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Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

by Daniel Bloodworth - July 3, 2006, 7:02 pm PDT
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Get ready to pull those bongos out once again for a race through the jungle.

Last updated: 07/03/2006 by Daniel Bloodworth

The DK crew is back in DK Bongo Blast – a four player racing game controlled with the GameCube bongo controller. The racers maneuver through aerial courses by using pairs of Barrel Jets, jet packs that boost when the pilot strikes them. Not much has been said about this racer, but images and video do reveal a bit.

The courses are outlined by vines on either side. The player steers left and right by tapping the left or right drum, respectively. Changing altitude appears to be automatic, but hitting both drums simultaneously does allow you to "jump" over obstacles or to alternate paths. You can bash your opponents when you get close enough. Plus, you punch through barrels along the way for speed boosts, and hitting sequences of barrels can net you combos. Barrel cannons, such as those found in Donkey Kong Country, can blast you along more quickly if you manage to jump into them in time.

Lines of bananas are strung throughout each course, filling up a meter on the right. Once the meter is full, that grants the player a "Wild Move," but at this time, what a Wild Move does is unclear. Separately, there is another mystery box, showing items such as a barrel, a green or purple parrot, and a coconut crystal. The effects of each of these items and any other items available are also unknown. While the full cast of characters has yet to be revealed, images show Donkey Kong, Funky, Dixie, and a Kremling as playable racers.

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Game Profile

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast Box Art

Genre Racing
Developer Paon Corporation
Players1 - 4

Worldwide Releases

na: Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
Release Oct 08, 2007
jpn: Donkey Kong Taru Jet Race
Release Jun 28, 2007
RatingAll Ages
eu: Donkey Kong Jet Race
Release Jan 25, 2008
aus: Donkey Kong Jet Race
Release Feb 07, 2008
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