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      19.05.2011 16:30

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      the best donkey kong adventure game

      This is one of the "biggest" games I have ever played in terms of how long it takes to finish it. It´s so well thought through and like any good adventure game, you sometimes need to go back on yourself to be able to go forward.

      This time around it´s not only Donkey and Diddy that´s about, we got 3 new monkeys to play. The first girl in the kong family, Tiny, then the long-armed Lanky and then last but definitely not least Chunky. Each character got a special talent that you need to use in all sort of different ways and it´s a lot of fun trying to figure out the tricky tasks you are faced with.

      There are several levels to play, all from the obvious jungle to a cave-complex with lots to explore underwater, there is also a desert!

      It offers such a range of different tasks, challenges and puzzles to solve you will be entertained for weeks! The graphics are very much alright on the nintendo 64 and the music is really good. It´s easy to control the monkeys and learn all their special moves.

      The only thing I don´t like about it is that there are a LOT of things that you have a certain time to clear, but if that is something that you enjoy - then you´re in for a treat.

      A great adventure game that will be testing your gaming abilities and your braincells.

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      22.01.2010 16:53
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      A really good game, remember that you need an expansion pak, that bumps the price tag up loads.

      The best game to compare DK64 with is probably Super Mario 64. So we'll do that.

      Graphics:

      Well graphics-wise, DK64 is definitely better than SM64, mainly due to the fact that its a few years newer, and as the game requires the N64 Expansion Pak, it adds the capability to produce much higher quality textures, as well as the general game resolution. DK64 also features realistic lighting and shading, as opposed to the fixed shadows and lighting in SM64.

      Gameplay:

      Well i have to say SM64 definitely wins it on gameplay for me, it has the wonderful flow of gameplay, something that DK64 seems to lack. The camera options in SM64 were easy to handle and usually provided you with a good lookout on the game, DK64 on the other hand can sometimes get frustrating with the camera angles. The control scheme of the 2 games is pretty much the same, the buttons used for jump, attack, and pretty much everything else are the same button combinations. Such as A+Z for butt stomp, and Z+A for backflip, or long jump if running. I also prefer SM64's level design, with most of the levels being open and colourful, DK64's levels are usually closed-in and dark.

      Sound:

      SM64 had some wonderful sounds in the game, containing some quality music and sounds. DK64 doesn't seem to be too big on the sound front, the music is barely noticeable, and as the characters are monkeys.... well, they dont really speak much.

      DK64 does contain a 2-4player multiplayer battle mode, an advantage over SM64. The games however can be dull, as there are only about 5 maps or so, probably best played in 4 player mode.

      The price for DK64 is around £7-£10 on its own, and around £15-£20 with an expansion pak. Bear in mind that DK64 NEEDS the expansion pak in order to be played, so if you dont have one already you'll need to buy the bundle ideally. Its a good buy, not only is DK64 a pretty decent game, the expansion pak is also compatible with tonnes of other games, go check out the list on wikipedia, if you own a few of the games listed on the N64 Accesories page, then the Expansion Pak is a good buy.

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        14.07.2008 14:27
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        Donkey Kong 64 for N64

        *A review of Donkey Kong 64 for the N64 which primarily focuses on the single-player experience.*

        King K. Rool is on the verge of destroying the Kong Isle with his Blast-o-Matic, when it fails. Thankfully, his underlings have a plan in which they capture the Kongs and their Golden Bananas, so that if the Kongs escape they'll not do so without their bananas, hence buying them time to fix up the Blast-o-Matic. Cranky's right kids - the story is a load of rubbish! And the cut scenes fail at being funny.

        When I first played this game I made it to the second level - the size had overwhelmed me and so I put the game on hold. Over a year later, I went back to the game and it's not too huge after all. The neighbouring towers of K. Rool's Crocodile Isle and Kong Isle act as a hub to these levels, of which each have a hundred bananas, five golden bananas and a blueprint to collect, for each of the five Kongs. Phew! Of course, it's not necessary to collect them all, but there are numbers to be met to progress. Fortunately, it's not as long-winded as it could be, since the rewards for collecting so many come in the form of collectibles. Also, there is an extra incentive behind a certain collectible so it could be worth searching thoroughly for these.

