Kong Strikes Back

• Publisher: Ocean
• Developer:
Jim Blackler
Release Date: 1985
GFX: David Thorpe
Music: Martin Galway

ZZAP64 Game Rating: n/a
Our Game Rating: 80%


FILE: kongstrikesbackend.zip



• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

I don't like this one... Kong Strikes Back by Ocean is a horrible game and a complete rip-off of the Mr. Do's Wildride arcade game. My mate used to own it when we were kids, and he used to play it for hours just to annoy me.

The aim is to guide Mario around the rollercoaster track, dodging the cars in order to get to the girl at the top. There are only four levels to beat, which most players will find easy after a little practice. I just found this game clumsy, too simple and too short. There's just not enough about this game to warrant how much it cost back then. It's even worse when you have to sit and watch your idiot mate play it over and over for hours... Very, very annoying...

Unbroken heart...

Broken heart. The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I used a trainer that allowed me to skip levels.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once level four is beaten, a heart appears in the centre of the screen, a split appears down the centre of it, and then the game loops back to level one.


  • Neil: I knew what was coming on this one. 1/10.
  • Vinny: I actually enjoy playing this one and did get to the end once, but I didn't realise it was the ending because it is so short and so shite! Blink and you'll miss it. 1/10 from me too!
  • Brendan Phoenix: I loved the cover art for this game, but hands up I never played it or fancied playing it - I like the traditional Kong type games better.

    Ending is predictably poor and expected.
  • Andrew Fisher: It's an unusual amalgam - Ocean had released a Kong clone, then this game which copied ideas from the arcade game Mr Do's Wild Ride, and then Ocean gained an official license for Donkey Kong from Nintendo.

    A very odd ending to an odd game.
  • Andy Vaisey: Ah... those were the days... Ocean releases in those little black, hard shell plastic cases.

    /me wipes away a tear of nostalgia

    Bit of a rubbish ending in all fairness, but tell me... what's going on with those scores in the screen shots? Count the digits under 'score' and 'hi' and tell me how illogical that is...

FINAL SAY: Rubbish game, rubbish end. I will never play this game again. Ever!

G.E. RATING: 1 / 10

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