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A pale imitation, but there's still some fun to be had. Bob Montgomery (573) 2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars
Good port, but the NES and Game Boy Advance versions are better. Jake Lewis (4) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
Great Graphics Don't Make Up For Horrible Gameplay Mullet of Death (653) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall User Score (28 votes) 3.2

Critic Reviews

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Tilt (Jul, 1983)
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 !
VideoGame (Jun, 1991)
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.
The Video Game Critic (Nov 18, 2008)
Donkey Kong for the Atari 2600 is competently programmed and enjoyable to play but I wish its programmer had been a little more ambitious.
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.
Woodgrain Wonderland (Dec 16, 2016)
I was all ready to rip into Donkey Kong for the 2600 with so many of the usual suspects: it was another high-profile release that disappointed fans, Coleco purposely made it bad in order to bolster Colecovision sales, it’s too easy etc. But guess what? Playing it today I found myself having fun – as much fun as any other version of Donkey Kong I’ve ever played.
Retro Game Reviews (Jun 02, 2018)
Donkey Kong is an odd version of the Arcade classic due to its lack of screens, but it plays well and is a decent representation of the game. Due to the use of a minuscule 4K cartridge it's not a patch on the superior Colecovision port (also released in 1982), but there's certainly some fun to be had, if only for a brief play session.
Donkey Kong offers the gist of the arcade original, but like most "home" arcade games it suffered more than necessary escpecially with only 2 screens. But hey, It's fucking Donkey Kong and that shit is tons of fun! Later releases had improved graphics and more levels.
TeleMatch (Jul, 1983)
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...