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Donkey Kong 64

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Critic Reviews 88% add missing review

Total! (Germany) (1 out of 6) (100%)

Donkey Kong 64 ist das umfangreichste Jump&Run, das es je für eine Konsole gab. Mit jedem neu erlernten Move und jedem geretteten Mitglied der Affen-Crew erschließen sich euch weitere Bereiche der riesigen Donkey Kog 64-Welt. Viele Mini-Games lockern den Spielablauf zusätzlich auf, und die lustigen Soundeffekte und Animationen aller Charaktere sorgen fast pausenlos für ein Schmunzeln. Um bis zu King R. Kool vorzustoßen, könnt Ihr an die 40 Stunden einplanen, um alles zu entdecken, müsst ihr noch einmal 20 bis 30 Stunden dazurechnen. Selbst wenn Ihr Donkey 64 dann wirklich einmal durchgezockt habt, bieten die Mehrspieler-Modi, die einzeln anwählbaren Mini-Games und die beiden Arcade-Spiele noch jede Menge Vergnügen. Die sehr präzise Steuerung sorgt zudem dafür, dass eigentlich keine Situationen mehr vorkommen, in denen ihr an einem Sprung oder einer anderen Aktion verzweifelt, da ihr sie einfach nicht hinbekommt.

Nov 1999 · Nintendo 64

GamePro (US) (5 out of 5) (100%)

Donkey Kong 64 makes Banjo seem like it's for the birds. It's large and in charge, and it's one of those precious few games that makes you want to play, forcing you to think of nothing else but completing your quest. Donkey Kong stands tall over other similar-minded action titles.

Nov 24th, 2000 · Nintendo 64 · read review

Computer and Video Games (CVG) ( ) (100%)

It might be a bit too difficult to get killed, but it's even more difficult to put down. It's 100 per cent fun, from start to finish. Don't let the steep price tag put you off - when you get this home, you'll forget about your bruised bank balance.

Jan 2000 · Nintendo 64 · read review

Nintendo Land (98 out of 100) (98%)

Overall this is one of the best games for N64. If you don't have it suggest you should get it. I can't wait to see what Banjo Tooie is going to be like.

2003 · Nintendo 64 · read review

Game Play 64 (97 out of 100) (97%)

Tous les fans de Donkey ou ceux qui ont adoré Banjoo ne pourront qu'êtres fascinés par cette nouvelle aventure. A acheter les yeux fermés.

Dec 1999 · Nintendo 64 · read review

Gamers Europe (9.5 out of 10) (95%)

So good. So supremely good. So Banjo-Kazooie. But so good.

Mar 25th, 2002 · Nintendo 64 · read review

64 Power / big.N / N Games (95 out of 100) (95%)

Mit Donkey Kong 64 ist Rare der erwartete Megahit geglückt. Für schlappe 130 Mark bekommst Du eines der besten Jump’n’Runs aller Zeiten geboten, und die 4-MB- Speichererweiterung gibt’s sogar noch kostenlos obendrauf.

Nov 1999 · Nintendo 64

Super Play (Sweden) (95 out of 100) (95%)

Donkey Kong 64 är det första Nintendo 64-spelet som kräver Expansion Pak för att fungera. För att det inte ska bli ramaskrin i hemmen på julafton kommer det därför att medfölja en Expansion Pak när man köper det prishöjda spelet. Med tanke på att Nintendo redan är det spelföretag som tar mest betalt för sina spel är det en ganska vågad satsning. Samtidigt säger det ganska mycket om hur höga tankar de har om spelet. Efter att ha spelat det förstår man dem. Donkey Kong 64 är en given succé.

Dec 1999 · Nintendo 64

Meristation (9.5 out of 10) (95%)

DK64 es una obra maestra que ningún usuario de N64 debería dejar escapar.

