|QuackShot: Starring Donald Duck|
European Mega Drive box art
|Developer(s)||Disney Interactive Studios|
|Release date(s)||Sega Genesis
QuackShot: Starring Donald Duck, known in Japan as I Love Donald Duck: Guruzia Ou no Hihou (アイ ラブ ドナルドダック グルジア王の秘宝?), is a 1991 platforming video game developed by Disney Interactive Studios and published by Sega for the Sega Genesis. The game was released in Europe in 1991, in North America on December 19, 1991 and in Japan on December 20, 1991. QuackShot stars Donald Duck and his three nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, as treasure-hunters, and is part of a series of games published by Sega that were based on Walt Disney cartoon characters.
QuackShot was released to mostly positive reviews from video game journalists. The game was universally lauded for its graphics, with magazines like Sega Pro describing them as "some of the best graphics around." The game was also praised for its music and puzzles, as well as their clever use in the game. However, QuackShot was criticized for its controls, being described by IGN as "float-y" and making certain segments of the game unnecessarily difficult. The game was also criticized for its lack of difficulty overall as well as its lack of speech samples, which several other Genesis games of the time had.
The player, as Donald, ventures through a variety of side-scrolling levels. Generally, each level is divided into an overland part and a dungeon, such as the Maharajah's palace or the temple in which the Great Duck Treasure resides. Although the player may choose any order to play the overland sections, various obstacles prevent the player from entering the dungeons outside of a specific order. In addition to this, some levels provide the player with vital clues which solve puzzles needed to progress in later sections. Once Donald has completed the overland section of an area, he may leave by calling his nephews' biplane, and will return to the dungeon entrance of that area if the player chooses to return.
Donald is armed with a special gun that can shoot plungers, popcorn or bubble gum. Donald has unlimited plungers which can only stun enemies, and can collect popcorn and gum along the way or get the latter from Gyro Gearloose. Later in the game, the plunger is upgraded to act as a temporary platform to climb walls with and, when stuck to a passing bird, allows Donald to traverse longer distances. Donald can also pick up chili peppers in certain levels, which increase his temper, eventually temporarily allowing him to become invincible, go faster and knock out enemies in his path.
While Donald is flipping through some books in Uncle Scrooge's library, a treasure map from King Garuzia, the old-time ruler of the Great Duck kingdom, falls out. It leads to the king's most prized possession. Donald thinks this is his path to riches. Unfortunately Big Bad Pete overhears and pursues Donald throughout the game hoping to steal the treasure.
Donald, using a partial map from the library, travels to a variety of places around the world seeking clues to find the treasure, including Duckburg and Mexico. After defeating Count Dracula in Transylvania, Donald receives a more complete map pointing to the Maharajah in India, Egypt, a haunted Viking ship, and finally the South Pole, where Donald finds an ancient Viking diary said to reveal the location of the treasure. However, upon finding the diary, Pete shows up, holding Donald's nephews hostage in exchange for the diary. After giving Pete the diary, Donald travels to Pete's hideout to defeat Pete and get the diary back. The diary reveals that the map, when dipped in water, will reveal the location of the Great Duck Treasure.
After evading the traps and defeating the ancient spirit guarding the treasure, Donald enters the treasure vault, only to find a simple stone statue. He is disappointed, but Huey, Dewey and Louie accidentally break the statue, which reveals a golden jeweled necklace was hidden inside. Donald gives the necklace to Daisy and the two fly off into the sunset together.
Development and release
QuackShot was developed by Disney Interactive Studios and published by Sega for the Sega Genesis as part of a series of games that were based on Walt Disney cartoon characters. The game was released in Europe in 1991, in North America on December 19, 1991 and in Japan on December 20, 1991. QuackShot was later released as part of a bundle called The Disney Collection for Genesis in 1996 alongside Castle of Illusion. The game was also ported to the Sega Saturn and released exclusively in Japan alongside Castle of Illusion again as part of the Sega Ages series in 1998, entitled Sega Ages: I Love Mickey Mouse.
QuackShot received a mostly positive response from critics upon release. GameRankings, an aggregator for video game reviews, assigned the game a score of 77% based on 2 reviews. Mega placed the game at #7 in their "Top Mega Drive Games of All Time" list. MegaTech magazine praised the game's graphics, but criticized the game's easy difficulty level, explaining simply that "the graphics are excellent, but the game is easy to complete." Damian Butt from Sega Pro also praised the graphics, stating that the game has "without [a] doubt some of the best graphics around" and that "the sprites and backgrounds are consistently excellent." He also noted the game's various puzzles and their use in the game, explaining that "[e]ven if the ideas are not original, the way they are strung together to accelerate the pace to overload is nothing short of breath-taking." Levi Buchanan from IGN gave QuackShot a 7.3/10, also lauding the graphics and animation as excellent and saying the music was pleasing.
Butt criticized Donald's controls in certain situations in the game, as well as the difficulty of some levels and puzzles. Buchanan also criticized the controls, calling them "float-y" and noted the difficulty in executing precision jumps, explaining that "[i]t's far too easy to over- or under-shoot a narrow column and slip to your doom." Butt was also "dubious of the number of credits," stating that the game may seem easy with unlimited continues, but that the player will "still need considerable skill to reach the treasure island." GameTrailers' review of QuackShot echoed his sentiment, stating that "with unlimited continues and a health bar that large, QuackShot's not the most difficult platformer in the business," but ultimately praised the game for being "solid" and "well-made." Buchanan was disappointed with the lack of speech samples, explaining that it's "a bit of a drag with a character that is so defined by his voice." Ultimately, Butt said that "[y]ounger players will instantly be enthralled by Donald's quest" and that "QuackShot is everything a cartoon game should be and more." Buchanan summed up the game as being a "good platformer tripped up by some questionable controls" and recommended the game as "a mildly enjoyable 16-bit platformer that would fit nicely in your Genesis collection."
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- Disney Interactive (December 19, 1991). QuackShot: Starring Donald Duck. Sega. "Narrator: But one of Pete's gang had been spying through the window and saw everything. ... Donald and his nephews took off in their plane, leaving a furious Daisy behind. Moments later, Pete's gang flew after them in a plane of their own."
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