Donkey Kong Arcade romhacks

I have this rather weird hobby. I create romhacks of the original Donkey Kong Arcade game.
This site contains information about all the Arcade Donkey Kong romhacks that i've created over the years.

The romhacks can be played in a lot of different ways ranging from playing online in your browser to running them on an original Donkey Kong hardware cabinet.
Instructions on how to play the romhacks is available on the 'HOW TO PLAY' pages.

Donkey Kong Arcade romhacks

I have this rather weird hobby. I create romhacks of the original Donkey Kong Arcade game.
This site contains information about all the Arcade Donkey Kong romhacks that i've created over the years.

The romhacks can be played in a lot of different ways ranging from playing online in your browser to running them on an original Donkey Kong hardware cabinet.
Instructions on how to play the romhacks is available on the 'HOW TO PLAY' pages.


DK RNDMZR

Donkey Kong RNDMZR

In the original Donkey Kong arcade game, you play the same four boards (barrels, pies, elevators and rivets) over and over. In this romhack however, the boards are constructed using randomization algorithms, resulting in a unique layout for each board played. The barrels board lends itself best for randomization, with an algorithm that results in 49000 possible variations. The algorithms for the other boards result in 480 possible variations for the pies board, 48 for the elevators board and 4860 for the elevators board. The game mechanics are not changed, so the game plays exactly the same as the original. It uses the US board order and kill screens at L=22.

Released: 31/05/2022.
KL 1st Kill Screen: 739.200.

DK RNDMZR

Donkey Kong RNDMZR

In the original Donkey Kong arcade game, you play the same four boards (barrels, pies, elevators and rivets) over and over. In this romhack however, the boards are constructed using randomization algorithms, resulting in a unique layout for each board played. The barrels board lends itself best for randomization, with an algorithm that results in 49000 possible variations. The algorithms for the other boards result in 480 possible variations for the pies board, 48 for the elevators board and 4860 for the elevators board. The game mechanics are not changed, so the game plays exactly the same as the original. It uses the US board order and kill screens at L=22.

Released: 31/05/2022.
KL 1st Kill Screen: 739.200.


DK WIZARDRY

Donkey Kong Wizardry

This romhack adds some magic to the original Donkey Kong game. You play as Jumpman the Wizard trying to rescue his girlfriend, Witch Pauline. As a Wizard you have a spell at your disposal to temporarily halt the fireballs when they come too close. You can use this spell once on each board and activate it by hitting the Player-2 button. The barrel board in this game is build randomly with more than 3 million possible variations. The pies board and elevator board both have a new design. And the rivets board has an upgraded fireball spawning algorithm, rendering the Star and Weave patterns useless. In this game there is more pressure from the fireballs, so use your magic wisely ...

Released: 19/02/2022.

DK WIZARDRY

Donkey Kong Wizardry

This romhack adds some magic to the original Donkey Kong game. You play as Jumpman the Wizard trying to rescue his girlfriend, Witch Pauline. As a Wizard you have a spell at your disposal to temporarily halt the fireballs when they come too close. You can use this spell once on each board and activate it by hitting the Player-2 button. The barrel board in this game is build randomly with more than 3 million possible variations. The pies board and elevator board both have a new design. And the rivets board has an upgraded fireball spawning algorithm, rendering the Star and Weave patterns useless. In this game there is more pressure from the fireballs, so use your magic wisely ...

Released: 19/02/2022.


DK DUEL

Donkey Kong Duel

In this romhack you play a two-player duel with a friend to find out who is the best at jumping barrels, avoiding fireballs, riding elevators and conveyors and unplugging rivets. A duel consists of a selected number of rounds (1-9). In each round you play a number of boards in a selected board order (US:01-02-01-03-01-04, JP:01-02-03-04). Players both play the same board. Player one goes first in the odd rounds and player two in the even rounds. The winner is determined based on a selected scoring method (boards: won most boards, total: highest overall score). Duel options are selected via an onscreen selection menu. All boards are played on level L=05. Enjoy and have some two-player fun ....

Released: 08/11/2021.

DK DUEL

Donkey Kong Duel

In this romhack you play a two-player duel with a friend to find out who is the best at jumping barrels, avoiding fireballs, riding elevators and conveyors and unplugging rivets. A duel consists of a selected number of rounds (1-9). In each round you play a number of boards in a selected board order (US:01-02-01-03-01-04, JP:01-02-03-04). Players both play the same board. Player one goes first in the odd rounds and player two in the even rounds. The winner is determined based on a selected scoring method (boards: won most boards, total: highest overall score). Duel options are selected via an onscreen selection menu. All boards are played on level L=05. Enjoy and have some two-player fun ....

