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April 5, 2011

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: Quackshot

Developed by: Sega

System: Sega Genesis

Alright, I haven't been fair in these articles. All I've been doing is highlighting Mickey Mouse games left and right, ignoring the fact that Donald Duck has starred in many games as well. Because I fear that Donald may break into my room and beat me up for ignoring him for so long, I am going to talk about one of Donald's most famous games: Quackshot.

Quackshot was developed by Sega of Japan and released on December 19, 1991. The story in the game is that Donald Duck has found an old treasure map in one of Uncle Scrooge's books. Being the ambitious little duck that he is, Donald embarks on a worldwide treasure hunt, and brings his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie along in an adventure that would make Doctor Jones very envious.

The game is of the platforming variety. You must guide Donald through various levels. HIs weapon of choice is a plunger gun that he can use to stun enemies as well as create makeshift ladders. The weapon can be upgraded to shoot popcorn and stronger plungers. Donald can also slide in order to beat his enemies quicker.

The most unique thing about Quackshot is that the level progression wasn't strictly lineal. Often you would reach the end of the level, where a character would tell you that you need an item to progress. You set a checkpoint flag and call upon Huey, Dewey, and Louie. On the map you would select your next destination where the item needed may be. When you got the item, you would return to the previous stage and complete the rest of the level, making the game a worldwide adventure!

While Quackshot took place in the Disney Duck universe, many Disney characters made cameo appearances, such as Goofy, who appeared at the end of the Mexico level. There were even cameos from Shere Khan the tiger, Kaa the snake, and from the Duck universe, Gyro Gearloose and Daisy Duck.

And there you go; even Donald got some gaming action in Quackshot. It was a solid and just plain fun platforming/adventure title that anyone young and old could enjoy!



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