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Donkey Kong 64

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Reviewed by Jacob Brown Ever since Rare leaked the words out that three new games were under development, hardly any N64 owners could wait! One was the follow-up to the incredibly popular Goldeneye, Perfect Dark. The second was a space shooter that unfortunately had the least hype. And the third was the big ape's new 64-bit adventure, Donkey Kong!!! Many people believed that Donkey Kong 64 would destroy Zelda's record in sales. New stuff slowly came out about the game. Three new characters, Tiny, Chunkey and Lanky would be main characters. The game was so big, the expansion pak was required to play. It's finally here and it's HUGE!!!

Graphics: 9.5 out of 10

The graphics are a step up from Rare's blockbuster Banjo-Kazooie. Everything is 10 times more detailed than B-K. The light effects are great!! The animation is superb, and really makes it look like a Saturday morning cartoon. All the characters come to life.I couldn't help but laugh when K. Lumsy stomped around the island all happy. All five main characters have their own unique animation which adds to the fun appeal of the game. There are small details that few people care to notice. Some people don't think the graphics are much improved over B-K.

Music and Sound: 8.5 out of 10

The music is very much like the music in B-K. It's light, but some of the tunes are catchy. Some music from the previous Donkey Kong games return updated. The sound is what you'd expect, nothing really special.

Game Challenge: 10 out of 10

One of the main themes in Donkey Kong 64 is collecting items, searching high and low for the hundreds of goofy collectables. Add that to the HUMONGOUS size of the game and you have a challenge that platform novices will have trouble with. Switching the characters to complete tasks can be tedious and frustrating. Their are 201 Golden Bananas, 4,000 normal bananas, 40 banana medals and the list goes on. A big surprise in Donkey Kong 64 is the return of some old-school gaming.

Game Play-Fun: 9.0 out of 10

You will have fun playing Donkey-kong 64. Some of the mini-game themes are goofy. When was the last time you herded beavers into a hole as a crocodile? Thats what I thought. The characters are real goofballs too. Chunky's a big baby. Lanky is strechy. Diddy is self-proclaimed, the coolest Kong. And K.Rool is still humorous to look at. Overall the game play is still fun and hilarious.


You will get frustrated will the size of the game and the puzzles. Switching characters is necessary to complete tasks. Some mini-games are just too difficult for even the best of players.

Replayability: 8.5 out of 10

Once you complete Donkey Kong 64, you will be happy it's done with. You might even throw a party if you are hysterical. There isn't much replay value. As Cranky said, the multi player matches were probably thrown in at the last second. If you and you're friends are doped up on goofballs, then Monkey Smash is for you.

Overall: 9.0 out of 10

It's Donkey Kong, it's fun and it's huge. You will have a blast playing this great platformer. While some people will dismiss it simply because it's Banjo only bigger, others will love it.

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