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32 Great Games Like Donkey Kong

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Donkey Kong and have found the following:

Donkey Kong is a series of running and jumping games where you play Mario, who navigates a single screen to rescue the princess. It was the start of the platform game genre and although is now dated, can still be played on a wide range of systems.

Unfortunately, Donkey Kong is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1981, updated in 2015

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii

Genres: Action and Platform

Players: 1

Costs: Purchase cost

19 Hand Picked Video Games Like Donkey Kong

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Donkey Kong. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Donkey Kong. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Crash Bandicoot It's About Time (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/11/1996, updated in 2020

Platforms: DS, GBA, GameCube, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Toys For Bob (@ToysForBob)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is the latest game in the Crash Bandicoot series, where you play a genetically enhanced bandicoot called Crash and run, jump and bash your way through levels while avoiding hazards.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/05/2018

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Retro Studios (@RetroStudios)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a running, jumping and collecting game where you control Donkey Kong. A second player can control the Diddy Kong sidekick. The challenge is getting to the end of each level, but there are also letters and items to...

Pac-Man Vs.

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 27/11/2003, updated in 2017

Price: Free

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Pac-Man Vs. is a version of Pac Man adapted for multiple players. One player controls Pac-Man and tries to eat the pellets, while the others control the ghosts to try to catch him. Each team scores points in different ways, and the first team to hit the...

Towerfall

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/06/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Exok Games (@Exok_Games)

Players: You can play with 1 to 6 players in the same room

Each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. The arena is a single shared screen. What makes it so competitive is the limited resource of arrows and the ability to dodge...

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/11/2010, updated in 2013

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Retro Studios (@RetroStudios)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Donkey Kong Country Returns is a running, jumping and bashing game where you play Donkey Kong and other characters trying to reclaim their island from the Tiki Tak Tribe. It's a return to the side-on platforming of the classic Donkey Kong 64 in 1999.

Aurascope

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Aurascope Game (@AurascopeGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Aurascope is a retro running and jumping game that combines elements from other genres. The platform action is central but you also have a lot of collecting and exploration to do. As much as the gameplay, the game stands out for its fast skill-based...

Bubble Bobble

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 01/10/1986, updated in 2016

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Taito (@Taito)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Bubble Bobble is a running and jumping game where you control a small dragon that can blow and jump on bubbles. It rose to popularity in the arcades when released in 1986. In each of the 100 levels you and another player defeat each enemy by trapping...

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 26/06/2014

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is a retro-style platform game where you play as a Knight whose primary weapon is a shovel. It can either be used to attack enemies head-on, dig up treasure, or aim below while jumping to bounce on enemies. You can get...

Grapple Dog

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/02/2022

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Jo Gribbin (@JoGribbin)

Players: This is a single-player game

Grapple Dog is a platform game where you play a pixel dog with the ability to grapple onto surfaces to swing and jump around a level. You can extend the length of the rope for a longer swing. In this way you take on puzzles, enemies and various...

Rog & Roll

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Clayzulah (@Clayzulah)

Players: This is a single-player game

Rog and Roll is a running and jumping game where you fight enemies and avoid traps. Unusually, you play a former henchman on a quest to save his friends from re-emerging tyranny. It features retro-inspired graphics and a humorous story where characters...

Cave Story

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 20/12/2004, updated in 2018

Price: 50% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, Mac, PC, Switch and Wii

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Studio Pixel JP (@StudioPixelJP)

Players: This is a single-player game

Cave Story is a running and jumping game styled after classic Metroid and Castlevania games of the 1980's. Unusually, it was initially overlooked until it gained popularity on the internet and then received widespread critical acclaim. The simplicity,...

Cyber Shadow

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/01/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Meka Skull (@MekaSkull)

Players: This is a single-player game

Cyber Shadow is a retro running and jumping game where you defeat enemies and dodge obstacles. It combines classic 90's platforming games with modern controls and checkpoints that make it more enjoyable and approachable. Dodge and attack midair to...

