Duck Life (also known as Duck Life: Origin, or Duck Life: Original, Duck Life 1) is the first installment in the Duck Life series, released in November 5, 2007. 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 they perform in races. 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)
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 practice, and over time you will learn to time your jumps.
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.
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
- Sailboat: 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.
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 color, and hat can be changed, as well as energy levels (seeds)
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.
|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 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.
|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|
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, leveling you up to energy level 2.6.
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.
|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.
- This is one of the 3 games in Duck Life: Retro Pack, along with Duck Life 2: World Champion and DuckLife 3: Evolution.
- Energy can go up to 150, just like the Running, Flying, and Swimming levels can.
- If you buy large amounts of normal seed (50-100) and use it all without moving your mouse, you will get an infinite amount of seed, and if you go past the amount you bought, you will go into the negatives. You can still get seed, even after going into the negatives by clicking where your seed pile would be.