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Donkey Kong

Developer / Publisher: Nintendo
09 July 1981
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A huge ape named Donkey Kong has kidnapped the beautiful Lady and is wreaking havoc on a construction site full of girders, barrels, cement and other hazardous materials and tools. You, as a humble, mustachioed carpenter(originally named Jumpman) have to climb huge obstacles to reach the ever-rising Kong. Divided into four stages, this progenitor platformer brings the first appearance of future video game icon Mario.
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Definitely a very notable and historic game but the NES version of it is an incomplete port and simultaneously one of the worst aging games on the system. There's honestly very little to get out of it now when there are so many better versions, more complete successors (like Donkey Kong [ドンキーコング]), or just other games in the Donkey Kong franchise both new and old to play over it. Honestly, I'd even recommend playing Donkey Kong Jr. instead because it has more levels and more interesting things happening within those levels.
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Sothras 2024-01-02T22:34:33Z
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Despite the very stuff, clunky controls this has I must say that Donkey Kong handles it all very well by feeling as if it properly designed a lot of the challenges the game had to offer around such mobility rather than almost feeling as if they swept it under the rug and didn't consider it, which was a common issue for quite a few games around the time. That said, despite never feeling as if I was directly fighting against the controls being the reason I died, I still don't really think that this game is all that amazing as anything beyond something that's a bit of fun for half an hour or so. The main reason for this is that the game really just sometimes decides to make you lose due to a multitude of random elements unfavourably converging upon the player. While the unpredictable nature of the falling barrels is there to keep you on your toes and dissuade you from just beelining it to the top without a second thought, the seemingly random nature of this ends up making things feel pretty frustrating at points.
While I also like the way this game cycles between 4 levels rather than the 1 or 2 that a lot of other arcade games from the time seemed to have done, I'm not especially fond of the others for various reasons, mostly because they feel pretty mindless until they decide to screw you over in one way or another. The most flawed of these is definitely the 25m stage with the moving platforms that have parts dedicated to slightly more precise platforming , but fall damage that triggers from almost no height whatsoever. This combined with it otherwise being a stage that feels 100% solved every time makes for a rather unsatisfying time waster that feels strangely out of place as a result. All in all one of the better early arcade games I've played but the whole design mentality behind them of being a short, addictive experience made to want to keep paying for each attempt to overcome the game's nonsense stops me from 100% getting into basically any of them for something more than a quick half hour play session.
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Kempokid 2022-09-30T10:15:20Z
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One Small Jump
Donkey Kong is such a neat little game. Coming out in 1981, it obviously doesn't contain much, content-wise. But it makes up for in addicting gameplay.

Donkey Kong puts you in the shoes of Jumpman (Soon to be known as Mario). Donkey Kong has taken your girlfriend, Pauline. It is your job to rescue her. The gameplay is extremely simple as you would expect for a game to have come out in the early '80s. You run up a set of platforms by climbing ladders while avoiding Donkey Kong's barrels. You can use a hammer to destroy the barrels but this prevents you from climbing. Make it to the top and you win. There are 2 additional levels afterwards. The second requires tricky platforming and the 3rd requires you to destroy the platforms to rescue Pauline. After the 3 levels, it goes and repeats them but the difficulty slowly ramps up.

Donkey Kong is a great little game to play when you are bored or just interested in what started a gaming icon. To those who saw my Sonic The Hedgehog retrospective and to those who haven't. This is the first game in my next retrospective. A Super Mario retrospective (Which will take a whole lot more work).

Here We Go!
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OvalsOk 2021-06-24T17:04:17Z
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Equally as fun as a real barrel of monkeys
Watching that monkey fall too his death so mario can get some Coochie is an all time great game ending.

The music is classic, the visuals are classic and the game play is classic everything here still stands up. Every time I pick the game up I must make it to the last screen because as simple as it seems getting your timing right is so fun. Especially is putting your whole body into the arcade version slamming the joystick and buttons.
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StoneColdScrin 2018-10-02T05:02:11Z
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And with this, platformers have become a thing, and Mario heralds it.

This game is also incredibly merciless on MAME. Play the MAME Japanese version! It always features all four stages in a cycle. The NES port is way easier, plus the arcade version adds in a level to spice things up a bit. It's really interesting how many standard platformer tropes has this game brought, from the casual use of ladders and platforms to jumping inbetween those, enemies with different patterns and power ups you need to use skillfully. Fantastic gameplay mechanics that still feel fresh to this day.

Atari 2600 port's profound blockiness makes its Donkey Kong far easier to categorise, and also disfunctional. Only two levels, too, the second of which feels like a laundry-list task with the flame monsters being incapable of climbing ladders. Colecovision is sweet and worthwhile if you can't play the NES port. The ZX Spectrum version is a coding wonder and a fairly competent rendition of the game that's worth playing, and it was probably how a lot of UK kids were first exposed to Mario. A real stunner has to be the Atari 800 port, which even further randomises barrel placement and also picks up the pace, it's a very unique port that makes the game feel different. It also retains all four levels!

The Intellivision one is pretty bad.
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Clownboss 2016-07-23T19:39:21Z
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Jumping over barrels
Its certainly a very iconic game. You play as the plumber trying to rescue a princess from Donkey Kong. There are multiple stages in the game, and you need to climb stairs and jump your way to the top, dodging barrels and other hazards. It controls well enough, and the game makes the player use both skill as well as planning ahead in order to reach the objective. That said, its a concept that gets old pretty fast, and the game isnt that long either. Miyamoto would go on to do much better designed games than this, but i feel that some of the core principles are already found in here. The damsel in distress, fun gameplay for the all family and cartoonish visuals. Its definitly worth playing, but not that good of a game nowadays.
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RetroVertigo_ Donkey Kong 2024-04-13T11:13:46Z
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orchidcnr Donkey Kong 2024-04-11T02:48:51Z
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orchidcnr Donkey Kong 2024-04-11T02:48:38Z
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pearguy Donkey Kong 2024-04-10T18:03:10Z
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kafeis Donkey Kong 2024-04-09T18:38:26Z
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ghashgul Donkey Kong 2024-03-31T12:28:24Z
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FirstMate Donkey Kong 2024-03-29T19:09:14Z
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zakduece Donkey Kong 2024-03-28T12:13:44Z
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public_transport Donkey Kong 2024-03-27T21:47:19Z
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    Billy Mitchell on sudoku watch rn
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  • Toadfan64 2019-01-13 08:17:43.349928+00
    This rating makes me sad. Besides Galaga, this is probably my favorite arcade game.
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  • RomanDogBird 2020-08-27 01:26:43.697294+00
    I don't have time to play with no stupid Donkey Kong when there are real %!$@ that are waiting to be kicked around.
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  • unj 2021-08-17 02:36:51.655565+00
    Average rating on this one is potentially low as nearly all the ports (early Atari and even NES ports) are either ugly or missing levels.
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  • Diugo 2023-03-07 10:32:29.088469+00
    One of the most important games in gaming history. Not a lot of fun in 2023, but still as important.
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  • plexure 2023-05-02 16:05:19.512435+00
    this is very specific but the RNG of the flames in the atari 2600 port is so laughably unfair, they can change directions while you're in mid air jumping over them
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  • zakduece 2024-03-28 12:13:33.941666+00
    Best Port is Arcade, OR 3DS/Wii Virtual Console vers. Play the pie factory level!
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