Donkey Konga by Namco
is the first in the Donkey Konga trilogy. The game includes the Donkey Konga Bongos, which consist of two small plastic bongo drums that sense when they are hit, when the player claps, or when the player makes any other high-pitched noise. Hit these Bongos and clap in time with the scrolling colors on screen to receive points.
Donkey Konga consists of modes: Street Performance, Mini-games and Multiplayer.
The main mode in Donkey Konga, Street Performance allows players to choose any song they like and then rewards them with in-game coins should they perform the song accurately. The in-game interface consists of a horizontal bar on which colored notes scroll from right to left. When the notes reach the target on the far left side of the bar the player must respond with the corresponding action: Red = Right Bongo | Yellow = Left Bongo | Pink = Both Bongos | Star = Clap.
The player receives a higher accuracy rating depending on where the note is in the target when they hit the bongo, the ratings pop up on screen after each note as hit, they are things such as "Great!" or "Bad!" etc. Players can also gain a note streak should they go for long without missing any notes.
There are three difficulty's in Donkey Konga: Monkey (easy), Chimp (medium) and Gorilla (hard). These difficulty's offer a variety of challenges (Gorilla especially) where the player will be confronted by long strings of notes and erratic changes in timing. The harder the difficulty, the more coins the player will be rewarded with, so that they can unlock new songs and mini-games.
Mini-games are unlocked after being bought in DK town (the games virtual store). The three main mini games include Vine Climbing Racing, Banana Juggling and Donkey Konga's variation on Whack'a'mole. All the mini-games use the Donkey Konga Bongos, but they are usually very simple and only provide a quick distraction.
Donkey Konga's multiplayer consists of 3 different modes. Co-op, in which 2 players can pick songs and play them together in an attempt to collect coins. The Battle mode however, pits two players against each other to see who can achieve the higher score. This mode includes 2 new icons: Pow - Takes away a chunk of your opponents score, and Slot Machine - if hit correctly will reward the player with extra points. The more casual mode, Jam mode, removes any point or coin earning and allows up to 4 players to simply play the game.
Donkey Konga features a wide variety of songs, some stranger then others.
All the Small Things by Blink-182
Bingo by Unknown
Busy Child by The Crystal Method
Campfire Medley by Unkown
Dancing in the Street by Martha and the Vandellas
Diddy's Dities by Nintendo
DK Rap by Nintendo
Donkey Konga Theme Song by Nintendo
Hungarian Dance #5 in G Minor by Johannes Brahms
I Think I love You by The Partridge Family
Kirby: Right Back at Ya! by Nintendo
Like Wow by Leslie Carter
Louie, Louie by Richard Berry
On the Road Again by Canned Heat
Oye Como Va by Tito Puente
Para los Romberos by Tito Puente
Pokemon Theme Song by Nintendo
Right Here Right Now by Fatboy Slim
Rock Lobster by he B-52's
Rock this Town by Stray Cats
Shining Star by Unknown
Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing) by Louis Prima
Stupid Cupid by Connie Francis
Super Mario Bros. Theme Song by Nintendo
The Impression That I Get by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
The Legend of Zelda Theme by Nintendo
The Loco-Motion by Little Eva
Turkish March by Beethoven
We Will Rock You by Queen
What I Like About You by The Romantics
Whip It! by Devo
Wild Thing by The Wild Ones
You Can't Hurry Love by The Supremes