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Donkey Kong Barrel Blast review

This one's really scraping the bottom of the barrel of monkeys


  • Monkeys
  • bongos and jetpacks
  • Irrelevant franchises make us laugh
  • Waiting for Mario Kart Wii


  • Replacing drums with remote
  • Tracks are ugly and suck
  • Flashbacks to Diddy Kong Racing

Oct 8, 2007

Donkey Konga - drums and monkeys, together at last; their powers combined in a game that was perfect in design and execution, packed with a satisfying pair of drums to bash your tunes out on. When Nintendo monkeyed (ha!) with the formula for DK Jungle Beat, even the most optimistic gamers choked at the idea of playing a platform game with a pair of bongos, but Nintendo proved the doubters wrong and we’ve never been so happy to have been mistaken. Jungle Beat remains one of the GameCube’s highlights, so we bit our tongues when they announced DK Barrel Blast. Drums, monkeys and bongo-powered jetpacks? How could it possibly go wrong?

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DescriptionBetween shoddy controls and a total lack of bongos, all this game gives you is a sore wrist and desperate longing for Mario Kart Wii.
PlatformWii, GameCube
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date8 October 2007 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)