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Donkey Kong

User Reviews

A pale imitation, but there's still some fun to be had. Atari 2600 Bob Montgomery (519)
You Can't Go Wrong With Donkey Kong, But.... Game Boy Advance Guy Chapman (1745)
Good port, but the NES and Game Boy Advance versions are better. Atari 2600 Jake Lewis (4)
Great Graphics Don't Make Up For Horrible Gameplay Atari 2600 Mullet of Death (604)
A good game, but could be better... ColecoVision Gustavo Henrique dos Santos (52)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amstrad CPC 8 3.7
Apple II 12 3.8
Arcade 10 3.8
Atari 2600 28 3.1
Atari 7800 11 3.4
Atari 8-bit 10 3.9
ColecoVision 11 3.9
Commodore 64 13 3.7
Game Boy Advance 9 3.7
Intellivision 10 3.5
MSX 6 3.7
NES 42 3.5
Nintendo 3DS 2 3.8
PC Booter 22 2.9
TI-99/4A 7 3.7
TRS-80 CoCo 5 3.5
VIC-20 6 3.7
Wii 6 4.2
Wii U Awaiting 1 votes...
ZX Spectrum 8 3.6
Combined MobyScore 226 3.5


The Press Says

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100
ColecoVisionTeleMatch
Man muß Donkey Kong nicht begeistert aufnehmen, da man es zwangsläufig mit erwirbt, aber an der Begeisterung kann kaum gezweifelt werden, da diese Kassette sicher in vielen Fällen ein wichtiger Grund für die Anschaffung des Systems sein wird. Bestechende Grafik, ein vielgestaltiges Spielgeschehen und die bekannte Original-Arcade-“Musik“ zeichnen dieses Geschicklichkeitsspiel aus.
100
ColecoVisionTilt
Aussi difficile que le jeu d'arcades, aussi beau graphiquement (ou presque) avec des effets sonores remarquables, cette version pour Coleco fera date. Un must !
100
Atari 2600Tilt
Une adaptation simplifiée du jeu d'arcades - Mario peut malgré tout utiliser un marteau pour brises les tonneaux - mais très agréable à jouer. L'enthousiasme des possesseurs du VCS Atari est à cet égard significatif !
100
Atari 8-bitThe Video Game Critic
Granted, it's not the best stage in the world, but if you're a fan of the game, it's a real treat. Oh, and did I mention this game is hard as a bastard? But it's not due to "usual suspects" of poor control, bad collision detection, or cheap hits. No, the difficulty level is just plain tough, but it's that relentless challenge that made the arcade game so great to begin with. In other versions you're practically invincible while holding the hammer, but that's definitely not the case here. If you have the option, I'd advise you to pick up this fantastic translation of Donkey Kong. Cheap and readily available, it's the definitive home version.
100
Atari 8-bitComputer Games
We didn't think the Coleco version could be topped, but Atari has done it.
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Atari 8-bitThe Atari Times
So if you're looking for a great home version of Donkey Kong, you can't get much better than the Atari 8-bit version. The graphics, sounds, gameplay, control, levels, and screen order is about as faithful as you'll find. Even when compared to more recent versions.
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NESThe Video Game Critic
Perhaps I've just become a Donkey Kong whiz over the years, but I was able to clear the first few sets of screens without much trouble. This NES translation has it quirks but ultimately succeeds in bringing the arcade experience home.
91
ColecoVisionThe Video Game Critic
This legendary game (the Colecovision pack-in cart) really got the system off to a running start. In 1982, people were very hungry for the "arcade quality" graphics that this version of Donkey Kong delivered. It's a terrific adaptation, although it does have a few quirks. The first screen has a slightly different girder layout, and making it up last ladder is very difficult. Holding a hammer makes you invincible, unlike the Atari 2600 version. The second screen (the rivets) plays well but there's no ending animation of DK falling down, which some people were probably hoping for. The third screen is the impressive elevator stage, which looks virtually the same as the arcade. The conveyer belt screen is missing, as it is in other home versions of the game. Overall the graphics here are terrific, but the control is somewhat stiff.
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ColecoVisionAll Game Guide
Some people find Donkey Kong, whether the Arcade or Coleco version, a bore. I'm not one of these people, but the action can get tired after extended play. The stages don't take very long to complete, and the intensity level is not on par with a game like Defender or even Ms. Pac-Man. All in all, though, Donkey Kong is a good-looking, whimsical game that will be remembered for a long time.
