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The Lucky Dime Caper Starring Donald Duck

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The Lucky Dime Caper Starring Donald Duck
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Genre: Action































Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
EU (Classic)
€? 7072-50
Sega Master System
UK
£32.99[1][2] 7072
Sega Master System
UK (Limited)
£? ?
Sega Master System
FR
?F 7072
Sega Master System
DE
DM 89,95[3] 7072
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 7072
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 026130



Sega Game Gear
JP
¥3,800 G-3309
Sega Game Gear
US
$39.95[4] 2404
Sega Game Gear
UK
£24.99[2] 2404
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F 2404
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM 89,95[3] 2404
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas 2404
Sega Game Gear
BR
R$? 013560



The Lucky Dime Caper Starring Donald Duck, called Donald Duck no Lucky Dime (ドナルドダックのラッキーダイム) in Japan, is a platform game developed for the Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear in 1991. As the name suggests, it stars Donald Duck, who must travel across seven levels save his three nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie from the evil Magica De Spell, as well as the "Lucky Dimes" stolen by her.

The game was released at the same time as Quackshot, and is often considered to be the Master System alternative of that game as a result. Both have Donald travel to various points on the globe, though The Lucky Dime Caper arms Donald with a hammer (a flying disk can also be acquired during the game) and the ability to jump on enemies' heads rather than relying on plungers. The stories are also very different.

A limited edition box set was sold in the UK, which included a music cassette tape featuring songs from various Disney films, a Donald Duck t-shirt and a Land of Illusion poster.

The Game Gear version of the game has different map screen and a more polished introduction sequence, but aside from this (and the smaller resolution) it is essentially the same game.

The Lucky Dime Caper was followed by Deep Duck Trouble Starring Donald Duck, which was also released for the Master System and Game Gear.

Gameplay

The Lucky Dime Caper is a typical platformer, where Left and Right moves your character to the respective direction, Up is used to get through doors and Down "ducks". 2 is assigned for jumping, underwater 22222 makes you afloat; and 1 attacks. You can throw the Flying Disk up by holding Up then press 1.

There are seven stages in all, which must be completed within a time limit.

Stages

TLDC SMS Stage1.png Stage 1 - The Northern Woods
Beat a bear boss at the end and save Louie.
TLDC SMS Stage2.png Stage 2 - The Great American Forest
Rescue Dewey from a cage guarded by a big lion boss.
TLDC SMS Stage3.png Stage 3 - The Andes Mountains
Face two statues possessed by ancient spirits to free Huey.
TLDC SMS Stage4.png Stage 4 - The Tropical Isles
Recover the first Lucky Dime beating a big tropical crow.
TLDC SMS Stage5.png Stage 5 - The Pyramids
The second Lucky Dime is guarded by a Egyptian crow boss, who is assisted by a giant enchanted snake.
TLDC SMS Stage6.png Stage 6 - The South Pole
Find the third Lucky Dime after beating a big crow that kicks ice cubes at you.
TLDC SMS Stage7.png Stage 7 - Magica's Castle
The final battle, for the fourth and last Lucky Dime, is against the evil Magica De Spell in her castle, that is full of skeletons and ghosts.

Items

TLDC SMS TreasureBox.png Treasure Boxes
They usually hold other items, but there is also an enemy that disguises as them.
TLDC SMS Hammer.png Hammer
If you lose the Hammer during the game, or get it replaced by the Flying Disks, you can get it back.
TLDC SMS FlyingDisk.png Flying Disks
They are used as a weapon to attack the enemies from distance.
TLDC SMS 1Up.png 1Up
Gives you an extra player.
TLDC SMS Star.png Stars
Each star makes you attack faster, both with the Hammer and the Flying Disks. Grabbing a fifth star makes you invincible for a few seconds and reset the stars' count.
TLDC SMS SmallGem.png Small Gems (yellow)
Adds 500 points to your score.
TLDC SMS LargeGem.png Large Gems (blue)
Adds 1000 points to your score.

