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April 30, 2013

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: The Lucky Dime Caper

Developed by: Sega

System: Sega Master System, Game Gear

Of the Fab Five, Donald Duck has always been my favorite. He is easily the most flawed character in the entire bunch (not counting Goofy's own clumsiness), yet retains that likability that makes a lot of Disney fans love him to pieces. That's why he has been featured in just as many games as the main mouse himself. Today's article is a throwback to a classic game of the 8-bit era: The Lucky Dime Caper: Starring Donald Duck, released in 1991 for the Sega Master System and Game Gear.

The Lucky Dime Caper plays like many classic platformers of the era: players take control of Donald Duck as he traverses through various game worlds in search of his nephews, Huey, Louie and Dewey. What makes this game stand out is that the game takes place within the DuckTales/Carl Barks comics world!

The Lucky Dime Caper

That means that there will be appearances by Scrooge McDuck and Magica DeSpell as the game's lead villainess! In fact, the reason the game is titled Lucky Dime Caper is because it is also about the dime that lead Scrooge to becoming the billionaire he is now. Magica has stolen it, as well as kidnapping Donald's nephews, forcing him to go on a rescue mission around the world.

Like stated already, gameplay is very much like a 2D, side-scrolling platformer of the era. Donald can jump on enemies to defeat them as well as use his hammer. At the end of each level is a boss fight. Defeat them, and you have won the level! It's very classic, the kind that we used to spend hours playing as kids. Those expecting more out of the game, Quackshot for the Sega Genesis serves a more robust gameplay experience.

The Lucky Dime Caper

But the real winner here is the game's audio and visual presentation. The Sega Master System was touted as being an 8-bit system that was twice as powerful as the then dominant Nintendo Entertainment System. The extra boost in power allows the game to have a vividly colored design that captures the whimsical nature of a Disney cartoon. The music is also very bouncy, and the sound effects appropriately cartoony.

Finally, there is the matter of the Game Gear version of the title. The Sega Game Gear was released to rival Nintendo's own Game Boy handheld, a system that, while technically inferior to the Game Gear, still saw great popularity. The Game Gear, however, was capable of replicating the Master System's 8-bit titles, and Lucky Dime Caper was no different. There were very little differences between the two versions, save for some different scenes here and there.

The Lucky Dime Caper

There is very little else to say about Lucky Dime Caper. It is a fun game that takes us back to Duckburg, it is another fine game Donald Duck appears in, and its technical prowess makes for a package that more than respects the Disney name, as well as the Carl Barks comics legacy.


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