December 04, 2010

Retro Game of the Week 057: Donkey Kong 3 (NES)

This is probably not the best of the three but it still deserves a mention. You can think of this game as the Super Mario Bros 2 of the trio as it's the odd one of the group. Of course, Donkey Kong jr had Mario as the villain which was already odd enough but this one had a totally different hero. I remember when I was young I used to think this little guy was Mario when he was younger battling against the big ape. I also though that before Mario turned into a plumber, he used to kill bugs. Of course now we know the truth but enough about that, lets get to the game.


The game is as simple as any of the arcade games back in the 80s. Your main goal is not to finish the game but to accumulate the highest score. Your skills will be crucial to score big in this one. The usual mechanics of the game work as other arcade classics, which means the further levels you go, the harder the levels get. You will eventually have no room for error as you try to dodge and kill the hundreds of bugs coming after you. That's not all, you also have to worry about the big ape climbing down and once he does, you are toast! But wait! It's not over just yet, you also have to prevent the bugs from taking away your plants! If you want to score big, you gotta defend your pot.


You will have fun with this game for sure. There is not much too explore but there is sure a lot of replay value as you can always challenge friends or yourself to beat the score and become the king of Donkey Kong 3. Be sure to practice practice practice after all, it's a NES game and back in those days you really needed to have mad skills to be a respectable player. Games nowadays, well they are more entertaining than challenging. That's all for this week, take it easy!


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