GameProbe of the Week: Donkey Kong (Gameboy)
Donkey Kong is easily one of the most memorable video game characters ever, appearing in many different games across multiple systems. From platformers, to racers, to music games, Donkey Kong has been through almost everything. It is also known as the game that started the entire Mario phoenomenon.
To say that Donkey Kong for the Gameboy is just a port of the arcade classic would be an outright lie, It's more of an expansion of the original than anything. The gameboy version adds over 50 levels, bosses, doors to unlock, switches, springboards, moving ladders, and much more. The earlier levels are quite simple, but as you progress through the game they get gradually harder, although not impossible! Every 4th level Donkey Kong confronts you in a boss level, these have the same premise, get to the princess, but are a bit more intense! There are mini games between levels to gain extra lives. They are playable by gathering the 3 items in each level before finishing. One of the mini games is a slot machine, one of the others is a spinning wheel.
This is a Gameboy mono game, so there's no colors, but the graphics are still very nice! They look like some of the better NES games out there, with some Super NES styled menus and level select. The characters look proportionate, and don't blend with the background.
Music and sound effects are also great, considering the hardware. The tunes are catchy and the sound effects work well. The best part about the sounds in this game is that they used the original start and end sounds from the arcade. They really help to bring back that Donkey Kong feel, even in the more puzzling levels!
Donkey Kong is deffinately one of the better gameboy games, in my opinion. It adds to an already successful game, with puzzles and bosses. It also seems to have a nice balance between fun & challenging that puzzle games sometimes miss. Overall, I highly reccommend this title, if you like arcade or puzzle games, you owe it to yourself to try this out!
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