Donkey Konga 2
The Bongo’s for the Gamecube which were first deliverd with Donkey Konga, may well bring you fine relaxation, but we haven’t seen many games using them.
Donkey Konga 2 is more of the same but do we have to be happy about that?
First of all, I’ll explain the rules to those that aren’t familiar with the Donkey Konga-principle: on the screen there’s a circle with a bar where disks slide. When the disks enter the circle, you have to do the appropriate action. with a red one you need to hit right, yellow is left, pink means both drums at the same time and with the blue one you need to clap your hands. A bit like Dance Dance Revolution so to speak, only with another layout.
The most important thing in a music game is of course the music. Following numbers are playable in Donkey Konga 2 :
Pop •All Star
•I’m a Slave 4 U
•Losing My Religion
•Are You Ready For Love?
•Shiny Happy People
•Don’t Let Me Get Me
•Breakfast At Tiffany’s
•Enjoy The Silence
•I Don’t Want to Know (If You Don’t Want Me)
•Pumping On Your Stereo
•I Just Wanna Live
Disco •Jungle Boogie
•That’s The Way (I Like It)
Latin •La Bamba
•Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
•Trepak (Nutcracker Suite)
•William Tell Overture
•Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Videogame Soundtracks •Green Greens (Kirby Theme)
•Super Mario Bros. 3
•Donkey Konga 2 Theme
•Pokémon Main Theme
•Mute City Theme (F-Zero)
There are different game modes in which you can practice your skils on one of these songs. The most important one is Street Performance, here you can earn medals and bananas in three difficulty levels; Monkey (easy), Chîmp (medium) and Gorilla (hard). The medals are only for the honor, the bananas are necessary to buy new drum sounds, unlock the songs in Gorilla mode and play mini-games.
These are immediately the second mode, although they’re a bit disappointing; there are only two different ones, being Barrel Race where you need to drum the series of notes on the screen as fast as possible, and Rythm Keeper where you need to remember a certain tune and continue playing it at the correct speed.
Next to these two modes there’s also Challenge in which you need to play as many songs after each other, and Battle where two people fight for the title of best player. For those that prefer to play a bit more relaxed with up to 4 players, there’s Concert mode where everyone gets their own partiture. In the end you don’t get any points for that though, and there’s no winner.
Finally, there’s the Freestyle Zone which isn’t much fun at all. There’s no notebar, nothing, you just drum along with the music as you please.
Donkey Konga 2 is most certainly fun for music lovers with a GC, the thing is that enjoying decent multiplayer is a bit costly seeing you need to buy seperate Bongo’s. The most important thing is of course the songs, if you don’t like them, the game probably won’t interest you. Personally I find this song list at least as good as the one from the original, maybe even a bit better, and that’s why I like the game. Biggest downpoint is that there’s almost no innovation compared to the first Donkey Konga so owners of that one need to think carefully if they want to pay so much money for just a couple of new songs. The only addition, Freestyle Zone, is worth nothing.