Donald Duck in Maui Mallard
It sure looks like our old friend Donald Duck, but we were told that Disney has created a whole new duck hero called Maui Mallard. Names aside. Disney has come through with an action-filled island adventure that is surrounded with mystery and magical enemies.
In Disney Interactive's latest release for the Genesis, Shabuhm Shabuhm, a powerful mojo idol that has protected the island of Maui for centuries, has suddenly disappeared in the middle of the night. With the idol missing, your duty as the venturing waterfowl is to search through the Mojo Mansion and other areas of the game to find and replace the symbol of protection that has worked flawlessly for so long.
Maui Mallard exhibits impressively drawn graphics and smooth character animation for both the feathered hero and his opposition. Control is standard for an action side-scroller like this one.
But our early version was a bit touchy. Players may find that the most difficult part of operating our hero occurs when trying to perform a precision jump in order to land on safe territory, instead of falling to your death. We expect that to be remedied by production time though.
Level design and the overall complexity of our star character really make this title shine. We found that Maui can take on different personalities throughout the game. This allows you to not only play as the normal gun-toting Maui, but also as a ninja mallard in Level 2. Throw in a large number of hidden items scattered throughout the game and you can see the depth of forethought and gameplay that will make this title shine. It is features like these that make this cart a real gem for diehard 16-Bit gamers who refuse to let their systems gather dust.
A real surprise all the way to the end, Maui Mallard is a masterpiece that provides players with a complete package, not missing anything in playability or game depth. Recently, Disney Interactive has begun to prove itself as a leader in the action game arena with hot titles like Toy Story and now Maui Mallard. Don't miss this spectacular cart.
Don't miss the plentiful hidden holes in the walls. They lead to caverns filled with power-ups, different triggers and hard-to-locate passages. They are all over the various levels, and they will give the player who compulsively searches for caches of free items plenty of opportunities to find what he/she is searching for. On the left side of the picture, the trigger lowers a hidden chain when pulled. With this new chain lowered, the venturous player can climb up and search through two upper areas that are not accessible to the player who just blows through each level without looking for details.
MANUFACTURER - Disney Inter.
DIFFICULTY - MODERATE
THEME - ACTION
NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1