Summary: Parents need to know that this is a simple kart-style racing game that swaps out traditional wheeled vehicles for flying bongo harnesses. It features plenty of Donkey Kong characters kids are likely to recognize, including an alarmingly ample-bosomed ape named Candy. The game features only mild violence of the variety the kiddy-racing genre is known for; namely, cartoonlike assaults on other racers using goofy items like explosive barrels and short-lived tornadoes.
Excerpt: The Donkey Kong series is most renowned for being a platformer, aside from the popular Diddy Kong Racing on the N64. While Barrel Blast was originally intended for release on the GameCube using the DK Bongos, the Wii’s motion capabilities pose as a worthy alternative. Although the racing here doesn’t offer the same adventure as Diddy Kong Racing did, it’s still worth checking out if you’re interested in an unorthodox racing game.
Summary: Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast is one in a very long line of half-baked Mario Kart wannabes, and it's one that just so happens to be published by the Mario Kart maker itself, Nintendo. It's one thing when some other publisher apes the formula for the sake of cashing in, but Nintendo ought to know better than to release something so shoddy and genuinely unpleasant to play, especially considering Nintendo practically invented this genre.
Pros: Chaining combos with the speed burst is kind of neat, Plenty of mode options
Cons: Motion controls are the deadly combination of dull and imprecise, Courses are generic and irritating to navigate, Computer opponents have a knack for catching up out of nowhere, Bland visuals and annoying audio, Poor sense of speed