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QuackShot: Starring Donald Duck
European Mega Drive box art
Developer(s) Sega AM8
Disney Interactive Studios
Publisher(s) Sega
Director(s) Emiko Yamamoto
Writer(s) Peter David
Composer(s) Shigenori Kamiya
Platform(s) Sega Genesis,
Sega Saturn
Release date(s) Sega Genesis
EU 1991[1]

NA December 19, 1991[1]
JP December 20, 1991[1]
Sega Saturn
JP 19981015October 15, 1998

Genre(s) Platformer
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution 4-megabit cartridge, CD-ROM

QuackShot: Starring Donald Duck, known in Japan as I Love Donald Duck: Garuzia 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. It stars Donald Duck and his three nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, as treasure-hunters. Much of the game is patterned after the first three Indiana Jones films.

The game was part of a series of games that Sega of Japan produced for its Sega Mega Drive/Genesis console systems based on Walt Disney cartoon characters. Its 8-bit counterpart is Lucky Dime Caper, released only for Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear. The game also was on a cartridge entitled "Disney Collection" bundled with Castle of Illusion in 1996.[2]

QuackShot was converted for the Sega Saturn and released together with Castle of Illusion only in Japan as part of the Sega Ages series in 1998. It is a straight conversion of the game with no substantial changes.


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 bubblegum. 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. The plunger can be upgraded to act as a temporary platform to climb walls with or, when stuck to a passing bird, allow Donald to traverse longer distances. Donald can also pick up chilli peppers in certain levels, which increase his temper, eventually temporarily allowing him to go faster and knock out enemies in his path.


The following well-known Disney characters appear in the game:


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.


Review scores
Publication Score
MegaTech 82%[3]
Sega Pro 95%[4]

MegaTech magazine said "the graphics are excellent, but the game is easy to complete". Mega placed the game at #7 in their Top Mega Drive Games of All Time.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Quackshot: Starring Donald Duck Release Information for Genesis, GameFAQs, archived from the original on 2012-10-18, retrieved 2013-09-12 
  2. ^ "The Disney Collection for Genesis (1996) – Mobygames". Moby Games. Sciere. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  3. ^ MegaTech rating, EMAP, issue 5, May 1992
  4. ^ Out-of-Print Archive • Mega Drive/Genesis reviews • Quackshot
  5. ^ Mega magazine issue 1, page 76, Future Publishing, Oct 1992

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