        The collecting is not too bad, but there is much backtracking since each of the Kongs can only collect their colour-specific bananas, which is where the portals come in handy. Their individual abilities means they undertake different challenges from each other as well, such as the mini-games - a golden banana being the reward for winning them - of which these are a right mixed bag (or should I say barrel), as some are easy, some are hard, some are fun and some are frustrating, especially as there might be a timer to pile on the pressure!

        Having played the brilliant Banjo Kazooie before, I didn't find Donkey Kong 64 to be as solid a title in areas. The camera-work did not feel as consistent, there is room for improvement in the draw distance and also, whilst the game is not a platforming-heavy title, there are showing signs of sloppiness when jumping at a corner of box-edge designs as the character can get caught in a struggle. Of note, the game requires the expansion pack. For an N64 game the textures are sharp and there are nice shiny effects.

        There are certain things including collectibles which are rendered in sprites-only so they look flat - this poses a problem not only because of the camera view given, but also as there are shadows missing in action in many places. Whilst Donkey Kong 64 has the advantage over Banjo Kazooie of each level leading to a boss battle, it feels as if these are made trickier because of the camera work. I have to say, the final fight was such a pain because of the way it was split but I finally managed to win. Getting there was not easy either, as there was no clue as to how to obtain what was required. In fact, what was required sort of came about from another game, which you have to complete not once but twice!

        The Kongs are well animated. Edge the analog stick slightly and they are seen arms out, balanced in tip-toe. Pushing it further slips them into a casual stroll, arms down their sides, then with the stick at it's farthest out sees Kong on the run. With regards to the audio, the D.K. rap comes with full vocals and is worth checkin' it out even if some say it is crap.

        It can take about twenty hours to complete the game, and around twice as long if the agenda is to collect them all! Since the levels are huge this is by no means an easy task. However, Donkey Kong 64 can feel like an average game, where it's best moments are cancelled by those of the bad. The multiplayer features seem decent, but worth a mention are the arcade conversions (said to be perfect) of Donkey Kong and Jetpac - true blasts from the past!

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          25.03.2006 12:23
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          Well worth buying, highly recommended

          I first played this game at my friend's house and even with our combined gaming skills we still haven't managed to complete it yet. There is a lot to do on this game, which means you get many hours of playing time out of it.

          One of the first things I noticed about this game was it's similarities to Banjo-Kazooie as they were both made by Rare. This was because I'd played Banjo-Kazooie first. The music is very similar, and some of the characters look alike eg. Tiny Kong and Tootie (from B-K) look alike, although Tiny Kong is a monkey and Tootie is a bear!

          The similarities aren't a bad thing, they actually made me feel nostalgic.

          The game opens with K.Rool, Donkey-Kong's arch rival, arriving next to the Kong's island in a giant ship equipped with the Blast-O-Matic, which he intends to destroy the island with. He kidnaps Donkey-Kong's friends, Diddy Kong, Lanky Kong, Tiny Kong and Chunky Kong. The machine breaks down, and then it's up to Donkey Kong to save them and then work together to defeat K.Rool and his army of Kremlings before they repair the Blast-O-Matic and destroy the peaceful island.

          It's easy enough to find the other four Kongs, who are trapped in the first few levels. Once you do find them, you can play as any one of them by changing over in the changing barrels found in various points in the levels and on the island and it's surroundings. Each Kong is different in ability and they also collect thier own colour of bananas and blueprints. Gold Bananas don't change colour but each one is attributed to a certain Kong. The colours are as follows: Donkey-yellow, Tiny-purple, Lanky-blue, Chunky-green and Diddy-red.

          Each world has 5 gold bananas and 100 bananas per Kong. There is a wide range of worlds, from a desert like place with dangerous sand pits to a forest with giant bees in it by day and bats by night.

          The Kongs use items such as guns which fire various objects and musical intruments, each are different for each Kong. The Kongs also have two special abilities each and also receive upgrades in their attacks from Cranky Kong, Donkey's father. Other characters featured include Wrinkly Kong, as a ghost, who is Donkey's mother, and Candy Kong, Donkey's girlfriend who provides the Kongs with their instruments and also upgrades their life energy meter, which is measured in melons. Funky Kong provides the Kong's guns.

