Donkey Kong
Components: Mario, Donkey Kong, barrels, flaming barrels, Pauline.
Skills required / taught: Reflexes, planning, decision making.
Object: Rescue the damsel in distress.

About the Game

Donkey Kong is a successful and influential arcade game developed by Nintendo, released in 1981. It is an early example of the platform genre, as the gameplay focuses on maneuvering the main character across a series of platforms while dodging obstacles.

How it Works
In it, Mario must rescue a damsel in distress, Pauline, from a giant ape named Donkey Kong, maneuvering between moving platforms, dodging barrels, fireballs, and other traps.

Thought Bubble
Damsel in Distress – Donkey Kong was the first game with the damsel in distress scenario which has been using in such popular games a Super Mario Brothers, Legend of Zelda, and countless others.

Double-edged power-ups – When Mario grabs a hammer he is able to smash fireballs and barrels, but loses the ability to climb ladders. How might power-ups in your game some times be detrimental to the player? Weapons such as explosives might be harmful to the player if not properly used, access cards might alert a security team to the location of the player, or perhaps a speed boost might adversely effect the player’s ability to steer as accurately.