Magazine articles

Main article: The Lucky Dime Caper Starring Donald Duck/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Supergame BR 15.pdfSupergame BR 15.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in
Supergame (BR) #15: "Outubro 1992" (1992-10-xx)
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MegaForce ES 11.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in
Mega Force (ES) #11: "Marzo 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Hobby Consolas (ES) #18: "Marzo 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[7]
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MegaForce ES 11.pdf

PDF
Game Gear print advert in
Mega Force (ES) #11: "Marzo 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Hobby Consolas (ES) #18: "Marzo 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[8]

Physical scans

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №122, p54-56[1]
92 №1, p133Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[9]
72 №32, p70[4]
87 №5, p53
80 №6, p62-63[10]
90 №23, p145[11]
92 №16, p76-78[12]
92 №1, p133[13]
55 №47, p38-39
70 №16, p70-71[14]
87 №3/93, p25[15]
78 №2, p11[16]
95 №29, p24-27
100 №46, p100[17]
94 №4, p30-31[18]
94 №15, p72-73
78 №2, p78-79[19]
Sega Master System
85
Based on
17 reviews

Master System, EU
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Cover
TLDC SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
LuckyDimeCaperSMSEUManual7L.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
(Classic Master System)
TLDC SMS EU Box Classic.jpg
Cover
TLDC SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, UK
Limited Edition
LuckyDimeCaper SMS UK LE spine.jpgLuckyDimeCaper SMS UK LE cover.jpg
Cover
TLDC SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
LuckyDimeCaperSMSUKManual.pdf
Manual
LuckyDimeCaper UK LE tapecover.jpg
Cassette cover
LuckyDimeCaper UK LE tapebackcover.jpg
Cassette cover (back)
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Cassette
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T-Shirt
Master System, AU
Lucky Dime Caper SMS AU Cover.jpg
Cover
Lucky Dime Caper SMS AU Cart Top.jpg
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Cart
Master System, BR
TLDC SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
LuckyDimeCaper SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
TLDC SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR (newer)
TLDC SMS BR Box Alt.jpg
Cover
LuckyDimeCaper SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №122 (Go!), p18-19[20]
84 №28, p72[21]
92 №40, p155[22]
95 №24, p158[23]
92 №30, p48
90 №4, p31[24]
93 №15, p75
92 №2, p78-79[19]
93 №18, p75[25]
Sega Game Gear
91
Based on
9 reviews

Game Gear, US
TLDC GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngTLDC GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
TLDC GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Luckydimecaper gg us manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
TLDC GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
TLDC GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, JP
TLDC GG JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
TLDC GG JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, BR
TLDC GG BR Box.jpg
Cover
TLDC GG BR Cart.jpg
Cart
TLDC GG BR Manual.pdf
Manual

References


Disney games for Sega systems/Published by Sega
Sega Mega Drive
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (1990) | Fantasia (1991) | Quackshot Starring Donald Duck (1991) | World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck (1992) | Goofy's Hysterical History Tour (1993) | The Great Circus Mystery Starring Mickey & Minnie (1994) | Mickey's Ultimate Challenge (1994) | Mickey Mania (1994) | Donald in Maui Mallard (1995)
Sega Master System
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (1990) | The Lucky Dime Caper Starring Donald Duck (1991) | Land of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (1992) | Deep Duck Trouble Starring Donald Duck (1993) | Legend of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (1997) | Mickey's Ultimate Challenge (1998)
Sega Game Gear
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (1991) | The Lucky Dime Caper Starring Donald Duck (1991) | Land of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (1993) | Deep Duck Trouble Starring Donald Duck (1993) | Mickey's Ultimate Challenge (1994) | Legend of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (1995)
Sega Pico
Mickey no Yukai na Bouken (1993) | Donald no Obake Taiji (1993) | Mickey's Blast into the Past (1994) | Donald no TV Show (1995) | Mickey to Ooki na Furudokei (1996) | Mickey no Tokyo Disneyland Stamp Rally (1996) | Tokyo Disneyland Toon Town Mickey no Boku wa Untenshu (1997) | Mickey to Utau Tori no Shima Minnie o Sagashite Waku Waku Daibouken! (1998) | Mickey no Boku wa Meitantei (2000) | Tokyo DisneySea Mickey to Asobou! (2002)
Sega Saturn
Sega Ages I Love Mickey Mouse: Fushigi no Oshiro Daibouken/I Love Donald Duck: Guruzia Ou no Hihou (1998)
Sega Dreamcast
Disney's Donald Duck Quack Attack (2000)
Xbox 360
Sony PlayStation 3
Windows PC
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (2013)