          Now for a guide to the Kongs. Donkey is quite fast and strong. He plays the bongos and uses a coconut firing gun. His special abilities include becoming invincible for a limited time.

          Diddy Kong is Donkey's nephew and sidekick who plays the electric guitar and uses two small guns which fire peanuts. His special abilities include the ability to fly with a jet pack and use his guns at the same time. He is very fast and light, but weak.

          Tiny Kong is not as fast as Diddy but is light enough to float through the air when she does a longjump. She is also weaker. Her gun fires red feathers and she plays the saxaphone. Her special abilities include shrinking in size to fit into areas which other Kongs can't reach.

          Chunky Kong is big and strong but slow. He plays the triangle and uses pineapples as ammo. His special abilities include increasing in size to be even stronger and allow him to lift even heavier objects.

          Lanky Kong is quite light and fast. His long arms allow him to walk on his hands and also jump quite high. He plays the trombone and uses grapes as ammo. His special abilities include infalting himself to float and reach hights that other Kongs can't reach.

          The differences in Kongs make the game very interesting as you must find various mini games, such as roller coaster rides, and places that only one of them can get to.

          One of my favourite features of the game are the little banana fairies which you have to photograph. They give you bonuses to use in the multiplayer battles etc. There is also a mermaid in the Gloomy Galleon who only Tiny Kong can reach.

          The roller coasters are great fun, especially Chunky's which took us a while to finally complete. The multuplayer battle game feature is great fun too, and can be played with up to four people.

          Although you do need an expansion pack to play this game, it's well worth buying. It's complexity will guarantee you many hours of gameplay which never gets dull or boring. It's even fun to just explore the worlds and admire the many features the game has.

          You can also test your skills in two arcade games, one featuring Donkey Kong himself, which are very difficult to complete if you're not an expert at them. I still haven't managed the second completion of the Donkey Kong one which is essential in completing the game. The bosses are challenging and this is one of the few games I've played which features voice acting at the start and the infamous DK Rap, which I have come to learn all the words to!

          I highly recommend this game as it's great for people of all ages and gaming abilities. Unfortunately, it's very hard to find now and expensive. The best places to try are ebay and amazon where you can buy used copies cheap. It is well worth buying as it will keep you entertained for hours and it's a very challenging, interesting and complex game.

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            03.05.2003 01:01
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            This is by far one of the best N64 games Nintendo has to offer. The SNES version kicked off pretty well, and after that, well...there's not one person who doesn't know who the big DK is. This game is so full of stuff I'm surprised it all fit into that little cartridge!! You have all these worlds of ice and jungles and pyramids and haunted castles and wrecked ships lying in rainy bays...I mean, come ON, what more do you need?! (well, I suppose space would be sorta nice...=P) Anywayz. You get to collect fairies! Banana fairies, to be exact...and they're really pretty, too, although a bit annoying when you try to photograph them, since they fly all over the place, but that's not the point. I like adventuring around before actually working (you who've read my other reviews know this) and THIS was the absolute perfect game! It's also perfect for you all-work-no-play ones, too. You can battle in multi-player with friends, be it in a cute arena or a sort of jungle scenerio, and you have these absolutely adorable movie-like play things when you enter the world. For some odd reason, although the story line is kind of the same, it's mesmerizing and really FUN!!! =) There's also a mermaid and everything, and you get to shoot down bees and beavers and alligators (or maybe crocodiles? ...) You have five monkeys to choose from (isn't that fantastic?! I love Tiny!!! ) And you have to collect bananas as well as blueprints, medal, and so on... The characters are colorful and have their own special personality (Cranky and everything *tee hee) PLUS!!!!!!!!!!! Plus...there's mini games!! They're a bit difficult, but I think they're extremely entertaining. Trust me, this is a VERY fun game and you'll have your eyeballs stuck for HOURS to the TV!!!!!!!!!!! If you don't have it, I STRONG RECOMMEND you get it!!!!!!!!!!!! That's why it comes with a N64 and expansion pak, since this is such a goo
            d game you'll have hours of fun even if that's your only game!!!!!!!!! (i'm sorry...did all that make sense? ...*cough ) OKay, I'm done. Overall...BUY THE GAME! YOU WILL BE SOOOO HAPPY YOU DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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              18.09.2001 00:49

