Parents' Guide to

Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Donkey Kong flying game takes a nosedive.

Game Nintendo Wii 2007
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The controls unfortunately make the game difficult to enjoy. There's a good chance you may accidentally jump while making the motions for acceleration, or turn when making the motion to jump. This makes racing a fundamentally aggravating activity until you train your hands and wrists to move in extremely precise fashion. It requires an inordinate amount patience and practice to become skilled enough to race with confidence; so much, in fact, that most players will probably give up after the first few races.

And the pity is that even if you do have the fortitude to plod through and master the finicky controls, you won't be rewarded with much other than a few new characters and difficulty levels. The career mode lacks even a hint of narrative, and Candy's Challenges -- the only other real mode in the game, aside from multi-player -- does little to persuade people to keep playing (unless they really, really have a hankering to punch a few more barrels or collect a few more bananas).

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: October 8, 2007
  • Genre: Racing
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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