2.
P.S. 3 Nintendo gamers were saddened that they didn't get their own Donald Duck game to play in the '90s (not counting Maui Mallard of course). Oh, but don't worry, QuackShot starring Donald Duck did eventually get its Nintendo 16-bit competition ... four years later ... in Japan ... exclusively Japan. I still need to play Donald Duck no Mahō no Bōshi, which I'll get to as soon as I can. =<
P.S. 4 How Goofy got inside the temple is anyone's guess. And while it's nice to see Scrooge McDuck in Sega 16-bit form, I was disappointed that he was only a cameo here. =( At least I'll see more of him in the comics (where he's known as Paperon dé Paperoni since most Disney comics I read are Italian). While I brought up Gyro Gearloose (Archimede Pitagorico in Italian) it was nice to see (albeit brief) his little helper Little Helper (boo, the American name is boring; "Edi" in Italian is more like it). XD
P.S. 5 I'll consider giving proper reviews to Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse and World of Illusion staring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck in the future, since I properly gave a review to this game.
Thank you for reading my review, please leave a comment and let me know what you thought. Take care! =D