Lucky Dime Caper

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The Lucky Dime Caper starring Donald Duck
SMS Lucky Dime Caper Cover art.jpg
Master System Cover art
Developer(s)Sega (AM7)
Publisher(s)Sega, TecToy (Brazil)
Platform(s)Game Gear, Master System
ReleaseGame Gear:
  • NA: October, 1991
  • EU: November, 1991
  • JP: December 20, 1991
  • BR: March, 1992
Master System:
  • EU: December, 1991[1]
  • BR: February, 1992
Genre(s)Platform game

The Lucky Dime Caper starring Donald Duck, released in Japan as Donald Duck no Lucky Dime (ドナルドダックのラッキーダイム), is a platform game released for Master System and Game Gear in 1991. It features Donald Duck as the main character. Working titles for the game were "Duck Tales" and "Donald Duck".[2] A sequel to Lucky Dime Caper, Deep Duck Trouble, also featuring Donald Duck, was released for Master System and Game Gear in 1993.


The game is a side-scrolling platformer. The gameplay follows the same pattern of Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse which was released for Sega consoles a year before, but unlike Mickey, Donald can attack enemies by hitting them with a hammer or throwing discs. He can also attack faster by collecting star items.

The game consists of seven stages: the Northern Woods, the Great American Forest, the Andes Mountains, the Tropical Isles, the Pyramids and the South Pole, followed finally by Magica's Castle.[3]

Despite the Master System and Game Gear being very similar machines, there are some differences between the two versions of this game.

  • While following the same storyline, the intro sequences are different.
  • The level select screen on the Game Gear does not have any music.
  • The layout of platforms, enemy positions are different.
  • In the Game Gear version, bonus items are pre-placed in the level, whereas in the Master System version they are only obtainable by killing enemies.
  • The Master System game allows you to back track, the Game Gear version does not.
  • Collecting five stars in the Master System game gives you limited invulnerability, the Game Gear version gives additional points.
  • When hit by an enemy, Donald loses his hammer weapon in the Master System version; it can be obtained as bonus item after killing an enemy. The hammer is not lost when hit by an enemy in the Game Gear version.


Screenshot of the Master System version

The evil witch Magica De Spell has stolen Scrooge McDuck's Number One Dime and kidnapped his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Donald Duck embarks on a mission, traveling around the world to save his three nephews and recover Scrooge's lucky dime.


Review scores
Master SystemSGG
CVG90% [4]N/A
Sega Force92%[5]78%[5]
Sega Master Force78% [6]N/A

Commercial performance[edit]

The UK version of Lucky Dime Caper was sold in a limited edition box set[7] that also included a Donald Duck-themed T-shirt and cassette tape with a selection of eight Disney music songs.[8]


  1. ^ "Pro Dates". Sega Pro. No. 2. United Kingdom: Paragon Publishing. December 1991. p. 7.
  2. ^ "Sega Pro UK, Issue 1" (PDF) (1). Sega Pro. November 1991: 9. Retrieved 23 February 2017. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ Lucky Dime Caper, Master System instruction manual, pp.20-24
  4. ^ Paul Rand & Tim Boone (January 1992). "Computer and Video Games 122" (122). EMAP: 52. Retrieved August 17, 2015. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ a b Claire Morley (February 1992). "Sega Force Issue 2" (2): 79. Retrieved July 9, 2015. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "Sega Master Force Issue 2" (2). September 1993: 11. Retrieved November 19, 2015. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ "Lucky Dime Caper - UK Limited Edition". Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  8. ^ "Donald Duck's Disney Selection". Retrieved February 23, 2017.

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