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Darkwing Duck is a platformer video game based on the Disney television series, Darkwing Duck. The game was developed by Capcom for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992 and was ported to the Game Boy in 1993. The Game Boy version is essentially a slightly stripped-down version of the game.

Plot

A mysterious crime wave has hit St. Canard and S.H.U.S.H. requires the services of the caped crime fighter Darkwing Duck to stop it as it appears that F.O.W.L. and their valued operative Steelbeak is behind the uprising. They have hired six of Darkwing's greatest foes to wreak havok in different areas throughout St. Canard. Darkwing must go and one-by-one stop these criminals in order to find Steelbeak and save the city.

Gameplay

Like DuckTales before it, the game plays very much like Capcom's Mega Man video game series, with lots of jumping and shooting and the ability to change weapons via a subscreen; the game is actually running on a slightly tweaked Mega Man 5 engine.

Darkwing starts out with a standard gas gun but can collect special adapters that alter its function. Darkwing can also deflect certain enemy projectiles by using his cape.

Darkwing may get certain things to help him out such as 1-ups (which are Darkwing dolls) and things that can refill parts of Darkwing's heart level. There are two ways, the first one is a thin can that gives Darkwing 1/4 of a heart while a box with a heart on it that fills up Darkwing's heart completely. The player can also collect cans for Darkwing's special shooters, such as the lightning gun, as they are somewhat similar in shape like the heart cans. A thin can gives Darkwing two points of shots for the gun while a thick can gives Darkwing ten points for shots for the gun. The maximum amount of shot points a player can accumulate is 99 and every time Darkwing shoots, each shot is worth two points.

Development

For the most part, the beta version of this game is pretty consistent with the final version,with a few different details, especially in later levels. At the tower level boss battle, Moliarty lacks a stationary sprite, plus all three flamethrower machines are fully operational when the battle begins. The warehouse wharf level had platforms with spikes under them. At the wharf's boss battle, Megavolt moves much faster and the running spark at the bottom of the screen is not present. The woods level featured owls instead of hawks. In the final boss battle, the pulsating lights over Steelbeak's balcony window are missing. The continue screen features Darkwing standing in center with his arms crossed. He leaps off screen when the player chooses to continue instead of the Thunderquack flying by. When a boss is defeated, Darkwing will leap off screen in tradition to Mega Man teleporting off screen after a battle. In the bonus games, J. Gander states that F.O.W.L. is behind the burglaries. The designs of both bonus games is drastically different. Part one features the entrance to an underground cavern instead of a city rooftop. Part two takes place outside and shows what appears to be a Ferris wheel instead of taking place underground. After the player defeats Steelbeak, Steelbeak doesn't appear on the computer monitor having the last word. The game's final scene in which Darkwing rides into the night is depicted with darker colors.

Roles

Reception

The game has been considered an example of the quality Disney games produced by Capcom. It has been noted that the game was intended for children, but became popular with older teens. Author Andy Slaven used it as an example of a game that, while made for children, appealed to teenagers more. On Amazon, the game has a 4.8/5 rating with 9 reviews, while the Game Boy version has 2 5-star reviews.

Unlicensed Ports

The game was unofficially ported to the GameKing handheld under the title "Duck Man".

Gallery

Trivia

  • Wolfduck is the only boss that was an original character in this game in which he doesn't appear in any media or in any of the episodes of Darkwing Duck.
  • Negaduck does not appear in this game.
  • According to Gander, all of the villains were working for F.O.W.L. But Megavolt, Bushroot, Liquidator, Quackerjack, and Moliarty are not actually agents of that organization in the TV series, although there's a possibility Wolfduck may be part of F.O.W.L. since he was a new character made for this video game.
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Media

Darkwing Duck | Walt Disney's World on Ice: Double Feature... Live! | NES game | Boom! Studios comic | Joe Books comic | Videography

