DuckTales: Scrooge's Loot iPad Review
After spending too much time on the Canadian App Store, the third-person Disney shooter - yes, you read that correctly - DuckTales: Scrooge's Loot is finally available on iOS and Android worldwide. While not as charming as the console release DuckTales: Remastered, there's still plenty of fun to be had, and it won't bleed your wallet dry, unlike Disney's previously released Where's My Water? 2.
In the game, you help Scrooge McDuck obtain gold while at the same time battling the pesky Beagle Boys. You'll take part in multiplayer-style matches, either online with friends or on your own in Mission Mode, fighting through four maps while collecting gold bars and dropping them off to Scrooge's vehicle. Along the way, you'll contend with enemies, taking them down using a variety of non-lethal guns and melee weapons. It's not every day you attack someone with a plunger gun and tennis racket, after all.
DuckTales: Scrooge's Loot benefits from a large variety of weapons and upgrades you can unlock for your character. One minute, you let loose with a water cannon, and the next, you push to the next level with a barrage of ice cream. There's creativity in the weapon design, and the character customization options are equally cool, ranging from full-blown military gear to the classic Woodchuck look.
As for the gameplay, it's good as far as third-person shooters go. Although adjusting the camera with touch controls takes a few rounds to sink in, we found the controls responsive, hitting the targets we wanted and moving like a pro. There are occasional bugs that get in the way, like characters that walk through each other, but otherwise it gets the job done.
There are a number of single player missions to complete, spread across four maps. If it's multiplayer you're after, team-based action definitely satisfies, though it can take a while to set up, and even then, if someone drops out, it's likely to end sooner than you'd prefer. Hopefully, Disney will iron this out with future patches.
The presentation is mostly good. All four of the maps look terrific, and the frame rate is steady, despite all the action happening on-screen. It's also good to see old faces from the show, including McDuck and hapless pilot Launchpad, though you won't see other characters. The music's all right, but barely exhibits the same personality as the soundtrack from the TV series.
Finally, coming back to DuckTales' free-to-play system, it's more than fair. You'll have a decent amount of in-game cash and gems to purchase items, as well as tickets to play. That said, if you play constantly, you'll need to plunk down some real cash to keep playing - or simply wait 20-or-so minutes for new tickets.
It's not often you see a serviceable third-person shooter for mobile, especially one suited for all ages. That said, DuckTales: Scrooge's Loot is worth diving into - even if you don't have your own custom money bin.
What's Hot:Many accessories and weapons to unlock for your character, great shooting action for all ages, graphics make the most of the DuckTales franchise, a mostly fair free-to-play system.
What's Not:Multiplayer matches take a while to get started, not too many recognizable faces from the DuckTales series, average music, you may need to spend some cash, occasional bugs.