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.
Conclusion: At first thought Jungle Beat would turn out to be another gimmicky Nintendo game, but we sure are glad to say that we were wrong. Donkey Kong Jungle Beat offers top of the line platforming action, and all the bongo controllers do is add to the fun of the game, not bringing the enjoyment nor the quality down. Of course, if you try the bongos and don’t really find them worthwhile, which is highly unlikely, you can always use a regular Gamecube controller.
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.
Excerpt: Five years ago when this game was first released, we'd played our way through the Gamecube Donkey Konga bongo drum games, and were intrigued to know how a platform game could possibly work using a bongo drum controller, which only really has three options - left drum, right drum, and clap/tap. ..