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Donkey Kong

From the Database of Home of the Underdogs

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GAME DEVELOPER:Atari Games

GAME PUBLISHER:Atari Games

Copyright 1983, Atari Games

Donkey Kong is a great PC port of Nintendo’s classic arcade game that needs no introduction, since it has been ported to just about every console and computer system you can imagine.

In case you have never heard of the game until this moment (and if thats true, you most likely never played games until recently), heres the deal: you control a plump construction worker called Jumpman (who would later morph into a plumber named Mario in Nintendos most successful series) who must rescue his girlfriend Pauline from the clutches of Donkey Kong, a giant gorilla modeled after the movie. You do this by jumping over barrels and other obstacles that Kong throw at you, and climbing up ladders to the top. Straightforward, but a lot of fun and quite addictive. This port by Atari does justice to the original arcade sensation, only minus the bright colors due to hardware limitations of PCs in 1983. Still, it remains one of Ataris best PC ports that remain highly playable to this day. Be sure to slow the game down with slowdown programs, though.



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