“ Genre: Action / Rating: E - (Everyone) / Published by: Nintendo „
This donkey kong game is another edition in the nintendo donkey kong series, only this is the first one on DS. I got this a few weeks ago, and I am finding that like the original donkey kong (on the nintendo 64) once you get to a particular level or boss, you get stuck and ni matter how hard you try to get to the end or defeat the boss, you just can't do it!
Other than that, this is a very addictive game, that you wone be able to put down once you started. Unlike other games you can go on this one for a long time without getting that far so, it does last for a long time. For example, I bought this about three weeks ago, and I've only done 32%, which for me is pretty bad.
On each level there are a number of various stages which you have to complete, until you get to the boss, which increases in difficulty the further you go on (obviously). You don't automatically start with both donkey kong and diddy kong, but on about the thirs stage bit, you are introduced to diddy, and you are told what you can do with him.
There are basically the same kind of enemies that you will have to kill, to get little gems. These gems, when you get 100 of them, will allow you to fly to the end of the level, or to get any tricky bananas, or DK coins, that might have been virtually out of reach before. The enemies you have to fight are still the crocodiles,bumblebees and the rats.
At the beginning of the game, you will be given a tutorial by cranky kong, just telling you what the basic controls of th game are. Througout the first level you will be introduced to xananab, this is kind of like a talking banana that also gives you hints throughout the game. On some of the levels you have to give him a little object to progress to the next stage. Another charater is called funky kong. This monkey can give you a lift to a small island on each of the main islands which allows yout o get more bananas. The evil character king. k rool is the leader of the kremlings and is the sworn enemy of donkey kong. This is who you will have to beat in the majority of the bosses.
It also has mini games which you can unlock, as you progress through each of the levels. These mini games are where you have to either gtrab bananas, jump over rolling barrels, climb to the top of a cave in a fast time and also to grab as many oranges as possible. You are graded, from a D to a AAA.
Overall, this game is very good value for money. I only payed £13 for it on amazon, but that was in the marketplace, so it probably is a bit more, perhaos £15, as I said before, it would still be good value for money, as it lasts for ages, and gives you very difficult challenges.
This Donkey Kong game is just yet another wild and wacky game of the Donkey Kong series. In this Donkey Kong game, its really sort of like a challenge. You are basically Donkey Kong, and through out the levels you will need to hold on to pegs to get to different places just be pressing L and R. It really is that simple. Its also in some levels sort of like a maze. And when I say a maze I really mean a maze. For example your objective is to get some sort of panel for this Banana like creature, you are in some sort of maze. You need to smash through glass and stuff to break through walls and rooms. The panel is somewhere in the maze, but you will just need to find it which is extremely hard. So as well as having fun, you also get to use your brain as well which is excellent.
Throughout the game you usually will need to pick up some sort of bonus that will help you to get to the next level. These things can be Kong letters, Blue barrels, coins, and of course the best help of all Diddy Kong. He is extremely helpful and helps by getting to very high places just by pressing A. He nearly always saves you a life! But beware, once a monster hits you or anything, he will go, and so will need to do the adventure all by your own. If you find a DK barrel your in luck as Diddy Kong will pop out and help you! The bananas which are practically everywhere help you into getting better bonuses as well as giving you extra life's and level ups.
Along the game certain mini games will usually appear out of nowhere usually from catching bananas in a barrel. The amount you catch is the amount that will be scored to your banana collection. You chose at the beginning of that mini game for a barrel, there are 3 choices, 1 small barrel, 1 medium barrel and 1 large barrel. Unfortunately they are all blank so its a real challenge to guess which is which. The largest is the best and the smallest is he worst, so you better get it right!
Overall its a must get game for all Nintendo DS owners. If you are really into Donkey Kong and his games this game will surely be one of the best for you. Its a really interesting game as well as a challenging one. One ever I go in my spare time to play the DS the game I will chose will have to be always this one as I will be glued to it for hours and is so much fun. A recommended DS game, 4 stars!
This review is for the Nintendo DS game, DK Jungle Climber, developed by Paon Corporation and published by Nintendo. The game is the latest in the Nintendo's Donkey Kong series.
