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With all the high profile characters at their disposal you would think that at least a couple of the very best games would include a name associated with the famous Disney franchise. Sadly, apart from a below average platformer charting the adventures of Mickey Mouse, there has been diddly squat!
So even though it\'s been a long time coming, its great to see that Disney Interactive have finally got their act together with this platform style 3D adventure starring none other that that quack-pot himself, Donald Duck. If you\'re crazy about Crash Bandicoot types of games then this might just be right up your street.
With star reporter Daisy Duck being kidnapped, Donald must kick, jump and punch his way through 20 stages in order to rescue her. I\'m sure that most of you have played this style of game before, but I\'ll run through the basics for the new kids on the block. Each of the levels are packed with pits, traps and a multitude of parading baddies. To pass by these hazards Donald must jump over or on top of the offending obstacle in order to advance. There are many stars to collect along the way with the accumulative total of 100 being rewarded with an extra life. Levels are grouped together and accessed via a teleporter and once each set is complete a Boss character must be defeated to proceed.
Similar to Crash Bandicoot the viewing angle regularly changes adding a further dimension to gameplay. For example the Bonus Stages usually involves a creature of some description chasing your character towards the screen, while avoiding several pits and obstacles along the way. The following level could be viewed from a side perspective and the next from behind Donald Duck.
The characters have been superbly animated, while the set designs not only look good, but also are entirely playable. Which is just as well because there\'s nothing more hated than a platform game where the characters demise is due to poor programming and bad animation. Quack Attack includes every whizz, bang and crash of a quality cartoon, which is simply the icing on a very nice cake.
Overall Quack Attack is very pleasing to the eye, features quality sound effects and measures nicely up against rival games from this genre.
· Starring Donald Duck and his Disney\'s friends
· 20 Stages of 3D adventure
· Set over four worlds you can visit the Rocky Forest, Duckberg, Magica\'s Haunted Manor, and Merlock\'s Ancient Temple
· Many Bonus stages and Boss characters
· Jump, double-jump, and punch an enemy
· Gather stars to gain extra lives
· Easy control to pick up and play
1 Block required on Memory card per save (min)
Up to 1 Players (without Multi-tap)
Uses Dual Shock Pad Buttons
Uses Dual Shock Pad Analog Sticks
Uses Dual Shock Pad Vibration facility
REVIEW SCORE GUIDE:
We promise that we have fully played 'Donald Duck Quack Attack' before writing this review. The scores given above are our honest opinion and were not influenced in any way by the manufacturer or distributor of the game.
SUMMARY OF FINAL RATING (%)
00 - 59 This makes your console seem like an older machine. It utilises little or none of the PSone power.
60 - 69 This game is little more than average and we advise renting or play-testing before considering a purchase.
70 - 79 This is a good solid title that should still appeal to those who like this type of game.
80 - 89 This is a fantastic game that we think you will enjoy playing for quite some time.
90 - 100 This game either pushes the boundaries of it's genre further than ever before on this system, or creates a completely new gaming experience. Either way, it should not be missed and is an essential purchase in our opinion.
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