Review by SuperTails3000
"The game that'll make your hands cry. But you'll still love it."
NOTE: THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE EUROPEAN VERSION OF DONKEY KONGA 2. IT CONTAINS DIFFERENT SONGS FROM THE US AND JAP VERSIONS.
If you've played the first game, then you pretty much know what to expect. If you've never had the chance to play the original, the premise is simple.
The game comes with a controller shaped like a pair of bongos. In the game, players must hit certain parts of the bongos to match symbols that appear during gameplay. There is also a sensor that can pick up clapping. Players are then given points depending on how accurate their drumming and clapping was. The concept is very similar to the Dance Dance Revolution series.
Of course, a rhythm game requires a good song list and Nintendo have provided one. No matter what your taste in music is, you are bound to find something you like in the 30+ songs. From Good Charlotte to Britney Spears, Supergrass to Nintendo game tunes, there is something you'll like, even if you're embarrassed to admit it.
There are 3 difficulties to play the songs on, like last time, as well as a new mode that generates random notes for a song, adding to the games already huge lifespan. The game also includes a pair of minigames. Barrel Race pits you against a human or computer controlled opponent to see who can finish beating out a set of notes first. The second, and undoubtedly harder, is Rhythm Keeper. Essentially a memory game that asks you to remember a simple sequence of notes and play it out several times. Much harder than it looks.
The Battle Mode in this game is the same as the last one, except for the evil Rock Paper Scissors roll. Remember in DK1 where you had a long drum roll at the end, and whoever got the most got extra points? In DK2, at the end of the roll, you are presented with a symbol of either rock, paper or scissors (and you all know how that game works). If you win, you get 5000 points, plus the points that you gained during the roll and your opponents points. This essentially means that an unskilled player can win even after being 15,000 points behind. Highly frustrating, but still great fun.
Also, there is the much ignored Freestyle Zone. This isn't really a mode as such. You can choose a song and you can drum out your own beats to it. Every time you hit the bongos, various DK characters pop up on the screen. This is probably the mode you'll spend the least time with.
The layout of this version is much nicer than the first. The menus are nice and colourful and you can actually see the high-scores for each song simply by highlighting them in any mode. The game stores the top three scores for each song, along with a little icon which indicates which player obtained that song.
Graphics: 5/10 Compared to Resident Evil 4, the graphics are very poor. But, it's a rhythm game, so who cares?
Sound: 8/10 In my opinion, DK1 had the better songs but the songs in DK2 are still great. All the songs are done by great cover artists.
Lifespan: 10/10 If you have bongo owning friends, this game will last forever (or until your hands fall off)
If you don't own DK1, try it out first. If you enjoy it (and I can almost guarantee you will) then this sequel is highly recommended.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 06/20/05
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