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Disney's Donald Duck takes the starring role in this sidescrolling platform game. As the detective Maui Mallard, he's on the trail of a long lost Idol, which has recently vanished. Early on, Maui can also switch between his normal self and Ninja Maui, and with all the creepy voodoo enemies he'll encounter throughout his adventure, he's going to need all the help he can get.

As previously mentioned, there are two personalities to Maui, and as a result, two different sets of controls. Normal Maui carries a bug gun, which can fire a variety of different insect ammo, from basic bugs, to the more powerful lightning and fire bugs. It's also possible for Maui to combine bugs to pack a more powerful blast at his enemies.

Once Maui starts to find Yin-Yang coins, he'll be able to transform into Ninja Maui. Ninja Maui has lightning-quick reflexes, and wields a bo staff. In addition to being handy for whacking enemies, Ninja Maui can also climb between walls by jumping and propping the staff between the walls at the height of his jump. He can also hook onto duck heads and swing from them to reach areas he normally couldn't. You'll need to constantly find Yin-Yang coins to fuel your Ninja persona, otherwise you'll run out and transform back to Maui Mallard.

The level layout in the Game Boy version is slightly different with less secrets to be found.


Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow Game Boy Stick - useful item in alternative form
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow Genesis Bonus round
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow Genesis The first boss is a mechanic spider.
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow Windows Armed & Dangerous!

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Alternate Titles

  • "Donald starring in Maui Mallard" -- Genesis Ingame Title
  • "Donald in Maui Mallard" -- Sega Genesis Title
  • "Donald in Cold Shadow" -- French/Spanish title

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All Game Guide SNES 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Player One Genesis Dec, 1995 87 out of 100 87
Video Games Genesis Dec, 1995 83 out of 100 83
Game Revolution Windows Jun 05, 2004 B+ 83
Mean Machines Genesis Dec, 1995 82 out of 100 82
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Jan, 1997 8.125 out of 10 81 Genesis Mar 18, 2011 16 out of 20 80
World Village (Gamer's Zone) Windows 3.x 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Mega Fun Genesis Nov, 1995 79 out of 100 79
PC Gamer Windows 3.x Apr, 1997 62 out of 100 62


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