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              Excellent Game - Advantages: Keeps you going for a while - Disadvantages: Sometimes makes you dizzy

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              05.08.2001 18:10

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              King krool has ape-napped again and you have to save all of donkey kongs freinds.You have reclaim all of the giant golden bananasand save the island from distruction. Take out the kremlins with each of the kongs special moves and there special guns. This game seems endless in the begining but once you have worked your way through it it gets easier onece you have master the moves. Also there are mini games and four players can play against each other or in teams in a single screen free-for-all. Have endless fun!!

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              23.07.2001 04:53
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              Rareware have produced an incredible amount of really good games in the past and Donkey Kong 64 is definitely the best of the lot. This game is very close to what is known as the PERFECT game; amazing graphics; remarkable gameplay; cool kongs; great sound; and the best multiplayer mode ever. Unlike all DK games in the past, this game is quite different. King K. Rool has stolen all the golden bananas and captured all the kongs, except Donkey Kong, from DK Isles and is planning to blow up the island. Fortunately the machine fails. Will Donkey Kong be able to free his buddies and save DK Isles…………. Well that’s in your hands. STARTING THE GAME -------------------------------- At the start menu you can choose between five icons that I will just brief on: ADVENTURE ------------------- As you might have guessed, this is where you fight the baddies, rescue kongs ………… You can either begin a new game or continue one in progress. There are three game slots and a certain adventure that you have started can be erased at any time from a gameslot. OPTIONS ------------- Right here you can select the language, camera mode, screen size. I think you all know enough about this so I’ll just carry on. MYSTERY -------------- This icon contains secrets that can only be opened by getting banana faries that I will talk about later. BATTLE ----------- This is basically the multiplayer mode which I will expand on later in my opinion. SOUND ---------- This enables you to adjust the audio settings of the game. KONGS YOU CAN USE -------------------------------- There are five different playable kongs in this game, four of which have to be freed before they can be used in the game. Each kong has special abilities, different guns and plays different instruments. L
              ets have a look at them: DONKEY KONG ---------------------- Donkey Kong is the leader of this bunch and is a very powerful kong. His special moves include Baboon blast, Gorilla grab and Strong kong. All these great powers are gotten during the game by getting banana coins(explained later). Donkey collects yellow bananas and banana coins. Donkey also has a shooter called the Coconut Canon and plays the drums. DIDDY KONG ------------------- This is donkey’s little nephew wannabe. He is quick, nimble and courageous and his special strengths include Chimpy charge, Rocketbarrel boost, and Simian spring. Diddy kong collects red bananas and banana coins. Diddy’ shooter is the Peanut Popgun and he plays the guitar. TINY KONG ----------------- Tiny is Dixie’s (in previous Dk games) little sister and also has great speed and can also shrink in size. Her strengths are Mini monkey, Pony tail whirl, and Monkeyport. Tiny collects purple bananas and banana coins. Tiny’s shooter is the Feather Bow and she plays the saxaphone. LANKY KONG -------------------- This is anewcomer to the kong clan and looks like a joker. He has really stretchy arms and can do even do handstands. His strengths include Orangstand, Baboon balloon and Orangsprint. Lanky collects blue bananas and banana coins. Lanky’s shooter is the Grape Pipe and he plays the Trombone. CHUNKY KONG ----------------------- This is the biggest, strongest and most dangerous kong of all. He likes crushing baddies and his strengths include Hunky Chunky, Primate Punch and Gorilla Gone. Chunky collects green bananas and banana coins. Chunky’s shooter is the Pineapple Launcher and he plays the Triangle Trample. These are the five playable kongs present in this game. ( I wonder where they get the names from) Apart from these kong there are other different charcters ( kongs and n
              on-kongs) that help you throughout this game. Here they are: PROFESSOR CRANKY KONG ---------------------------------------- As his name suggests, this kong is very cranky but definitely the most important side-character of all. Cranky is actually Donkey’s father and helps the kongs throughout the game by supplying them with special potions in exchange for coins. As the levels go higher, the better the special powers of every character and the more coins are needed to attain the powers. Cranky also gives tips and gives you the chance to obtain the “RAREWARE COIN”(explained later) which is needed at the ending of the game to defeat King K. Rool. FUNKY KONG -------------------- This is the coolest and funkiest kong of the lot. This kong supplies you with the necessary firepower in exchange for coins. Every character gets separate guns that are given to the characters according to their strengths. You can also come back to Funky when you need an upgrade with your weapon. Funky also gives you special bullets in the higher levels in exchange for more coins. CANDY KONG -------------------- This is Donkey’s sexy girlfriend who supplies the kongs with musical instruments also in exchange for coins. These instruments are used on special musical pads(explained later) to kill the baddies. Candy also has upgrades on the musical instruments in exchange for more coins. WRINKLY KONG ------------------------ This is Cranky’s wife. She gives you tips at the beginning of every level helping you find the Golden Bannas. KING K.ROOL ------------------- This is the crocodile that stands between you and the game. This croc is wild and will do almost anything to prevent you from succeeding in your quest. SNIDE --------- A mysterious weasel who bears a grudge against K.Rool and his kremlings. This weasel can help you in the ga
