Game Review

Donkey Kong Jr. Math Review

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Posted by Damien McFerran

10 minus 9 equals?

'Edutainment' titles are a strange lot. They're usually poor attempts to shoehorn some 'learning' in videogames, possibly out of fear that games rot the brains of kiddies. Donkey Kong Jr Math is no exception.

The game features one player and two player modes. In the one player mode, the objective is to enter math answers in order to receive points. In the two player mode, each player applies a math operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division) to the number they have to make it another number, trying to eventually reach a mutual goal number. However, signs and numbers are on the same field for each player, and they must race to reach the final number.

The instruction in arithmetic here is not too advanced. Basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems are what you'll find in the game's main single player mode, and the two-player competition is even easier – the six-digit subtraction equation used as an example above is as complex as it comes. And limited content isn't helped at all by stiff, cumbersome and confusing controls, which you'll find in both gameplay modes.


If you get excited by doing math puzzles then this will probably be right up your street but for true gamers this is a complete waste of Wii points. The Donkey Kong licence might tempt some people but this really isn't a proper Donkey Kong game. If you really must educate yourself, pick up Brain Training on the DS. Your money will be spent far more wisely.

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User Comments (21)



blackknight77 said:

I know this game gets a bad rap, but I actually had fun in the 2 player mode. The single player mode is not very good though. At least it makes a good gag gift



Wiiloveit said:

@Tony: yeah, it's great to go and spend £3.50 on a maths game that you know your friends are gonna hate.



Shinnok said:

They could release a special version of Duck Hunt on WiiWare that's compatible with the Wii Remote and, or Wii Zapper. I'm sure it wouldn't be that difficult. I would just perfer that the game remain completely identical to its original version. It was really fun.



Ferret75 said:

They can't do light gun games on the virtual console.

Then explain how they can have Wii Pointer and keyboard functions in a VC game.



NintendoFanatic98 said:

Oh my god! How dare you diss such a fantastic game? DK Jr. Math is so much better than Super Mario Bros. 3 and Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past! What horrible reviewers! (cracks up at self)



eternalstar0211 said:

I actually played the 1 player mode when I was 7,did not understand it,but it was an okay way to pass time.



MeloMan said:

The only edutatainment games I ever played were Mario is Missing! and Mario's Time Machine. Never touched DKJr.M and probably never will, lol

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