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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 SNES Title screen
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow SNES The hand-drawn motion blur effect of ninja’s spinning bo.
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow Windows Introduction sequence
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow Windows 3.x Sixth level - The Flying Duckman

Promo Images

Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow Magazine Advertisement p. 93
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow Screenshot
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow Screenshot
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Donald starring in Maui Mallard" -- Genesis in-game title
  • "Donald in Maui Mallard" -- Genesis title
  • "Donald in Cold Shadow" -- French/Spanish title

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Critic Reviews

All Game Guide SNES 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Sega-16.com Genesis Nov 16, 2006 9 out of 10 90
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Feb 28, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Video Games Genesis Dec, 1995 83 out of 100 83
Mega Fun SNES Nov, 1995 83 out of 100 83
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Jan, 1997 32.5 out of 40 81
Classic-games.net SNES Sep 24, 2021 8 out of 10 80
Mega Fun Genesis Nov, 1995 79 out of 100 79
PC Zone (1993-2010) Windows Aug 13, 2001 7.2 out of 10 72
The Game Hoard SNES Aug 02, 2022 5 out of 7 71


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