Released: 08/11/2021.


DK 40Y

Donkey Kong Anniversary Edition

This romhack celebrates 40 years of the Donkey Kong arcade game. The original game was released on July 9th 1981. And 40 years later it is as popular a game as it was then. In this romhack Donkey Kong and Pauline decided to throw a party to celebrate the anniversary. They invited Jumpman to join the party and it is your job to take him there. Don't forget to pickup presents and balloon on your way up. The boards are variations on the original boards. Have fun ... and celebrate !!!

Released: 09/07/2021.

DK 40Y

Donkey Kong Anniversary Edition

This romhack celebrates 40 years of the Donkey Kong arcade game. The original game was released on July 9th 1981. And 40 years later it is as popular a game as it was then. In this romhack Donkey Kong and Pauline decided to throw a party to celebrate the anniversary. They invited Jumpman to join the party and it is your job to take him there. Don't forget to pickup presents and balloon on your way up. The boards are variations on the original boards. Have fun ... and celebrate !!!

Released: 09/07/2021.


DK BP

Donkey Kong Barrelpalooza

This romhack is barrel boards only... And barrel boards it has! Twelve variations. Jumpman has to master the boards: 'Steering Bonus', 'Into The Dark', 'Crazy Kong', 'More Wilds', 'Pauline's Heart', 'Both Hammers', 'Reverse Run', 'Slow Barrels', 'Shifted Girders', 'Pauline's Items', 'Spring Time' and 'Anti-Gravity'. The game has a randomized board selection, so boards (1-12) and levels (1-5) are chosen in a random order. It is possible to override the random selection and select a specific board and/or level using the DIP switches.

Released: 16/06/2021.
Pre-released to Kong League: 01/06/2021.
CAGT Tournament: June 2021.
CAGT High Score: 789.100.

DK BP

Donkey Kong Barrelpalooza

This romhack is barrel boards only... And barrel boards it has! Twelve variations. Jumpman has to master the boards: 'Steering Bonus', 'Into The Dark', 'Crazy Kong', 'More Wilds', 'Pauline's Heart', 'Both Hammers', 'Reverse Run', 'Slow Barrels', 'Shifted Girders', 'Pauline's Items', 'Spring Time' and 'Anti-Gravity'. The game has a randomized board selection, so boards (1-12) and levels (1-5) are chosen in a random order. It is possible to override the random selection and select a specific board and/or level using the DIP switches.

Released: 16/06/2021.
Pre-released to Kong League: 01/06/2021.
CAGT Tournament: June 2021.
CAGT High Score: 789.100.


DK TJ

Donkey Kong Twisted Jungle

In this romhack Donkey Kong has kidnapped Pauline and took her to his jungle. Jumpman has to save her in five brand new jungle themed stages. But the jungle is Donkey Kong's natural habitat, not Jumpman's! Make sure you don't get hit by a coconut, be careful when jumping from elevator to elevator, watch out when standing on disappearing ground, remove leaves and tubers and evade worms, snapjaws and birds. And don't forget to pick up the bananas for additional bonus points.

Released: 01/03/2021.
Pre-Released to Kong League: 15/02/2021.
CAGT Tournament: February 2021.
CAGT High Score: 536.500.

DK TJ

Donkey Kong Twisted Jungle

In this romhack Donkey Kong has kidnapped Pauline and took her to his jungle. Jumpman has to save her in five brand new jungle themed stages. But the jungle is Donkey Kong's natural habitat, not Jumpman's! Make sure you don't get hit by a coconut, be careful when jumping from elevator to elevator, watch out when standing on disappearing ground, remove leaves and tubers and evade worms, snapjaws and birds. And don't forget to pick up the bananas for additional bonus points.

Released: 01/03/2021.
Pre-Released to Kong League: 15/02/2021.
CAGT Tournament: February 2021.
CAGT High Score: 536.500.


DK ITD

Donkey Kong Into The Dark

In this romhack Donkey Kong unplugs the power source. This results in the lights to be switched off. So you have to complete the boards in the dark. Once in a few seconds the lights flash to allow the player to orientate. The higher the level the longer the pause between the flashes: in the beginning approximately every 4 seconds, growing to more than 8 seconds at the highest levels.

Released: 15/09/2020.
Pre-Released to Kong League: 01/09/2020.
KL High Score: 917.000.
KL 1-1 High Score: 13.800.

DK ITD

Donkey Kong Into The Dark

In this romhack Donkey Kong unplugs the power source. This results in the lights to be switched off. So you have to complete the boards in the dark. Once in a few seconds the lights flash to allow the player to orientate. The higher the level the longer the pause between the flashes: in the beginning approximately every 4 seconds, growing to more than 8 seconds at the highest levels.

