Donkey Kong 64 was a 3D platform game released for the Nintendo 64 in 1999. The game required the Expansion Pak accessory in order to play it, which came bundled with the game cartridge at its launch.

The game borrows a lot of characteristics found in games like Super Mario 64, such as the ground pound and the backflip. However, the game goes even further by having 5 different playable characters with different abilities and weapons. Also, the game has an excess of different collectibles, which was a characteristic of many Rare games at the time.

Donkey Kong 64 also featured a unique intro movie, which was actually a song called the "DK Rap". The intention of the song seems to be for introducing the characters of the game and their abilities - that said, it was met with much bemusement and mockery from the gaming public.

In addition, another aspect of the game that was scrutinized was the heavy emphasis on the sheer number of collectibles featured in the game; this was a common symptom of many of the Rare-developed games. Nevertheless, the game was warmly received as a quality platformer.


King K. Rool and the Kremlings have returned for revenge against the Kongs, and are seeking to use their new Blast-O-Matic to blow up Donkey Kong Island from the newly-mechanized Crocodile Isle. However, their attempt at a quick run towards the island literally hits a snag when Crocodile Isle smashes into some rocks, leaving it stuck right in front of DK Island and the Blast-O-Matic inoperable. To buy time to repair the machine, K. Rool sends his minions out to keep Donkey Kong distracted by stealing his horde of Golden Bananas and capturing some of his friends.

Soon after, Donkey Kong learns from Squawks the Parrot about K. Rool's return and heads to a small prison island attached to Crocodile Isle. There, he meets a giant Kremling named K. Lumsy, whom K. Rool has locked in a cage because he didn't want to smash DK Island to pieces. DK vows to free K. Lumsy from his imprisonment. Later, as DK works on saving the other Kongs and retrieving the Bananas, they meet the Blast-O-Matic's chief engineer, a weasel named Snide, who is secretly working against K. Rool as retribution for being mistreated and offers to help them destroy the Blast-O-Matic if they can bring him the machine's blueprints.

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These are the 9 worlds of Donkey Kong 64:

  • DK Isles (The hub)
  • Jungle Japes (World 1)
  • Angry Aztec (World 2)
  • Frantic Factory (World 3)
  • Gloomy Galleon (World 4)
  • Fungi Forest (World 5)
  • Crystal Caves (World 6)
  • Creepy Castle (World 7)
  • Hideout Helm (World 8)


  • Late in the game, the player can unlock the arcade versions of the original Donkey Kong and Jetpac.



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