Donkey Kong 64

Nintendo 64
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8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 228 Ratings

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  • Summary: K. 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 skyK. 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! Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
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  1. 100
    Donkey Kong stands tall over other similar-minded action titles. It's one of those Rare games that makes you remember why you liked video games so much in the first place.
  2. 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.
  3. Though some view this as just Banjo-Kazooie with some minor improvements, take it from me, it is far from that. Definitely a candidate that is well deserving of being this years "Game of the Year".
  4. Some gamers will feel overwhelmed just as I did on a few occasions, but that’s understandable. DK64 was never meant to be beaten in one sitting. Be warned that there is a lot of backtracking involved and it’s not for the faint of heart.
  5. Those who obtain perverse pleasure from collecting every last coin and item in this type of game will be titillated - and those who don't will be frustrated.
  6. 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%.
  7. Since the game requires the bundled Expansion Pak, you would think that the graphics would take the Nintendo 64 to new levels. This sadly isn't the case - there's still cases of pop up and fog - but we can safely say that there aren't many games out there that look as good as this.And hey, any game with monkeys in it is cool by us.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 56
  2. Negative: 5 out of 56
  1. ShawnL
    Dec 8, 2008
    10
    The best game I will ever play! The collectibles, the music, everything in this is perfect. I will remember it forever.
  2. Jan 28, 2019
    10
    A lot of people have negative opinions about this game because of it massive amount of collectibles, but AlyssaW is right. This is still anA lot of people have negative opinions about this game because of it massive amount of collectibles, but AlyssaW is right. This is still an AMAZING game. This is the kind of game that really challenges you. It has got some flat out nice worlds. Jungle Japes, Crystal Caves, Creepy Castle, Frantic Factory, Fungi Forest, they're very neat. Sure the graphics aren't the best, but the game still has some great level design and gameplay. If anyone was to ask me what world I think would most likely be poorly designed I would probably just say Gloomy Galleon. Even though it seemed like inside the giant mushroom of Fungi Forest that Rare was being lazy and putting the color-coated bananas everywhere so they could cut the players some slack. Although, This issue still does not affect the game. I for one think this game in my opinion is even better than Banjo-Tooie. Metacritic, you MUST rate this a Must-Play. I don't care what people say about this game. It's great, fun, amazing, and the only thing Donkey Kong got close to having a 3D Platformer. If anything, the game that fans should really give Rare a hard time for making is Jet Force Gemini. Though, it doesn't have as many collectibles as Donkey Kong 64, but its intense difficulty would really make it seem that way. Expand
  3. SilentNinja
    Sep 3, 2005
    10
    This game is so cool it reminds me of my old friends. he he . . .i still have the rap memorized!
  4. May 27, 2014
    9
    Graphics: 10 Sound: 10 Gameplay: 9 Fun/Story: 9

    Another great game and a fine graphics example of N64 capacities. Although not being a DK
    Graphics: 10 Sound: 10 Gameplay: 9 Fun/Story: 9

    Another great game and a fine graphics example of N64 capacities. Although not being a DK fan, this game really made me fun and smile.
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  5. J.M.
    Jun 20, 2005
    9
    I thought this was a cool game, I may not play it anymore but I remembered how cool it was, the sound, the graphics for it's time. The I thought this was a cool game, I may not play it anymore but I remembered how cool it was, the sound, the graphics for it's time. The only problem is that there could have been more challenge because there could have been more moves and more minigames and stuff. Expand
  6. Oct 23, 2015
    7
    This game is decent. It's not my favourite Donkey Kong game in the series; however this game is the most unique from others: It's the first 3DThis game is decent. It's not my favourite Donkey Kong game in the series; however this game is the most unique from others: It's the first 3D Donkey Kong game. The story and controls are fine. King K. Rool is awesome. The character models look good. The Graphics are okay. The Intro is so awesome, it's DK Rap. I like the Smash Bros. Remix slightly better though. Great game though, and you should either pick it up, or download it. Expand
  7. MoleyM
    Oct 1, 2008
    0
    This game is really boring, I agree with Rusty. Not really as bad as a "0" but I feel obliged to bring it down a peg or 2! This was the first This game is really boring, I agree with Rusty. Not really as bad as a "0" but I feel obliged to bring it down a peg or 2! This was the first clue that rare was losing the plot. Expand

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#2 Most Discussed N64 Game of 1999