Total Recall Dud of the Month!

(TTI/Radiance Software, 1992)

Introduction and Story:

I love my Turbo but sometimes I wonder what kind of crack the people at NEC were on making some of these games here? For example there are tons of uninspired named titles like Double Dungeons and Cratermaze that just don't sound appealing at all especially to younger kids that are the target audience for these games. Darkwing Duck on the other hand is not only a very cool name but it's also based on a popular Disney cartoon show so there were high hopes for this one. Sadly here is a virtually unplayable action game where you play as a hard to control crime fighting duck with very limited forms of attack to kill your overly powerful enemies.

The game play and bottomline:  
The story line here is a bunch of criminal masterminds lead by the evil Steel Beak are planning to take over the city of St. Conard. The mysterious hero Darkwing Duck is here to save the day but he doesn't know what the crooks are up so he must recover a stolen famous painting that's been chopped it up in 36 pieces to get some answers. It all sounds simple enough, eh?

The game lets you pick from three different stages where you have to collect all the missing puzzle pieces and defeat the bosses Megavolt, some mole guy, and a big fat goof with tusk in the name..... I really don't care. Now the game is your typical action platformer like you would expect but you can only attack in two ways: using the gas gun which has very limited ammo or DD's strange melee attack that can only be used while jumping and that's the problem. It's a simple game but it's totally ruined but god awful controls especially while it takes awhile actually jump here so good luck on timing on leaping on the many moving platforms.

Despite some tough opponents here and there, the game is still too damn short so most players will be done with this in no time if they have the patience for this crap. There are two difficulty but they both play the same minus less power ups in the insanely hard Normal mode. Also the Disney cartoon was quite overrated as well so I bet no one will buy this because of its license either so the game is bound to please no one.
Here is my weird 8 minute video review of DD too!



overall rating: 26/100
Find Darkwing Duck on eBay here!

For 1 player only

graphics: 7/10
sound: 4/10
gameplay: 3/10
replay: 1/10

(Ryan Genno) 2009

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