Donald Duck the Lucky Dime Caper is an action platformer which was released in 1991 for the Sega Master System and the Sega Game Gear, the game was one of the many line of games starring Donald Duck in some of video games earlier years.
The evil witch Magica De Spell has stolen Uncle Scrooges lucky dime and has kidnapped Huey, Dewey and Louie, Donald realises that he must find and rescue his nephews and sets off to save them but not before Uncle Scrooge offers Donald a special reward if he also returns his lucky dime.
Like I said the game is an action platformer, its fairly basic and what you would expect Donald can jump on enemies to defeat them, he can also use two types of weapons a hammer and a frisbee, the hammer can be used to whack enemies at a close range while the frisbee can be used to attack enemies from afar, you can only hold one of these items at a time which is quite annoying as I wish you could swap between them, apart from that everything is simple enough you need to get from point A to point B and at the end of every stage is a boss battle.
The boss fights are not very interesting and they are all very similar, every one of them gets defeated in the exact same way you either have to hit the boss or something related to that boss a couple of times and they will eventually fall.
The gameplay is basic as you would expect with an old Disney game and the controls are easy enough to learn but one problem I do have is that the game feels just a little bit stiff, making some of the jumps can be very difficult to make because it feels like the game is fighting with you by pushing Donald back which caused me to fall to my death way too many times.
The game looks fantastic the color’s burst out of the screen, the animation is smooth and all of the artistic choices suit the different environments perfectly although some of the character sprites in certain stages would be questionable whether they would be appropriate to use in media today.
The music is the usual generic little tunes that you usually get from games that don’t have a massive budget to work with and this is no exception, none of the music is memorable or even that nice to listen too I find that I always get bored of it quickly whenever I play the game.
Overall Donald Duck: Lucky Dime Caper is an ok game, it has great graphics but overall everything else is nothing special and the whole experience can be a little bit boring, out of both versions I would recommend the Master System version over the Game Gear version as the Game Gear port does have some recognizable issues such as item placements being different and not being able to back track, it’s not the worst Donald Duck game out there but it’s definitely not the best 5.4/10
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