Ducks

In 1998, a man called Tim Furnish, known also as Hungry Software, made an indie game for DOS called Ducks, a game similar to Lemmings. It also came with a level editor, and I made quite a number of level sets.

Sadly, the official website has since died, taking the game, its add-on packs, editing tools, and official list of user-made add-on packs with it. Therefore, with the help of Stan Stoyanov, we have tried to archive as much of the content as possible here.

Playing the Game

Click here to download the game.

Extract the contents of the above zip file somewhere onto your computer. You will then need to use DOSBox to run the game is it does not run natively on Windows. You will want to use the following configuration options in the dosbox.pref file:
sbtype=sb1
cycles=80000

As the game was once a paid game but then became freeware, you still need to enter a registration code in the options to play the full game. Use the name EVERYONE and the code 004893.

Alternatively you can play a version directly on the web on archive.org here.

Official Add-on Packs

Load add-ons by placing the .zip file inside these zips into the eggs folder of your Ducks installation, then run pickeggs.exe to choose the files you want to load. Note that some, like Beak to the Future, contain extra objects and cannot be loaded alongside other add-ons, they must be the only add-on loaded.

Ducks Editor Suite

Click here to download the Ducks Editor Suite.

Want to make your own level sets, or play around with the game files? The Ducks Editor Suite is what you need! Note that the download here is a snapshot of a copy I'd backed up while one of my level sets was in production, so you'll need to go into the .ini files for each program and change the file paths to wherever you extrated the files.

The editor requires a location to load and save levels from, and also all of the graphics extracted from the offical data files as well as the objects definition file. Good news, these are already extracted into the folders you'll find inside the Duckstuf folder inside the zip, so you should be able to get up and running in no time.

Lastly, inside the Duckstuf folder you'll find 2 text files I made detaining some info you might need if you want to hex edit your level files. This is necessary if you want to use the extra objects from Beak to the Future in your level sets, as they cannot be added via the editor directly.

Once Tim also shared the object editor, a piece of code for BASIC that took an input and spat out object definitions files (albeit a bit limited). Unfortunately this appears to be lost to the ravages of time, but if you can recover a copy, please let me know!

Sound Effects

Click here to download the sound effects.

The sound effects for Ducks are saved in a funny format, Stan helpfully converted them all into WAV format.

User-Made Add-On Packs

Here are all of the user add-on packs we have been able to recover. If you know of any more, please let me know and I'll add them to the list.

Credit to Stan for the funky table below.

Author Name Egg Levels Properties Date created Screens Recommended Playthrough
Tim Furnish Ducks Main 80 4 2 1998-2000
Tim Furnish Xmas Ducks 2000 xmas2000 08 1 1 1999-2000
Tim Furnish World Wide Webbed worldwid 40 4 1 06.06.2000
Tim Furnish Beak to the Future BeakFutu 40 ??.??.2001
Fernando Márquez & Marcelo Celis Space Apocalypse SPACE 40 4 2 09.08.2000
Fernando Márquez & Marcelo Celis Shrapnel City SHRAPNEL 40 4 2 21.11.2000
Fernando Márquez & Marcelo Celis Planet Duck Destruction PDD 40 4 2 04.04.2001
Fernando Márquez & Marcelo Celis Collaboration Quack CQ 40 4 2 28.09.2001
Fernando Márquez & Marcelo Celis Xmas Time XMASTIME 20 2 1 05.12.2001
Fernando Márquez & Marcelo Celis Quackdown Design Contest QUACKDWN 03 01.05.2002
Fernando Márquez & Marcelo Celis Attack of the Aliens DAOTA 40 4 2 14.06.2002
Fernando Márquez & Marcelo Celis Future Revealing REVEAL 25 3 1 10.05.2003
Kieran Millar Ducks UK Ducksuk 45 5 ??.??.2001
Kieran Millar Quack Attack QUACKATT 50 5 ??.??.2001
Kieran Millar Halloween Ducks 2001 HALO2001 13 2 ??.??.2001
Kieran Millar The A-Z of Ducks A-z 26 3 ??.??.????
Kieran Millar The New World of Ducks WORLD 20 2 ??.??.????
Kieran Millar Halloween Ducks 2003 HALO2003 13 2 ??.??.2003
Kieran Millar Halloween Ducks 2005 HALO2005 13 2 ??.??.2005
Kieran Millar Xmas Ducks 2006 XMAS2006 10 1 02.12.2006
Kieran Millar & Fernando Márquez Psychedelic Chaos PSYCHAOS 20 2 1 23.01.2007
Kieran Millar & Fernando Márquez 3001: A Ducks Odyssey 3001ADO 75 2 15.12.2010
Ducker X Quack It Out QUACKIT 56 1 15.06.2003
WebMuppet Simpsons Ducks SIMPSONS 00 19.06.2000
WebMuppet South Park Ducks SOUTH 00 25.08.2000
WebMuppet Crazy Ducks Town CRAZY 14 1 29.10.2000
Windfowl Productions Great Levels Greatl03 10 17.06.2000
Windfowl Productions Great Extras Greatext 06 15.06.2000
Windfowl Productions Ducks+ duckplus 24 03.07.2000
Windfowl Productions Xmas Ducks+ Xmasplus 20 ??.??.2000
Windfowl Productions Ducks+ 2 Demo Dp2demo 04 18.11.2000

Legend

Icon Meaning
Number of secret levels
Number of secret images
Xmas Ducks 2000 graphics, sounds and decoration
World Wide Webbed sounds, tilesets and backgrounds
Beak to the Future sounds, tilesets and backgrounds
+ Beak to the Future objects
New sounds
New graphics
New objects
Screenshot
Recommended add-on
Playthrough link

Guides

I wrote guides to accessing the secrets in my add-on packs, there was also a walkthrough for Xmas Ducks+ we found. Unfortuantely we have been unable to recover the official strategy guide, please let me know if you have a copy.

Cheat Codes

Type the following codes into the main menu, note that they are in capital letters.

Get Piste!

Before Ducks there was a 10-level demo of a game called "Get Piste!", which shares many similarities with Ducks. If you're interested, you can download it here, or watch a playthrough recorded by Stan here.

Note that this is provided mainly for archival purposes. Get Piste! isn't anywhere nearly as good as Ducks, and is a bit annoying to play.

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