              me if you find him blue prints which h has misplaced all over the levels. For every blueprint that you find him he gives you a banana. TROFF n SCOFF --------------------- Troff’s a pig, Scoff’s a hippo and both are slow, pig and useless. You find these two idiots on every level and you have to give them the amount of bananas they desire before they open a door where you battle the boss of the level for a key(explained later). The amount of bananas that they want increases as the levels go on. K. LUMSY ------------- This is a good, massive kremling who has been imprisoned by K.Rool for his lack of reptile ruthlessness. This kremling is trapped on an island, and the keys that you get when you kill boses can be used to free him open. If you free him I’m sure he will be a big help for you. BANANA FAIRY ----------------------- This is a secret fairy whom you find in one of the levels. She gives you camera and asks you to take pictures of her banana fairies and the more fairies you the more she upgrades your weapons and all your other powers. This also helps when it comes to the mystery icon at the start of the game. Ther are also a lot of different things the kongs need to collect as they go through the levels. Here are all the things: GOLBEN BANANAS --------------------------- This is the most pecious item in the game and are needed to progress through the levels. BANANAS -------------- These are collected by all the kongs and you need these to give to greedy Troff n Scoff. There are 100 for each kong on each level. BANANA BUNCH COINS ---------------------------------- these are also found on different levels and these are given to Funky, Candy and most importantly Cranky. Without these you are finnito. SUPPLY CRATES ----------------------- These crates contain items that the kong shoot from their guns. ORANGES -------------- these oranges have explosive properties that can kill even the toughest of kremlings. CRYSTAL COCONUTS ------------------------------ These mystical items have special powers that enable the kongs to use Cranky’s special moves. MELON CRATES ----------------------- These crates contain several slices of melon to help you recover you energy. BLUEPRINTS ------------------ These are colour coded like the bananas and coins. There are five on each level and in possession of strong, tough kremlings. BANANA MEDALS -------------------------- If you collect 75 out of the 100 bananas on a level you get one of these. They may not seem of much use but giving them to cranky gives you the chance to get special coins. BATTLE ARENA CROWNS ------------------------------------ These are crowns that you can win if you survive terrible onslaughts from the kremlings. Thy help you at the end of the game to defeat K.Rool. BOSS KEYS ---------------- When you defeat a boss you are awarded this. They help you free K.Lumsy. RAREWARE AND NINTENDO COINS -------------------------------------------------- These coins are very difficult to get but are needed inorder to defeat K.Rool. DK PORTALS ------------------ These are slimmering gateways that transfer you to a stage and out. WRINKLY DOORS ------------------------- These doors are the entrance to where Wrinkly Kong lays. SWITCHES --------------- You will find these swithches on every level and they contain pictures of something on them giving you a clue as to which kong is desired to shoot it. CANDY’S HEADPHONES ---------------------------------- These refill your instruments power. BATTLE ARENA PAD ------------------------------ this is what you step on inorder to obtain a cron. CRANK
              Y’S KONG BARRELS --------------------------------------- These barrels have pictures of different kongs. They are used to activate some of the special powers. TAG BARRELS --------------------- This is here you can change into another kong. BANANAPORT PADS ----------------------------- These pads transport you to different places according to the face vaue of the pad. ANIMAL CRATES ------------------------ Jump into these to be transformed to different animals. TROFF n SCOFF PORTALS ------------------------------------ These portals enable you to enter the places where these two hogs lie. The most incredible thing about this game is the amount of levels . The levels are covered between K.Rool’s massive crocodile isle and Dk Isles. There are eight levels in all. There are five golden bananas for each kong on a level.I’ll just mention and give a little info about the levels: JUNGLE JAPES -------------------- First and easiest level situated in the jungle where you meet Funky and Cranky for the first time and attempt to free Diddy. ANGRY AZTEC --------------------- This level is hot and sandy containing ancient temples. This is where you meet Cndy for the first time and also attempt to free Lanky and Tiny. FRANTIC FACORY ------------------------- Noisy and extremely hazardous toy making facility. This is where you attempt to free Chunky. GLOOMY GALLEON ----------------------------- This stage is mainly full of water and lagoons. You also find a lighthouse and a ship. FUNGI FOREST --------------------- This place contains night-to-day changing cuckoo clocks, tall mushrooms and wells. CRYSTAL CAVES --------- --------------- One of the best stages of the game, this is ice-type crystal level where there are icestorms and monkeyports. CREEPY CAST
              LE ------------------------ This is undoubtedly the best stage of the game. In this level you find haunted museums and ballrooms and hideous looking creatures await you. HIDEOUT HELM ---------------------- This is hardest stage of the lot where all five kongs have to work together to turn off the machine which will blow in a max. of 40mins, depending on how many blueprints you have. 1Blueprint is 1minute. MULTI-PLAYER MODE -------------------------------- This game would have been only an average if it was not for the multiplayer mode. Up to four players can battle each other using the kongs of their choice. There are two types: Monkey smash game types: This is similar to any normal multiplayer where you have to kill each other. There are two levels to choose from and every kong can swim in the water . Battle arena game types: This is the same as the battle arena mode in the adventure where you have to beat the hell out of eac other without using any weapons. The big kongs are recommended for this game type. Overall Donkey Kong 64 is an awesome game and although people think it is too long I think that it is just the type of game that will last you and give you your moneys worth.

