Fans of Warner Bros, cartoons are in for a treat with this new side-scrolling game. Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions may not be as easy to play as the cartoons are to watch, but you'll still enjoy this boisterous game.
A Few Green Men
Marvin the Martian has some pretty disastrous plans for Earth. First of all, he wants to populate it with huge, green Martians, which he gets from freeze-dried pellets. Pushy little fellow that he is, he's still no match for the half-wit of Daffy Duck as Duck Dodgers!
ProTip: See a space you can't get into? Try turning around and firing low. Shooting your gun propels you backward and will shoot you into the space.
In Daffy Duck: TMM, you'll travel through 20 levels blasting Martians, rock monsters, and robots of all sorts. You also contend with falling rocks, slippery ice, lava pools, and bottomless chasms. Fortunately, you can find strewn throughout the stages weapons, extra lives, Continue Gems, and fuel for your jet- pack. Plus, each enemy you destroy yields money bags, which you can then use between rounds to purchase weapons (a Freeze Gun, an Electricity Gun, an Antimatter Pistol, or a Bomb Gun) and fuel for your jetpack. You can also purchase extra lives, Continue Gems, and a Nutty Attack (a screen-clearing Loony frenzy).
At the end of each level, you square off against minibosses, who prove to be more formidable than they look. Sometimes it's just a pair of Martians, other times it's two- headed fire-breathing dragons, cyborg Martians, or killer forest creatures. At the end of each stage, you'll square off with Marvin, who's trying his hardest to put roast duck on the menu. Don't judge Marvin by his size, though, 'cuz getting past him will frustrate even the toughest gamers.
- You can jump into some Lava Falls without singeing your feathers.
- Beating the first Marvin Boss takes timing. Shoot at his cockpit from below, but be careful not to get nailed by the metal appendage he waves at you. Jump back to the left when the arm swings near, then jump to the right again when the arm swings your way.
Looks Ducky, Sounds Quacked
Daffy's fine-feathered graphics fly. The backgrounds in this game are reminiscent of Death Valley Rally, another Sunsoft/ WB title. You'll find cool background scenes on the Ice Meteor and in the Lava Pools, and Daffy and Marvin look like they just came from the cartoon set. The Martians also look just like their cartoon counterparts, but the other not-cartoon-related characters, such as the rock monsters, bugs, and dragons, just don't fit.
The music in this game will make you Daffy, if not downright Looney. It's the same theme over and over again, with little variation. The other sounds, like Daffy shouting "Duck Dodgers" or letting out a pitiful "Mother!" are very clear, and they help to keep the game's humor alive.
- Swim past the dangerous Looney fish in the water levels. Destroying them takes too much time and ammo.
- When you get into this room, shoot the gear above you quickly. Don't let up until the screen fades out.
Control Tower Calling Daffy
Unfortunately, this game's controls have real problems. The main character sprite doesn't always land where you want him to, which is trouble in a game featuring bottomless gaps. Daffy also has an annoying habit of bouncing backwards when he fires. Consequently, if you're near the edge of a cliff, it's bye-bye Duck. There is a Shield motion to protect you from enemy shots, but using the Shield and the Cun simultaneously requires some serious finger crossing.
In the Forest, check your map (press Start) repeatedly. It will save you time and keep you from wandering aimlessly with a low life bar.
Daffy Fits the Bill
If jump-and-shoot gaming is your style, you'll love Daffy Duck. There's enough action here to keep you glued to your set, just like the old Saturday morning cartoons. You'll also find that beating this game is no easy (webbed) feat, so you'll get your money's worth in game playtime.
- When you face the water-level Marvin, try not to hit the Gum Ball Machine, which throws Martian-inducing pellets into the water. Instead, aim for Marvin.
- Save your money for Continue Gems and Freeze Gun. Both will help you get out of tight situations.