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Where's the adventure?!?
on April 4, 2008
I rated this game four stars for fun, but overall three stars based on the fact that it veers so far from the Donkey Kong legacy it does not deserve to have the DK title. Had this been a different character with a different name my disappointment in this game would have been much less--but having a history full of fond memories of the Donkey Kong series I hate to say that this one certainly does not live up to the name. It is very obvious that DK: Jungle Climber was not made by RARE. There is no real adventure incorporated into the game. The concept is new and enticing--Donkey Kong spins on pegs...wooden pegs...stone pegs...iron pegs...ice pegs--they change from level to level. And DK has some interesting new techniques with this game, such as the attack method, and his ability to fly. However, those (and the graphics) are the only perks to the game. The story is average at best. There are very few extras outside the levels, and achieving 100% completion is not worth the time spent. There is a maximum of one bonus barrel in each level (if any at all) and the challenge is always the same--catch bananas in a barrel, whoopee. There are items to collect within the levels, such as the KONG letters, the banana coins, and the DK coin, but they serve no significant purpose other than free men and useless cheats. And don't be fooled by the cover, you cannot play Diddy as you have been able to in past games. If the level manages to actually have a DK barrel, Diddy comes out and sits on DK's back. When DK gets hit, Diddy goes away. My biggest complaint is that I felt that some of the levels were entirely too difficult. Not difficult because of lack of skill, but simply because it would take several times of playing a certain part of the level over and over and over until you figured out the strategy needed to beat it (since DK dies so easily), and by that time you are so tired of the playing the level you're ready to just put the game down for good. I remember spending about 40 men trying to beat one level (and having any more than 20 men is a major feat!)
Overall, I'd have to say if you've been embedded in the DK games of the past, don't expect the same level of activity and fun with this one. If you are new to video games or the DK series, you will probably enjoy this game. But I encourage you to try some of the older Donkey Kong country games, which were developed for SNES but are also available as GBA games and can be played in the DS.