The game takes place in locations around the globe, and you play as Scrooge McDuck who is looking to become richer than he already is by finding treasures hidden in each level. There were a total of 5 levels that you could complete in any order and took you to locations such as Transylvania, the Amazon Jungle, the Himalaya mountains and what is perhaps the most well known level in the game, The Moon! (More on this in a minute.)
Various characters from the TV show appeared in the game such as Gizmoduck, Huey, Dewey and Louie, and various villains like The Beagle Boys, Magica De Spell, and the game’s big badguy, Flintheart Glomgold. Some of characters would open up a new part of the level for you, others would give you various power ups, and others provided hints for other parts of the world.
The game played similarly to how other 8-bit platforming games, that you may know, such as as Super Mario Brothers or Mega Man. You would use Scrooge’s cane as the “weapon” and you could bounce on the baddies, or use the cane to hit various objects to find diamonds or trigger secret passages. Ducktales is widely regarded as one of the best games of the original Nintendo era of gaming thanks to it’s gameplay, use of the franchises character and one of the most memorable soundtracks in gaming, even today.
Finally, I mentioned The Moon Level earlier..for a game that was made with 8-bit technology, the music for this level alone is one of most popular, and redone pieces of gaming music among the gaming community. It’s catchy, it fit the level perfectly and it’s simply just amazing for its time. I’ll leave you with the original incarnation of the music from the moon, and one of it’s most popular re imaginings.