The Lucky Dime Caper starring Donald Duck - Game Gear

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The Lucky Dime Caper starring Donald Duck (Game Gear)
Also for: Sega Master System
Viewed: 2D Side-on, Scrolling Genre:
Arcade origin:No
Developer: SEGA Soft. Co.: Walt Disney Company
Publishers: SEGA (DE/ES/FI/FR/GB/IT/NL/SE)
Released: 1991 (DE/ES/FI/FR/GB/IT/NL/SE)
Ratings: No rating


First released in December 1991 for the Sega Master System and Game Gear, The Lucky Dime Caper was the result of a special arrangement that saw Sega developing exclusive Disney games (other examples being Mickey Mouse's Illusion series). Launched alongside Quackshot on the Mega Drive, this 8-bit adventure was really fun to control yet was a beast to master.

Make no mistake, this is as challenging today as it is engaging. Donald has a weapon at his disposal to take out strange colourful baddies, but he can only be hit twice before dying. To survive more hits, you have to stock up on hit points, collected via star-decorated power ups.

Luckily power-ups aren't too hard to come by. For every second foe you squash, an item appears. You usually tackle stages armed with a hammer, but you can sometimes get a different weapon in the form of a frisbee, which is quite poor as it misses almost every enemy and is bog slow.

For an 8-bit game, you see some lovely colours and scenery, and despite a few screens being nothing more than a block colour Donald is taken through some very nice locations. And you'll be surprised at the variety of platforming tasks that lie in each level, making them play differently to the last. More admirable than the level gimmicks however – and perhaps the best thing about this game - is that it does little to patronise, thanks in part to its difficulty curve.

The Lucky Dime Caper is an example of Sega's impressive track record with the Disney brand during the 1990s, and all the more for it being on a console that was a generation behind the latest machines.