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                Donkey Kong 64 is arguably the best platformer on the N64 and as the 64 is the console that has the greatest ever platformers on it that is one great praise. Donkey Kong pits you (once again) against the evil King K. Rool. You play as 5 cool Kong’s of course 2 of them are Donkey and Diddy but this game introduces you to pony tail twirling, Tiny, Super strong and funny, Chunky and tall long armed and utterly freaky, Lanky. These aren’t the only Kong’s you’ll meet on the way you will bang in to old favorites such as Cranky, Candy and Funky and even old friends such as Rambi, Enguarde and Squawky. Imagine Banjo Kazzoie ten times as big with tones more moves, old favorites and addictive gameplay. This game has it all, Play instruments; become so big you scare the hell out of anything and become so small you can crawl through any gaps. Fly through the air on a jet pack and go at high speeds on your arms. As well as all that you even play old classics such as the original Donkey Kong and one of RARE's first creations Jet pack. This as well as many other mini games such as Rambi's and Enguarde’s arena appear as a instant play at the beginning which you unlock as you progress through single player and there is even a exciting multiplayer with guns and even a neat little Crash Bash style beat 'em up where you knock people of a small arena with up to four players Tekken should be worried. The level design is near perfect the only way I can fault it is by saying it is a tiny bit hard towards the end and feels very similar to Banjo Kazooie. So Donkey Kong has it all Platforming, Shooting, Fighting, racing (in mine cart's and Racing cars) and even includes an exciting Multiplayer this game rocks buy it now!!!!

