After recently popping up all over the place - thanks to a few odd cameos and numerous sporty spin-offs - the Mario gang has invaded yet another franchise; Konamis Dance Dance Revolution
Imagine constantly beating on a pair of plastic bongos to keep Donkey Kong flipping and climbing through some of the prettiest landscape the side-scrolling genre has ever seen. It's like nothing you've played, we assure you. There should be a calorie counter on the bottom of the screen; if you're not sweating after a few stages of Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, you're doing something wrong.
Pounding on the drums sends DK right or left, and hitting both simultaneously makes him jump. Thanks to the
Dancing games? Old hat. Singing games? Well, if you're as tone-deaf as we are, you're out of luck. So how about a bit of drumming? When Donkey Kong finds a pair of barrels washed up on a desert island beach, he discovers that they're actually 'legendary' musical instruments. In other words, bongos. So he sets out to find busking fame and fortune, aided by Diddy Kong and the rest of the hairy mob. Yes, this is a rhythm game with a plot, of sorts, involving apes, bananas, and a couple of tunes
No matter how hard you try, you can never, ever look truly cool while playing a videogame. Any game, any console. Luckily anyone else in the room is most likely to be watching what's happening on the TV while you're squirming in your seat and wrestling with the joypad, but you can imagine how embarrassing it would be if you suddenly became the centre of attention.In your mind, you'd be heroically protecting the president's daughter from hordes of pitchfork-wielding lunatics. In reality, your