83
NESNintendo Master
Un classique à voir, voire à avoir !
83
Atari 7800The Video Game Critic
Donkey Kong for the 7800 is fairly close to the arcade original. Climb ladders, jump barrels, rescue the girl from a giant ape. Three of the four screens from the arcade are in this version; the conveyor belt screen is missing. That's okay because it was the least fun of the bunch. As a matter of fact, I don't think that screen made it into any of the home versions of Donkey Kong. This game does have a few flaws. The squeaky shoe sound from the arcade game has been replaced with a more annoying sound effect. Sometimes it can be difficult to pick up the hammer. But other than that, this is classic fun.
81
Game Boy AdvanceFragland.net
Dondé esta el tiempo or where is the time that I played a Donkey Kong clone on the Atari 1040ST. I discovered it by accident actually as I was tired of playing Sokoban, Space Invaders or Taito's Arkanoid, I decided to search through Daddy's pile of diskettes to find a new interesting application. Most of them where plain midi files which he used to study the songs in a Qbase-like program. Quite useful to people who want to learn music as that tool allows you to only play the melody so you can accompany it or vice versa. Anyway, soon disks where running out but as I got to the last package, my luck was about to change because in one of those I discovered Donkey Kong.
80
Atari 8-bitAtari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition
Donkey Kong is one of the all-time classic arcade games and with its attractive graphics, great sounds and responsive gameplay this Atari 8-bit version is still one of the best out there.
80
NESTilt
Techniquement cette cartouche est irréprochable. Les dessins s'avèrent fort bien réalisés et d'une fidélité à toute épreuve. L'animation, modèle de douceur et de précision, n'est jamais prise en défaut et l'écran ne présente pas de problèmes de scintillement dûs, par exemple, à la présence de trop nombreux objets en mouvement. Bref, du grand art !
80
Game Boy AdvanceGame Informer Magazine
However, this version is a copy of the NES iteration, so the little cutscenes, along with the conveyor belt level, are absent. Regardless of the omissions and primitive gameplay, Donkey Kong is pure handheld history, and it's still got that irresistible old-school charm.
80
Atari 2600VideoGame
Um malvado gorila aprisionou sua namorada, e você deve salvá-la. Só que não será fácil: ele não se cansará de jogar barris para obstruir o caminho.
75
Atari 7800The Atari Times
I know I've complained a lot about the 7800 port of Donkey Kong, but it's actually close enough to the arcade version of the game to satisfy most gamers, I suspect. It's still a challenging title which requires the player to think up a bit of strategy to advance in levels. Up to two players can take part in the fun, and there are three skill levels available – standard, advanced and expert. The instruction manual is thin and lacking in detail, but this is Donkey Kong -- any kid from the 1980s ought to know how to play.
70
Commodore 64Computer and Video Games (CVG)
I don't know why Ocean released such a game, but if you are looking for a good Kong game on the 64, try another Ocean release Kong Strikes Back.
70
Game Boy AdvancePixel-Heroes.de
Donkey Kong ist, auch wenn auf jedem System etwas anders, immer gleichwertig gut und sollte jedem Retrospieler bekannt sein.
70
Commodore 64Pixel-Heroes.de
Donkey Kong ist, auch wenn auf jedem System etwas anders, immer gleichwertig gut und sollte jedem Retrospieler bekannt sein.
70
NESPixel-Heroes.de
Donkey Kong ist, auch wenn auf jedem System etwas anders, immer gleichwertig gut und sollte jedem Retrospieler bekannt sein.
70
NESJeuxvideo.com
Donkey Kong ralliera tous les fans d'arcade, qui pourront avoir le plaisir d'une borne à domicile sans dépenser une fortune. Les joueurs occasionnels ou à la recherche de quelque chose avec un minimum de profondeur devront l'éviter, sous peine d'être déçus.
70
Atari 2600Game Freaks 365
Don’t let the score I gave this game deceive you. The Atari 2600 version of this game is hardly worth your time if you have even the Colecovision version, and certainly isn’t if you have the NES version. You should only contemplate getting this version of the game if you are a collector who absolutely must have every game for the Atari 2600, or if you, for some reason, do not have an NES or a Colecovision. Otherwise, I would say that either of those versions would be a better choice than this version. This version is not bad, but it isn’t the best, and if you are only going to buy one version of a game, it should be the best.