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                  09.06.2001 22:40

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                  If there is one game that Rare should be proud of its this. It is the only platform game that is better than Mario and once you have played it you will see why. It has around 10 levels (I don?t know the exact amount, as I haven?t completed it yet) and a total of 7 characters that you can be. The controls are very easy to handle and the graphics are astounding. The website is amazing and can be accessed by going to the official Nintendo site first.

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                  Adventure - 1 Player Where do I start? This game is HUGE, and by no means over hyped, the graphics on this game are absolutly amazing, the attention to detail that only Rare spot, as seen before in Banjo-Kazooie is once again present in this Rare Masterpiece. Although not quite as Unique as Banjo-Kazooie, the game boasts 5 playable charachters: DK, Diddy, Lanky, Tiny and CHUNKY, with more in the multiplayer mode. The main storyline to the game is that K. Rool wants Dk island...Blown Up!!! So in order to distract DK he steals his Bananas and imprisons his 4 friends. The main aim in the Game is to regain all 201 of the stolen 200 GOLDEN bananas, yes you heard right 201! This is just 1 small dose of all the spark and life that Rare have put into the game, there are quite a number of worlds some with very common themes, ie. Desert, Galleon etc, with some not so common additions like Frantic Factory! The feel of the game is very much like Banjo-Kazooie in the way that you have a high up 3D perspective of your charachter, added to which you can alter the camera angles, in and out and round the charachter. Controlling the charachter is pretty simple although you to tend to find the camera is squeezed in to small places to get the best view possible and don't be surprised if you see you charachter running towards you...the camera will pan round...but watch out for baddies! The bosses in the game are very good, probably the most graphically sound bosses of the time when DK64 was released back in November of 1999. One or two crop up twice as the boss for more than one level, but don't be fooled they WON'T be as easy to beat as the last time, let me assure you! You do have to collect banannas throughout the game and the fact that each of the 5 charachters has 100 bananas each in every level shows in itself just how big the game is, but don't think that you get to store them away and eat them at your celebration party...OH NO. you have to feed, a really big, FAT
                  pig, you see his broher is a damn site heavier than him and he, conveniently, needs to be fed in order to tip the scales so that his brother can turn the key, so wether it be 100 or 400 bananas that this guy wants you have no choice, he neds feeding, and if you don't beat the boss to get the key you have no hope of releasing the big friendly croc that is necessary to complete the game. You see it is all going well for K. Rool until DK and Co release this big croc from his cage, he sees K. Rools ship and ....WANTS TO PLAY. During the chase, K. Rool is taken down and your all set for the kill...But be careful, you might need some advice from Lennox Lewis for this fight, it won't be pretty, either way! Multiplayer There are lots of different options for multiplayer, there are a number of special mini-game challenges throughout the game which can be added to your multiplayer options as you get further on in the game. There is a battle mode Goldeneye style with some very interesting arenas, as well as an arena which is a free for all on a circle, but be carful, it is not as spacious as you might think! The weapons that the charachters pick up in the game are also available in Multiplayer, which adds much more to the excitment! You can also play as 'Rambi' - A Rhino and Enguarde - A Swordfish, they have different tasks in the main game but setting a high score with them on multiplayer, may very well be one of the most trying tasks in the game! Overview The game is great value for money, and at the moment is one of the only ways you will be able to get your hands on a N64 4MB Expansion pack, there are more factors and sectrets to the game than Einstien himself could remember. All the old charachters are there, including some new faces and you also have a handful Kong buddies to help you on your way, including ole Cranky...Bless Him! A must for any Platform Fan. Plus there are another 100 features that the game has. The only thing that the game could have t
                  hat would score some serious house points would be a 2-Player Adventure Mode, but once you are enwrapped in the ape-mad action, you don't even think about it!Graphically Sound. Super Playability. Great Fun for ALL Ages. It'll have you swingin' from your chandalier! Ohh Ohh!

