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Adventure Game Scene of the Day — Monday 23 September 2013

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I wish there were pizza joints like this where I live.

I thought Duckman: The Graphic Adventures of a Private Dick (1997) was pretty good, but I guess it really depends on your sense of humor as to whether you can enjoy it. Its somewhat crude and lewd humor as well as its short play length may be negatives to some. I enjoyed it at the time though.

     
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My daughter & me had polished off Duckman in one go.
That was the best (sunny) Christmas day I ever had.

     

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I liked the TV series and its humour, so I’m pretty sure I’ll like this.

That’s why it’s on my list of games to play. Tongue

Plus Dag can’t stop raving about this… Grin

     

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Yay! Duckman! Grin

TimovieMan - 23 September 2013 06:59 AM

Dag can’t stop raving about this… Grin

Hah! I’ve only just begun! Tongue

I was a huge fan of the animated show before I discovered the game, and what a discovery that was! Every fan of the show owes it to themselves to play the game, because it’s a bloody good Duckman episode, and an interactive one at that.

One of the most hilarious games I ever played, but obviously, not for those easily offended, as just about every joke made in the game would challenge your sense of decency Tongue Nor is it a game for those looking for a braintwister, as it’s probably the closest thing to a fast paced adventure game you could get in the nineties. A seasoned adventurer would likely not get stuck once.

The voice acting is simply superb. It features, among others, Tim Curry in one of his most brilliant performances. The AG review mentions the lack of Jason Alexander (the original voice of Duckman) as a con, but I disagree. Michael Gough (a seasoned voice actor whose voice can be heard in many adventure games) delivers a dynamic and convincing performance and a brilliant Alexander impression on top of it. It’s a delight to listen to.

Aside from easy puzzles, the biggest con of the game is it’s short length. It leaves you wanting more, and, as mentioned in the AG review, with a sense of untapped potential. A little more game, a little more challenge, and it would have been among the greats. Still, it’s one of the best “Not by LucasArts, but could easily have been” - games, and a must play for anyone who fancies the mid nineties cartoon adventures.

On a side note, I just finished my first playthrough of Blazing Dragons (Terry Jones of Monty Python’s brainchild) which is made by the same company that made Duckman. Another brilliant “Not by LucasArts, but could easily have been” - game. The humour here is considerably less wicked, but like anything written by Terry Jones, there’s the occasional sexual innuendo. Terry Jones, along with Cheech Marin (Cheech & Chong) and Harry Shearer (The Simpsons), lends their voices to the majority of the characters (including the female ones, in true Monty Python style), and, just like Duckman, the voice acting shines. The puzzles are slightly less easy, and the game is a little bit longer. It has a couple short arcade sections, but these are only a very small portion of the game, they’re not tedious, and should not discourage anyone from playing it. Another rare gem, and a must play!

     

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I also want to play this, although I’ve never seen the show. I like the graphics and it seems to be generally praised, but Dag’s opinions is definitely what finally convinced me. Anybody knows if it’s difficult to find?

Also, what are we counting down to? I hope it’s something good. Smile

     
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harald - 23 September 2013 10:30 AM

I also want to play this, although I’ve never seen the show. I like the graphics and it seems to be generally praised, but Dag’s opinions is definitely what finally convinced me. Anybody knows if it’s difficult to find?

Sadly, due to limited distribution and marketing, Duckman is one of the rarest commercial adventure games out there, but there’s often a copy or two availiable at amazon. They’re usually quite pricey though Meh

     

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Dag - 23 September 2013 10:14 AM

Blazing Dragons

*adds another game to his list of games to play*

     

Last played: Marvel’s Spider-Man - 4.5/5 | Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell - 3/5 | There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension (CPT) - 4/5 | There Is No Game (replay) - 4/5 | Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars (replay) - 3/5 | Lighthouse: The Dark Being (CPT) - 2.5/5 | Anna’s Quest (CPT) - 4.5/5 | Simon the Sorcerer II: The Lion, the Wizard and the Wardrobe - 4/5 | Florence - 4/5 | Alice Trapped in Wonderland - 1/5 | The Hunt for the Lost Ship - 1.5/5 | The Talos Principle - 4/5 | Tex Murphy: Martian Memorandum - 3/5 | Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc - 3/5 | Simon the Sorcerer (replay) - 4/5 | Portal 2 - 4/5 | Murder By Numbers - 3.5/5 | Heavy Rain - 3.5/5 | Disco Elysium - 4.5/5 | Freddi Fish 2: The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse - 3/5

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zobraks - 23 September 2013 02:26 AM

My daughter & me had polished off Duckman in one go.
That was the best (sunny) Christmas day I ever had.

That is IS lovely, man Wink

     

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