So how about a quick review of a very pointless game but still counts as being the first education game I’ve reviewed. Donkey Kong Jr. Math, originally released in Japan as Donkey Kong Jr.’s Math Play (Donkī Kongu Junia no Sansū Asobi) (sometimes released as Jr. Math Lesson).
This was released as a launch title in Japan in 1983, North America in 1985 and in Europe in 1986 and as a part of an educational series meaning that there were going to have more games in the educational series, but since kids don’t want to be taught by a monkey and would rather that be left in school…or a PC, the series was cancelled because no child would ever play a game like this, the closest there was to another game in the series was Popeye but was only released in Japan.
No story aside, lets get to the gameplay. There are two modes, Calculate A; the object of the game is to simply enter math answers to collect points, questions include Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. If you’re lucky enough to play with a friend then the two-player mode will make you race to get the answers. The gameplay is very similar to Donkey Kong Jr., only I would rather play that than this. Calculate B is much harder and that’s about it.
Overall, this is Donkey Kong Jr. but with maths, I don’t have a problem with this except for the fact that it offers so little that it should just be a free game included with every Nintendo console as a time waster. This could however be of good use for small children but adults who know their maths like the back of their hand would find this pointless.
You can get this on the Famicom/NES and Virtual Console.