N64 Review: Donkey Kong 64
Review by: X-Bot (x-bot@sm128c.com)

Game Info

 System: N64
 ESRB: Everyone
 Genre: Adventure
 # of Players: 1-4
 Size: 256 Megabits
 Developer: Rare Ltd.
 Publisher: Nintendo

 Controller Pak: Yes
 Rumble Pak: Yes
 Transfer Pak: No

 Release Date:
 US: Nov 22, 1999
 EU: Dec 6, 1999





Final Score:

Reviewed on: November 23, 1999

Donkey Kong 64, after the absense of Perfect Dark for Christmas, seemed to be the N64 blockbuster of 1999. DK64 comes bundled with the Expansion Pak as it cannot function without it. Although it may not attract to the older audience, it was definetly appealing to me. Lets take a look at the details...

The storyline is as it follows. The despicable K.Rool has kidnapped 4 Kongs and stolen the Golden Bananas. The main character, Donkey Kong must rescue the 4 Kongs and reclaim the Golden Bananas. There are also more objectives such as collecting 15 Banana Medals for Cranky, capturing Banana Fairies on film for Banana Fairy, collecting blueprints for Snide, and more.

DK64's visuals are definitely very appealing. I did not find as much chopiness in the graphics as I found in other platform titles. The enviroments of DK64 are spectacular, and very vast and beautiful. The beautiful lighting effects courtesy of the Expansion Pak are very well done. There are many weather effects, animated scenes as you travel across the 8 immense worlds solving puzzles, and trying to accomplish your many objectives. The 3-D inversion of Donkey Kong from 2-D is remarkablely good, and is everything you would expect. Not many problems are presented, althought there is the occassional camera problems that most platformers have. But overall, slick visuals.

The sound in DK64 is very well done. It's everything you would expect from a platform title, and oh so much more. DK64 is presented in Dolby Sorround sound which adds improvements to the already good sound. The many sound effects sound realistic and dynamic, also very crisp and clear.The tunes in DK64 may sound a bit childish, but fits the mood of the area you are in very well. Music changes slowy if you approach a different area, which is pretty much similar to BK. Nice, standard sound.

The controls in DK64 are very basic, and easy to use. The analog navigates one of 5 Kongs with precise, accurate movement. As you interact with many characters, you will learn how to function your given items. There are also other simple techniques such as swimming, swinging on vines, which you will all master easily in the beginning training barrels. Tight, good controls.

DK64 is a very fun, entertaining title. There are many objectives to complete, many puzzles and secrets to unveil, and more. You control 5 Kongs, all with their own unique moves, while you explore 8 detailed worlds. You will interact with many characters, fight bosses, it's just very overwhelming. Multiplayer capabilities will let 4 friends compete simultaneously, and add to the replay value. The final opponent of DK64, K.Rool is one of the most ingenious battles you'll ever encounter. There are also 2 classic games included, the original arcade DK, and Jetpac, which brings back memories... painful ones if you weren't too good at them.

Overall, I was very satisfied with DK64, and its overall gameplay.

-- X-Bot (x-bot@sm128c.com)

Bottom Line: A Nintendo 64 Classic.