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User Reviews

There are no reviews for the Arcade release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.


Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.7
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.5
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.4
Overall User Score (27 votes) 3.6


Critic Reviews

MobyRanks are listed below. You can read here for more information about MobyRank.
100
Gorgeous animation (such as Kong stomping his feet), slick sounds (who could forget Mario's squeaky shoes?) and enjoyable challenges helped make Donkey Kong one of the most fondly remembered arcade games of all time.
90
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Oct 25, 2007)
The repeated saviour of Nintendo, Donkey Kong was conceived from such refined, simplistic brilliance it's provided a wealth of videogaming material to this very day, and the original title can still hold its own against the best of the rest.
43
The Game Hoard (Mar 18, 2020)
Donkey Kong has not really stood the test of time, but its historical importance has lead to excusing away its little problems. For its time it was impressive and it paved the way for Nintendo to become gaming’s most important company, but as a platformer viewed with modern eyes, its rigid and a little too linear. Your path is practically set in three of the four levels and the only challenges to it are things like barrels that test momentum-based jumps and elevators that can too easily trigger fall damage deaths. Even at its most interesting in the rivet level, it’s not doing all that much, meaning that there isn’t really too much to Donkey Kong beyond an impressive legacy and little jumping problems.


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