& Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi
Not to be mistaken for the Atarisoft version, Donkey
Kong by Ocean appears to be aesthetically
suited to the Commodore 64's graphical capabilities,
with its cleaner sprites and more suitable colours. It's
very much the superior of the two and mimics the
arcade version very well.
You all know the story of
Donkey Kong and how he kidnaps the Princess only to be
defeated by a carpenter named Jumpman (later to become
Mario a plumber!). Donkey Kong is considered to be the
earliest video game with a storyline that visually
unfolded on screen, and so it's history in the making.
With only four screens to
play through, the game doesn't appear to offer too much
of a challenge, but strangely enough it does - along
with addictive game play. So what happens once Donkey
Kong is defeated...
Jumpman finally kicks
Donkey Kong's ass!
The ground is pulled
from under Donkey Kong's legs...
...but for a few
seconds he is defiant...
gravity takes its toll...
...and Donkey Kong
falls to his death!
The two lovers are
reunited once again...
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I used a trained version that allowed me to play through
without getting harmed.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
Once our carpenter hero reaches the Princess at the top
of Level 4, the scaffolding falls from under Donkey
Kong's feet, at which point he throws a bit of a tantrum
before falling to his death - head first!