Every now and again I like to pick up some of the kids' games consoles and have a go myself. Obviously I only do this when no-one is looking. I had a go at this game over the weekend, Donald Duck's Quack Attack on a game boy. It can be played on any colour game boy and is mostly available second hand from what I have found on the internet when looking for a price. The great thing about games that aren't current releases is that they're so much cheaper than their newest counterparts.
Basically this game means you get to be Donald Duck going through doing a role playing game. I thought Donald was really good graphically, and I liked playing as him. It made a nice change to be a duck for a while. I went through the game collecting gold coins and jumping on enemies heads. The idea was that I was going up and over all these platforms and ledges, and up and down trees etc in search of my missing Daisy Duck.
As it happens, I never did find Daisy duck because I couldn't get all the right collectibles on the last few levels. I'm sure a small child would be fine doing this though and that I just didn't care enough to look properly. Although I didn't complete it myself, I think a lot of kids would be competitive and perservere with the hidden collectibles.
This is a fun little game with lots of good details. I thought Donald Duck looked exactly like you'd expect him to on a DVD which is probably why my grandson is always playing this game. He was easy to move around, and the levels started off nice and easy and got progressively harder as I went through.
I thought the music to this was a bit annoying in places, but overall it was upbeat catchy stuff that made the game more enjoyable to play. This is a young kid's game really, not meant for adults! But I had a good time playing it and I can see why the grandson is so quackers about it now.
"Quack Attack" stars the beloved Donald Duck in a standard platform-puzzle adventure. The storyline to this title revolves heavily around Daisy and Gyro, Donald's fellow duck companions. Daisy has been kidnapped by the evil Merlock and Gyro suggests using his latest invention to send Donald to the rescue. Merlock, lurking nearby, captures the machine blueprint. It is up to Donald Duck to recover this blueprint and assist his friends.
Gameplay is that of a typical platform game. The player must guide his character, in this case Donald Duck, through a series of puzzles while gathering items and jumping across various ledges, cliffs and other balancing objects. This game does not appear very difficult as there are numerous "1UP" items which grant the player an additional try should Donald meet his demise. Within five minutes I was able to gather eight of these extra lives, so this could be quite appealing to the younger player who may have less of a frustration tolerance (though that is not to say that the puzzles within this title are difficult). Controls are, too, simple with "A" button making use of Donald's jump and "B" button using an environmental action. I did experience one fundamental flaw in this game, though, and that was the "camera" centering Donald with each movement made. This can make for a very dizzy experience, like when Donald is to jump back and forth between one ledge and another, as the view continually follows Donald with each directional change.
Both graphic colour and detail are acceptable in this title, and madeuse of the available technology which the Gameboy Color console has. I particularly liked the producers of this game detailing Donald's usually grumpy mannerisms with careful precision.
Audio too was carefully composed and inserted. I did find the "jump" sound effect to be a poor selection, as this is continually required throughout the game and will be constantly heard by the player; the sound is rather high pitched with a hint of bass.
There is not too much wrong with this title and it makes for a rather enjoyable gaming experience. It seems like any age group could be targeted by this game, though it would likely be more apt for a younger audience due to the ease in accessing special items.