Books

High Wave Robbery | The Silly Canine Caper | The Darkest Night

Characters

Heroes and Allies: Darkwing Duck | Launchpad McQuack | Gosalyn Mallard | Honker Muddlefoot | Tank Muddlefoot | Herb and Binkie Muddlefoot | Mrs. Cavanaugh | Gizmoduck | Morgana McCawber | Neptunia | Stegmutt | J. Gander Hooter | Derek Blunt | Vladimir Goudenov Grizzlikof | Sara Bellum | Rhoda Dendron | Gloria Swansong | of Oilrabia | Goose Lee | Comet Guy
Villains: Negaduck/Negatron | Bushroot | Megavolt | Liquidator | Quackerjack | Steelbeak | Taurus Bulba | Hammerhead Hannigan | Hoof and Mouth | Tantalus | Clovis | Tuskernini | Dr. Fossil | Phineas Sharp | Professor Moliarty | Ammonia Pine | Ample Grime | Paddywhack | Lilliput Gooney | Jambalaya Jake | Gumbo | Bug Master | High Command | Major Synapse | Hotshot and Flygirl | Dr. Slug | Splatter Phoenix | Camille Chameleon | Anna Matronic | Isis Vanderchill | Johnny T. Rex | Fluffy | Dark Warrior Duck | Nodoff | Brainteasers

Episodes

Season One: "Darkly Dawns the Duck" | "That Sinking Feeling" | "Beauty and the Beet" | "Getting Antsy" | "Night of the Living Spud" | "Apes of Wrath" | "Dirty Money" | "Film Flam" | "Duck Blind" | "Comic Book Capers" | "Water Way to Go" | "Paraducks" | "Easy Come, Easy Grows" | "Negaduck" | "A Revolution in Home Appliances" | "Trading Faces" | "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlatan" | "Can't Bayou Love" | "Bearskin Thug" | "Fungus Amongus" | "You Sweat Your Life" | "Days of Blunder" | "Just Us Justice Ducks" | "Double Darkwings" | "Slaves to Fashion" | "Aduckyphobia" | "When Aliens Collide" | "Jurassic Jumble" | "Something Fishy" | "Cleanliness is Next to Badliness" | "Smarter Than a Speeding Bullet" | "Tiff of the Titans" | "All's Fahrenheit in Love and War" | "Whiffle While You Work" | "Calm a Chameleon" | "Ghoul of My Dreams" | "Battle of the Brainteasers" | "Adopt-a-Con" | "Bad Tidings" | "Toys Czar Us" | "The Secret Origins of Darkwing Duck" | "Up, Up and Awry" | "Going Nowhere Fast" | "Life, the Negaverse, and Everything" | "Dry Hard" | "Heavy Mental" | "A Brush with Oblivion" | "Disguise the Limit" | "Planet of the Capes" | "The Merchant of Menace" | "Darkwing Doubloon" | "It's a Wonderful Leaf" | "Twitching Channels" | "Dances with Bigfoot" | "Twin Beaks" | "The Incredible Bulk" | "My Valentine Ghoul" | "Dead Duck" | "A Duck By Any Other Name" | "Let's Get Respectable" | "In Like Blunt" | "Quack of Ages" | "Time and Punishment" | "Stressed to Kill" | "The Darkwing Squad" | "Inside Binkie's Brain" | "The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain" | "Slime Okay, You're Okay" | "Whirled History" | "U.F.Foe" | "A Star is Scorned" | "The Quiverwing Quack" | "Jail Bird" | "Dirtysomething" | "Kung Fooled" | "Bad Luck Duck"
Season Two: "Monsters R Us" | "Inherit the Wimp" | "The Revenge of the Return of the Brainteasers, Too!" | "Star Crossed Circuits" | "Steerminator" | "The Frequency Fiends" | "Paint Misbehavin'" | "Hot Spells" | "Fraudcast News" | "Clash Reunion" | "Mutantcy on the Bouncy" | "Malice's Restaurant" | "Extinct Possibility"

Vehicles/Gadgets

Ratcatcher | Thunderquack | Darkwing Duck's gas gun | Ramrod | Super Sensitive Darkwing Duck-tector

Locations

St. Canard | Negaverse

Songs

Darkwing Duck Theme Song | Little Girl Blue | Kickin' in the Groove | I'm Darkwing Duck

See Also
DuckTales | The Disney Afternoon | Disney XD (Netherlands) | Justice Ducks | Fearsome Five | F.O.W.L. | S.H.U.S.H.

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