Dec 30th, 1999 · Nintendo 64 · read review

Mega Fun (94 out of 100) (94%)

Rares neuster Streich begeistert mich fast ohne Einschränkung. Das Spielprinzip ist wie immer genial simpel gestrickt. Dennoch ist hier der einzige spielerische Kritikpunkt zu finden. Es dauert schon einige Spielstunden, bis man die komplette Welt in ihrer ganzen Komplexität erfasst hat. Titel wie Zelda haben das trickreicher angestellt Aber vielleicht werden die Nintendo-Spiele langsam erwachsen. Wie dem auch sei, Donkey Kong 64 ist ein nahezu perfektes Jump&Run-Vergnügen (auch wenn Big N von einem Action-Adventure spricht), wo fast alles zusammenpasst. Toll ausgedachte, abwechslungsreiche Welten, in ein makelloses Technikkleid gehüllt, bringen jedes Spielerherz in Wallung. Sicher, Donkey Kong ist „nur“ ein weiteres Hüpfer-Highlight, von denen das N64 schon genügend hat, aber dieses Spitzenprodukt legt fast in allen Bereichen noch ein Schippchen drauf.

Dec 1999 · Nintendo 64

Video Games (94 out of 100) (94%)

Das ist der Stoff, aus dem Weihnachtshits gemacht werden! In Donkey Kong 64 stecken soviele Bananen-Items und Überraschungen, dass ihr vermutlich den ganzen Winter brauchen werdet, um alles zu entdecken. Fünf Charaktere mit speziellen Eigenschaften und Fähigkeiten, Animationen zum Schmunzeln an allen Ecken und Enden, lustige Frucht-Schusswaffen und freakige Kong-Freunde lassen euch nicht mehr von der DK 64-Welt loskommen. Dazu kommen noch Mini-Games in allen Varianten und Formen - genial! Nur manchmal driftet das Dschungel-Erlebnis dank ewig langer Wege fast in Arbeit ab. Buy it!

Nov 1999 · Nintendo 64

Power Unlimited (9.3 out of 10) (93%)

Donkey Kong is nu echt zo'n titel waar je een N64 voor hebt gekocht. Hoe goed je ook bent: hir ben je wel even een weekje of wat zoet mee! Deze game verdient een mooie plek in je gamescollectie tussen Zelda en Mario in. If you wanna be a monkey, be a fucking Gorilla!

Dec 1999 · Nintendo 64

Retroage (9.3 out of 10) (93%)

Donkey Kong 64 nie jest grą przełomową dla konsoli Nintendo 64. Wydawać by się mogło, że to już wszystko było, bo nawet sposób z używaniem różnych postaci do rozwiązywania zagadek przywodzi na myśl starego The Lost Vikings. Gra ma jednak w sobie to coś czym nie mogą się poszczycić inne wyśmienite gry. Tym czymś jest rewelacyjne połączenie niesamowitej grywalności z oprawy audiowizualnej jaką ciężko znaleźć wśród tej generacji konsol. Dla posiadaczy Nintendo 64 gra Donkey Kong 64 to tytuł wręcz OBOWIĄZKOWY w kolekcji, a dla tych którzy konsoli nie posiadają warto żeby wiedzieli, że jest to gra dla której warto tą konsolę zakupić.

Jan 30th, 2008 · Nintendo 64 · read review

Nintendojo (9.2 out of 10) (92%)

A great game, but not perfect. Many glitches occur though out the game, though I only experienced a few. The game is fun, but unless you have time to collect every single object in the game, it can get old fast. The multiplayer options will keep you coming back, however. Donkey Kong 64’s graphics are indeed some of the best, if not the best on the N64. But once again, graphics don’t make the game, and it’s quite sad that we judge them as strongly as we do. After all, no one ever complained about Mario’s pixelated body back in Mario Bros. 1.

Jan 21st, 2000 · Nintendo 64 · read review

X64 (92 out of 100) (92%)

Sans blague, attendez encore un peu avant de vendre votre N64, vous rateriez le meilleur !

Dec 1999 · Nintendo 64 · read review

Gaming Target (9.1 out of 10) (91%)

DK64 is a marvelous game. It's a gem for platform geeks like me. And it's a long, and I mean, looooooong game. It will take you at least 10 days to finish it. And that's for the most experienced gamers. Newbies will take longer, much longer to finish it. Maybe it's not a total experience like Zelda was, but DK64 it's a good enough to keep you playing for a couple months out of the year.

