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May 24, 2011

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: Donald Duck Goin' Quakers
Developed by: Ubisoft Montreal
System: Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Sega Dreamcast, Game Boy Color, PC, GameCube, Game Boy Advance

I can't talk about this particular Donald Duck game without first talking about its developer: Ubisoft. The company is a French development house founded in 1986, with offices in Montreal. While not as revered as Nintendo, Sega, Capcom, or many other companies, Ubisoft has seen great success in the industry thanks to franchises like Rayman, Splinter Cell, the Raving Rabbids, and Assassin's Creed. In 2000, they teamed up with Disney Interactive to create a video game based on Carl Barks' Disney Ducks universe: Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers, released in 2000.

The story behind the game is that while working on a news report, Daisy Duck was kidnapped by the evil magician Merlock. With the aid of Gyro Gearloose, Donald must brave many stages in order to rescue Daisy and defeat Merlock once and for all. Fans of Carl Barks' Disney Duck comics will get a kick out of this game as it features characters like Gladstone Gander, Donald's first cousin. In this game, Gladstone sets out to find Daisy before Donald, maintaining the rivalry first present in the comics. Much like in the comics and the DuckTales TV show, Gyro Gearloose will provide Donald with many of his inventions. If the name Merlock sounds familiar, it's because he was also the main villain in DuckTales: The Movie. Finally, other characters that appear in the game include the Beagle Boys, Huey, Louie, Dewey,, and Magica De Spell.

In terms of gameplay, Goin' Quakers is a platforming game with 2D and 3D levels. It takes inspiration from Sony's then popular PlayStation series, Crash Bandicoot. The objective is to reach the end of the level while avoiding traps and enemies, while collecting stars. there are levels such as the forest and the city, each one consisting of smaller stages waiting to be completed. While older players felt that the game was too short and easy, Goin' Quackers is a very polished and fun game anyone can get into without experiencing too much frustration.

Goin' Quackers features an all-star cast of cartoon voice actors. Donald's current voice actor, Tony Anselmo, is present and accounted for, while other legendary voice actors like Tress McNeille (Daisy Duck), June Foray (Magica De Spell), Russi Taylor (Huey, Dewey, and Louie), and Corey Burton (Merlock, Gyro Gearloose, and Glandstone) also lend their talents to the game.

In terms of graphics, no matter what system you play the game in, Goin' Quackers will look really nice. Donald and the rest of the characters look great in their 3D form, and the 2D and 3D stages feature vibrant colors and a great cartoon aesthetic inspired by many of Donald's featured shorts.

Overall, Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers is a fine game starring Disney's lovable, short tempered duck. For experienced gamers the experience will be too short and easy, but for the casual gamer and Disney fan it is perfect for a fun evening filled with engaging gameplay and wacky antics!

BONUS!

Here's a little bit of Disney trivia for you. Recently, Disney released a live action film based on a very popular Ubisoft franchise. What was the name of the movie and the video game franchise?

The answer will be revealed on the next Gamer Tuesday Article!

 

 

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