Summary Kong, the ape has eaten so many bananas that he has left a huge mountain of banana peels behind him. That mountain is about ready to have a landslide, and Kong must run as fast as he can to escape burial.
Description Type: Side-Scroller
Players: 1 player
Age: Any Age
Game Time: Few minutes per level
Developer or Designer: FDG Entertainment GmbH & Co.KG
Publisher: FDG Entertainment GmbH & Co.KG
Ton of environments
Not many lives
The name Banana Kong was not doubt chosen to lure in fans of the popular retro arcade game, Donkey Kong, but while reminiscent, it is not the same. There is nothing wrong with that, however, as it stands very well on its own, without the name tag attached.
A 2D side scroller, it is a fast past action game in which you have to escape a landslide of banana peels. To do this, you must, run, jump, swing, and glide your way over obstacles, while collecting bananas (didn't they cause the problem in the first place?) Collecting bananas fills up your power bar, and once complete, you can use power dash boost that fires you off into the distance.
As well as allowing you to boost your speed and break through objects, the bananas can be used to buy special powers from the shop, such as hats for protection, or extra lives.
You are given four complimentary lives at the beginning of the game, which sends a monkey angel to come and revive you.
I didn't realise, however, that these lives were not renewed with each new game. Once you've used up all your lives, they're gone, and from then on you have to restart the game from scratch each time. You can buy more lives from the shop, but they cost a ridiculous amount of bananas (2500).
During the game there are several extra bonus missions that you can try to complete, such as collecting a hundred bananas, or using power dash while swinging on a vine.
There are several different environments to play in, including jungle, ocean, and underground. You can also enlist the help of animal friends, which you can ride for extra protection (it will be the one and only time you see an ape riding a toucan).
Banana Kong is a fun side scroller, and the only thing I am dissatisfied with is the lack of lives and the amount you have to pay to buy more.