Jun 22nd, 2000 · Nintendo 64 · read review

GameSpot (9 out of 10) (90%)

That said, this reviewer feels Donkey Kong 64 offers too much solid gameplay to warrant such criticism, even though it's not the technological marvel that Donkey Kong Country had been in its heyday. Those of you who remotely liked Mario 64 or Banjo-Kazooie will be excited to the point of numbness by this game. However, for those of you averse to the "collect everything" gameplay mentality, this game might come off as a chore to complete. In any case, Donkey Kong 64 has high-quality adventure written all over it - despite its camera flaws - and it gives you many reasons to see the good-guy Kongs thrive in 3D.

Dec 22nd, 1999 · Nintendo 64 · read review

Netjak (9 out of 10) (90%)

Remember friends, it's yard sale time. It is a prime time to find old video game treasures. I usually find 3-5 games for next to nothing. The majority of games I find have been N64 and Dreamcast... Lower your pride a bit, hustle up a few bucks and just because it's old, doesn't mean it's bad...

Apr 29th, 2002 · Nintendo 64 · read review

GameCritics.com (9 out of 10) (90%)

DK64 holds so many similarities to Banjo-Kazooie that it would have been easy for me to call it Banjo-Kazooie 1.5. Maybe Rare couldnt avoid that given their time restraints or their ambitious plans of filling the game with all kinds of gaming goodness, but nevertheless the similarities to Banjo-Kazooie are hard to ignore. In fact, DK64 would have garnered a perfect 10 from me had there not been a Banjo-Kazooie. But since I did give DK64 a good run, the games personality finally shone through and its clear that this is an excellent game that actually takes the genre forward. It has great graphics, great level design, and tons of unique and fun things to do. Its similarities to Banjo-Kazooie didnt stop it, they only tried to contain it.

Jan 11th, 2000 · Nintendo 64 · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (18 out of 20) (90%)

Au final, Donkey Kong 64 est sûrement la valeur la plus sûre en matière de jeu de plates-formes que la Nintendo 64 ait à offrir. Une durée de vie conséquente nappée dans des graphismes au fait des performances de la console et dont la maniabilité et la profondeur de jeu laissent pantois.

Dec 21st, 1999 · Nintendo 64 · read review

IGN (9 out of 10) (90%)

In the end, Donkey Kong 64 feels more like a super-sized version of Banjo-Kazooie than it does anything else. And while that should be a great, great thing, it's bound to disappoint a lot of Nintendo 64 owners who had built the title up as the Second Coming.

Nov 24th, 1999 · Nintendo 64 · read review

Quebec Gamers (8.9 out of 10) (89%)

Ce que je peux dire de Donkey Kong 64, c’est que c’est un gros jeu très long. Les environnements sont vastes! C’est souvent difficile de se souvenir de tout ce qu’on n’a à faire car il y a beaucoup de choses à garder en mémoire. C’est quand même un excellent jeu. Il occupera beaucoup de votre temps. Si vous aimez les jeux de plate-forme du N64 jusqu'à maintenant, je ne vois pas pourquoi vous n'aimeriez pas DK64.

Oct 5th, 2002 · Nintendo 64 · read review

Cincinnati Enquirer (3.5 out of 4) (88%)

Its fun, addictive gameplay, while not original, is some of the best seen on the 64-bit home console. Which all leaves one guessing as to what’s next. Like the one-screeners and side-scrollers of long ago, the 3-D adventure is ready for an evolutionary step. While DK64 may not deliver that advancement, its mastering of elements that have been done to death may be just the spark needed for that next leap.

2001 · Nintendo 64 · read review

Player One (87 out of 100) (87%)

À la même hauteur que Mario ou que Golden Eye, Donkey Kong 64, grâce à sa variété ludique, entre dans la catégorie très privée des incontournables de la N64.

