Frustrating Gaming Moments #3 – The Donkey Kong Springs
One of the most popular arcade games of all time, and can certainly be one of the most frustrating – especially on stage three.
Many consider stage three in Donkey Kong the hardest level of the four levels because of the springs and, more importantly, the timing of running under them or jumping over them to get to Pauline, only to have Donkey Kong take her away to the next level.
If you’ve seen the documentary ‘The King of Kong‘, you’ll see how much time our hero spent practicing and mastering these springs as they bounce across the top of the screen and drop down, getting in your way after you get past the elevators. He even marked his arcade unit to help him with this task. If you could avoid these, you would. Since you must get past the springs to advance, the necessity, and millisecond timing it takes to get through these make them very frustrating.