Howard the Duck

• Publisher: Activision
• Developer:
Release Date: 1986
Creators: Troy Lyndon, Scott Orr, John Cutter, Harald Seeley

GFX: Mark Sample
Music: Russell Lieblich

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 19%


FILE: howardtheduckend.zip


> HOWARD THE DUCK by Activision

• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Howard the Duck is a poor game. I don't know if any of you guys saw the film years ago, which is just as bad. It's quite appropriate then that this game sucks. The game is split into 3 levels. The first being based on an island where you have to find your backpack and then make your way to the volcano. The second level puts you in control of a microlite aircraft where you have to fly over the volcano and parachute out. Finally inside the volcano you have to destroy the evil chap that has captured your two mates and then throw the volcano power switch at the end. It all sounds much better than it actually is.

Howard has completed his mission...

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I used an infinite energy and time cheat. I played this years ago and got very frustrated playing it. I wasn't going to go through that again.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: After shooting the bad guy, I ran and pressed the switch. I was then presented with a gold medal with the highest accolade - Admiral.


  • Neil: Awful game, with a fairly decent end screen. I'd like to score it lower, but there are worse endings out there. 3/10.
  • Vinny: Never watched the film; never bothered with the game; but the game ending is okay. It's what I would have expected. 3.5/10 from me.
  • Andy Vaisey: Borrowed this off a friend back in the day. Thought it looked pretty, but I've played faster games of chess. A snail-pace boring game isn't my idea of fun. The ending is boring too. Never seen the film. Thankfully.
  • Brendan Phoenix: Was it based on a comic?

    I too have never seen the film, just remember the awful reviews and that it is remembered as one of the biggest flops ever. Aslo remember the poor reviews to the game.

    Having said that the ending screen is ok, better than expected.
  • Andrew Fisher: The ending is probably the best bit of the game, in my opinion! Saw the film once but that was pretty terrible too.
  • Gaz Spence: HtD is the worst type of crass Eighties movie and spawned an equally despicable game. 'Nuff said.

FINAL SAY: Not great, but at least there was something at the end of this piece of crap.

G.E. RATING: 3 / 10

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