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Paul said in March 25th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Good luck. My goal is the kill screen. I’d be happy with that. My nemesis right now is the springs on Level 4.

btw I’m pauliadis over at klov.

Mark Kiehl said in March 25th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Nice post, Jeff! I may not be the authority on this, but if you have any DK strategy-related questions, as always feel free to ask!

Jeff Waldron said in March 25th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

@Paul, I have the same problem. I don’t have the timing down on the dash-retreat method. I catch myself using the dash-close-eyes-and-pray method. Not going to get me far!

@Mark, Mark you’ve helped me a ton in Joust with your advice and you were one of the Kong Off participants! I highly value your advice! I’ll definitely be in contact when I get frustrated.

Paul said in March 25th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Hey, there’s Mark Kiehl! Cool!

I really think once I get past that spring I’ll be in good shape.

Jeff Waldron said in March 25th, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Played two games tonight. Got 175,400 and 220,200. Not bad!

Paul said in March 28th, 2011 at 10:29 am

Nice work Jeff. My weekend wasn’t as successful. I think my high score was 80,000 or so. Elevator board on level 4 was my downfall.

Jeff Waldron said in March 28th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Paul, I think 86,000 is the magic number. If you can pass that board, you will be around that score. Keep working on it. I’m starting to get better at my retreat but I still sometimes start up that ladder and have no ability to turn around. I’ve been trying to work out my cement board too. If I can get good at that lower hammer I’ll save myself at least one death per game.

Paul said in March 28th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Amazingly, the first quarter I played tonight I made it past the infamous spring (elevator) board and wound up with 113,300! Still not huge, but a big hurdle crossed by me. Whew.

Jeff Waldron said in March 30th, 2011 at 11:29 am

Nice job Paul!

Joseph said in April 10th, 2011 at 3:32 am

I just did 538k tonight, this being my second 500k game and first for my arcade. I had my other on MAME. I’m trying to reach a kill screen by the end of the year. The game I had today should have been a kill screen game. Everything was falling into place but I made some bad mistakes. If I find a way I might throw some of the footage of it on youtube. I taped about the last 30 minutes of it. Good luck Jeff on making a kill screen run. I’m taking mine in steps at a time. Next step is 600k.

Shaun said in April 10th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Hey Jeff,

I grew up in Jersey but am now living in Michigan, when I heard “Flemington” was where the Kong off was being held I was surprised, I used to take my old AMC Pacer to a classic car show in Flemington!

Anyway, whereabouts in Michigan are you? I’m not really an arcade collector, as I only have one machine (Donkey Kong, cocktail style), but I’m working on reaching the Kill Screen too. My current best is 442,000. Maybe we could team up and give each other pointers?

Shoot me an email if you can, would love to talk to a fellow Donkey Kong challenger!

Mark Kiehl said in April 10th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Hi Joseph, I guess that was you in the jtv chat, eh? Nice work!

Joseph said in April 10th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Ha, yeah that was me. I’m sort of a blabber mouth. it was my first 500k on the arcade version of donkey kong. I had hit a slump for awhile. I’ve almost cracked 600k on the MAME version. This has been months ago. I see you’re into the whole donkey kong thing too. I know you said you had a 900k game.

Mark Kiehl said in April 12th, 2011 at 3:11 am

Yeah, I got sucked in. I scored 921k at 1984 Arcade for my second killscreen game—>

Then Richie invited me to the Kong Off, although I feel I wasn’t totally worthy, but how do you turn that down? Since then I’ve been struggling with recording a million point game. I’ve been close, once, but I think I’m going to have to tone the pace down once I’m left with two lives remaining to secure a 950-975k game for official submission. And to secure my sanity. Itching to get back to Junior and Joust!

Joseph said in April 12th, 2011 at 4:51 am

If I know I don’t have a lot of time for a full game I will point press. If I know I have time to play a full game I will run straight up the top. I normally die really easy on point pressing but I’ve learned a lot. I can end level 4 with over 115k, but I did 108k without grabbing the bottom hammer. I wanted to go to thekongoffs and play on the Red Cab but didn’t know how many people were attending and didn’t want to spend money on the buy in if I was only going to get 1 game out of it. Had I lived closer I would have went up there no problem and then checked the scene out and did the buy in thing but maybe next year if he does it again, I might “up my game” enough to get on one of the main cabs, lol.

Brent said in April 22nd, 2011 at 12:03 am

You still have the high score on my machine…

Jeff Waldron said in April 27th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Brent, you still have the HS on my D2K… 😉

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