67
Atari 2600The Video Game Critic
The Atari 2600 version of Donkey Kong has been subjected to an inordinate amount of ridicule over the years, which is largely undeserved. Granted, there are only two screens, but keep in mind that even the more advanced versions of Donkey Kong for other consoles only had three. The two included here are well-executed, with excellent control and flicker-free graphics. Sure, the ape and fireballs are cheesy-looking, but at least Mario looks good. My main issues with this game lie with the sparse sound effects and single skill level.
67
Commodore 6464'er
Die Umsetzung des Automaten ist den Programmierern voll gelungen, obwohl man sich fragen muß, ob dieses Unternehmen sinnvoll war. Schließlich haben heutige Heimcomputer Fähigkeiten auf den Gebieten Grafik und Sound, die damalige Spielautomaten übertreffen. Deswegen darf man bei Donkey Kong auch nicht mit sensationeller Grafik und Musik rechnen. Trotzdem: wer sich für eine echte Software-Antiquität interessiert, wird sicherlich auch gerne den Preis für Donkey Kong bezahlen.
65
Commodore 64Happy Computer
Wenn diese Neuauflage eines Super-Oldies nur 10, 20 Mark kosten würde, wäre sie eine originelle Bereicherung, die in keinem Software-Schrank fehlen sollte. Leider wird Donkey Kong aber zu einem höheren Preis verkauft, für den man wesentlich modernere (und auch bessere) Programme bekommen kann. Schade, daß so eine an und für sich gute Idee zu teuer (und damit unter Wert) verkauft wurde.
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Game Boy AdvanceKombo.com
Donkey Kong is a great game, and a true classic. It is hard to really know how revolutionary this game is without seeing it first hand in the infancy of the Video Game age. Still I don't know how many gamers of today could appreciate its wonderfully original scope and vision. And with Nintendo already releasing it for the Gameboy Advance through the e-reader I feel that this game may be find only collectors and hardcore fans interested in it.
60
Wii UNintendo Life
Donkey Kong may have legacy on its side, but the reality is that it's a somewhat shallow gaming experience. As is the case with many early NES titles, this one was ported from an arcade cabinet, repetitive gameplay and all. That being said, if played in short bursts, this is definitely a game worth having on hand, available to share with younger generations of Nintendo gamers who may not yet have had the opportunity to experience it.
60
IntellivisionTeleMatch
Diese Donkey Kong-Fassung ist erstaunlicherweise nicht besser als die für ATARI, so daß man den Verdacht haben muß, die COLECO-Leute untertreiben ihre Möglichkeiten bewußt, um den — zweifellos nicht nur auf Donkey Kong bezogen, vorhandenen — Vorteil ihres eigenen Systems nach Kräften herauszustellen. Man hat es wie bei der ATARI-Version mit nur zwei Gerüsten zu tun, die jedoch ein klein wenig besser an die Arcade-Grafik herankommen.
60
Atari 2600TeleMatch
Mit dem Spielhallen- oder CBS-COLECOVISION-Hit hat das beinahe nichts mehr zu tun. Eleganz wird durch Starrheit ersetzt, Dynamik durch Stumpfsinn. Wer nicht allzu anspruchsvoll ist der wird natürlich auch mit dieser Donkey Kong- Fassung eher zufriedengestellt als mit so manch stupidem Weltraum-Geballer. Aber ein mir bis vor kurzem noch unbekannter Videospieler im Teenager-Alter ist zu verstehen, der nach kürzester Zeit seine gekaufte Donkey Kong-ATARI-Kassette bei einem Freund gegen eine andere Kassette vertauschte...
60
NESVideo Game Den
So here you have it, Donkey Kong is definitively a highly-regarded arcade classic (praise that it rightfully deserves), and this port is incredibly faithful to the original game (despite the missing screen). But I feel that it just doesn't really hold up when placed against the rest of the Famicom library.
60
Commodore 64Zzap!
Fun, although interest will no doubt wane once the game is completed.
