• Classic levels from the arcade.
  • jump over barrels or smash them.
  • new levels.
  • manipulate key to get through exit door.
  • collect items like rivets, purses, and umbrellas.
  • Imported from USA.
From the Manufacturer --------------------- The arcade classic Donkey Kong is back by popular demand! The famous ape has kidnapped Pauline and climbed to the top of a perilous skyscraper. Challenged by many perils and unending puzzles Mario must reach his arch rival. As he makes his way Mario will need to gather disappearing keys to unlock doors of hidden rooms. Donkey devised evil tricks to confuse and trap him. Our heroic plumber has his hands full this time! Review ------ Known as Donkey Kong '94 in Japan, this is actually more of a Mario game than one featuring our favorite monkey. The writers obviously were on vacation when the plot was being thought up. Donkey Kong kidnaps Pauline, and Mario must rescue her. She's obviously not a 90's woman. Anyway, our intrepid plumber must chase everybody's favorite misunderstood primate through 100 mind-bending levels before finally putting an end to Pauline's incessant screaming. With superb control, excellent cinemas, and even a bit of speech, Donkey Kong proves to be one of the best games you could possibly get on any machine. The first four stages in Donkey Kong will be a bit of a retro trip for some of the crustier gamers out there - it's an almost byte-for-byte copy of the original Donkey Kong arcade machine! As you would assume, it's pretty simplistic, but introduces the first-time player to the basics of climbing ladders, jumping over obstacles, and using the hammer. Most levels require you find a key and its close friend the door before moving on. It's not as simple as that though, because the key is usually tucked away in a tricky spot behind dangerous creatures and traps! In many ways, this is like a puzzle game, where winning is dependant on figuring out how to get past all Donkey Kong's tricks. For someone that's short, fat, and old, Mario can really bust some moves. In addition to his usual array of jumps, the world's most popular video game character can do backflips, handstands, and high-jumps! What a guy! Making a guest appearance in some levels is Donkey Kong Jr., who just loves to play with switches to give Mario even bigger headaches! These switches are usually used to change the direction of moving platforms and conveyor belts, but can sometimes unlock bolted doors. Just for those few who care, the Donkey Kong Jr. in this game grows up to become the star of Donkey Kong Land, and his dad becomes Kranky Kong. Interesting, isn't it? No, I didn't think so, either. In each normal stage, there are three items that Mario should collect if he wants to get into the extra lives business. There's an umbrella, a piece of jewelry, and a rather fetching safari hat. Grab them all, and after you finish that round, you get to play a bonus game where you can stack up a dump-truck load of extra lives. The first one plays like a poker machine, and the other requires a bit more skill as you must time your button press correctly to get the big rewards. Tap any button just as the number of lives you want flashes, and the spinning should stop right there a lap later. It's simple. Every fourth level pits you directly against our old pal Donkey Kong. Early on, it's a simple task of jumping up the platforms and reaching Pauline, but later, things are complicated somewhat with broken ladders, almost impossible to jump platforms, and DK Jr. making life extra hard. Beat him enough times, and he finally gets the hint that kidnapping isn't cool. Donkey Kong is an excellent game to show off your Super Game Boy and Game Boy Color hardware. Every screen has tons of color in it and is constantly changing the mood. Desert levels are full of orange sand, while the jungle stage has lush green scenery to keep your eyes amused. It looks excellent. --Cameron Davis --Copyright ©1998 GameSpot Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of GameSpot is prohibited. -- GameSpot Review