Excerpt: Though Nintendo is often known for doing things a little differently, Donkey Kong Jungle Beat is still one of the stranger projects to come out of their Japanese studios. 2D platformers are somewhat scarce these days, so Jungle Beat can be a fairly refreshing experience. Players guide Donkey Kong through a series of levels by controlling him with a set of DK Bongos , the special drum controllers first used with the musical game Donkey Konga.
Conclusion: The game is a lot of fun. It shows that the DK bongos are not just for music games. Keep a firm grasp on your bongos we have heard rumors of a sequel on the works to be shown at E3. The minor problems getting fixed would make this so much more fun. Overall it is a game all GCN gamers should own. If you don`t mind some originality then try this one out. It isn't as great as the SNES DK game but is still a lot of fun.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Donkey Kong Jungle Beat is a refreshing game experience, proving that the Bongos are definitely not just a gimmick. It's far too much fun for these beauties not to be considered an essential peripheral for any GameCube owner's collection. All that brings the score down is the longevity, but DKJB's replay value is still considerable with all the obsessive banana-collecting scoring system and unlockable levels. Buy this game. It even has ninja monkeys.
Conclusion: Jungle Beat is a physical game and if you have waif-like hands you’ll come away with bruised digits. For this reviewer, I always turned off the game feeling relaxed and exhilarated at the same time. It may not be a complete workout but it’s a lot more than just twiddling your thumbs. Helping the overall experience is the stellar presentation.
Excerpt: Bongos aren't just for drumming anymore. Donkey Kong Jungle Beat takes those bongos that came with Donkey Konga and applies them to a side-scrolling adventure. The good news is that Donkey Kong Jungle Beat is a very inventive, unique game that has a ton of charm and is a blast the first time you play it.
Pros: Very charming and inventive design, Nice looks
Cons: You'll be done with it in a day, Very little replay value, Runs out of steam halfway through
Conclusion: An action/adventure game like no other! Grab a DK Bongos Controller and use it to guide Donkey Kong through wild jungle environments brimming with ravenous enemies and challenging obstacles. Control is in the bongos! Tap the right drum to walk right and the left one to walk left. To run, you’ll have to play a drum roll, and whacking both drums at once makes the great ape jump.