Donkey Kong 3 is more of a button masher than the first two, but the replay value far exceeds its predecessors.
You play as Stanley the Bugman, in his first and only starring role, and your goal is to push Donkey Kong up some vines with your exterminator spray. While you’re spraying Donkey Kong’s buttocks, bugs attack you and try to take your flower pots at the bottom of the screen. The flowers give you extra points once the level is done, so protect them with your life. Different harder bugs emerge the further you get and literally cover the screen in their anger. Your only power-up is some mustard gas that appears sporadically, but boy, do the jungle denizens hate it.
Much like the first two games, the levels repeat, but Donkey Kong 3‘s emphasis on gameplay over story lends itself better to repetition. As far as gameplay or overall gaming impact, Donkey Kong 3 contributed very little. It debuted in 1983, the year of the Video Game Crash, and as a result, wasn’t nearly as popular as the first two.
PUBLISHER/DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Arcade
RELEASE DATE: 07/04/84 – (JP), 06/1986 – (US), 09/15/87 – (EU)
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