Donkey Kong

• Publisher: Ocean
• Developer:
Arcana Design
Release Date: 1989
Jon Woods
GFX: Unknown
Music: Unknown

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 60%
Our Game Rating: 80%


FILE: donkeykongend.zip


> DONKEY KONG by Ocean

• Completed & 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...

...but eventually gravity takes its toll...

...and Donkey Kong falls to his death!

The two lovers are reunited once again...

The End.

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!


  • Vinny: It's exactly what I expected because it was built to be exactly like the arcade version, and so job done really. 3/10 from me.

FINAL SAY: It does what it says on the tin (AKA The arcade machine).

G.E. RATING: 3 / 10

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