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Duck Attack - Atari 2600
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Overview

For years, the elusive mad scientist dr. Enrique MacGuffin has been genetically engineering giant, radioactive mutant ducks. These ducks are said to lay eggs of pure plutonium, which, the authorities say, dr. MacGuffin is planning to use to create a doomsday device.

The authorities have finally located his secret lair, and have asked you, a renowned robotics inventor, to explore the lair and retrieve the radioactive eggs before MacGuffin can use them in his doomsday device.

Naturally, you don’t want to go in there yourself, since the place is teeming with radioactivity, but you know just who to send: your brand new robotic creation, who is immune from the effects of the deadly radiation.

With your trusty robot’s help, you can explore the lair and collect the plutonium eggs — but watch out: the mutant ducks are in there too, and they would love nothing more than to eat a metallic intruder. And no doubt dr. MacGuffin has filled his many rooms with other deadly creatures and mechanical booby traps.

Duck Attack! is a brand new homebrew game by Will Nicholes. The object of the game is to collect enough eggs to advance to the next level, while avoiding the mutant, fire-breathing ducks, and other deadly objects. Duck Attack! is an impressive exploration adventure game, squeezing every last ounce of power out of the Atari 2600's modest hardware. If you like Adventure, you'll love Duck Attack!

You can learn more about Duck Attack by visiting Will Nicholes' Duck Attack! site.

Includes cartridge and 20-page, full-color manual. Available in NTSC, PAL50, and PAL60 television formats, please specify above when ordering.

AtariVox Support

An AtariVox, AtariVox+, or SaveKey can be used with this game to store your high scores. Additionally, with an AtariVox or compatible device, you can save your game in progress and return to it later! This means you can save your game, turn off your Atari 2600, and later re-load your game when you're ready to proceed further in Duck Attack.

Author Will Nicholes
Number of Players 1
Controller Joystick
Cartridge Size 32K
Label and Manual Design Nathan Strum

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Reviews (2)

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Reviewer: Devin
03/31/2011 03:13pm
Duck Attack is a strange homage to the classic Atari 2600 game Adventure. The "ducks" are a ton-in-cheek to the "duck-ish" dragons in the original Adventure. However, this time, its a real duck! Actually, this game is a homage to everything Atari - bringing sprites from multiple popular games.

The graphics are really top-notch. So much so, that most people first think they are looking at a Commodore 64 screen.
Reviewer: Nathan Strum
12/15/2010 02:31pm
In the original Adventure for the 2600, the dragons that were attacking you looked more like giant ducks. Well there's no ambiguity in Duck Attack!, because now you actually are being attacked by giant ducks. And not just any ducks - but fire-breathing, radioactive, mutated, evil ducks that lay plutonium eggs. Fortunately, you have a trusty robot minion at your disposal to enter the mad scientist's labyrinthine lair to retrieve all of their eggs, and put a stop to his evil plans.

Duck Attack! plays much like Adventure, in that you explore a maze, pick up objects to use (or to gain bonus points), unlock new areas to explore, and battle giant ducks. The world of Duck Attack! is huge, and mapping it out is essential if you're going to find your way around. There are many obstacles to overcome, items to collect, ducks (and other enemies) to battle, areas to unlock, and a lot of guest appearances by familiar video game icons. Your goal is to collect radioactive eggs left throughout the maze, and use them to unlock doors to other areas. Collect all 25 eggs, and you will have successfully completed your mission. If all of your robots get eaten by ducks (or are otherwise killed) then it's game over. Along the way, you can also pick up speed-boosts, extra lives, shields, flashlights (to illuminate otherwise dark rooms), a rechargeable zapper to fend off enemies, and more.

The graphics in Duck Attack! are outstanding. All of the sprites are large and multi-colored, and the ducks are especially impressive. To be sure, there's a lot of Adventure-like flicker, but it isn't too bad, and doesn't detract any from the enjoyment of the game. The sound is very good, with some helpful audio cues warning you of nearby enemies. If you have a SaveKey or AtariVox hooked up, it will save your top five high scores, but more impressively - you can save your progress mid-game. This means you can save your game, switch off your Atari, and resume right where you left off. How many times have you wished for that in other 2600 games?

Duck Attack! isn't just an homage to Adventure, it's a complete re-imagining of it. With impressive graphics, a huge world to explore, and a terrifically fun concept, you can't go wrong with it. Even if you're not a fan of the original Adventure, Duck Attack! stands on its own as one of the best, and certainly most unique, homebrew titles.
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