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Darkwing Duck (NES) artwork

Darkwing Duck (NES) review


"As all of you should know, Darkwing Duck was a duck who walked and talked like any human and wore a purple suit, and was supplied with various devices from his sidekick Launchpad McQuack and his neice Gosalyn. He had enemies galore, including the fearsome five, which spurred on this seven staged game in which seven of his greatest enemies lurked to stop Darkwing Duck himself. "



As all of you should know, Darkwing Duck was a duck who walked and talked like any human and wore a purple suit, and was supplied with various devices from his sidekick Launchpad McQuack and his neice Gosalyn. He had enemies galore, including the fearsome five, which spurred on this seven staged game in which seven of his greatest enemies lurked to stop Darkwing Duck himself.

STORY (4/5): It's got most of his famous villains including 4 out of the fearsome five. Thing is, for a reason I will never understand, his greatest nemesis is does not appear in the game, the yellow Duck (I am blanking on the name). While this really doesn't affect the game much, it does leave you desiring his presence.

GRAPHICS (9/10): Darkwing Duck is based in a colorful world, and the game is no different. Darkwing looks extremely well made as he hangs from the walls, or is taking out of one of numerous jolly enemies who bounce up and down.

SOUND (9/10): All the great Darkwing Duck music is here. Can you believe it, and it's made into the great nintendo beep music. I love it so much, brings back the childhood memories. The music is nice and varied throughout the seven stages, plus boss music also.

GAMEPLAY (57/60): To make a fairly accurate comparison in many ways Darkwing Duck is like Megaman. It's a sidescroller in which you jump from location to location battling enemies by shooting them with your gun. You gain special abilities from defeating certain enemies like lightning bolts, gas bolts, and suction bolts. These have there own uses, whether more efficiently killing villains or reaching special areas with one ups available. You have a certain amount of these special bolts though, so you will likely run out.

The stages are set up as large spans of lands with various sections within it. Each level definitely has it's own feel, as some take you through an expansful forest, the mechanical world, the sewer system, and of course the boat. All with their own strategies and distinct feel. That means each new level is not the same thing as the one before giving it a new more enjoyable experience.

REPLAYABILITY (5/10): There is no special things to do in this game. While it is long for a one sitting game, once you completely beat it, all you can do is beat it again and again and again. While it took me nearly a year to reach the final boss (Dang that rediculous mole) it did not end there for me. I beat it again, and again, and again; well you get the point. As a normal aged gamer though, you can only play Darkwing Duck so much, although it is still a fun game.

DIFFICULTY (4/5): This game is kinda difficult for the age group that actually watched Darkwing Duck typically, as some of the bosses were extremely difficult and the sidescroller levels were long and complex. And yet they were entertaining, and even as a child the game was beatable as long as you put forth enough effort.

OVERALL (88/100): Darkwing Duck is a great television show, and this game does it very well. While being a simple sidescroller in the tradition of Megaman, it is a purely entertaining experience for any fan of the show. Personally if you enjoyed Darkwing Duck as a child, this game is a definite pickup, and even if you didn't the game is still worth a look.

Rating: 8.8/10

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Community review by ratking (January 27, 2003)

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