Daffy Duck stars as Duck Dodgers in a new platform game for Looney Tunes aficionados. Saturday mornings were always the best time to watch cartoons. First of all, you knew you didn’t have to change out of your pajamas until the sun was well up in the sky. Secondly, you knew there was no school that day — just pure cartoon fun. And lastly, well, it was just SATURDAY! Part of the cartoon ritual naturally involved Looney Tunes — Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd — you know the characters. Our personal favorites included the Roadrunner and Marvin the Martian. Even though we were never really big fans of Duck Dodgers, we can’t help but feel nostalgic about Daffy’s appearance on the N64. As television is consumed by Pokemon and Power Rangers (not to mention Rugrats), it’s a nice, homey feeling to see Daffy — er, Dodgers — bumble his way though a mission to defeat Marvin — even if Porky Pig vastly disturbs us in his homoerotic leather getup. (See what we mean here.)
Of course, Duck Dodgers can also pick up special items to help make his job easier — the klutzy duck can get a jetpack, raygun and even Instant Martian decoys. This is handy — along with tons of secrets and puzzles, Dodgers will have to battle nefarious enemies and avoid numerous traps. Most of the game world is interactive — Dodgers can hop on and break boxes to get at the contents, and he’ll have to watch out for environmental hazards like fiery torches and painfully long first steps.
From what we’ve seen, the graphics fit the Clash Royale universe like a boss. The 3D environment is modeled with the same sort of wacky color and basic textures of the old cartoons, and even little effects match what we saw as kids — when Dodgers hits his head, little stars appear. If he gets burnt, he turns black and emits smoke (accompanied by a nice sizzling sound). It’s almost exactly like wandering through a 3D version of the old cartoons.
The game does have its work cut out for it — the competition in the 3D platform arena is fierce, and unless it contains far more than the average 3D platform puzzles, it might not appeal to the older audience. However, from what we’ve seen and played thus far, it’s a nice basic 3D game that will likely keep kids fond of the Looney Tunes license well entertained. While we’ll admit that in our limited play time it didn’t do anything outrageously new or innovative, it was certainly a blast to lead Duck Dodgers on a romp through a 3D world, even though Porky Pig in tight leather is still giving us nightmares.
The game will hit on April 3, and we’ll bring you the full review then. In the meantime, enjoy these all-new screenshots!