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Reviewed by Brendan McCormick Donkey Kong Country was the first game to use the computer rendered graphics seen in it. The result was a game that had a graphical look like no other before it. How did the game play hold up? Pretty good. You are Donkey Kong, making a long-awaited return to the video game world after spending some time in the arcades some time ago. He is accompanied by his little friend, Diddy Kong, and together they must reclaim their banana hoard, which has been stolen by King. K. Rool and his band of baddies. This is a platform game, similar to Mario in some ways, but different in others. First, DK has the ability to grab and throw barrels, roll and swing from vines. He will also be assisted at various points of the game by four animals, an ostrich, a rhino, a dolphin and a frog. He rides these friends and only uses them for that level. The game is big on secrets; supposedly 50% of the game is secret. Many of these secrets are simply a matter of breaking a wall, but it's still a nice addition. This is a two player game.

Graphics 10 out of 10

10, because while they're not the best now, they were revolutionary at the time. Lots of nice little touches such as things blowing in the breeze, and the backgrounds were amazing, such as the snow capped trees and mountains.

Music and Sound 9 out of 10

The music was above average, but the sound effects were very well done, with lots of jungle sounds (including chimp screams) filling the air and all the other little sound that mad up the perfect jungle scene.

Game Challenge 8 out of 10

The was well mad and at the time was the best thing out, and it is still my favorite game today, but I'm not too sure about the new Donkey Kong 64.

Game Play-Fun 9 out of 10

One problem is that the game can be rushed through if you want to, like Sonic the Hedgehog. Not everyone will stop for the secrets, which adds some longevity to the game. Even so, the game is not really difficult. None of the bosses are very tough and they're predictable in their attacks. Control is not a problem, however. DK always goes where you want him to, for the most part. The game has many levels, but most of them are short, Mario-length.


At many points in the game I got fristrated with a lot of places like the point where there is a long gap and only DK or Diddy could make it across the pitt and having to waist your lives or the nightmare of every game-player..... GAME OVER!!! ahhhhhhh

Replayability 9 out of 10

The game is pretty fun anyway, there's a two player option and you can always try to find more secrets. Scoring 100% in the game will take awhile.

Game Value 10 out of 10

The game was very well made and I think it was well worth the money I spent on it, you can only think that if you like the games and you believe it is worth it and I know a lot of you people out there will disagree with some of the things I said but...screw you

Overall 9 out of 10

A very strong title for Nintendo which spawned a couple of sequels as well. The graphics paved the way for what we see today, but game play was not forgotten in the meantime. I highly recommend you play this game if you haven't already, and you can get it pretty cheap now. the reason I gave it a 9 is because it is not the best game ever made but it's now one of the classics!

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