Released: 15/09/2020.
Pre-Released to Kong League: 01/09/2020.
KL High Score: 917.000.
KL 1-1 High Score: 13.800.


DK OTR

Donkey Kong On The Run

This time Donkey Kong has not only kidnapped Pauline. He also sabotaged the boards. Because of that he is On The Run! Sabotages include randomly broken ladders, twice as much wild barrels, blinking hammers, closely-spaced pies and in-between springs. All the sabotages result in a more brutal game that is a lot harder to play.

Released: 03/07/2020.
Pre-released to Kong League: 28/05/2020.
CAG Tournament: KL GOTM June 2020.
CAGT High Score: 738.300.

DK OTR

Donkey Kong On The Run

This time Donkey Kong has not only kidnapped Pauline. He also sabotaged the boards. Because of that he is On The Run! Sabotages include randomly broken ladders, twice as much wild barrels, blinking hammers, closely-spaced pies and in-between springs. All the sabotages result in a more brutal game that is a lot harder to play.

Released: 03/07/2020.
Pre-released to Kong League: 28/05/2020.
CAG Tournament: KL GOTM June 2020.
CAGT High Score: 738.300.


DK RND

Donkey Kong Randomized Edition

In this romhack each board is selected randomly: a random level (between 1 and 5) and a random screen (barrels, pies, springs, rivets). The selection of each board is random without knowing what it selected before. To get a more interesting game for skilled Donkey Kong players, the randomization doesn't distribute the levels and screens evenly. The following distribution is used: L=01(3½%), L=02(9%), L=03(25%), L=04(25%), L=05(37½%) and Barrels(50%), Pies(12½%), Springs(25%), Rivets(12½%).

Released: 03/04/2020.
Pre-released to Kong League: 18/03/2020.
CAG Tournament: KL GOTM March 2020.
CAGT High Score: 1.118.800.

DK RND

Donkey Kong Randomized Edition

In this romhack each board is selected randomly: a random level (between 1 and 5) and a random screen (barrels, pies, springs, rivets). The selection of each board is random without knowing what it selected before. To get a more interesting game for skilled Donkey Kong players, the randomization doesn't distribute the levels and screens evenly. The following distribution is used: L=01(3½%), L=02(9%), L=03(25%), L=04(25%), L=05(37½%) and Barrels(50%), Pies(12½%), Springs(25%), Rivets(12½%).

Released: 03/04/2020.
Pre-released to Kong League: 18/03/2020.
CAG Tournament: KL GOTM March 2020.
CAGT High Score: 1.118.800.


DK CE

Donkey Kong Championship Edition

This romhack introduces the famous Kill Screen at an earlier level resulting in a shorter game. This version could be used in one-on-one or head-to-head games and tournaments. The game defaults to a Kill Screen at level 11. But this is configurable using the dip switches that normally control the bonus life threshold. The bonus life threshold is now fixed at 7000. The following dip switch settings control the Kill Screen level: 00-KS@L=11 (was BL@7000), 01-KS@L=09 (was BL@10000), 10-KS@L=07 (was BL@15000), 11-KS@L=05 (was BL@20000).

Released: 05/03/2020.

DK CE

Donkey Kong Championship Edition

This romhack introduces the famous Kill Screen at an earlier level resulting in a shorter game. This version could be used in one-on-one or head-to-head games and tournaments. The game defaults to a Kill Screen at level 11. But this is configurable using the dip switches that normally control the bonus life threshold. The bonus life threshold is now fixed at 7000. The following dip switch settings control the Kill Screen level: 00-KS@L=11 (was BL@7000), 01-KS@L=09 (was BL@10000), 10-KS@L=07 (was BL@15000), 11-KS@L=05 (was BL@20000).

Released: 05/03/2020.


DK REV

Donkey Kong Reverse

Always wanted to know how it would be to play Donkey Kong in reverse? It is now possible with this rom hack. In Donkey Kong Reverse, jumpman starts the barrels stage, conveyors stage and elevators stage at the top of the screen and has to grab Pauline's heart at the bottom. And in the rivets stage, instead of unplugging the rivets, jumpman has to plug them back in. In all stages it is a little easier to jump fireballs/firefoxes: they do not change direction when jumpman jumps them.

Released: 28/08/2019.

