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Donkey Konga

Rhythm games are a relatively small genre, with a relatively large audience; simple game play with mass appeal. The genres popularity started in Japan with rhythm games in the "Dance, Dance, Revolution" vein are know as "Bemani" games, the name derived from "Beatmania". With Donkey Konga, instead of dancing on a mat you are banging on bongo drums. The game comes with the bongo drums so no extra purchases are required. The game itself is targeted for the family and Family Fun is the keyword here.

You can't get much simpler then a game that relies on bongo drums for input. At first I was a little skeptical as I have zero drumming skills and couldn't keep a beat to save my own life. The drums are self explanatory; with a right and left drum and a microphone (for clapping) in the middle. Sounds that easy a monkey could do it, right? Well, not exactly; don't let the game deceive; it can be challenging to learn.

The main game itself is all about keeping the "beat" while listening to a song. Scrolling from left to right on your TV screen is a set of icons, with each icon having an action associated with it. Yellow

Donkey Konga

 

Donkey Konga

ESRB: Everyone - E
Platform: Gamecube
Category: n/a
 
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Author: Murray G
Donkey Konga Rhythm games are a relatively small genre, with a relatively large audience; simple game play with mass appeal. The genres popularity started in Japan with rhythm games in the "Dance, Dance, Revolution" vein are know as "Bemani" games, the name derived from "Beatmania". With Donkey Konga, instead of dancing on a mat you are banging on bongo drums. The game comes with the bongo drums so no extra purchases are required. The game itself is targeted for the family and Family Fun is the keyword here. You can't get much simpler then a game that relies on bongo drums for input. At first I was a little skeptical as I have zero drumming skills and couldn't keep a beat to save my own life. The drums are self explanatory; with a right and left drum and a microphone (for clapping) in the middle. Sounds that easy a monkey could do it, right? Well, not exactly; don't let the game deceive; it can be challenging to learn. The main game itself is all about keeping the "beat" while listening to a song. Scrolling from left to right on your TV screen is a set of icons, with each icon having an action associated with it. Yellow – Hit left Bongo- Red- Hit right bongo- Pink- Clap. There are 3 skill levels; level 1 Monkey- This level is really geared for people who are just starting out. Players collect points for every "beat' they get right and the person with the most points at the end of a song wins. First, naturally, you have to pick a song; the songs included with the game stretch across time and include many hits which young and old will enjoy. I was actually quite impressed at the quality of music, even though they are karaoke versions of hits, they are quite well done. There are 3 categories of music 1- Children's songs 2- Pop Songs 3 – Nintendo theme music. The children's songs contain such timeless hits as "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "Its Bitsy Spider", the Nintendo theme songs contains songs like "DK Rap" (Donkey Kong 64 Theme) and "The Legend of Zelda". Pop songs span the ages from classic oldie moldies from "Louie Louie" to "All the Small Things" by Sum 41. There are several different game modes- Street performance mode, mini game mode and Head to Head. In street performance mode a player picks a song and keeps time by beating the drums; as an icon appears you bang the drum or clap depending on which color appears. Players then collect coins every time they match the icon with the appropriate beat. The coins they collect then allow them to unlock mini games; whack-a-mole clone, a banana-juggling game and a vine-climbing race are the mini games. They are fun but do wear thin after a while. Head to Head mode is where the real fun lies. Trying to out Bongo and out score your opponent to your favorite tunes is a lot more exciting then playing "Whack a mole". This game is the perfect game for a family gathering, party or a get together with friends. Nintendo supports this "Party Theme", special invitations can be created (need a Nintendo account https://www.nintendo.com/cpp/mynintendo/myNintendo.do) at the Donkey Konga site www.donkeykonga.com. Simply log in with your account, fill in your invitation's, include invitee's email addresses and voila instant party at your house next Friday night. The graphics behind the game are rather simple, though with this game simple equates to good. This is not meant to be a visual feast for the eyes, it's meant to be a fest for the ears and body. Music isn't something you see, it's something that you feel and which moves you, gets you jumping and dancing. We had some friends over for a dinner party and afterwards had a little head to head competition. At first most people were a little unsure but much like karaoke after a while it was impossible getting the drums out of peoples hands. The game lends itself well to party's because of the musical aspect of the game. Want to clear a room fast during a party? Turn on your console, connect it to your stereo and play a first person shooter game. Other than a few diehards most people will probably leave the "nerds" to their own devices. I guarantee this though, do the same things with Donkey Konga (turn the Cube on, connect it to the stereo and crank it) and you'll have a party in no time. This game is definitely going to used a lot at our house. Suitable for all ages and skill levels this is a game that will make any games collection look that bit more sociable.




 
 

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