Specific Ratings

Learning CurveB+
Replay ValueA

Pros and Cons

  • Includes drums
  • Good song selection
  • Good learning curve
  • Multiplayer
  • Plenty of unlockables
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Too few songs
  • Graphics suck
  • Mess up the drums and you're screwed

Donkey Konga (GameCube)

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Although it's gimmicky, it's quite fun.



Who would have guessed gamers would be sitting in front of their TV's banging on a set of drums to a VIDEO GAME? Not me. Nintendo has done it again with this seemingly gimmicky, yet fun, game.

The pure look of this game drags it a bit, but I know that's not suppose to be the game's focus, so I won't moan over that.

The Audio is where this game shines; from kids songs to Blink 182 songs. Classics to symphonies even with Nintendo's own music on there (DK Rap anyone?). My MAIN gripe with this game which drags it to a high C is the lack of songs. The selection is very good, but there is so few of them. You'll have memorized them all soon enough (though they change on higher difficulties).

The gameplay. Ah. The gimmicky part. It's basically Dance Dance Revolution via drum sets. As soon as the circle (instead of arrow) hits a certain point on the screen, you hit the drum set. If the left side is highlighted, you hit the left drum. If the right side is highlighted, you hit the right. If BOTH are highlighted, you hit them simultaneously. If the circle is jagged, you clap (my personal favorite). That's about all there is to Donkey Konga. You can unlock several mini games such as one from in which you have to hit lizards with a glove by hitting the drums.

Of course, Donkey Konga isn't for the "mature" audience. It's not really aimed at anyone specifically. If you're looking for a good party game and have some $$$ to dish out, get some more drums and DK and his friends will have a very fun jam session.

Can't really recommend it, but I can't really say it isn't fun, because it is. It gets a good "so-so."

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