One of my fond memories of my youth was rushing home after school to get in front of the television in time for afternoon cartoons. Remember when kids HAD afternoon cartoons? Well, one of my favorite blocks of cartoons was The Disney Afternoon, which included shows like Bonkers, TaleSpin, Darkwing Duck, Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers, and of course, the linchpin cartoon, DuckTales.
Many fellow fans of Uncle Scrooge and the gang from Duckburg are already riding the wave of nostalgia with the recently released DuckTales Remastered on consoles. But there’s another, recently released original DuckTales adventure that might have slipped under your radar. We’re checking out DuckTales: Scrooge’s Loot, a new free-to-play mobile title from the folks over at Disney and Complex Games.
Scrooge’s Loot begins with Scrooge in his office, writing a letter to his three grandnephews who are away visiting their Uncle Donald, when a loud sound breaks his concentration. Checking in on his iconic money bin, Scrooge discovers that he’s been robbed. To recover his loot, he’s recruited teams of treasure hunters to travel to where the baddies stashed the goods, and tasked them with grabbing as much of the goods as possible.
This is where you come in. As a member of one of Scrooge’s recovery teams, you begin by choosing your character and then building a load-out of weapons, items, gadgets, and costumes before starting a match. After beginning a mission, you’re dropped into a Capture the Flag style match with up to seven other players, divided into two teams. Your goal is to run to the loot pile on the map, collect a handful of the loot, and deliver it safely to your team’s transport. Of course, the other team is doing the same thing, so you’ll need to watch your back while also knocking out your foes and swiping any of the gold they might be carrying.
DuckTales: Scrooge’s Loot looks phenomenal on mobile devices (iOS/Android), and the controls generally work well. My only control issue is that, on the smaller smartphone screens, I sometimes accidentally fired my weapon when I meant to just turn around. It’s a minor issue, and one that’s nonexistent on larger tablet screens. My only other gripe with the game is that it takes a long time to earn coins to buy new characters or upgrades, though that tends to be par for the course under the free-to-play model. Besides, Scrooge needs to refill his money bin somehow.
DuckTales: Scrooge’s Loot is a blast to play and definitely brings a feeling of fun nostalgia with it. Sure, Scrooge and Launchpad are just peripheral characters, but their appearances, coupled with the style and presentation throughout the game, still give it the flavor of a DuckTales cartoon. If you’re a fan of the show, and you’re looking for an occasional distraction, you can’t go wrong with DuckTales: Scrooge’s Loot.