The Chronic Consumer

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DK Jungle Climber for DS

dk-jungle-climber.jpg A couple weeks ago, I wrote about how I bought a Nintendo DS game called Pac ‘N Roll as a little reward for my son’s efforts at school. But as I said in that review, the extensive use of the stylus during gameplay makes the whole thing too difficult for my four-year-old, so I continued shopping for another title that he would be able to enjoy right now. I bought DK Jungle Climber, and am happy to say that my son loves this game!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a huge video game fan. I used to play when I was a kid, but gave everything up once I entered high school. I just started playing again earlier this year when I bought my DS Lite, so I’ve been out of the loop for quite a while. As a result, I don’t know the history of the games I write about or anything like that. For instance, people have told me that the Donkey Kong franchise has been going strong for years and years — a fact that surprised me since I hadn’t heard about any new DK games since the original came out in the 1980s.

Anyway, after playing DK Jungle Climber for about 10 days now, I’ve formed some initial impressions that I want to tell you about. First of all, I think this game is a lot of fun and is well suited to players of all ages. You mostly use the L and R buttons to move DK through the worlds, which is something that takes a while to get used to in the beginning. But after that, the game is really a blast!

What you’re basically doing is just controlling DK through different levels while collecting special items and avoiding enemies. DK moves by climbing and swinging across pegboards and other obstacles using a hand-over-hand style. That’s where the L and R buttons come in, as those buttons correspond to DK’s hands. By pushing L-R-L-R, for example, you would climb up a pegboard by using your left hand, right hand, left hand again, and then right hand again.

Along the way, you’ll have opportunities to play with Diddy Kong clinging to your neck, and you might also get tips and advice from Cranky Kong to help you navigate particularly tricky sections.

I haven’t made it all the way through the game yet, so there aren’t really too many other details I can give you. I do want to say that my son likes this game a lot and hasn’t gotten bored with it yet, so I definitely recommend this title for younger kids as well!