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Freaky Friday Gamer Tuesday by Erik Anderson

Editor's Note: In honor of our Freaky Friday week on From Screen to Theme, all of our Days of the Week writers have been moved to a different day for this week only. "Pap" will return to Gamer Tuesday next week when Erik returns to his usual Who's Who Wednesday column.

Game: Darkwing Duck
System: NES, Gameboy, and TurboGrafx-16
Developer: Capcom

Darkwing Duck was a spin-off of the television series Ducktales and lasted three seasons on the air with the first being in 1991. With the huge success of the Ducktales NES game, Capcom decided to run with a Darkwing Duck game as well. It ended up being wildly popular and I still have this game and play it to this day.

The plot line of the game is F.O.W.L. was causing muck in St. Canard again, crimes were happening all over the city, and they sent six rivals of Darkwing Duck into St. Canard to unleash chaos. Those villains were: Quackerjack, Wolfduck, Liquidator, Moliarty, Megavolt, Bushroot, and Steelbeak. Darkwing has several gadgets throughout the game at his disposal to help him try and defeat these dastardly villains.

The game has seven levels to play through: The Bridge, The City, The Sewers, The Tower, The Warehouse, The Forest, and The F.O.W.L.’s Floating Fortress. The graphics on the game we standard for the NES and Capcom. Games like Darkwing Duck, Ducktales, and Chip/Dale Rescue Rangers really had a Mega Man type gameplay feel to it, which in my experience made it easy to play since I love the Mega Man series.

The most amazing thing about this game is, that it wasn’t like a lot of NES games. Most games were not very difficult and could be beaten in a week if you played it a lot, but Darkwing Duck was really the first game that gave me some hair pulling issues. This game was HARD!!!! I would recommend this game to anyone, as it is a very fun, yet challenging game that will keep you on your toes.


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