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Donkey Kong Jr review

Junior doesn't have to work hard to save his father

If you fancy yourself as the next Billy Mitchell (not the Eastenders character but the old Donkey Kong world record holder), you'll enjoy Donkey Kong Jr but most people will be shocked when they rescue Nintendo's great ape after playing just four levels.

Playing as Donkey Kong Jr, you have to rescue your father (who, according to our Donkey Kong family tree, grows up to be Cranky Kong) from the clutches of Mario who has him locked up in a cage. However, when it comes to videogame villains, our plumber is no Bowser. Judging by the amount of time it takes to release Daddy Kong, he gives up far too easily.

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There are just three stages to get through before you have a chance of defeating Mario, each of which is a single screen. The first finds DK Jr jumping over platforms and swinging across vines, avoiding enemies called Snapjaws. The second is more of the same, only with birds called nitpickers attempting to drop eggs on your head. The third is a bit different as you leap over sparks that are shooting across wires in Mario's hideout. For the finale, it's a case of avoiding the nitpickers and sparks as you attempt to shunt the keys up the vines to the locks in Donkey Kong's cage.

And that is Donkey Kong Jr in one paragraph. Admittedly, there is very little wrong with the stages as they follow the classic DK platforming style of the day and although you are sent back to the beginning once you finish the fourth, the levels get more challenging as they loop. So if you're chasing high scores, DK Jr is quite addictive even though the Restore Point feature allows you to cheat.

But 30 years on from the original's arcade release you expect more for your money. At £4.50, you're paying more than £1 a level. If Nintendo used that scale for all their games, Super Mario Galaxy 2 would cost over £100.

If you want a Donkey Kong game for your 3DS, download Donkey Kong (Game Boy) instead.

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  1. alexjones94 Tuesday 28th Aug 2012 at 15:47

    I have the game and watch version of Donkey Kong Jr. It's incredibly addictive in short bursts and is a great little game if you're a high score chaser. The price is a little steep, but I'd recommend it nonetheless.

  2. dizgustanti_fest Tuesday 28th Aug 2012 at 16:53

    rayman origins is a good game isnt it

  3. GuitarHero Tuesday 28th Aug 2012 at 16:56

    rayman origins is a good game isnt it


    Yes, one of the best. However, I don't see the relevance of posting here.

  4. Herbert_Rarr Tuesday 28th Aug 2012 at 17:32

    rayman origins is a good game isnt it


    Yes, one of the best. However, I don't see the relevance of posting here.


    I don't like Rayman Origins.

  5. GuitarHero Tuesday 28th Aug 2012 at 18:06

    Any particular reason why? It can also depend what console you got it on, but I adore it (like all of Ancel's creations).

  6. dizgustanti_fest Tuesday 28th Aug 2012 at 18:23


    I don't like Rayman Origins.

    You strange, strange man

  7. Iamthedog Tuesday 28th Aug 2012 at 18:53

    Rayman origins is one of the most beautiful games i've ever played.

    It's incredibly addictive in short or long bursts!
    Its also a great game if you're a high score chaser!
    The price is a little cheap, but I'd recommend it, especially if you've got a few bud's round for a game or two.

  8. Xenobladeperson Tuesday 28th Aug 2012 at 19:01

    I don't see how Rayman Origins is relevant, but it's a quality platformer.

    I never bothered downloading this as part of the Ambassador Program. I might see if it's still available now.

  9. LugiaCake Tuesday 28th Aug 2012 at 19:11

    Well, I was going to get this or 3D Classics Kirby's Adventure. I'm now definitely getting Kirby. Thanks Tom.

  10. Xenobladeperson Tuesday 28th Aug 2012 at 19:25

    I just downloaded it ( through the ambassador program ). 50% was very generous of you, Tom. I'd say 20 - 30% would be a fair score. It's a terrible game.

  11. Dertdood Tuesday 28th Aug 2012 at 20:30

    I just downloaded it ( through the ambassador program ). 50% was very generous of you, Tom. I'd say 20 - 30% would be a fair score. It's a terrible game.


    no its not it's a great puzzle platformer and its only problem is that it isn't very long

  12. imbusydoctorwho Tuesday 28th Aug 2012 at 20:36


    I don't like Rayman Origins.

    I believe that everyone is entitled to an opinion.

    But you're wrong.


    Back on topic,I got this through the Ambassador Program last year,and I played it once,and never touched it since.

  13. Iamthedog Tuesday 28th Aug 2012 at 20:42

    what is the Ambassador Program that everyone keep jibbering about??

    How do i get the free stuff?

  14. Dertdood Tuesday 28th Aug 2012 at 21:23

    what is the Ambassador Program that everyone keep jibbering about??

    How do i get the free stuff?


    had to buy the 3ds before the price cut

    got 10 free nes games and 10 free gba games for download

    all the nes games that have been released on the eshop except punch out already came out for ambassadors

  15. Iamthedog Tuesday 28th Aug 2012 at 22:48

    HOT DAMN, sounds sweet.

    shame i missed out :/

  16. FireHawk Wednesday 29th Aug 2012 at 08:02

    Given the price that it's being released at, I'd say that's a fair score. I downloaded this as part of the Ambassador Program and I very much enjoy it when I have a few minutes to kill (and yes, chasing high scores is addictive). But I wouldn't pay Ł4.50 for it.

    I do find it amusing that you say Mario isn't much of a villain for giving DK up after the fourth level, since the original Donkey Kong is only four levels long as well. Clearly neither plumber nor ape are good villains.

  17. wghtmf Wednesday 29th Aug 2012 at 12:58

    I loved this game in the Ambassador Programme, but I agree that it wouldn't be worth Ł4.50.

  18. Pyron12 Wednesday 29th Aug 2012 at 14:25

    rayman origins is a good game isnt it


    This is relevant how?

  19. torterratrainer Saturday 1st Sep 2012 at 17:34

    addiictive in short burst's to the pint its in my top fave ambassador games.

    not worth paying much for though

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