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Donkey Kong

DOS - 1983

Also released on: Amstrad CPC - Apple II - Atari 8-bit - ColecoVision - Commodore 64 - Intellivision - VIC-20

Alt names Donkey Kong-e, DK, ドンキーコング
Year 1983
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Action
Theme Arcade, Platform
Publisher Atarisoft
Developer Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Perspectives Side view, Fixed / Flip-screen
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.72
4.4 / 5 - 150 votes

Description of Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong is a great PC port of Nintendo's classic arcade game that needs no introduction, since it has been ported to just about every console and computer system you can imagine.

In case you have never heard of the game until this moment (and if that’s true, you most likely never played games until recently), here’s the deal: you control a plump construction worker called Jumpman (who would later morph into a plumber named Mario in Nintendo’s most successful series) who must rescue his girlfriend Pauline from the clutches of Donkey Kong, a giant gorilla modeled after the movie. You do this by jumping over barrels and other obstacles that Kong throw at you, and climbing up ladders to the top. Straightforward, but a lot of fun and quite addictive.

This port by Atari does justice to the original arcade sensation, only minus the bright colors due to hardware limitations of PCs in 1983. Still, it remains one of Atari’s best PC ports that remain highly playable to this day. Be sure to slow the game down with slowdown programs, though.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

The Boz 2022-11-01 0 point ColecoVision version

Not counting my dad's Pong console, this was the very video game I ever owned. It came with the ColecoVision console. The number of hours spent on this. The opening level is a classic and my favourite level of the entire game. Best game featuring Mario.

RetroComputerFan 2017-07-28 -1 point DOS version

Very nice, playing this on my old PC 8088 computer.

MarioKart7z 2016-06-26 -3 points DOS version

this is a copy of the apple ][ version...

The_GOOSTER 2015-12-22 1 point

im realy playing these games on dos. i have a dos bootable USB

Ti yves 2015-04-01 1 point DOS version

Greet game to play :) !!!

Bec 2014-08-31 1 point DOS version

had problems installing it

Minercarter 2014-02-23 -2 points DOS version

YES DONKEY KONG i prefer mario bros but THIS IS THE FIRST!!!!!!!

faro 2014-01-10 0 point DOS version

nice game

Jegas 2014-01-03 0 point DOS version

Dosbox 0.74 Win7 (64bit) - WORKS GREAT

Slow down the CPU cycles - plays pretty well!

scarclyusedass 2013-12-13 -1 point DOS version

USE DOSBOX!!! LOWER CPU CYCLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

unused 2013-10-21 0 point DOS version

Setting speed works in D-Fend (set CPU cylces to 500) which extends DOS-BOX. Couldn't figure out how to leave this game ... have to kill the window. I also always get CGA colors instead of EGA ... Really tricky not to miss these laders ... as it was in the 80s ... annoyed me then, annoys me now ;-) ...

ghosthunter 2013-01-29 1 point DOS version

nice game to try

Silver Fang 2012-11-27 1 point DOS version

Plays way too fast. You can't even move Jump Man before a barrel kills him.

Jaquese 2012-11-10 0 point DOS version

This game goes so fast it's impossible

run 2012-09-16 0 point DOS version

best game

baby shack 2009-02-09 0 point DOS version


awesomemanuals 2009-01-16 0 point DOS version

impossible to play that game

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Other Releases

Donkey Kong was also released on the following systems:

Amstrad CPC

Apple II

Atari 8-bit


Commodore 64



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