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Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong (A2600) game cover art
Platform: Atari 2600
Genre: Action (Platformer)
Developer: Coleco

Publisher
Region
Released
NA
??/??/1982
EU
??/??/1982

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Staff Reviews

Donkey Kong review (Arcade)

Reviewed October 03, 2010

Winston Wolf says: "The simplicity cannot be understated or overstated. But for the first time, an underdog hero seemed to emerge, someone with realistic means of disposing of obstacles and limited skill in a world then dominated by spaceships and yellow gobbling monsters. He’s a modest man; there’s nothing super about Mario at this point. It is with wit and cunning that he perseveres, predicting when a barrel is coming, alert of their dangerous potential shortcuts down ladders, and in tune with all his hazardous surroundings. Enter randomness – events cannot be predicted in Donkey Kong, and the hero must find his way out of dire situations with deftness like an action movie’s lead. The great ape tries to put the hero’s back against the wall, hurling beams that clatter down randomly and barrels with increased ferocity each round. Jumpman’s mettle is put on trial during every ramp round, as he struggles uphill against a gargantuan competitor trying to keep him down."
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Reader Reviews

Donkey Kong review

Reviewed October 31, 2003

retro says: "I'm sure everybody that is even somewhat familiar with video game history has heard about the classic game of Donkey Kong at one time or another, which was the very first game that featured either Mario or Donkey Kong. "
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