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Video Game: Deep Duck Trouble

Deep Duck Trouble is the 1993 sequel to The Lucky Dime Caper. This Donald Duck platformer was developed for the Master System by Aspect instead of Sega and features a number of changes from the original game. Instead of fighting with a hammer and a disc, Donald can kick blocks around much like Scrooge in Capcom's DuckTales games, which isn't as useful as holding and throwing blocks like Mickey Mouse but does have its moments of cleverness. There are only 4 levels to be cleared before the final one, but each one is divided in two fairly well-developed and different acts.

The game's story begins with the shocking sight of a balloon Scrooge McDuck, cursed to float in disgrace by a pendant he found during a treasure hunt. It's up to Donald to retrace his uncle's steps on a mysterious island and bring the pendant back to its rightful place so the curse can be lifted.

The game is also available for the Game Gear, but unlike Lucky Dime Caper both versions are the same.


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  • 1-Up: A block with Donald's face in it.
  • Advancing Boss of Doom: All bosses except the final one are escape scenes and you don't get to fight back. The chaser eventually just crashes on something.
  • Balloon Belly: Scrooge became a balloon due to the curse that struck him. And later, so does Donald.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Donald saves Scrooge, but accidentally gets himself cursed.
  • Blackout Basement: One corridor in the final level has torches that turn off and on. Most obstacles are invisible in the dark, but ghosts appear instead.
  • Book Ends: The game begins with Donald preparing to help balloon Scrooge. In the end their roles are reversed.
  • Call Back: Some elements in the levels are reused from The Lucky Dime Caper.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Notably, lava isn't a one-hit-kill but cold water is.
  • Death Throws: Averted. Donald in his hurt animation just freezes in place when out of HP.
  • Everythings Worse With Sharks: The boss of The Inlet level.
  • Final Boss: The treasure guardian is the only boss who Donald fights directly.
  • Game Over Man: Donald.
  • Goomba Stomp: With no hammer or disc, it's all you can do other than kicking conveniently-placed blocks.
  • Have a Nice Death: Aside from a burned or frozen Donald, he futilely attemps to flap upwards if he falls on a bottomless pit.
  • Here We Go Again: Donald suddenly receives a crown when he retrieves the pendant, but it turns out to be a trap: every "treasure" in that temple is cursed. At least Scrooge is happy to go adventuring again.
  • Hit Points: Three.
  • Idle Animation: Angry foot tapping - even in the level select screen. Also, Donald still reacts to heat and cold in certain levels.
  • Invincibility Power-Up: Berserking chilly peppers, as a nod to Quackshot. Except you cannot turn Donald around while it is in effect.
  • Lethal Lava Land: Area 2 of The Volcano level.
  • Meaningful Background Event: The area before the final boss has figures in the background pointing at the path you must follow.
  • Rise to the Challenge: The eruption near the end of the Volcano level.
  • Scoring Points: Visible in the level select screen and in the results screen after every level.
  • Scenery Porn: One of the most detailed Master System games.
  • Sequential Boss: The final boss has two attack patterns.
  • Spikes Of Doom: Some obstacles rooms are full of those.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Area 2 of the Valley level even brings back the yetis from Lucky Dime Caper's South Pole level.
  • Tactical Suicide Boss: In his first phase, the treasure guardian is out of reach but shoots lasers that create blocks for you to kick into it.
  • Victory Pose: Cheerful jumping at the results screen.

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