Format: Commodore Amiga
Year Released: 1990
Also released on: ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64
Now available on: Nothing
|Andy Crane, Edd the Duck and Wilson the Butler|
in the Children's BBC Broom Cupboard
|It's Edd the Duck!!!|
|The fish in this picture reminds me of Ben from EastEnders.|
|This is where Microsoft got the idea for the design of the Windows logo. It's true.|
|Bees and the EastEnders Ben fish give Edd a headache.|
Edd the Duck! is presented really well, with some nice pre-game screens, intermissions, a good game over sequence and leader board. Graphically, it's all very nice and colourful, with well-defined cartoon-style sprites, detailed platforms, and a general feel of overall quality. Sound-wise, the music is terrific. There's only one tune that plays throughout the game, although this is actually quite a good, catchy tune, sounding very Children's BBC in style, and there is nice intro music, game over and leader board music too. There are no sound effects to speak of, but all in all, the game's presentation is all quite nice and jolly and captures the TV studio context well.
|The sun is rather happy in this colourful picture|
|An image from the "Special Effects Department"|
level. This is where the BBC made Doctor Who.
|Moons, stars, mouldy green platforms and a smiley space|
shuttle populate this screenshot.
Edd the Duck! feels like a game that could have been so much more. A little extra work on the controls, and a few extra features, and it could have been a minor classic, maybe even giving Rainbows Islands, the game on which is it obviously attempting to cash-in, a run for its money. Instead, it remains a nicely-presented, moderately fun little game which will keep you amused for a short while.
|It's the end of Edd's TV career after colliding with too many enemies. Oh dear.|
Nice loading screen and intro screen, with polished intermissions and leaderboard.
Clear and colourful, with attractive cartoon visuals, good animation and, on level two, a nice background.
The Amiga's sound chip provides some great tunes, although it would have been nice to have different music for each level.
Easy to pick up and play, but suffers just because Edd can't change direction when jumping, and can get frustrating.
An enjoyable platform game, but missing a few elements that could have made it amazing.
|Edd on the Speccy! A game that can't be completed!|
Being the worldwide superstar that he was, Edd the Duck made appearances on a few other computers at the time. In addition to the Amiga version above, he also graced the Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 with his presence. I gave the Spectrum version a go, and found that Edd is actually able to move while in mid-air in it, which makes controlling him a little easier. However, apparently this version of the game isn't possible to complete due there not being enough stars in one of the levels (the counter wants you to get 20, but there are only 19 on the level). A poke fixes this, but it does make you wonder what kind of playtesting went on before releasing games back then!
Here's a video of the game in action...