60
WiiEurogamer.de
Dennoch war die NES-Version schon damals der Spielhallen-Fassung deutlich unterlegen. Zweifelsohne trotzdem ein Klassiker, der seine minimalistische Aufmachung mit einem forderndem Schwierigkeitsgrad vergessen macht – und nebenbei aufzeigt, wie sehr wir von modernen Games verhätschelt werden.
60
NESNintendo Land
The limited numbers of courses (3) (The arcade version had 4) makes this a dull game that you will get tired of after only a few days. One good thing is that, once you have completed the 3 courses, the game goes back to course number 1 but now it is in game B, which means that the game is more difficult. A breakthrough in it´s day but not so good anymore. For die hard Mario fans only.
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NESGénération 4
Les graphismes sont similaires à l'arcade, qui date tout de même de 1982. Ce n'est donc pas vraiment une référence. DONKEY KONG se révèle assez répétitif mais il est distrayant. Il représente une véritable pièce de musée. Je le conseille plus particulièrement aux jeunes enfants, ou aux inconditionnels de la série.
53
WiiWiiloveit
The levels are all fairly simple, but once you’ve been through them, there is little want or need to play through them again. Plus, it’s very easy to die in the game since if you fall from any height, that’s above your own height - you’re finished. Combined with the fact that you can’t jump very far over gaps and whatnot in the first place means that whilst this game will always remain a classic, it just isn’t entertaining anymore.
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Wii UNintendo-Online.de
Jeder Zocker, der Wert auf sein Hobby legt, sollte mindestens einmal „Donkey Kong“ gespielt haben. Das zugängliche, spaßige Spielprinzip in Verbindung mit der großen historischen Bedeutung des Titels lässt die Herzen der Retro-Spieler höher schlagen. Auf der anderen Hand jedoch hat der Zahn der Zeit deutlich am Spiel genagt; für heutige Verhältnisse ist der Umfang unter aller Kanone und Grafik und Ton gehören zu dem wohl schlichtestem, was das NES hervorgebracht hat. Ganz zu schweigen davon, dass diese Fassung nicht einmal dem Original entspricht, sondern an entscheidenden Stellen gekürzt wurde. Der spielerische Wert von „Donkey Kong“ geht nach dem ersten Durchspielen nicht über das Highscoreknacken zwischendurch hinüber; dem Spiel ist deutlich anzumerken, dass es ursprünglich für Arcade-Hallen konzipiert war.
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Commodore 64Tilt
Donkey Kong : difficile de comprendre cette nouvelle parution... Donkey Kong revient sur C 64 après plus de quatre ans d'existence. Si le logiciel a déjà fait ses preuves et que l'on peut à nouveau prendre plaisir à délivrer la malheureuse captive, l'ensemble reste sans surprise.
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WiiGaming Target
There is definitely a lot of nostalgia involved in enjoying Donkey Kong. If you remember playing the game back in the glory days of 8-bit gaming, (wowie, an entire byte of graphics!) then you’ll get a kick out of reliving your youth. Otherwise if you’re looking for thrills and spills… expect to find a lot more of the latter. I’d say the entire game is fun for about 20 minutes, before getting dull. For the $5 price tag, you’re just better off waiting for the original Super Mario Bros. or some other classic Nintendo game to show up on the VC. Either that, or just buy Animal Crossing and find the hidden copy of Donkey Kong. At least when you’re done with DK, you’ll still have Animal Crossing to play, not to mention the free space on your Wii HDD.
50
Game Boy AdvanceCheat Code Central
Everything about this game is old-school. It's not a very pretty looking game and the sound is equally low quality. At least the controls are responsive. Those used to games with moving backgrounds and 20-plus levels might find this game hard to look at after a few hours. In order to accommodate the GBA screen, the game has been compressed a little. There is a two-player mode that allows you to use the Link cable but it's not necessary since this game can only be played one person at a time. You can just use the same game and shoot for high score which can be saved for posterity if you desire.
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NESPower Play
Nur für Fans interessant.
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WiiGameSpot
The structure of the game couldn't be any simpler. You play the game's three stages in order, and if you beat all three, you go back to a harder, faster version of the first one. This repeats until you run out of lives. You have the option to play a two-player mode, but all you do is alternate with another player. The underlying incentive behind the game is to earn a high score, but since this is a no-frills port of the NES game, don't expect online leaderboards or anything like that. It's too bad Nintendo didn't release the arcade version of Donkey Kong instead, though in fairness, they do call it Virtual Console. At any rate, unless downloading Donkey Kong for the NES for 500 Wii Points ($5) seems like a complete no-brainer to you, you'd best give this one a pass and leave it to the history books and the fond childhood memories.
