09/10/09: Tom Mix Software – Donkey King (The King) by random_rodder, | Category: Games, Videos | 8 comments - (Comments are closed)

Tom Mix Software – Donkey King (The King)

This game was the de-facto standard Donkey Kong clone for virtually any 8-bit system. The graphics, sound and levels all were so close to the original Donkey Kong that it made the other versions (officially licensed) on other systems pale by comparison. That is until 2007, when Sockmaster released his port/emulation of the REAL Donkey Kong on the CoCo3.

8 comments to Tom Mix Software – Donkey King (The King)

  • briza

    Out of all the official clones this version of DK was admired by other game players on the 8bit scene. It may not have had the fancy colors and what not. But it made up for those thru sheer game play and having all the screens.

  • True enough, Briza. Several of the officially licensed versions didn’t have all four levels. I’ve got the version for the Atari 800 and there’s no comparison. I’ll never understand the reversed boards many of the versions have either. I can’t say I really ever paid attention to the color changes, though I knew it was there with the limited color palette. I just enjoyed playing the game. I lost many hours to this game; they were all well spent!!!

  • RetroRick1974

    I always preferred the graphics of the Tom Mix version to that of the arcade release. The graphics of “The King” are much more stylish and professional, and the design and colors of everything make much more sense.

    In the arcade version, it appears that the producer chose this set of colors merely for the sake of humor (which would be consist with the game’s other content). Considering that fact, “The King” commands a lot more respect than the arcade game it’s based on, and it gets every bit of respect it asks for, possibly more. :-)

  • I can’t argue with anything you said, Rick. You mentioned hacks in the Zaxxon thread, you do know there’s a hack of ‘The King’, right? One that I doubt I could get away with posting the video of…

  • jdiffend

    I’m trying to figure out how the graphics of The King are better than the arcade.
    I think that’s nostalgia talking.
    I thought they were good for the CoCo but clearly limited in color.

  • It’d be personal opinion I guess. I do know a friend of mine had a Colecovision we used to play DK on. A lot. When I got my CoCo, and then Donkey King, we stopped playing the Colecovision. Hands down Donkey King was better. As for ‘Donkey Kong’, as far as I’m concerned, I’ll play Sock’s version for a long time to come still. Even some of my co-workers are amazed at it and it has sparked their interest in retro computing.

  • RetroRick1974

    Quote from Jdiffend:
    >I’m trying to figure out how the graphics of The King are better than the arcade. I think that’s nostalgia talking. I thought they were good for the CoCo but clearly limited in color.

    Well, for starters, the very first level had several platforms that were neither blue, nor green, nor steel-ish blue-green. Instead, they were a mixture of red and pink. I never quite got that. :D

    Second, the platforms of this same level in The King had two sets of colors instead one, like the arcade. Lastly, the “damsel in distress” has those touches of white that make it look like she has on glitter and diamonds. A really nice touch, IMO. :)

  • jdiffend

    I think some of what you are attributing to design have more to do with how the artifacting works (platforms) and the author trying to smooth out the graphics in a few places (glitter).