DK REV

Donkey Kong Reverse

Always wanted to know how it would be to play Donkey Kong in reverse? It is now possible with this rom hack. In Donkey Kong Reverse, jumpman starts the barrels stage, conveyors stage and elevators stage at the top of the screen and has to grab Pauline's heart at the bottom. And in the rivets stage, instead of unplugging the rivets, jumpman has to plug them back in. In all stages it is a little easier to jump fireballs/firefoxes: they do not change direction when jumpman jumps them.

Released: 28/08/2019.


Practice tools

DK SF

Donkey Kong Springfinity

For a lot of players trying to get better at playing Donkey Kong, the level L=05 springs are a barrier that needs some practice. This romhack lets you practice level L=05 elevator springs infinitely. When jumpman is hit by a spring the 'death' sound is played to indicate a failed run. But jumpman doesn't actually die, and you can continue trying. After a succesful run to Pauline the board 'finished' sound is played. But the board doesn't actually finish, and you can continue trying. Visual clues can be enabled by pressing the player 1 button: jumpman colors green in the save zones, short springs are colored blue and long springs are colored yellow.

Released: 02/05/2022.

DK SF

Donkey Kong Springfinity

For a lot of players trying to get better at playing Donkey Kong, the level L=05 springs are a barrier that needs some practice. This romhack lets you practice level L=05 elevator springs infinitely. When jumpman is hit by a spring the 'death' sound is played to indicate a failed run. But jumpman doesn't actually die, and you can continue trying. After a succesful run to Pauline the board 'finished' sound is played. But the board doesn't actually finish, and you can continue trying. Visual clues can be enabled by pressing the player 1 button: jumpman colors green in the save zones, short springs are colored blue and long springs are colored yellow.

Released: 02/05/2022.


DK L05

Donkey Kong Skip Start

The original Donkey Kong arcade game increases in difficulty in the first four levels. At level L=05 the maximum difficulty is reached and stays the same for the remainder of the game. For pro Donkey Kong players this is considered the real start of the game. In this romhack the first four levels are skipped and the game starts at level L=05. You can use this to practice the later levels of the game without playing levels L=01-04 first.

Released: 04/04/2020.

DK L05

Donkey Kong Skip Start

The original Donkey Kong arcade game increases in difficulty in the first four levels. At level L=05 the maximum difficulty is reached and stays the same for the remainder of the game. For pro Donkey Kong players this is considered the real start of the game. In this romhack the first four levels are skipped and the game starts at level L=05. You can use this to practice the later levels of the game without playing levels L=01-04 first.

Released: 04/04/2020.


Prototypes

DK CB

Donkey Kong Crazy Barrels Edition

Prototype developed to experience romhacking Donkey Kong.

In this Crazy Barrels Edition you play the barrels screen over and over again. But the internal difficulty starts where the original stops: at level 5. In this game this is called the Agitation Level of Donkey Kong, displayed on the screen as A=5 and goes up with each board that you clear. And Donkey Kong throws a lot more wild barrels than in the original game.

Released: 19/06/2019.

DK CB

Donkey Kong Crazy Barrels Edition

Prototype developed to experience romhacking Donkey Kong.

In this Crazy Barrels Edition you play the barrels screen over and over again. But the internal difficulty starts where the original stops: at level 5. In this game this is called the Agitation Level of Donkey Kong, displayed on the screen as A=5 and goes up with each board that you clear. And Donkey Kong throws a lot more wild barrels than in the original game.

Released: 19/06/2019.


DK FR

Donkey Kong Freerun Edition

Prototype developed to experience romhacking Donkey Kong.

In the Freerun Edition you can play the complete game without enemies. So there are no barrels, no fireballs/firefoxes, no pies and no springs. You are free to roam the level screens for as long as the bonus timer allows. But beware: you still die when you fall off a girder, fall through a rivet hole, jump in a burning oil can or miscalculate a jump to an elevator.

Released: 19/06/2019.

DK FR

Donkey Kong Freerun Edition

Prototype developed to experience romhacking Donkey Kong.

In the Freerun Edition you can play the complete game without enemies. So there are no barrels, no fireballs/firefoxes, no pies and no springs. You are free to roam the level screens for as long as the bonus timer allows. But beware: you still die when you fall off a girder, fall through a rivet hole, jump in a burning oil can or miscalculate a jump to an elevator.

Released: 19/06/2019.

All marquee artwork created by Pieter Santy (elskippo)

[ The hacks on this site are downloadable as patches to the original Donkey Kong rom dkong.zip. A patch contains only the changes to the rom, but not the orginal Nintendo code. Therefore the patch cannot be run by itself, you need to apply the patch to the original dkong.zip (Donkey Kong (US set 1)). Instructions on how to apply the patches is available on the 'HOW TO PATCH' page. ]