The range of gameplay features is truly expansive beyond belief and one minute you may be charging around as a rhino, the next you may be riding in a slot car or mine cart or even a jet ski as part of the bonus games.
While it's still not as good or creative as the original Super Mario 64, if there's one true claim to fame it can make, it's that you'll get your moneys worth if you really do try and complete the game 100%.
The real problem is that right to the end, it's just more of the same. There isn't the sharp contrast that DKCountry brought to the SNES as most hoped and expected. While no major ground is broken from Banjo Kazooie, Donkey Kong is still all there as a 3D platform game.
As cranky as DK64 made me, I can ill refute the fact that the game is still remarkable. Had this title come from any other game developer in the world I'd be doing back flips raving about how great it is.
Honestly this is the best Donkey Kong game in the series.
It's art style and the way its played reminds me of a series call Banjo Kazooie. (former title of n64)
Fun collectibles, honesty when I found the golden bananas, or the banana fairies i felt a fun sense of accomplishment!
My personal favorite part is when your in the boxing ring with King k rool.
Over all one of my favorite n64 games would 99% recommend this game!
One little nitpick of mine with this game would be the 3d platforming could be a little tricky with the standard n64 joystick.
Solid gameplay utilizing a colorful cast of apes and monkeys that all play extremely unique. Really solid level design as well as incentive to reexplore areas of the world with each Kong that opens up the level design in different way depending on their abilities and specialties. The only pain points of the game have to do with most Nintendo 64 era games, that being the camera. Multiple times I can recall precise platforming being made either more difficult or tedious via the camera.
This game reminds me a lot of Banjo-Kazooie, it is good, but not great. I compared this game a lot to Mario 64. To me, Mario 64 set the standard for this type of game on the N64. This game was fun, but kind of dull... But thank you for introducing us to the expansion kit!
For the Nintendo '64 gaming system, the two pre-eminent adventure games were Mario and Zelda. Those games enthralled players with their tight gameplay and interesting stories. Unfortunately, DK '64 doesn't have that same tight gameplay, and the story was never the strong suit of the series.
The problem with this game is obvious after about 30 minutes: It's all about collecting items, and very little else. Whether it is coins, tokens, or bananas, this game quickly devolves into little more than a scavenger hunt for miscellaneous items. Making matters worse is the fact that EACH CHARACTER needs to collect each item to unlock certain features. The game is tedious enough playing just as a single character, but add in the four others and it becomes ridiculous.
The music in this game is engaging (the DK Rap might just be the highlight of the whole experience!), but other than that nothing really stands out. If you don't mind collecting item after item, you'll like this game more than I. If you prefer a developed plot, however, than stay away at all costs.
SummaryK. Rool has kidnapped the Kongs! Can Donkey Kong rescue his friends, reclaim the Golden Bananas and save his homeland from certain doom? Take out some Kremlings with Chunky's Pineapple Launcher or Lanky's Trombone. Float through the air using Tiny's Ponytail Twirl. Even rocket to the sky with Diddy's Jetbarrel!