Dec 1999 · Nintendo 64 · read review

Random Access (8.4 out of 10) (84%)

I like Donkey Kong 64, and I believe it to be a solid title in the Nintendo 64 game library. But it could never be my #1 game of all time, simply because of the high expectations of some of the mini-games. Granted, you can get by with only collecting half of the Golden Bananas, but that's like going outside to your pool, jumping in at one end, popping out at the other, and then drying off and heading back inside. It's important to examine everything in order to attain the full DK experience. Still, I'll recommend this one -- though it doesn't seem likely that it will pop up on the Virtual Console anytime soon. Looks like you'll have to blow the dust off your Nintendo 64 and pop in than banana yellow cartridge to get the thrill -- but be advised that you might tear some hair out. Best to buy a stylish toupée before playing.

2005 · Nintendo 64 · read review

PGNx Media (8.4 out of 10) (84%)

All in all, this is not Rare's best work but it is still an excellent game that pulls out a lot of A material with some C material sitting off in the corners (cameras). This is a game that should be owned by N64 fans, although some will not care for the length and the controls. It is a matter of getting used to them.

Apr 30th, 2004 · Nintendo 64 · read review

Video Game Critic, The (B+) (83%)

You can save your game in progress at any time - a pretty nifty feature for a N64 title! Numerous mini-games are hidden within the main game, including the original Donkey Kong video game, which is a real treat to play. I also have to credit the well-written instruction booklet - it's absolutely hilarious! Donkey Kong 64 is a quality title, so if you're not already burnt out on this type of game, be sure to give it a try.

Jan 20th, 2000 · Nintendo 64 · read review

Game Revolution (B+) (83%)

Bottom line is you will get a lot of game for your dollar. Even after the 35-40 hours to complete every single last objective the game, there's still a simple, but worthy multiplayer mode to keep you occupied. The real problem is that right to the end, it's just more of the same. There isn't the sharp contrast that DKCountry brought to the SNES as most hoped and expected. While no major ground is broken from Banjo Kazooie, Donkey Kong is still all there as a 3D platform game. Ok, I'm done with the review, can I have my banana now?

Dec 1st, 1999 · Nintendo 64 · read review

Spel för Alla (8 out of 10) (80%)

Donkey Kong 64 är ett väldigt bra plattformsspel med snygg grafik och bra spelkänsla. En beräknad speltid på 50 timmar gör att spelet räcker extremt länge, även om det finns repeterade moment som skulle kunnat undvikas.

Feb 2000 · Nintendo 64

Retro Game Reviews ( ) (80%)

Donkey Kong 64 is a hugely ambitious title that draws you into its enticing and well thought-out environments by constantly rewarding the player and encouraging them to explore every nook and cranny. It's expertly crafted, but make sure you set aside dozens of hours as beating it requires some serious dedication.

Jul 15th, 2020 · Nintendo 64 · read review

Nintendo Life ( ) (70%)

Undoubtedly, DK64 pushes the N64’s capabilities to the max and will keep most gamers busy for a good amount of time but there is a danger that some may become bored of collecting long before they can reach the game’s brilliantly inspired finale.

Jun 17th, 2009 · Nintendo 64 · read review

HappyPuppy (7 out of 10) (70%)

I did like this game, but I just really wanted to love it. The non-linear gameplay didn't work for me, but the colorful characters and superbly designed levels did. Give this game a try if you are a fan of the Nintendo-style adventure, but this game is not innovative in any way. I still have an undying love for Nintendo, and I'll gladly play any games that Rare puts out, but I just hope the company concentrates on gameplay and stops trying for longevity without substance.

Jan 18th, 2000 · Nintendo 64 · read review

Game Freaks 365 (6.7 out of 10) (67%)

After you play Donkey Kong 64 for a while, it gets very repetitive and boring. How fun can collecting nuts be? There is really no replay value, many glitches, such as going through walls, trees, etc., confusing level designs, and it's just a plain old rip off of other classics like Mario 64. This Rare title is a huge disappointment and a disgrace to the Donkey Kong license. This is the perfect example of why Nintendo letting Rare go was justified.

2002 · Nintendo 64 · read review

Gamekult (5 out of 10) (50%)

Donkey Kong est non seulement intéressant mais profite d'une réalisation à la hauteur de ce que l'on peut attendre d'une Nintendo 64. Reste que le genre a été maintes fois exploré et que les jeux à venir ajouteront au concept un style beaucoup plus affirmé. En définitive, les plus jeunes profiteront certainement de Donkey Kong...

