Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Donkey Kong

The Debut Of Mario and the platform genre.
Review By Jessy Tauboss.

Donkey Kong. Ah, I love this game to death. As those of you who have bothered to read some of my reviews may have noticed, I am a big fan (read "idiot") of the true arcade classics; in fact, I recently reviewed the NES cartridge Donkey Kong Classics. This isn't a really good home conversion, though; this is the real deal, warts and all. The first great Nintendo game; the first game featuring Mario (then known as Jumpman in Japan; only in the US did he become Mario, after the landlord of the building in which NIntendo Of America was then housed); the first game to spring from the fertile mind of Shigeru Miyamoto, one of the few genuine geniuses in the video game field; and the first "platform game," so-called because it involved climbing on platforms. Apparently "Defeating Giant Monkey And Smashing Barrels game" was too long a description. 

The game goes like this. You are Mario. You must save Pauline (whom Mario insensitively passed over in favor of Princess Peach--Toadstool really is a better name for that little double-dealing tramp) from a fate worse than death. Well, okay, technically nothing's going on, and Donkey Kong seems more interested in banging his chest like the Elmo Lincoln version of Tarzan and randomly chucking barrels than in comitting dastardly deeds, but you have to save her, nevertheless. Why? You're a hero and it's in your contract. Get to it, Jump-BOY, or we take you off our 401K plan. 

The graphics are simple but colorful; I really, really love to watch this game in action, even now. The sound and music are all right for the time, too; I love the tunes (the whole ten-second handful). The control is just right, too; when you die, you have to blame yourself and not the joystick. What's not to like about this game? This is about the most fun you can have legally while wearing clothes. 

There's a good reason why this game has stood the test of time, while other then-popular games have faded into memory, and that's because it's still fun to play. This game deserves to be called a classic, and if you can't manage to enjoy it, I feel kind of sorry for you. Some arcades and bowling alleys and the like still have this game, so go look for it and remember to always climb the broken ladders if you can't jump the barrel and another one is flying right overhead. 

SYSTEM: Arcade



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