A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
There is no story or message here, good or bad; just lots of running, jumping, swinging, and pummeling.
Violence & Scariness
Donkey Kong pounds and jumps on his enemies, as well as the ground, some plants, and various fruits. He also claps his hands together for a powerful "sound wave" attack. He can be squashed by environmental obstacles and chomped on by foes. One boss zaps him with melons that glow blue with electricity.Â
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
Itâ€™s part of Nintendoâ€™s long-running series of Donkey Kong games.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is an upbeat platform game and a remake of an older GameCube game. It has no profanity, sex, or illicit substances, and only mild cartoon violence. Donkey Kong uses his big hands to pummel a variety of enemies, fruits, and environmental obstacles, and his foes try to arrest his progress by biting, stinging, and charging at him. Some hurl objects, such as melons charged with electricity.
Is It Any Good?
Like the GameCube original, the new Jungle Beat for Wii can be a lot of fun. Players are always kept on their toes. In the space of just a few moments, you'll see Kong ride a bronco, get shot out of barrels, be tossed high into the air by monkey helpers, and use his thunderous clap to organize floating bits of fluff into temporary platforms. And, thanks in large part to the new joystick-based navigation, the Wii control scheme makes Jungle Beat even more accessible than it was on the GameCube.
The only real issue is that it's a short play; around four or five hours from start to finish. That time can be increased significantly should players choose to replay each kingdom stage with an aim to earn a higher score (which will also unlock a few bonus levels), but this is the sort of challenge that typically only appeals to hardcore platform game lovers. The bottom line is that it's fun but brief. Even with its relatively low price tag, the new Jungle Beat might make a better rental than purchase.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Our Editors Recommend
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate