Review by Megaman1981

"Kinda sounds like cheerleading music."

It was bound to happen. Other gaming platforms have had dance/party games and now Nintendo has followed suit. Last year, Nintendo released a rhythm game that had a familiar character in it, Donkey Kong. The end result is a solid game, but not without some flaws. Now Nintendo has rushed us the sequel. It's basically the same game, but it's still very fun to play. Donkey Konga 2 is a game that belongs in your gaming library.

The basic gameplay is simple. You listen to different songs and follow along with the beat. The major difference is that instead of a controller, you use a pair of Bongo drums that were specifically designed for this game. It's really simple to follow along. If you have a yellow icon you hit the left drum. If you see a red icon you hit the right drum. If a pink icon comes onto the screen you hit both drums at once. The last icon that you will see is a white or light blue icon that comes onto the screen. This icon requires you to clap. All of these moves are designed to follow along with the specific beat to any of the games songs.

There is of course no story to this game. You simply play the different songs in order to earn coins and unlock more stuff. The graphics are not exactly that great. First off, none of the characters look like there are in 3D, even though there are supposed to. Donkey Kong simply sits in the top left hand corner, and plays his drum however you play yours. As for the backgrounds, they are pretty basic, but improved over the first game. Each background is different according to what song you are playing at the time.

The music however is where this game rocks. Donkey Konga 2's music is more rock and roll/hip hop than the original. It's still cool, but I thought that the first games music was a little better, since there was a song for everyone. All of the music sounds perfect, with no problems that I can find at all.

Of course with a rhythm game there is lots of replay value. I have played this game for countless hours and still haven't unlocked everything. This game will keep you busy for many months. Of course, not all is perfect with this game. First, the game can get boring after a while. That's in large part to the same backgrounds and the same four controls. The other problem is that your hands hurt after a while, but that's in large part to the excessive clapping that you will do. I do think that this is the type of game that every Gamecube owner should own. It's not perfect, but it's a new innovative game from Nintendo, so it must be tried. Also the Bongo drums that come with the game (or without) will come in handy, since you can also play Donkey Konga and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat with them.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 05/16/05, Updated 02/03/06

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