Donkey Konga 2 GameCube

Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
Buy On
  1. 70
    This game is a brave try, but most players will regard it as a step backwards from the previous game.
  2. 70
    With a much smoother front end and far more relaxing, sedentary backdrops in-game, visually, the game seems crisper and more vibrant with the overall quality of presentation a step up from the original. [JPN Import]
  3. Game Informer
    70
    It's a ball with friends, amusing solo, and a nice purchase for anyone that already owns the bongo controller. [July 2005, p.121]
  4. 70
    If you've been craving more Konga then this is worth checking out. Otherwise it may be best to move along.
  5. 70
    The single-player modes are really lacking, which is really astounding since the multiplayer is so much fun.
  6. But even if you're a fan of the original bongo-bangin' rhythm game who's eager for more of the same, it's likely that the game's strained musical selection will put a damper on the experience.
  7. A great multiplayer music experience. If you already own the first game and have invested in the konga bongos then the sequel is a no-brainer.
  8. The gameplay itself-though uninteresting-is still intuitive and responsive.
  9. Feels more like an expansion pack than a real sequel to Donkey Konga, and I would've liked to have seen the problems of the original fixed to some degree in its descendant. Sadly this is not the case.
  10. The same excellent play mechanics remain from Donkey Konga, but replay value is severely marred by the inferior quality of the soundtrack.
  11. The basics of the original remain intact – clap, slap and bang the bongos.
  12. 60
    Another slap to the song selection is simply that most of these pop tunes have been off the charts for quite a while, making the game feel instantly out of date.
  13. Pelaaja (Finland)
    60
    As a multiplayer game this is great fun, but for lonely gamers "Donkey Konga: Jungle Beat" is the better option. [July 2005, p.77]
  14. Donkey Konga 2's main mode Street Performance is just as fun as the original's, even though it has no good music what-so-ever (well, not counting the REM songs).
  15. By comparison, Donkey Konga 2's a bit too... (ah hell, why not?) humdrum.
  16. It may not go above and beyond the original, but at least it's another game that uses those wacky bongos. If you can stomach the abrupt change in playlists from the first to the second game you might want to give DK2 a slap, pop and clap.
  17. Though the drums did have their allure, we found that we could take them only in small doses.
  18. It annoys me that Nintendo didn't really do anything catchy to appeal to non believers. Because of this, the game feels very sub-standard, and the song list is atrocious. For hardcore fans only, I'm afraid.

Awards & Rankings

#48 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2005
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Jul 3, 2016
    9
    This game isn't well received as the first one and I don't know why? The music is fun and controls are amazing what is so bad about this game?This game isn't well received as the first one and I don't know why? The music is fun and controls are amazing what is so bad about this game? I do recommend people play this game only if they enjoy it and they should enjoy it. Full Review »
  2. BubbleM.
    Jun 17, 2006
    5
    I'm not really sure. When I saw it I thought it would be as good as DDR but when I played it the controls were tough and it the music I'm not really sure. When I saw it I thought it would be as good as DDR but when I played it the controls were tough and it the music (that I've never heard of) goes too fast for me to figure out the controls. But it's a kind of fun game and I like the story to it. But now I kinda wish my sister bought me Donkey Kong Jungle Beat for my B-Day. Full Review »
  3. RyanM.
    Jun 24, 2005
    9
    I finally got a chance to psot this review, over my busy life and my busy days playing this genius title. I may be a bit bias towars this I finally got a chance to psot this review, over my busy life and my busy days playing this genius title. I may be a bit bias towars this game, so take it with a grain of salt. I find Doney Konga 2 to be pure undeniable fun. The game ranges greatly in difficulty so everyone can find a level they enjoy and can play without excessive frustration. The songs are definitely not as varied as what we saw in Konga 1, but still what IS placed in the title are mostly fun and upbeat songs, great for the genre in which this game is. I find it a bummer, that the original artists are not doing the songs in this game, but I did not lose much sleep over it, for I was too busy tearing through mini-games and unlocking all those infamous Dixie notes. The Dixie notes are a great asset, where you are given hints and tricks and clues gradually, and unlocking every note is a major psychological reward. So basically, Donkey Konga 2 is great fun, but it is most definitely not for everyone. Fans of the previous have no choice but to pick this up, and rythm game fans should check out the previous entry before getting Konga 2. The rack list is more defining, and the improvements are little, but it is still great fun for anyone willing to give it time and patience. Full Review »