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Donkey Kong Jr.

Developer / Publisher: Nintendo
01 August 1982
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It is NES Donkey Kong but better in basically every way. One more level for better replayability, the vine climbing system which is cool, and some neat ideas for levels. Still though the replayability and sheer content in general is very much limited and I'm not really into "endless runner"/high score games.
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Sothras 2024-01-02T22:39:22Z
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Honestly I kinda like this one even if it took a couple of rounds to really have it click with me. The vine climbing mechanic is an excellent way of de-emphasising the really janky jumping controls that continue over from the original Donkey Kong, and the spots where they have to be used feel a lot more fair due to the way it's all telegraphed significantly more clearly than before. My favourite thing here really is the level design and the way they're each able to accomplish such different things that all play into the nuances that even a game this simplistic can have, taking full advantage of every capability of the player in the higher difficulty levels especially. There doesn't feel like a waste of space on that front this time around where a single level will feel like a pointless time sink or something relatively redundant, each bringing their own unique challenges to the table.

The first stage does a great job at setting the game up for the player, requiring them to fully utilise and understand the limitations of their mobility while also needing to properly understand the patterns of the small crocodile things. Meanwhile, the 2nd level's greater focus on more precise, timing based sections is an amazing example of risk-reward, not just with a nicely timed spring jump allowing you to skip half the level, but with the entire final section being one you can either take methodically or make it through guns blazing if you pick the right moment. The final 2 levels are really chaotic but in a way that plays to the strengths of the game mostly, with the platforming challenges of level 3 being ones that are telegraphed and predictable, but often balanced the out by having a lot going on in order to force the player to pick the right moment and pay constant attention. This feels significantly better compared to the more reaction focused gameplay that dominated the original Donkey Kong's core experience, as the entirely committal jump arcs and the generally sluggish, clunky movement made it pretty frustrating to die to something that you could only see becoming a problem a split second ago.

This more reaction-heavy gameplay is instead reserved for the final level and its big focus on the climbing mechanics, which I personally find to be a really fun experience in comparison due to the way it all works. The completely frantic nature of having to be dodging so many birds while constantly making decisions about whether holding onto two vines for better upward climbing speed or whether you instead want to sacrifice this for a quick drop down to avoid something is a neat dynamic that is really engaging once you become experienced enough at the game that the slightest daunting situation is no longer instant death. I think it would have been cool to see a game on the NES that took from this vine climbing gameplay style but applied it to the conventions of a home console experience as opposed to an arcade one, because I feel like there was some decent potential here to craft some more intricate, long levels to elevate the systems at play here that the arcade structure does not accomplish. I'd have also liked this even more if there weren't a couple of spots that felt like pretty consistent run killers for frustrating reasons, the little runways at the end of the first 3 stages especially, where the precision you required to get over the enemies felt a bit too much. Still, pretty pleasantly surprised with this one, definitely a fun game to put on for about an hour once in a while even if I also find it to get a bit overly repetitive pretty quickly too.
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Yeah, nowhere near as exciting as its predecessor, it's just a rope climbing management sim: Use ropes to dodge obstacles and get to the top, but still fun. Unlike the arcade version, the NES port is so thankfully merciful, and to boot, unlike Donkey Kong 1 retains all four levels! And the Colecovision port is even easier. The Intellivision one is dull.
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Clownboss 2017-12-18T15:56:30Z
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i will save you daddy
In a weird turn of events, plays as Donkey Kong jr in order to save your father from the hands of the evil pumber. It features the same style of gameplay from the first game, except this time around the level design is more complex, and in my opinion punishing. You can die from falling very small heights, which will happen a lot of times. Some of these levels are sadistically hard, which is sort of understandable considering that the game was made to get your coins. That unfortunatly means that it feels dated in some ways.
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BanjoGuitarStringHarakir Donkey Kong Jr. 2024-05-18T16:02:14Z
2024-05-18T16:02:14Z
4.0
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urielink Donkey Kong Jr. 2024-05-16T22:53:55Z
2024-05-16T22:53:55Z
1.0
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CircoBondi Donkey Kong Jr. 2024-05-13T15:22:41Z
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2024-05-13T15:22:41Z
3.0
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Bandurria Donkey Kong Jr. 2024-05-11T20:17:33Z
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2024-05-11T20:17:33Z
2.5
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ranzac Donkey Kong Jr. 2024-05-03T02:43:48Z
2024-05-03T02:43:48Z
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ernumpo Donkey Kong Junior 2024-04-28T20:20:37Z
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2024-04-28T20:20:37Z
3.0
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WeskerStar Donkey Kong Jr. 2024-04-26T16:01:11Z
2024-04-26T16:01:11Z
2.0
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ABG_GAMING Donkey Kong Jr. 2024-04-23T11:36:19Z
2024-04-23T11:36:19Z
2.0
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DimFau22 Donkey Kong Jr. 2024-04-20T18:15:08Z
2024-04-20T18:15:08Z
4.5
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GojiraTaiMosura Donkey Kong Jr. 2024-04-19T14:09:50Z
2024-04-19T14:09:50Z
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KITOAVGAK ドンキーコングJR. 2024-04-17T04:26:47Z
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RetroVertigo_ Donkey Kong Jr. 2024-04-13T11:18:13Z
2024-04-13T11:18:13Z
2.5
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  • slib 2021-01-16 00:08:36.05476+00
    Significantly more fun that the first imo
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  • grizzlemaster 2023-01-12 04:32:14.785891+00
    true
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  • finemotorsmiff 2023-12-01 20:10:22.69276+00
    One of the best arcade games ever if you're a fan of platformers. Should be a good deal higher imo
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    • finemotorsmiff 2023-12-02 06:21:07.423164+00
      Also if anyone is turned off by OG Donkey Kong’s awkward movement, this game feels 100 times better in that regard. Still some annoyances like fall damage being a thing, but this game feels fluid in a way the first doesn’t. Particularly love how clinging to 2 vines is faster for climbing upward, but 1 vine is faster for sliding down. There’s a surprising amount of depth in the movement and after beating this game and resetting to the first stage, I just wanted to keep going for the high score
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