Oct 20th, 2000 · Nintendo 64 · read review

Player Reviews

It's... Banjo-Kazooie. Except with a little... no, it's Banjo.

The Good
Big honkin' levels with lots of replay built in. Purty colors courtesy of the N64 expansion pack. Five different characters. Rareware gameplay is always a plus.

The Bad
Rapidly degenerates into your father's Oldsmobile with lots of easter egg hunts. Expansion pack required... damn you, Nintendo, and your obsession with cartridges! Differences in characters largely cosmetic. Large credit card bills from buying new controllers after psychotic fits induced by "fun" racing mini-game. Characters can't fling own poop.

The Bottom Line*
It used to be that Rare was a bold innovator of every genre it touched. Goldeneye redefined the FPS game and is still superior in many aspects to today's offerings. Banjo-Kazooie out-Marioed Mario, and Diddy Kong racing... well, okay, that one was just Mariokart in 3D, so what? It still rocked. Sadly, though, Rare has realized that it's "not getting any better than this" and has simply been rereleasing its old engines with new characters and game concepts. Perfect Dark is Goldeneye, except with better graphics, slower framerates, and a story that makes a good argument for bringing back Mystery Science Theater 3000. Likewise, Donky Kong 64 is Banjo-Kazooie with kiddie guns, jungle themes, and monkeys. The main difference is that in an attempt to keep players involved, the team decided to make you complete tasks in later levels that would unlock items in earlier levels. This is actually a nice idea and would have worked if the whole process weren't so damn tedious. Oh well, welcome to the creativity levels of most developers, Rare. Burnout's a risk in this industry. Oh, and did I mention that some of the mini-games embedded in the larger game are so frustratingly hard that after approximately 457 kazillion jillion tries you automatically (in real life) turn into the Hulk a SMASH CONTROLLER! Ahem. Sorry, flashback. This attempt to up the playing experience and keep players playing to achieve the ultimate ending has done its share to increase the ratio of underage drinkers, is my guess. Not that I am bitter. Still, it's an okay game and if you're a Rare fanatic (understandable, it's hard to top their otherwise solid engines) then you should at least spare it a try.

by Vance (94) on Feb 17th, 2002 · Nintendo 64

Very Good Game Marred by Item Collecting

The Good
A lot of things.It looked very good with large and beautiful levels.Also,the game was fun to play and it's perfect for all ages.Although the camera is a little tricky,the controls work very well and have managed to capture the feel of the old SNES platformers quite well.And,it's a large and challenging game that will make any played have at least 20 hours of gameplaying,probaly more.

The Bad
It's just too complicated.There's some many things you have to collect:Small bananas,muscial notes,coins,big bananas and blueprints.This makes the game very tedious and it can get boring after playing for tens of hours.Also,the very weak multiplayer seemed to be a last minute and it shows.It features poorly designed levels and isn't much fun to play.

The Bottom Line
Even with its problems,RARE has created a very good game.Now,there is many platform games on the 64 and if you don't like them,stay away from this game because it's one of the harder,bigger,and sometimes more tedious than the other ones.

by SamandMax (75) on Sep 5th, 2001 · Nintendo 64

A beautifully constructed game

The Good
Great graphics made it a joy to just look around. You had much freedom. For example, you had the ability to choose between Donkey Kong, Diddy, Tiny, Lanky, or Chunky. Also, there were many massive worlds, bonuses (more about them later), and games. Bonuses included: shooting games, brawling matches, and animal contests (these let you become Enguarde or Rambi). The boss battles were the most exciting of any game.

The Bad
There was too much collecting of items (at times). It could have been more challenging. The game was a little too long.

The Bottom Line
A three-dimensional but better "Donkey Kong Country".

by gamewarrior (4998) on Jun 27th, 2004 · Nintendo 64

Plus 71 player ratings without reviews

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Critic reviews added by Patrick Bregger, Big John WV, Tim Janssen, Alsy, Koroner, Parf, Daniel Peñalver, vedder, Wizo, Kabushi, Jeanne, RhYnoECfnW, lights out party, eradix.