This game is a generally vertical scrolling platform game, where you have to swing between ledges using the Left and Right buttons on the console. It's a simple idea, and you have the advabtage of being able to fire Diddy Kong up to help you in your quest. The game has more controls and features such as this, but this primarily is how you get through the game, with the other requirement of killing the end of level bosses.
This is an easy game to get into, and kids would be able to pick up and play the game almost straightaway as there is an easy to work through tutorial at the beginning. However, it is also a very challenging game, there are large levels, and the later levels are very hard, and will use up many of the lives which you had carefully saved up from the earlier levels.
Indeed, if you're not a great games player, then you might find that the later levels are just too difficult. These require some precision swinging between platforms to reach some of the more out of the reach sections, and it requires such accuracy that it takes a lot of practice, and can be frustrating. The same happens if you die a long way into a level, and then have to begin that level all over again.
The graphics in the game are of generally good quality, they're bright and fun to look at, and they're also clear. However, the game has been designed only in 2D, which is satisfactory in terms of the games playing, but it would have been more interesting and graphically interesting if it had been a 3D game. The music is similar as well, it adds a little to the atmosphere, but only until you realise you keep hearing the same music again, and it does become all a little repetitive.
The developers have been generous in their decision to allow up to three other players to join you in a multi player game without requiring a copy of the game each. This is a valuable addition to the game, and much appreciated, as some games developers insist you have a copy of the game cartridge each. The multi-player mode is fun to play through, and adds some extra into the game.
There is quite a lot to make you come back to this game, as you will want to try to finish it, which is quite a challenge in itself. Additionally, there are lots of extra items to collect and areas to explore in the game, which you might need to play through again to discover.
The game retails for 29.99 pounds but is currently available on Amazon for 24.99 pounds. If you're happy with a second hand copy, these are available slightly cheaper, for around twenty pounds on sites such as eBay and Amazon. The game is rated 3+, so is suitable for children of nearly all ages.
In summary, this is a good game. The controls are easy to get used to, even though they don't use the stylus or touch screen as most DS games do, and the game is fun to play. The levels are challenging to play through, with the later levels being quite difficult to complete. It's still an expensive game to acquire at the moment, but there's lot of game play to be had.
I've always been a Nintendo boy. I'll never forget the complete excitement of getting my first Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), back in the day when cartridges were the size of a CD but soooo much fatter. I then went on to the SNES, then N64, but pretty much gave up after that. Maybe I thought I was too old for computer games, I don't know. Then along came the DS (Dual Screen, like a gameboy but SOOOO much better), at first I was intrigued, then I got one for Christmas...and now I'm hooked.
When I had my SNES (the SUPER Nintendo Entertainment System) I became obsessed with the Donkey Kong games - there I was thinking nothing could beat my love of Mario. These DK games for me, made Mario look like Pacman. I used to play them day in day out - I even got the stage where I would come home after my GCSE exams and play the 'underwater levels' because they used to totally relax me. I think it was something about a gorilla riding on the back of a swordfish to the music of panpipes...surreal, yes, but soothing also (ok, ok, so that IS weird, but I don't care).
So, in my hunt for DS games, I came across 'Donkey Kong Jungle Climbers'. It looked different to how I remember the Donkey Kong games to be, but having DK in the game, I thought 'how bad could be?' So, whilst transferring flights at Chicago, I bought it from a game shop for a mere $15 (bargain, about 1/3 of the price in UK) and got playing. Did it live up to my expectations? Heck no!
Who is Donkey Kong?
Donkey Kong is a big gorilla who first appeared on the video game scene with Mario, but as the enemy. He was the oaf who kidnapped Princess Peach from Mario. His popularity grew when he began to get his own games, with his own buddies. Diddy Kong is his little monkey lover who follows him around, along with other members of the Kong family, each character having their different skills and uses (ok, I made up the bit about them being lovers, but they may be, who knows?).