Rainbow Islands

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1989, updated in 2009

Platforms: PS2 and Xbox

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Taito (@Taito)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 is a running and jumping game where you play a character who can create rainbows to traverse levels and attack enemies. The game followed up Taito's hit Bubble Bobble from the previous year. As well as...

Donut Dodo

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/02/2022

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Pixel Games (@PixelGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Donut Dodo is an old fashioned running and jumping game. Like games from the 80s arcades it's intentionally hard and requires practice (and dying a lot) to master. You play a Baker who has to run, jump, and climb to collect all donuts in each level as...

Mutant Mudds

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 26/01/2012, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: Atooi LLC (@AtooiLLC)

Players: This is a single-player game

Mutant Mudds is a retro platform video game. It's unusual because it is unforgiving and hard to play so presents a substantial challenge. Also, playing to the 3D feature of the Nintendo 3DS console, the game allows you to jump into the background of the...

Tres-Bashers

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/10/2021

Platforms: Android and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Ondy Dev (@OndyDev)

Players: This is a single-player game

Tres-Bashers is a running jumping and ghost-batting game. You play a ghost busting mouse on a mission to find and dispatch ghouls. The retro visuals are designed to look like a Game Boy game and adds to the nostalgic action.

Sol Cresta (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 22/02/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Platinum Games (@PlatinumGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sol Cresta is a classic-style arcade shooting game. It follows previous Cresta games (Moon Cresta and Terra Cresta) focus on bullet dodging, ship augmenting action. Here though you have three ships that can combine their weapons in different ways.

Cyber Trigger (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/12/2020, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Genesis 8012 (@Genesis8012)

Players: This is a single-player game

Cyber Trigger is a retro running, jumping and shooting game. You play a space adventurer answering a distress call from a planet overrun with alien robots. It's a love letter to classic pixelated platform games with a mix of cave adventure, combat, and...

TumbleSeed

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/05/2017

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Traversal

Developer: Aeiowu (@Aeiowu)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

TumbleSeed is an action puzzle game where you guide a seed to the top of a mountain. However, you can't control your seed direction, but have to roll it from side to side to avoid pitfalls, destroy enemies and collect crystals. It is this combination of...

16 Video Games Like Donkey Kong Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Donkey Kong. This includes games from the Platform and Action genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

2 Easier Video Games than Donkey Kong

If you like the sound of Donkey Kong but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating.
 

Donkey Kong is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Donkey Kong in the following lists:

Mechanical Challenge

Games offer us challenges on many levels. When someone plays a game too much it’s easy to think they are taking an easy route to something entertaining, like junk food. But video games are generally hard work. It takes time to understand their systems, mechanics, objectives and worlds.

There are a small group of games that hone this challenge down to the mechanics of moving around the environment. Whereas many games simplify getting around, these games make the complexity and depth of their movement systems part of the joy of playing them.

Rather than relying on the stats of your character or player, you have to execute the moves yourself with timing proficiency and instinct. Rather than offering assistance, these games leave you to it. Whether you rise through the league tables, or just improve compared to your family, the satisfaction or getting to grips with something so monumentally challenging is really satisfying.

This might be understanding how the propulsion of your car lets you take to the air and hit a perfect shot in Rocket League. Or, perhaps, it’s using the limited running and jumping slightly better than other players to get a win in Fall Guys. Maybe it’s learning the perfect combination of angles and trajectories in Videoball. Or it could be learning the complex move lists in a game like Street Fighter.

These games all have in common, a complex control system that can be put to use in imaginative and creative ways to get the edge over your opponents.
 

Persevere After Losing

Video games where you adventure into a harsh setting, try your hardest to survive and slowly develop your abilities but then inevitably die are often called Rogue-likes. This is because one of the first games that offered this style of play was called Rogue.

These are interesting games for families, not only because their difficult nature leads to shorter sessions, but also because they foster perseverance and coping with losing. After dying you are sent back to some sort of central village where you can choose upgrades for your next attempt. The incentive to play again once you have been killed is usually that you start with some more equipment or skills.

In this way, by belligerence and a slowly learned understanding of how the game world works and how best to survive, you incrementally get a bit further each time you play. Here are some really good roguelike games for families:
 
Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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