Donkey Kong is a great PC port of Nintendo's classic arcade game that needs no introduction, since it has been ported to just about every console and computer system you can imagine.
In case you have never heard of the game until this moment (and if that's true, you most likely never played games until recently), here's the deal: you control a plump construction worker called Jumpman (who would later morph into a plumber named Mario in Nintendo's most successful series) who must rescue his girlfriend Pauline from the clutches of Donkey Kong, a giant gorilla modeled after the movie. You do this by jumping over barrels and other obstacles that Kong throw at you, and climbing up ladders to the top. Straightforward, but a lot of fun and quite addictive. This port by Atari does justice to the original arcade sensation, only minus the bright colors due to hardware limitations of PCs in 1983. Still, it remains one of Atari's best PC ports that remain highly playable to this day. Be sure to slow the game down with slowdown programs, though.
I never understood why it couldn't have been King Kong, but hey, that's the world of computer games for you... so here we go, with Donkey Kong!
The premise is very simple. You're this Mario look-alike (or is it really Mario) and you need to get to your sweetheart that has been kidnapped by a big bad ape called Kong, Donkey Kong (I mean seriously - Donkey).
Sort of like King Kong, the ape grabs a blonde it likes and climbs a building with her. Only Donkey (yup, King of the Kong would never do this) doesn't take her all the way to the top, he teases you with her, by taking her just a few stories up. Only after you reach her (completing a level) he takes her higher and higher and higher and higher (you get the idea). And there are some things that slow your progress on your way to the top. Usually it's walking fire (like Donkey wasn't enough, now you have self aware fire) that you can put out with a hammer (they really nailed it with this one folks - hitting a fireball with a hammer will make it vanish). The downside to it is that while holding a hammer you can't climb ladders.
And that's about all there is to this simplistic, yet somehow quite hard to play CGA game with beeping sounds.
It's a classic, no doubt, but is it any good? To tell you the truth, I never really liked this game much, although there wasn't much of a choice at that point in time, yet.
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