Generally favorable reviews - based on 49 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. It's so intuitive, it's like your brain is moving the big ape directly. [May 2005, p.88]
  2. Every once in a while, a game or system comes along that redefines gaming in some small way, and DKJB proudly stands in this category.
  3. 90
    Jungle Beat was never going to be a bad game but the innovative control scheme and the deep combo-mechanic have elevated it to a genuinely excellent one.
  4. A very polished, well made game that breaks new ground in platforming; I highly recommend this game for anyone seeking a change from the traditional platformer or anyone who doesn't have a great interest in video games to begin with.
  5. The game is one of Nintendo's many hits, if not a masterpiece.
  6. Sadly it just misses true greatness because its benefit to cost ratio just does not balance. At half its price I'd give it the big five sharks without hesitation.
  7. An extremely entertaining game from start to finish with enough creativity to make this game stand out from other platform titles.
  8. 89
    A truly refreshing and innovative experience.
  9. 88
    A surprisingly addictive and well-made platformer with a unique control twist. Anybody who says differently either didn't take the time to really play it or has no business playing games.
  10. The graphics are beautiful and the gameplay is ituitive, addictive and amazingly good fun. It's a shame it is so short - we completed it in four hours - but it is perfectly formed. [GamesMaster: JPN Import]
  11. The fact that you use Bongos as the controller may seem very weird at first, but once you get the hang of it, the game is extremely fun and also very addictive.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Nov 15, 2011
    I love donkey kong but this game definiately isnt the greatest dk title. thankfully though its better then konga. So the whole idea of using the bongos for a platformer seems bizarre and, it is really. but it somehow works, it is quite good fun even. Graphics: Not great, could be a lot better, but there are some nice environments even if they were copied and pasted. Sound: Not very memorable, it has its classic dk tunes but lacks what other dk titles have. The sfx and what not are quite nice and fit nicely.
    Story: Its DK so imma leave this.
    Gameplay: It seems a little negative but really its all down to this. Its good fun, the new way to control feels a little odd at first but weirdly becomes natural quickly and really is a breath of fresh air. i have to say though, on multiple occasions i had torn skin off my finger. i was not playing aggresively so i may just have weak skin. this was frustrating tho as it meant i couldnt play for at least another 2 days. The game is short but made me want to complete it and get it over with near the end. this was probably due to not much variety in levels. saying that i think the riding the bull levels were the most fun ive had in platforming since the karts in dkc.

    So the gameplay makes up for its "meh" other categories. So i give it an 8.
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  2. FergusP.
    Apr 22, 2007
    An absolute triumph. What you need with this sort of game is an easy concept, easily accessible and very fun gameplay. This game is just a quick knock-about but God a quick play has never been so satisfying or rewarding. Full Review »
  3. MasH.
    Jul 3, 2005
    I think its a fun game it is for people who like action.