April 5, 2011
Pap the Disney Gamer's
Developed by: Sega
System: Sega Genesis
Alright, I haven't been fair in these
articles. All I've been doing is highlighting Mickey
Mouse games left and right, ignoring the fact that
Donald Duck has starred in many games as well. Because I
fear that Donald may break into my room and beat me up
for ignoring him for so long, I am going to talk about
one of Donald's most famous games: Quackshot.
Quackshot was developed by Sega of Japan
and released on December 19, 1991. The story in the game
is that Donald Duck has found an old treasure map in one
of Uncle Scrooge's books. Being the ambitious little
duck that he is, Donald embarks on a worldwide treasure
hunt, and brings his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie
along in an adventure that would make Doctor Jones very
The game is of the platforming variety.
You must guide Donald through various levels. HIs weapon
of choice is a plunger gun that he can use to stun
enemies as well as create makeshift ladders. The weapon
can be upgraded to shoot popcorn and stronger plungers.
Donald can also slide in order to beat his enemies
The most unique thing about Quackshot is
that the level progression wasn't strictly lineal. Often
you would reach the end of the level, where a character
would tell you that you need an item to progress. You
set a checkpoint flag and call upon Huey, Dewey, and
Louie. On the map you would select your next destination
where the item needed may be. When you got the item, you
would return to the previous stage and complete the rest
of the level, making the game a worldwide adventure!
While Quackshot took place in the Disney
Duck universe, many Disney characters made cameo
appearances, such as Goofy, who appeared at the end of
the Mexico level. There were even cameos from Shere Khan
the tiger, Kaa the snake, and from the Duck universe,
Gyro Gearloose and Daisy Duck.
And there you go; even Donald got some
gaming action in Quackshot. It was a solid and just
plain fun platforming/adventure title that anyone young
and old could enjoy!
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