Once in a while a game comes along that's beautiful to look at and a challenge to play. Among Genesis games, Strider and Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse come to mind. But those two don't hold a candle to Quackshot starring Donald Duck. This game was programmed by the same team that created Castle of Illusion and it's even more graphically stunning, features superb music, and on a scale of 1 to 10, earns an 11 for difficulty!
Around the World in Four Megs
In this world-hopping action/adventure game, Donald becomes an "Indiana Duck" explorer type as he tries to locate the Great Duck Treasure of King Garuzia. However, big bad Pete gets wind of Donald's quest and he wants in on the action, too.
Donald's search covers nine international locales (and three secret bonus rounds). You start in Duckberg, U.S.A., but thereafter you plot your own course around the globe through destinations such as Egypt, the South Pole, Mexico, or even Transylvania.
ProTip: In Dracula's Castle (Level 3) look for a way out in the ceiling, otherwise you're caught in a repeating maze. Have Plunger, Will Travel
In this sideview, horizontally scrolling hop and bop game, Donald does all the typical hero things -- run, dash, jump, shoot, and slide.
Each level's packed with duck-defying adversaries such as boxing turtles, birds with bee hive bombs, cactus people, bewitching snake charmers, and Pete's heinous henchmen. There are five boss meanies including Dracula, the Viking Spirit, and King Garuzia's Ghost.
Donald fights off the criminal crowd with Plunger-shooters, Bubble Gum Blasters, and Popcorn Guns, but that's not all. Shoot a red plunger at a wall and you can use it to climb to other locations. A green plunger sticks to birds that carry you even higher. Eat some red peppers and Donald flies into a fist-flinging frenzy of feathers and fluff.
- Return to Gyro Gearloose in Duckberg whenever you're low on Bubble Gum ammo.
- In Duckberg, after you get your Red Plunger, scale the wall to the right of your flag to see the rest of the city and find Gyro Gearloose.
- The Tiger boss of the Maharajah level can only be hit while he's in the air. Jump and shoot right after he lands on the ground. To avoid his fire breath, shoot a plunger at the wall and use it for an extra high jump.
- It takes six Red peppers to start Donald's tantrum. If you decide to eat them in the early part of the game, eat five and save the sixth for the Maharajah level. You'll need it.
Good Luck Duck
This isn't your typical "run to the right, kill the boss" kind of deal. You select your destination, but you might arrive there without the key item you need from another level. Fa example, you must go to Egypt to get the Staff of Rah, but you can't get inside the pyramid until you have the Sphynx Tear. Where do you find it? Good question. On some levels you jump blindly into space to hopefully land on an invisible platform. In others you must tippy toe across platforms floating over a one hundred foot drop. One false step in either scenario or you're a dead duck.
A Game You'll Treasure
If you're looking for a show stopper along the lines of Castle of Illusion, that's a million times harder even with unlimited continues but has more fun junk to do, run don't waddle to buy Quackshot. Even if you don't find Garuzia's Treasure, you'll have a Genesis treasure of your very own.
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