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Mixed or average reviews- based on 33 Ratings

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  • Summary: (Known as "Donkey Kong Taru Jet Race" in Japan; as "Donkey Kong Jet Race" in the UK/EU) Donkey Kong and his pals have gotten their mitts on some high-powered Barrel Jets – incredible engines that boost when struck by a pilot. By beating on the DK Bongos controller, players can make their(Known as "Donkey Kong Taru Jet Race" in Japan; as "Donkey Kong Jet Race" in the UK/EU) Donkey Kong and his pals have gotten their mitts on some high-powered Barrel Jets – incredible engines that boost when struck by a pilot. By beating on the DK Bongos controller, players can make their character swoop up, bank side to side and launch attacks on rivals. (The game also can be played using a Nintendo GameCube controller.) Players challenge the Kremlings or up to three pals on five worlds, each boasting 3-D aerial maps filled with countless obstacles and powerful items. With four people beating the bongos as they battle for the skies, this game is more party than race. [Nintendo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 34
  2. Negative: 19 out of 34
  1. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    70
    The on-rails steering mechanic will be an insult to your gaming ability. [Apr 2008, p.79]
  2. 58
    Does the idea of a lipstick-wearing gorilla in a tight shirt and cut-offs who blows you a kiss from in front of a pink heart frame when you beat a challenge turn you on? If the answer is yes then this may be the game for you.
  3. While it is short and somewhat disappointing, Barrel Blast did make interesting use of the Wii's motion-sensing controls.
  4. 45
    If DK Barrel Blast would have released well over a year ago on GameCube like it was supposed to the title might have had a chance at being remotely entertaining. After some seriously basic motion control, the removal of bongo support (even for those that already invested in the accessory), and some quick Mii integration the game has become a garbled mess of slow racing, shallow gameplay, and an overall boring experience.
  5. Nintendo Gamer
    40
    A game so bad, it brings shame upon Donkey Kong and his entire family. [JPN Import; Oct 2007, p.60]
  6. The fairly generic presentation and cheating AI could be overlooked if the core gameplay was great, but it's not. The motion sensitive controls are fiddly and at times completely broken, making Jet Race mildly fun for about an hour at most.
  7. As the slacker par excellence, Donkey Kong would seem to be more suited to the casual gaming era than any other character in the Mario pantheon. Instead, as with any aging slacker, he’s simply a frustrating bore.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Jun 5, 2014
    10
    We cannot understand all the negative reviews for this game in my house. My son, wife and I play this more than any other racer on the WiiWe cannot understand all the negative reviews for this game in my house. My son, wife and I play this more than any other racer on the Wii (and we have nearly all of them). Tight, fun controls and a lot of hidden depth. After a few play sessions I realized that if I can time my banana fueled turbo boosts to hit a few barrels in a row the turbo boost is extended for example.

    There seems to have been an agenda to hate on this game at the time of its release. Picking up a Wii and this game in 2014 and it is clearly better than most other racers on the system. Reviewers say the on rails mechanic is an insult. It is hardly on rails- you will just slowly go around the track bumping into things if you go afk.

    Comparing it to the apparently untouchable Mario Kart Wii this racer does not have the ridiculous "give constantly overpowered items to the guy at the back" programmed in. You win your races due to skill and timing.

    It is also a great little workout at times as you pump the num chuck and remote to get up to full speed- Once at max speed you can focus on maneuvering.

    So, all in all, a criminally underrated game imo. And for me Mario Kart Wii is just the opposite.
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  2. Mar 4, 2019
    10
    Best game ever. Thanks to Donkey Kong Barrel Blast TM, I'm not longer a virgin!
  3. Mar 17, 2019
    10
    I mean is pretty fun is a good wii games i mean there is way worst i mean look at all the crocodiles
  4. JimU.
    Jun 17, 2008
    8
    Personally i think game reviewers need to get off their high horses. Sometimes a game, is just that - a game! It's not all about high Personally i think game reviewers need to get off their high horses. Sometimes a game, is just that - a game! It's not all about high level graphics and "AI". These types of reviews - which is every review - are very misleading for the general public. Anyone considering this game should have a look in the store and ignire this lame reviews by so-called "gamers". These nerds only know about Splinter Cell and Halo. Donkey Kong Jet Race is fun for all. Expand
  5. DanielY.
    Jan 27, 2008
    7
    This game is simply under-rated. It does not deserve the poor scores it has been given overall. Gameplay is fun and there's plenty to This game is simply under-rated. It does not deserve the poor scores it has been given overall. Gameplay is fun and there's plenty to do. It may not offer the Wii's best graphics but, to be honest, i don't think it's trying to. It may not be a 'hardcore game' but it's a great family game and is best enjoyed with more than one player. Expand
  6. Jan 6, 2020
    7
    I now have no virgin points thank you Peter Jackson's Donkey Kong: The Movie: The Game.
  7. Feb 22, 2018
    1
    This game is so hard, the controlls are terrible, This isn't like Donkey Kong, This is a mario kart clone

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