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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published by: Nintendo
Developed by: Namco
Genre: Music
Players: 4
Rated: E10 (Everyone 10 and up)
Release Date: May 9, 2005
Written by: Seth J.

Some sequels simply don't change anything about their predecessor, and some games add to them, make them better, and make the overall experiece better. I can proudly say that Donkey Konga 2 is the latter. The minigames are great, the music selection is better, this version offeres 4 player multiplayer, and the graphics are upped from the original, all of which I'll touch on in my following review.

One of the biggest differences between the original and Donkey Konga 2 are the visuals. In the original the backgrounds were flat, and scrolling, much like Donkey Kong Country. But In Donkey Konga 2, the backdrops are fully 3D, and take place across several locations. These locations include: A snow covered winter area, a town area, a jungle area, an under water reef area, and what seems to be an amusement park location.

But these aren't the only graphical upgrades. There are minor tweeks to the note representation, and character animation are vastly smoother compared to it's counterpart. Not to mention the fully 3D characters as well.

Overall, it's visuals are improved over Donkey Konga, and these overhauls, and minor tweeks make for a nicer package overall. Crisp, clean, and smooth, these are the words that comes to mind when I think about Donkey Konga 2's graphics.

Having the first game I already had a pair of bongos, but I decided to pick up a copy that came along with a pair of the bongos, you can never have too many pairs.

My bongos still worked well, even under heavy use, and that's a good thing, considering the rythems this game expects you to follow are insane. In the gorilla section that is. Every other section is pretty tame, but it's still fun to follow the beats in the chimp, and monkey modes. Sometimes, the the beats can be a little too hard to follow, but that doesn't deture from the game's fun factor.

The multiplayer is great fun too. The game offers up to four players, to compete amongst each other in a normal rythem mode, which is fun, but get's old after a little while. The multiplayer option to get excited over is the inclusion of playing minigames against another person. The minigames can also be played against a CPU opponent, but it lacks the alure and overall fun factor that multiplayer allows.

The game plays nearly flawlessly, except for a few quarks here and there, but for the most part Donkey Konga 2 is a solid rythem based game, and has plenty to offer in terms of a single player game, but the game's true potential cannot be realized until you expereice the multiplayer modes for yourself.

The sound and music are all of top quality, but one of the things that was missed was the old Nintendo themed songs. But I don't mind the absence, I like the new mainstream approach to the music. The original Donkey Konga has original Nintendo tunes, but lacked one key thing, and that was other solid music selections, Donkey Konga 2 makes sure that isn't a problem. It's offers some pretty fresh rock, rap, and alternative hits, but also retains a certain level of charm with it's reggae songs, and other somewhat lighthearted tracks.

One thing that this game keeps is the same old clapping, and bongo sounds, but this isn't a problem at all, because the bongo sounds are top notch anyway. The sounds is a great improvement over the original illiteration anyway you look at it. A great track list, crystal clear music, and other ambient sounds bring the whole package to life.

A definate improvement over the original Donkey Konga. The graphics, the multiplayer, the mini games, the song selection, and the overall presentation, it owns the original over and over again. Although both a competant title, the real loser here is Namco's Taiko Drum Master.

Is this a game you should get if you have no one to play it with? Maybe, but only if you really like rythem titles, if you have no one to play it with, and aren't a huge fan of rythem based games, well then I suggest you buy Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, which is a splendid single player game.

But if you have a friend, and you're into rythem games, this is one of the best one's you'll find. I suggest it, truely, to this crowd.


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