Donkey Kong 64

Nintendo 64
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 280 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: 52 out of 66
  2. Negative: 5 out of 66
  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. Apr 12, 2021
    10
    one of my favorite games ever. yes this game has problems. camera sucks everything is seperated between kongs.
    but i think in order to enjoy
    one of my favorite games ever. yes this game has problems. camera sucks everything is seperated between kongs.
    but i think in order to enjoy this game today you need a form of nostalgia for it
    if u play a level one kong at a time its a blast.
    bosses are great.
    and donkey kong says OK so its an automatic 10/10
    ans also there is the dk rap that makes it 20/10
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  3. Jan 14, 2020
    10
    The best 3d platform game along with super mario 64,excellent graphics and variety in gameplay
  4. May 1, 2020
    9
    Platform game that despite being quite expensive at that time (about € 80 today) and needing a transfer pack (included in the game) is still aPlatform game that despite being quite expensive at that time (about € 80 today) and needing a transfer pack (included in the game) is still a jewel of the Nintendo 64. Personally one of my donkey kong preferred. Expand
  5. May 1, 2017
    9
    One of my favourite 3D platformers, I grew up with donkey kong so being able to play a game like this was truly magical.
    The story is like a
    One of my favourite 3D platformers, I grew up with donkey kong so being able to play a game like this was truly magical.
    The story is like a normal donkey kong game, the villain is back so you are going to beat bosses until you meet the final boss, it's simple but funny enough.

    A lot of people said it's a collectathon and it wasn't enjoyable, as someone who likes exploring, I didn't mind, I actually really enjoyed it and I love the variety of characters, you have 5 different characters with great personnalities, that's the game's greatest strenght it's personnality.
    It's full of comedic moments which makes this game a blast to play throught.

    I love this game and I highly recommend it
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  6. Sep 20, 2016
    8
    Rare's collecting might went a bit too far. The game is loaded with content, but collecting five hundred bananas with five differentRare's collecting might went a bit too far. The game is loaded with content, but collecting five hundred bananas with five different characters, having to go through the levels again and again made this the least fun of the big-named Mario 64 rip-offs. 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
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#1 Most Shared N64 Game of 1999