Review: Quest for the Golden Duck (Nintendo Switch)

Inspired by a classic game from the golden age of arcades, Quest for the Golden Duck allows you to bring up to 3 more friends in a co-op game. Or take control of the monsters in PvP game and prevent the other team from stealing all the gold from the castle.

Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 299mb download size.
  • Tutorial tips drip-fed to you throughout.
  • Quest for the Golden Duck has 2 modes- adventure and VS.
  • Adventure-5 quest areas with a dozen or so levels in each. Supports local Co-op.
  • 1-4 local player support.
  • A handful of characters to choose from.
  • Allows all controller types.
  • Gameplay- a take on Pac Man, you run around mazes and need to collect all the coins. Enemies will chase you and try and kill you.
  • Levels have a bonus life timer, collect all coins before it runs out for an extra life.
  • Gems-collect these and then you can kill the enemies but they will also run away from you.
  • End of level breakdown showing gold/gems/kills/deaths.
  • Instant restart.
  • Easy controls. Majority of the time you are just moving around. Occasionally you have to press a button.
  • Power-ups mix the game up like the ability to freeze enemies or go invisible.
  • Light puzzle elements.

Cons:

  • Few difficulty spikes.
  • Same game style over and over.
  • Little reward.
  • Quest for the Golden Duck is a one and done experience.
  • No customization.
  • No online.

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Length - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
6.8/10

Summary

I always like when someone takes a well established game or style and tries to mix it up. Here we have the quest for the Golden Duck and it cribs a lot from Pac Man. You play on a maze and must collect all coins whilst avoiding enemies. For the most part it all works as intended and is an alright palette cleanser. Its just the game doesn’t reward you for your time. At least in Pac man you have leaderboard and a score. Here you just get an extra life if you are quick enough. I’m not gonna shit all over the game though as it is like I say, a palette cleanser and it’s a game. A game you can play with younger gamers or a quick go game. It’s just if you are looking for any real challenge or unique experience then this isn’t the game for you. If you want a throwaway spin on Pac man then sorted.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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