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Duck Life (also known as Duck Life: Origin, or Duck Life: Original, Duck Life 1) is the first installation in the Duck Life series, released in November 5, 2008. In this game, the player trains a duck to win races in order to raise money to save the farm. Duck Life includes many training levels, which in turn level up your duck. The higher the level, the faster. Many cosmetics can be purchased for coins, collected in the training.

Skills & Training[]

You can enter training using one of the three buttons at the top of the screen, which will take you to an individual minigame, specific by the button that you pressed that you can play to earn XP to level up different abilities for your duck. The longer you last in each minigame, the more XP you can gain (with a max level of 150). You can also collect coins throughout the level, scattered randomly on the map, that you can use in the shop (section 2)

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Running training[]

The XP gained in this minigame goes to your running level, or speed on land during racing. The minigame itself encourages tricky timing across a flat plain, as brown rocks rolling across have to be avoided by jumping over them, which you control with space (or a mouse click in the old version) on PC and you touch the screen on android.

There isn't really a good technique for running except for practise, and over time you will learn to time your jumps.

Flying training[]

This minigames XP goes to your flying level, or flying speed while racing. When you start your duck will be sent down a slope, and ascend into the air. Over time, you lose speed and eventually land in the water. you can control your duck to fly up and down to collect coins by using the up and down arrows on PC, and touching the top and bottom of the screen on Android. If you go down too soon, then you could hit the water and the game will end early.

The best flying technique is to not go for dots that seem close to water, as said before, water ends the run.

Swimming Training[]

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This minigame increases the swimming level, or speed in water while racing. You will start in a flat ocean, and you can press the up and down arrow on PC or top and bottom of the screen on android to jump and duck over incoming objects. Below is a list of objects and what to do if you see it.

  • Flag boat: dive down
  • Ferry: dive down
  • Iceberg: jump over
  • Stone post: jump over
  • Island: jump over


The best technique for swimming is to go towards the front half of the screen, and to worry more about getting further than collecting dots, because if you act too soon about getting a dot it will almost always lead to your doom. There is also a bizarre glitch with the island: If you go over it, then press left, you get stuck in the sand and you die. Beware, and don't go for that coin in the sand.

Shop[]

The shop is where you can spend your hard earned money from training and racing, to buy cosmetics for your duck, and seeds. The duck's paint colour, and hat can be changed, as well as energy levels (seeds)

Hats[]

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Hats won't affect the duck's performance but it can give the duck a stylish appearance. All hats except for Crown cost 100 coins. The player's duck starts without having any hat and can return to this state by resetting the duck's hat. Here is the list of hats and their unlocking requirements.

Hat chart

Image Name Unlock Requirements
Flat Cap Unlocked from the Start
Bowler Hat Unlocked from winning the race: Natural World
Propeller Hat Unlocked from winning the race: Rooftop Jumping
Liberty Spikes Unlocked from winning the race: Volcano Challenge
Crown Unlocked from winning the race: World Championship

Paint[]

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Paint won't affect the duck's performance just like hats but it can make the player's duck look good. Each paint costs 50 coins. The player's duck starts with Classic Yellow paint and can return to this state by resetting the duck's color. Here is the list of paint and their unlocking requirements.

Paint chart

Image Name Unlock Requirements
Hazel Brown Unlocked from the Start
Juicy Orange Unlocked from winning the race: Green Valley
Crazy Red Unlocked from winning the race: Rocky Cliff
Deep Purple Unlocked from winning the race: Shallow Lake
Boring Grey Unlocked from winning the race: Banister Climb
Midnight Black Unlocked from winning the race: Leap of Faith or if you fall in the volcano
Pretty Pink Unlocked from winning the race: Swimming Pool
Snow White Unlocked from winning the race: Up the Volcano
Lime Green Unlocked from winning the race: Over the Volcano
Sky Blue Unlocked from winning the race: Across the River

Seeds[]

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Regular seeds, which cost one coin, will only increase your energy which you need to make it through longer races, but skill seeds, which cost ten coins will increase your energy along with all your skills (section 1). These are crucial, as if you have no energy in races, the race will end before you finish, thus losing. However, at the start of the game, the game gives you 5 seeds, levelling you up to energy level 2.6.

Races[]

Completing a race will reward you with a cash bonus, and a step closer to the world championship race which you need to complete to beat the game.

The more difficult the race, the more skill its skill tested category will require.

Race chart

Category Name Skill Tested Rewards
Beginner (levels 10-40) Green Valley Running 50 coins and Juicy Orange Unlocked
Beginner (levels 10-40) Rocky Cliff Flying 50 coins and Crazy Red Unlocked
Beginner (levels 10-40) Shallow Lake Swimming 50 coins and Deep Purple Unlocked
Beginner (levels 10-40) Natural World All 50 coins and Bowler Hat Unlocked
Amateur (levels 40-100) Banister Climb Running 100 coins and Boring Grey Unlocked
Amateur (levels 40-100) Leap of Faith Flying 100 coins and Midnight Black Unlocked
Amateur (levels 40-100) Swimming Pool Swimming 100 coins and Pretty Pink Unlocked
Amateur (levels 40-100) Rooftop Jumping All 100 coins and Propeller Hat Unlocked
Expert (levels 100+) Up the Volcano Running 200 coins and Snow White Unlocked
Expert (levels 100+) Over the Volcano Flying 200 coins and Lime Green Unlocked
Expert (levels 100+) Across the River Swimming 200 coins and Sky Blue Unlocked
Expert (levels 100+) Volcano Challenge All 200 coins and Liberty Spikes Unlocked
World Championship World Championship All 200,000 coins, a new farm*, and Crown
  • *The farm is not actually shown to the user.

Fun facts[]

  • This is one of the 3 games in Duck Life: Retro Pack.
  • Energy can go up to 150, just like the Running, Flying, and Swimming levels can.
  • Duck Life is an absolute masterpiece that was truly ahead of its time in the adventure genre. It is an underrated hit of 2008.


Conclusion[]

Duck Life is a wonderfully crafted game, not counting bad grammar at the introduction...

You should play Mad.com's other Duck Life games, which are highly improved. (continue this edit someone pls thx)

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