Nintendo has long been an innovative controller pioneer. Of course, the Wii remote that revolutionized mainstream motion-based gaming, the N64 controller final allows you to play a three-handed game, and crème de la crème, Donkey Kong Jungle BeatDK Bongos.
Many of us still have one or two of these GameCube novelties sitting in the back of a cupboard somewhere, waiting to be once again in the limelight. Bongo Souls come and go, but the jungle drums are beating again. A designer from the game development YouTube channel Cobra code built a new PC game around DK Bongos. The current It’s a a rhythm that we can go down.
Created in Unreal Engine 5 within three months, Defeat Bull is something of a spiritual successor to Donkey Konga and Jungle Beat, with your movements commanded by slamming the left or right drums or clapping your hands overhead.
In the video above, Stephen Knall shares the process of building a game from idea to finished product. While the coding and design looks impressive, it’s nothing compared to how great the final level looks! Hitting bongos while being a bull beat the bats? Is in.
The best part about all of this is that Beat Bull can now be downloaded for free on Gamejolt above Itch.io, with each version supporting play using the official DK Bongos or via regular keyboard control – although, with the drum functionality available, we can’t imagine why you’d want to play it another way. Time to raid those closets, or hit ebay.
For more information on the game, check out the official Cobra Code synopsis and some screenshots below:
Take control of an angry bull and navigate through the sky fortress by hitting your bongos with precise timing and clapping your hands to trigger speed boosters or stun enemies. Joining big enemies will start a brawl in which you can swing an ax or block attacks using the bongo’s clapping sensor.
In a sentence we never thought we’d write, blow the dirt off your bongos, because the Jungle Beat game is back!
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