Donkey Kong Advanced

Genre(s): Casual/Arcade & Pinball

Metacritic Rating: Not rated by Metacritic

3rd Party Rating: None found.

Price: Free


Donkey Kong Advanced is a FREE remake of the classic arcade game on the PC platform but with added new elements and challenges. Despite the graphics looking dead-on perfect from the 80’s arcade era, this game is not a rom hack nor does it need an emulator such as MAME to work. It’s essentially Donkey Kong at it’s core, but also a bit of a mash-up of other classic Donkey Kong games such as Donkey Kong Jr, Super Mario Bros, Vs. Super Mario Bros and even Super Mario Bros 3 (console). The creator obviously studied the original Donkey Kong arcade game as close as possible to maintain the same feel but expanded on the concept.

It’s definitely meant to be more difficult than the original Donkey Kong giving players new levels and new challenges. Each board takes longer to complete. There is often a key that must be collected in order to free Pauline, the barrels are more numerous and aggressive, the elevators more tricky to maneuver, there are bonus hearts to collect in extra-dangerous areas, etc. It is truly a more difficult game than it’s source of inspiration. I’ve been casually playing the game for about a month on my MAME cabinet and have only advanced passed the 3rd level twice! That’s right… twice in probably about 50+ attempts! I haven’t yet passed the 4th board. Despite the game’s difficulty however, it is still a lot of fun.

As of version 1.06, there are currently four levels that repeat, but the author states that there might be additional updates in the future including additional levels, cut-scenes, a bonus level, and an arcade-style intro when you push start. The game is great as is, but I’d love to experience any or all of these possible enhancements in the future.

If you’re a big fan of the original Donkey Kong arcade game, and are looking for a new challenge, this is it. Donkey Kong Advanced can be played on your PC, but it’s really meant to be added to a home “MAME” arcade cabinet. It’s a perfect addition. It looks and acts just like an arcade game complete with the “coin-up” feature. It comes with a config program to map out the keys, rotate the screen, set it to free play, and other options.


Developer: Justin Bohemier

Release Date: 2017 (?). Title screen says 1981 to be consistent with Donkey Kong arcade release.

Players: One or Two (Alternating).

ERSB: N/A, but likely “E” for everyone.

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