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Donkey Kong 64

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Reviewed by Panther The first time I saw Donkey Kong 64 advertised, it didn't appeal to me very much. I don't know why that is because I have all of the Donkey Kong games for Super Nintendo, and I loved them. Once I tried the game out though, I knew I had to have it for myself. Donkey Kong 64 has a great mix of a long and hard one player game, with the new multi player capability so that you and a few friends can play against each other.

Graphics: 10 out of 10

Let me tell you that Donkey Kong has some of the best graphics I have seen for the 64. It crams so much good graphics in that it needs an expansion pack for it to work! That may be problems with some people because they may not want to buy an expansion pack just for the game because of the price. Well guess what, they throw in the expansion pack when you buy the game! But also remember that a lot of games work with the expansion pack and make the graphics better. So think of it as getting one for more than Donkey Kong 64. I have hardly found a flaw in the graphics at all.

Music and Sound: 7 out of 10

The music in the game is very good, with some new types of music, and some refined old types of music that sound great. The only reason that I gave the game a 7 out of 10 is because of the sound. Some of the sound is fine, but others are very annoying. For example, when you hear K. Rool's laugh it is the exact same noise repeated over and over again, with no change at all. It is like that with a good bit of noises in the game, and it may not sound very annoying but trust me, it is. Some of the other sounds are fine, but these are not. Other than the sound, the music is great.

Game Challenge: 8 out of 10

The game has an okay challenge. I think that most of the challenge comes from the mini-games that you play in later in the game. The first few mini-games you play are real easy, except when you get to the last two or three levels. Then they get hard. The game itself is not very challenging, but it is very long, especially if you are trying to find everything. I don't consider it challenging because most of the items that you need to find just take a bit of looking, or playing a mini-game or two. Only a few of the bosses are really challenging, and one of them is K Rool, obviously. Other than that, it is a normal game for challenge

Game Play-Fun: 9.5 out of 10

The one player game is very fun because none of the worlds in the game look at all alike, so you are invited into a new environment every time. Even when you are just playing in one world with all of the characters, it is just as fun because each character unlocks a new place in that level, so you see and do new things all of the time. Also, some of the boss animations are pretty funny when you beat a boss, or just get through one of its phases. The only problem I have with the game play fun is the multi player. I tried it with a friend, and it is pretty fun until you have played with all of the characters, and tried all of the levels. There are only 4 small places that you can play at, and all of the characters are the same in strength, except Krusha. It gets pretty boring really quick.

Rumble Pak: 9 out of 10

The new rumble pak feature was a great idea with this game, because of the guns and bombs that the characters had. (By the way, great going with the guns and bombs, finally DK gets some REAL weapons). The rumble pak rumbles a lot or a little, depending on where you are when something explodes. It also changes depending on how hard you get hit or what type of weapon you use. Nice Job with the rumble pak.


To tell you the truth, there is not really any frustrating parts in the game, except when you are stuck trying to beat a really hard mini-game. But that's about it.

Game Value: 11 out of 10

The game may be a little more expensive than some other games, but the expansion pak comes with it too. They sell the game at a regular price for a new release, and add $10 to it because of the expansion pak. Since the expansion pak is usually around $20, you only have to pay $10 for it to be included with the game, great huh? You really do get your money out of this game for all of the reasons above. Great Value.

Overall: 9.5 out of 10

This is a great game for DK lovers, or for anyone new to the concept because they have so many new characters and things involved in the game, that it is like a new start. Once you buy this game I think you will see why I would rank it "Top Banana."

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