Gameplay for the Donkey Kong Coleco Tabletop Arcade
(Coleco - 1982)
The game play for this tabletop Donkey Kong game is fast paced and exciting, the small VFD color screen features the steel girders and ladders you have come to expect from the original arcade game.
Just as in the original arcade game, Donkey Kong has kidnapped Mario's girlfriend and taken her to a high rise building that is under construction. You must maneuver Mario through his climb to the rescue, avoiding all obstacles and jump the barrels Donkey Kong relentlessly sends rolling down the girders and ladders toward you.
Movement is a little tricky but once you get used to it it is a breeze. You move only one space for each time you move the joystick. So if you want to move to the left two spaces you must push the joystick left twice.
One tiny thing I found a little disappointing is that grabbing the hammer only gives you bonus points... no barrel smashing action. But they could only squeeze so much action into such a confined space.
An interesting debugging feature was left on the system by the development team, if you push the joystick up as you turn the game on, you get eight men.
You can grabbing bonus items like his girlfriend's hat, umbrella and purse for extra points... as well as jumping barrels.
I played for over an hour till I cleared the first level and moved on to the rivet removing action of the next level. If you are not careful you could sink hours into this little game. The faithfulness to the original game should be praised. So overall, in my opinion I give this game a solid 7-10 for playability.