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                  He's back,bigger and better than ever. I bought this game on the advice of opinions that I'd read on dooyoo. I have to say that they were all right, it's brilliant. The game is bigger with more levels and characters, these beingDK, Diddy,Tiny, Chunky and Lanky(Chunky 's my favourite). To complete the game you need to learn all the different moves each character can do and use these to complete their section of each level. On each level you have to collect 500 banana's (100 for each kong) plus five golden bananas each, also on each level each kong has to recover a peice of map. It takes some getting used to using different kongs to do different tasks but it's well worth the effort. All in all this is an excellent game and well worth the money. (listen and watch the opening sequence, the song and dance is hilarius)

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                    Damn straight, Donkey Kong is here and this amazing conversion from the Snes rules. The added feature of them 4 extra characters (3 who are new) and loads of levels, this game will keep you glued to the N64 for months. The main feature of the game is the new 3D enviroment, in which you have to battle Beavers, Bees and The Infamous Crocs. There are also new characters to control and bash enemies:- 1)Chunky Kong - A beefy gorrila, he plays the triangle, and uses a huge pinaple launcher. 2)Lanky Kong - He gets his name from his arms that are twice the lenght of his body. He plays the trumbone, and uses a grape blow pipe. 3)Diddy Kong - This guy is not new, but has a new arsenal of weapons. He plays the electric guitar, and fires twin peanut guns. 4)Tiny Kong - This GIRL is a small but deadly adversary. She plays saxaphone and uses a feather crossbow. When I started playing, I was a bit confused as to why I couldn't get to some areas of the game. I then continued to find out that each kong member has to do their own bit in the level to complete it. Practicly ll the level is interactive, you can clime trees, swim in the lakes and swing on vines. As you progress through the game, you can visit your freinds. One of whome is a mecenary, and the other works in a music shop. When you go to see them, iff you have been sucsessful enough, then they will upgrade your weapons and instruments. All to gether a fabulous game, i recomend it to all who enjoyed such games as Zelda and Banjo Kazzoie.

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                    Donkey Kong 64 (DK64) is big. It is undoubtedly the biggest game ever to appear on the N64 and its sheer size makes an 4 MB RAM expansion pack essential. The game just will not work without it. And this is no gimmick, the extra memory is there on the screen in the stunning lighting effects, the full view you have of each level with no fogging, the complete freedom to roam, the challenging and yet never boring gameplay. Ostensibly DK64 is a 3D platform game. But calling it a 3D platform game is a bit like saying that Bill Gates has few bob; technically it’s true but you are way out with the scale. Previewed at E3 (the US Electronic Entertainment Expo) it rapidly shot to the top of everyones wish list. Rare (who have consistently created fantastic games for the N64) are remaining characteristically tight-lipped about any precise details. What is known is that 3 new ‘Kongs’ have been introduced; Tiny, a small female Kong who can fly with her hair helicopter-style, Chunky, a hugely strong Kong and Lanky, a long, gangly Kong. These three join Donkey and Diddy and you must play as all five and use their special individual abilities to unlock certain areas. For example, Lanky’s long arms mean that he is the only one who can swing through the trees at certain points. The exploration of the game will be extremely open ended as you travel in 3D around the large areas. There are, of course, plenty of trees to climb, objects to collect and puzzles to solve. DK64 is also chock full of sub-games such as a scalextric-style racer and a game where you are fired out of barrels. DK64 proves that Rare are one of the most stylish and innovative games developers on any format.

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                    Rare spared no expense recreating Kong for the third dimension. A huge quest, intuitive controls, deep mechanics, mini-games, relentless exploration, five different characters to play with and knockout graphics. Players begin as Donkey, acquiring basic moves in a training level. From there, it's all exploration--picking up bananas, medals, and more, rescuing the four other Kongs, conquering puzzles and mini-games, and continuing the quest. DK64 has outstanding control mechanics. Each character starts with a basic set of moves. As the adventure progresses, each ape gains a specific arsenal of new moves, weaponry, musical abilities and more--all of which must be utilized in different situations and areas for maximum success. My initial reaction to the graphics was, "Pretty. But not as pretty as Banjo-Kazooie." The visuals start off a little slow, but they get better looking, and the animation is amazing and full of personality. The game is packed with sound samples and music. The opening sequence contains some of the worst music and "rap" ever to grace a videogame. Once the game kicks into action, however, the listening experience is enjoyable and funny. Donkey Kong 64 is excellent--It's an epic, gargantuan platformer packed full of things to do, including a great Monkey Smash deathmatch mode. The game is every great platformer combined into one. Buy it. Oliver.

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