Donkey Kong

Read the full review here.

“Although the rose-colored glasses of nostalgic sentimentality can make this look like a legendary title, the NES version of Donkey Kong, from an objective standpoint, can hardly be regarded as above-average.”
– from the full review, which you can read here.

Before I get mobbed by passionate Donkey Kong fans (in any iteration, I suppose), let me quote one more passage from the full review that may shed further light on my thoughts on a classic title:

“Donkey Kong on the NES represents an exercise in iconography; that is, it is certainly a highly regarded title, a famed entry in gaming lore, and due a particular prestige. But on the even scales of peer cartridge reviews, against the backdrop of the NES library, and on the basis of its gameplay merits alone, this is an average title. Jumpman snags two and a half stars for an appropriate right-in-the-middle rating, much like the place in gaming history for the NES version of Donkey Kong.”

And there it is. I do not mean to become too much of an apologist, always having to explain my ratings and reviews; eventually, I am sure that I will be fully comfortable just letting them stand on their own merits, as I believe they are well-founded. That being said, I know Donkey Kong has some awesome fans, even of the NES version; I’m just saying that when I pop in Mega Man or Final Fantasy, I don’t find myself pining for a round of Donkey Kong very often. Unless it’s one of those friggin’ disappearing-platform precision-jumping portions of the Mega Man games. I was never fantastic at those, I need more practice.

Seriously, though: Decent game, storied legacy, my defensive tone ends now, read the full review, etc. Game on!

4 Responses to “ Donkey Kong ”

  1. Totally agreed. Though it was one of the first games I ever played, and thus groovy for nostalgic reasons Donkey Kong is not that good. The absolute precision needed to jump the barrels is too irksome for my tastes, and Mario/Jumpman/whatever you wanna call him is so bloody slow. Fun to play every now and then, but a few minutes of jumping is all you need to get your fix.

  2. It’s a pretty good game but the lack of the final screen was annoying even back then! RetroUSB has the same game but with the added extra level available, worth buying for that alone!

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