Famicom World

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"The pizza stacking game is VERY hard to master, because even the slightest touch of the button will drop some of your pizzas."


Intro (Storyline) 1.5

In the United States, Capcom was a pretty big fan of Disney. Literally, Capcom made about eight to nine games for Disney. These games were very good, and many aren't known as too bad, except for the slightly mediocre Adventures in the Magic Kingdom. Did you know that some Disney games, however, weren't released in the U.S.? Better yet, they weren't even made my Capcom. Well, here we have Donald Duck, a Kemco offering, which shows you why Capcom didn't pick it up for a U.S. release. Instead, Seika released it here, dropping Donald and his friends due to legal issues, and replacing them with Peanuts characters.

In reality, there is no storyline. The game is about Donald Duck competing in events with Daisy -- and with Huey, Dewy, and Louie helping out. The games include things like jumping over walls and (my favorite) the sack race, where you simply run in a sack race against a generic duck. No Scrooge makes me sad, but the games themselves are fun.

Graphics 3.0

The screens that show you which games are coming up are nicely done. The screen that shows Donald and his opponent, however, are very strange. Everything but the ducks looks fine. While everything runs smoothly, Donald and his opponent glow of some mysterious substance. But that's just nitpicking, because the graphics look great for a game its age. SNES maybe.

Audio 2.5

The sounds? There's nothing much to say, as there are very few sound effects used in the game. The music itself seems kind of scratchy, but I like the title screen's song.

Gameplay 3.5

This is where the game shines through. There are quite a few events for you to play. This is a great game for the six to 10 demographic. The game is not too hard, but it's also not too easy. Most of the time, smashing the A button over and over again is NOT the strategy you want to use, because everyone moves slowly. The pattern for some of the games takes some getting used to, like in the jumping over walls game. The pizza stacking game is VERY hard to master, because even the slightest touch of the button will drop some of your pizzas. Overall, great gameplay.

Controls 3.5

Like I said before, the controls are pretty smooth. The only time I ever had trouble was during the sack race, and that took only about five to six minutes to master. Smooth controls = good game.

Frustrations 2.0

There's not much frustration in this game, unless you REALLY need everything to be perfect in your games. The computer characters are not hard in the games you challenge them to, and the jumping pattern is pretty easy to follow. No problems with it here.

Fun Factor 3.5

Giving out a lot of 3.5's. The game is fun and a great way to pass a half an hour. Just keep in mind, the game is meant for young kids, so I don't want you bitching about how the game is too "kiddy."

Overall 2.5

So, I'm totally torn on this one. The game itself is fun and addicting, but I know there will be many people who will complain or have problems with this game. I don't understand it; the game's not TOO kiddy. But anyway, the game is fun. It's a great way to spend some time, and seeing some of the characters look like their cartoon counterparts isn't too bad, except for the Jell-O like substance they're all covered in. Well, it's a fine game, a thumbs up offering.





Donald Duck 
Platform Famicom
Developer Kemco 
Publisher Kemco 
Players 1/2 Player 
Genre Kiddie 
Release Date 09/22/1988 
Retail Price  
Current Value  
Saving Option none 
NES NTSC Snoopy's Silly Sports Spectacular 

Disk-kun Ratings

Storyline [][ 1.5 / 5.0
Graphics [][][] 3.0 / 5.0
Audio [][][ 2.5 / 5.0
Gameplay [][][][ 3.5 / 5.0
Controls [][][][ 3.5 / 5.0
Frustrations [][] 2.0 / 5.0
Fun Factor [][][][ 3.5 / 5.0
Overall [][][ 2.5 / 5.0


Title Screen
Title Screen

Sack Hop Title
Sack Hop Title

Sack Hop Gameplay
Sack Hop Gameplay