be it from me to desecrate a classic, but Donkey Kong,
one of the games in the Classic NES Series offerings,
has more in common with the NES game than the original,
classic arcade game. I'm not convinced I would classify
the NES version as a classic.
this game is somewhat of a budget title but for twenty
bucks I want everything that was in the arcade version.
Excuse me if I can't get excited about playing a 20-year
old game on a relatively new handheld system.
version of Donkey Kong that we're expected to have
a blast with was developed for an eight-bit system.
While I'm disappointed that this is not a port of
the arcade game, it's an almost perfect port of the
NES version. If that's all you want then you should
be satisfied. Some of the screen titles and the entire
pie factory level from the arcade version are missing,
so be warned.
Kong was the first pairing of the mighty beast and
a rotund, heroic plumber named Mario. DK, as we'll
call him, is evil in this version and has stolen Mario's
girlfriend, as big apes are prone to do. Navigating
his way through three levels, Mario has to see how
high he can get while running, climbing and jumping
his way to the top of a metal structure while dodging
rolling barrels and jacks thrown by DK.
the first stage, Mario makes his way up a series of
inclined girders while DK rolls barrels down from
the top. To avoid the rolling barrels, Mario can jump
over them, climb ladders to avoid them or smash them
with a hammer. It's part obstacle course, part maze.
second level introduces elevators, conveyor belts
and other such moving platforms. This time you'll
have to avoid jacks that DK throws at you. The last
and final level will find you removing bolts from
the structure to topple it which will take the big
ape down and leave you to rescue your gal. The moment
is short lived because DK comes back and steals her
again, forcing you to repeat the levels at a slightly
higher difficulty setting. And so it goes, and goes
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
the same price as this game you could probably find
a used NES and a handful of games. My only question
is why would you want to?