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GBA | Action | Classic NES Series: Donkey Kong

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  • GRAPHICS: 3.5
  • SOUND: 3.5
  • CONTROL: 4.0
  • FUN FACTOR 3.0
  • AVG USER SCORE 4.0
  • AVG CRITIC SCORE 3.1

Review: Classic NES Series: Donkey Kong

Dr. Chapstick waxes nostalgic on a timeless tale of a boy, a girl he loved, and the ape that came between them.

Shigeru Miyamoto?s seminal permutation of the King Kong legend and progenitor of the modern platformer uses never-before-achieved gameplay elegance as a vehicle to deliver an allegory of the everyman?s struggle to overcome life?s obstacles armed only with his wit, skills, and a steadfast focus on the goal at hand. Unfinished architectural arenas are where this mythical confrontation between man and his evolutionary antecedent play out as blue-collar Mario prototype Jumpman runs, leaps, climbs, and smashes his way up ramps, tilted beams, and skewed girders while contending with elevators, conveyor belts, and fire goblins to rescue his sweet sugar from a barrel-hurling mutant monkey god.

Clever and propelled by progressively increasing difficulty, the levels speak of the game?s Kafkaesque underpinnings as Jumpman, after conquering surreal environments and surmounting grave dangers, continually achieves hollow victory after hollow victory when the surly simian once again takes his Fay Wray away. So why the three out of five? ?Cause the $20 price tag is a lot to ask considering that this NES port is missing the cement factory level, and you can get the e-Reader version for a fraction of the price.