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Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong
© Nintendo 1981 - Ocean 1986
CPC Zone Cover Scans Donkey Kong
Reviewed by : Shaun Neary Reviewed on : 2002-02-01

Well after my short absense on the review scene, from various reasons starting with the Athlon giving me a total of one hours uptime, to my contributions on the ADATE project, It's time to kickstart the month off with some classics. And I did play some classics while I was working on the ADATE project and this was one of them. Donkey Kong is one of the classic arcade games of the 1980's and spawned quite a few sequels in the arcade, the CPC was fortunate enough to get one of these sequels and I'll probably review it in time to come. This was pretty much one of the few games at the time that launched the Nintendo brand name and basically causing it to be the success it is today. Ocean had the privilege of converting this one, lets see how they did with it.

Donkey Kong
Barrel Jumping: Is this world games?
Donkey Kong

About to finish Kong off for the second time…

Well as far as the game itself, it really doesn't need an introduction, does it? It's a typical arcade platformer. Get from A to B whilst remaining in one piece. Ya see, the princess has gotten in trouble and it's up to you to take your day off from being the plummer on yer day job to playing your role has part time hero. Kong the ape has gone ape and taken the princess hostage and it's up to you to come and get her. You have to climb all the way to the top of the towers to reach her, while Kong is already up there going berserk, throwing down barrels to try and skull you to bits. Other hazards such as fires tend to get in the way as well and must be avoided. You also have the worst enemy to deal with as well, the clock! Get to the last tower, and loosen the girders to send Kong on his ear and rescue the princess once and for all.

Turning the clocks back for this one and it's fair to say that the graphics are pretty good. It's also one of the first CPC games to use vertical overscan as it takes up the top and bottom borders. Your character moves fast although sometimes he can be a little bit stubborn when it comes to jumping the obstacles. Sound is a little basic, little music within the game but the effects are nice enough. When it comes down to the nitty gritty, the game is where it shines. It's a simple, novel idea yet to play, it's damn complex, especially when you get to later levels in the game in which case it can lead to serious amounts of frustraion. But it's definitely enough to keep one on their toes for hours to come.

Donkey Kong
Platform jumping on level 3

It's a classic arcade, and the CPC version replicates it right down to the very last pixel. It's fast, it's furious and it's damn well addictive. Even if you finish it, it will only be a matter of days before you take it out of the drawer and back into the tape deck. While I was converting tape images for ADATE and I had finished this one, it took me nearly two hours to get back to work on the project, and that's no word of a lie. It's nice to know that 16 years later, the game can still keep it's appeal. A few months ago on the TACGR messageboards, people were talking about games that stood the test of time. Right here, is one classic example of one that still stands. Redemption is the only word I can think of for Donkey Kong, download it for your CPC emulator and play today!

THE END RESULT:
Shines right through with it's graphics and sound.
One that will keep you coming back for more.
A must for anyone's collection.
Controls can get a little awkward at times.
THE BOTTOM LINE: 82%

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