Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers
Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers, known as Donald Duck: Quack Attack in Europe, is a platform game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and Disney Interactive and published by Ubi Soft Entertainment for various consoles and Windows-based personal computers. A completely different game with the same title was released for the Game Boy Color, as well as on Game Boy Advance, the latter being given the title Donald Duck Advance.
The game's reception has been overall mixed, with reviewers praising the music, backgrounds, and animations, but criticizing the short length and the fact that it is mostly for the younger audience.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Goin' Quackers's gameplay is very similar to that of Crash Bandicoot, and requires the player to move through various settings, such as the forest or the city, while jumping over obstacles. The viewpoint of the levels change from a 2D side-scrolling perspective to a 3D perspective. Re-doing the levels in order to defeat Gander's time in same, gives the player advantages in the game.
Plot[edit | edit source]
Goin' Quackers begins with Donald Duck, Gladstone Gander, and Gyro Gearloose watching television reporter Daisy Duck discovering the mysterious temple of the evil magician Merlock. As she tells the story, she is kidnapped by Merlock. His arch rival Gladstone sets out to find her before Donald, who decides to use Gyro's new invention, the "Tubal Teleport System", to track down Merlock and Daisy. However, a piece of Gyro's device is missing, and to make the machine working again, Donald must go on a journey to recover it. Along the way, he must compete with Gladstone, reverse the spells that Merlock put on Huey, Dewey, and Louie's toys, and defeat several bosses, including the Beagle Boys and Magica De Spell. In the end, Donald is able to locate Merlock; he defeats him and rescues Daisy. The temple collapses, but Gyro is able to teleport them back to his lab, where Donald receives a kiss from Daisy for saving her.
Development[edit | edit source]
The game was developed in 2000 by Ubisoft Montreal in a collaboration with Disney Interactive as a homage to Carl Barks, who died the same year. The Nintendo64, Dreamcast and PSX versions of the game are built on an optimized Rayman 2 engine. The score for Goin' Quackers was composed by Shawn K. Clement.
Donald Duck Advance[edit | edit source]
Donald Duck Advance is a re-release of the original game for Game Boy Advance. The game was also developed and published by Disney Interactive and Ubisoft, respectively. It was released December 15, 2001 in North America; November 16, 2001 in the PAL region; and December 21, 2001 in Japan. The game received an ESRB rating of E for Everyone and an ELSPA rating of ages 3 and up.
Reception[edit | edit source]
|GameSpot||6.2 out of 10 (GCN)|
5.5 out of 10 (Dreamcast)
|IGN||7 out of 10 (PS)|
6.4 out of 10 (N64)
8 out of 10 (GBC)
Goin' Quackers has received mixed opinions. Jon Thompson of Allgame reviewed the PlayStation 2 version and commented that although "it's an easy, competent game, it won't bother you while you're playing it because everything is so darned fun."
Gerald Villoria of GameSpot praised the Nintendo GameCube version's music, saying it was of solid quality with "uplifting" and "upbeat" melodies, but he criticized the game's short length. IGN's Craig Harris lauded the Game Boy Color version's graphics, citing "stunning" character motions and "beautiful" backgrounds, although he also was dissatisfied with the length of the game.
Villoria also reviewed the Dreamcast version; he felt the CG sequences were "great", and that the character animations were "fluid" and "seamless". He also commented that the level designs were much more interesting than in the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo 64 versions. Although Villoria thought the Dreamcast and PlayStation versions were very similar, he felt the Dreamcast version suffered in terms of gameplay since it did not feature special moves.
Cory D. Lewis of IGN reviewed the Nintendo 64 version, commenting that the game is better suited for younger players and will bore older gamers. He also stated that despite the Nintendo 64 version reusing the optimized Rayman 2 engine, the visuals in Goin' Quackers could not compare to the same level of quality the engine provided a year ago. Moreover, he praised the "bright-colored" cartoon objects and animations.
The PlayStation version was reviewed by Adam Cleveland on IGN, who found the game to be "a lot of fun". He commented that the bosses were creative and fun, but that they were extremely simple and provided little challenge. He summed up the review by stating "Although it may be on the quick and easy side, it's got all the right stuff."
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers Credits. Allgame. Retrieved on 2008-07-05
- IGN Staff (2000-11-30). Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers Preview. IGN. Retrieved on 2008-12-19
- Nix, Marc (2002-02-07). Donald Duck Advance Review. IGN. Retrieved on 2008-10-02
- Thompson, Jon. Disney's Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers Review. Allgame. Retrieved on 2008-07-05
- Villoria, Gerald (2002-04-17). Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers Review. GameSpot. Retrieved on 2008-10-02
- Villoria, Gerald (2001-01-19). Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers Review. GameSpot. Retrieved on 2008-10-02
- Cleveland, Adam (2000-10-25). Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers Review. IGN. Retrieved on 2008-10-02
- Lewis, Cory D. (2000-12-14). Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers Review. IGN. Retrieved on 2008-10-02
- Harris, Craig (2000-10-24). Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers Review. IGN. Retrieved on 2008-10-02