- Donkey Kong -

- VIEWS -
REVIEWS
INTERVIEWS
EV BOARD
THE VIEWS

- DOWNLOADS -
EMULATORS
ROMS LITE
ROMS

- OTHER -
NEWS
LINKS
PRIVACY
GET HOSTED
HOSTED SITES
NEWS w/o ICONS

Donkey Kong - March 25, '00 by Dorsola
Game:Donkey KongCompany:Nintendo
Type:PlatformPlayers:1/2

Say hello to one of the most classic of classic games: Donkey Kong. This is the game that made Nintendo famous - the very first game to feature everyone's beloved hero, Mario. Way back in 1981, when hardware was expensive and video games were still pretty new, Nintendo came up with this platformer, which pits Mario (then a simple carpenter) against a huge ape who's stolen his girlfriend. Familiar concept? Seems this game has something in common with King Kong, a really old movie with a similar premise.
Now, like many of the most classic games, this platformer doesn't have much to offer either in graphics or in sound. Sprites are mostly small (though Donkey Kong himself is pretty impressive), colors are simple (16 tops), and sounds are made up of simple noises, beep-boop-type music and synthetic sound effects. Play control is also just enough to keep you from getting TOO frustrated, though I frequently have trouble getting through certain levels because of getting stuck on a ladder just one or two pixels shy of the top.
Donkey Kong's strength lies in its gameplay - challenging and fast-paced, yet gentle enough that even little children could learn how to play it. Level 1 pits you against Donkey Kong and a barrage of barrels rolling down at you - touch one and you die. To aid you along the way, you can pick up hammers to smash the barrels and the occasional fireball that chases after you, for a short time. You get points by jumping over barrels (though I've seen it fail to award points for certain maneuvers). Level 2 sees you trying to make it up more ladders and across conveyer belts that transport deadly pies (yes, pies) into an incinerator. Level 3 forces you to cross a treacherous expanse of girders and elevators, with a hopping pogo-stick-like-thing trying to hit you time and time again. And Level 4, probably the most famous aside from Level 1, is the Rivet Scene - remove all the rivets to see the big DK fall down and go boom. The American version of DK had these levels appear in this order: 1, 4, 1, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4 ... while overseas copies gave each level to you in sequence.
Donkey Kong was the first in what turned into a loooooong (still going, too!) series of games centering around either/both Mario and his nemesis. The two direct sequels of DK were Donkey Kong Jr. and Donkey Kong 3 (see those reviews for more info), and later on Nintendo split Mario off into a different storyline altogether with Mario Bros., followed even later by Super Mario Bros. (That, in turn, led to most of the games we all know and at least some of us love today.)
Overall, a neat game. Have fun with it - remember, you're reliving the classics here. =)
Graphics
4
3
Sound
Play Control
6
8
Challenge
Replay Value
6
10
Performance

Screen Shots

Screen Shot 1
Screen Shot 2
2000 EmuViews