Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat (Hands On) (GameCube) Preview

By Alexi Messeramo 12.05.2004

This game totally sums up why we love Nintendo, and will continue to do so for a long time! Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat is a massive new adventure title for the GameCube, but that is not all. The best bit is that control of DK is done not by a standard GC controller, but the Donkey Konga bongo drums! Hilarious is the only word that we can think of, absolutely bloody hilarious!

For those of you that fail to see how a rhythm controller can work in a platformer, allow us to explain. You have to hit one of the drums to make DK move left or right, jumping it done by spanking both bongos at once, and a clap will cause DK to send out a force that will harm surrounding enemies. You can also interact with the environment through clapping, slapping and tapping. In a 3D world this game wouldn't work, and thus it is all in 2D, meaning you can only move forwards and backwards, up and down.

When not on land you ride-a-back a buffalo type creature. The same rules apply, but hitting the drums this time will make the creature move, not DK. There are moments when we had to frantically pummel the bongo drum to get enough speed to escape a boulder, or outrun an enemy; insane!

The last bit we played saw us enter the fighting section of the game. As DK we entered a punch-out, where clapping cause DK to dodge, and the two bongos made him use the corresponding arm to punch! This is where we can see a lot of bongo-controllers getting damaged. Hitting the thing over and over again in a frenzy to win the fight may be funny, but if you are too enthusiastic it can hurt a little bit!

Final Thoughts

What more can we say? Walking away from Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat was a very painful experience. We loved it so much. It is innovative, it is insanely good fun and it looks great! The pain is merely superficial...






2D Platformer



C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10 (11 Votes)

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