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Wii UMag'64
So bitter es für manche Nostalgiker und Retro-Fans auch erscheinen mag, "Donkey Kong" für das NES ist vor allem eines: schlecht gealtert. Der Spielwert dieses ehemals beliebten Arcade-Klassikers ist heutzutage dermaßen verschwindend gering, dass sich der übliche Virtual Console-Verkaufspreis für NES-Titel von immerhin fünf Euro tatsächlich nur schwer rechtfertigen lässt. Mehr als einen halbwegs akzeptablen, weil spielerisch leider sehr redundanten Pausenfüller sollte man hier selbst als retroaffiner Videospielliebhaber nicht erwarten. Was wahrlich nicht heißen soll, dass man mit diesem Spiel heute keinen Spaß mehr haben kann - vom Glanz der alten Tage ist mittlerweile jedoch nur wenig übrig geblieben.
40
NES1UP!
Au final, Donkey Kong est un bon p'tit jeu compte tenu de son grand âge mais qui passe quasiment inaperçu dans la riche logithèque de la NES, au milieu des centaines de jeux plus longs, plus riches et plus intéressants. Et forcément, la note s'en ressent. Toutefois, pour les nostalgiques ou les plus jeunes désireux de découvrir les racines de leur passion, Donkey Kong est un incontournable, une pierre angulaire de l'histoire des jeux vidéo qui permet de mieux en comprendre l'évolution.
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WiiNintendo Life
In short blasts there is no question this game is still very addictive to this day. You can keep coming back to it time and time again to chip away at your previous high score. If you happen to be a nostalgic gamer with rose tinted spectacles firmly in place, or even a huge Nintendo fan who wants to get to grips with the company’s back catalogue – this could be for you.
40
WiiVirtual Console Reviews
This game will need no introduction for many. Playing as Mario you must jump over barrels and climb the scaffolding in order to rescue the princess from big bad Donkey Kong who taunts you from the top. You will need to perfect your timing when jumping the barrels and climbing ladders on your way to the top so you don't get hit. If you pick up a hammer you can take out baddies who are getting in your way. When you reach the top you topple the mischievous gorilla and get the girl. This is classic uncomplicated arcade action as it used to be.
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WiiIGN
The Virtual Console has a lot of potential. It has potential that extends beyond Nintendo's past home consoles. Like Xbox Live Arcade, the Wii's download service should offer classic arcade titles. Nintendo, built on a foundation of arcade hits and only later expanding to the home market, should be encouraged to provide its quarter-collecting catalog alongside the classics from the NES, SNES and N64. The original, true Donkey Kong should be made available. The original Mario Bros., or Sheriff, or even the underwhelming but historically significant Radar Scope. So don't download this version of Donkey Kong. Send a message that you want the real game. The game that saved Nintendo from bankruptcy. The game that kept the company from drowning in thousands of unmarketable arcade cabinets. Give us the real Donkey Kong, Nintendo, not the same old incomplete port.
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TI-99/4AComputer and Video Games (CVG)
At £7,95 this game is not really up to professional standards - many of our Tl readers could write a better Kong game themselves. If you are one of these people, then why not do your fellow Tl owners a favour and send it in to us for publication.
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Game Boy AdvanceJeuxvideo.com
Le principe des Nes Classics est au départ louable. Faire connaître les vieux classiques de la firme, par le biais de son étoile, sa principale source de revenus, la GBA. Mais l'aspect financier reprend vite ses droits. Alors que l'on aurait pu retrouver ces concentrés de légende avec d'autres softs, ou en bonus, comme Métroid, les voilà vendus seuls, et à plus de 20 euros qui plus est. Donkey Kong était un très bon jeu, qui a fait son temps maintenant, et qui ne devrait pas sortir sans être accompagné. La nostalgie peut faire renaître des mythes, mais pas sous cette forme.
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IntellivisionThe Video Game Critic
A lackluster title, it should also be noted that this game does not work on the Intellivision II.