Games like: Donkey Kong
Time played: 1 hour
1981 showcased a new arcade involving a damsel in distress, a larger than life villain from the jungle, and a man dressed in red and blue with no fear of the oncoming dangers. Donkey Kong made waves in the arcade scene, both from audiences and legal action, standing a simple problem which could only be accomplished by jumping over things.
This was also the point in video game history of clones. Donkey Kong started a new revolution of games that were cluttered with space shooters. Donkey-Me is an experiment of sorts by taking the framework of the first level of Donkey Kong and placing it in other popular universes such as Alien, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars.
The controls of Donkey-Me mirror that of Donkey Kong with simple movement of the analog stick to move your character around the board and the A button to jump. You’ll be climbing up and down ladders, jumping, and tapping your toe to the beat in no time. There’s also keyboard controls, but… ha ha ha ha. Let’s move on.
Donkey-Me has a simple premise: take Donkey Kong and substitute other notable movie franchises and characters in place of Mario, DK, and Pauline. From the main menu, you have your choice of which type of game you would like to play. Among the group is Flash Gordon, Conan the Barbarian, John Rambo, Total Recall, even Big Trouble in Little China. Each stage is tailored to its specific film it represents from the enemies moving about the screen, the end prize at the top of the level, and the music and graphics as well.
There are three different levels per movie but all of the stages are the same in terms of level design and they all take a different feel from the first level of Donkey Kong. The first stage is an actual repro of the first level whereas the other two are remapped versions of it. In the second level, rather than starting on the bottom left of the screen, you’ll start from the bottom right with rearranged ladders and pitfall in the floor. Completing the three stages finishes the game and you’ll begin again at level 1. Much like the classic arcades from our childhoods, it’s all about high score between you and your friends.
The sprites are well made and the surrounding environments for each movie franchise does an excellent job of hitting on the key points for its movie as it’s thrusted into Donkey Kong. As Ridley, you’ll be jumping over tiny aliens and face huggers. Star Wars you’ll play as Luke Skywalker jumping over little rolling Death Stars racing to the top to save Artoo and Threepio.
Donkey-Me is a fun little romp. It’s been a while since I’ve made my way through a Donkey Kong game (other than the Country series. I’m always playing those games) and I quickly remembered the mechanics of jumping and dodging. Picking up their respective weapons, it is funny to see Indiana Jones using his whip as Mario would use his hammer. I had fun, even though the game is quite short, it is a nice run through nostalgia and an ode to one of the most important games of video game history. I would have liked to see the other levels from Donkey Kong remade as well rather than just variations of level 1.
Donkey-Me is an experiment of sorts, involving multiple artists and developers, bringing popular movie franchises into the world of Donkey Kong. Pressed for a high score, you can play in the universes of Star Wars, Alien, Flash Gordon, even Big Trouble in Little China. Albeit short, Donkey-Me is a fun run through history with a charming twist.
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