The Game's story:
DK and all his monkey comrades have gone on holiday to 'Sun Sun Beach' (why exactly a monkey who lives in the jungle needs to go on holiday to the beach, I have no idea, but mine is not to question). Then they see a big banana (!!!!!) on top of a mountain and obviously they want to ram it down it their throats, so they go and get it. But it's not as easy as that, things get in their way, like a big fat dinosaur-cum-alligator called 'King-K-Rool' who is DK's sworn enemy...will DK get his chops round the mighty banana?? Or will Xananab the alien banana (!!) tempt him away?? Will Funky Kong fly him closer or will Cranky Kong make things too complicated with his many pearls of wisdom??
The main thing that sets this game apart from any DK games in the series, is that you have to move about by grabbing onto and swinging from little pegs. Sounds simple in theory, but in reality, it's really hard! Not only do you have to practice swinging, but also timing it right to catch onto another peg as you leap through the air. In order to kill enemies, you have to 'fire' yourself off a peg and ram them, and if you touch them in any other way you die. Which is crazy in comparison to previous games where you just had to jump on their heads and they would die...this game has taken quite a bit of getting used to. The one thing that really annoyed me, is that it doesn't use the stylus at all. Even when the opening title comes up, you have to 'press start', never using the stylus once. The most beautiful thing about the DS is the gameplay and interaction between the stylus, the game and the gameplayer...in some games, the stylus is like a way of getting into the game world (for example, in Zelda, the stylus becomes your sword, so you actually fight with a character). Nor, is the microphone used! It's sad. I was generally very disappointed by the whole experience of playing this game. The only thing that has kept me going (and I still haven't quite finished) is that I'm a fan of Donkey Kong, so my loyalty is outweighing my overall patience...aren't I nice? I also can't help feeling that this game is kind of pointless, if you collect enough bananas, jewels, or other objects then you can get extra lives, but even if you lose them all and die...you click 'continue' and go back to the start of the last level you played...so what's the point of collecting all the lives anyway? It's futile I tell you!
The other characters we meet?:
There are lots of hidden extras in this game. There are mini-games and challenges, that you can also play with other DS people over the WiFi link up. There is also 'Funky Kong' who is like a beach-bum surfer dude of a Gorilla (yes, you heard me right) who owns his own airline (Skybus could have taken a leaf out of his book) who can transport you to bonus areas if you collect enough Oil Cans from certain levels. There's also 'Kranky Kong' who is like an old bearded, clammy and crabby man of a Gorilla, who offers advice and instructs you how to play the game and what each thing does...so there's no real need to pick up the instruction book. Then there's Xananab who is an alien, in the form of a big banana, who keeps getting you to collect what looks like a spinning top and give it to him, making a warp portal to another world, exciting stuff...riveting.
I must say though, this game looks really good. The animated sequences and overall feel is stunning to look at. The colours are bright and vibrant and style varies from location to location. We have the foggy and murky 'vampire midnight foresty' levels (that's not their actual names) and there's the fun and bright 'toyland' levels. If you're shallow and only like the look of a game (who in their right mind would spend about 25GBP because a game looks good, I don't know) then this is for you.
Unfortuately, I can't comment to any vast degree about this as I turned the sound off pretty much whenever I play, as the music is so bloody annoying! You can tell this from the second you hear the opening titles! Generally, the music is so uptempo and irratic it just adds to the tension and difficulty of the game. I prefer playing the game by taking my time and not stress about getting to a particularly tricky part, so the over dramatic music doesn't make things more tense for me. Yup, the music in this game sucks...by the way, I do listen to it occasionally, so I can have an opinion here, before anyone starts wondering how I can comment if I don't actually listen to it ☺
All in all, I wouldn't recommend this game. There are plenty of other games out there that fully optimize the DS functionality. The game play is awkward and can take some getting used to...it just feels so weird to be moving around as DK by pegs only (well, he can walk, but this doesn't get you very far). As a fan of the overall Donkey Kong series, this game belongs at the bottom of the pile. Hopefully, the game makers will redevelop another game that brings the essence of the SNES/N64 DK games utilizing completely, the touch screen elements of the DS.
The game can be bought from all good console games retailers and cost on average 25GBP.
3/10 - Don't waste your money
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© MarcoG 2008
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Get back into the swing of things as Donkey Kong goes vertical. King K Rool is up to no good again, and it's up to Donkey Kong to swing into action. Using the same simple control scheme that made the DK: King of Swing Game Boy