Retro Heaven: Bill Gates’s 1980s Game Donkey Returns For iOS [Review]

Donkey for iOS

Back in 1981, Bill Gates co-wrote a PC game called Donkey, commonly known (as some apps were back in those days) by its filename, DONKEY.BAS. If you’re old enough to remember those days and old enough to yearn for them, you might enjoy playing Donkey all over again on your iPhone.

If you’re not that old, be warned now: Donkey comes from a simpler, more primitive age. Angry Birds it isn’t.

The premise is this: you’re driving this car and there are zombie donkeys on the road. Don’t crash into them. Tap to change lanes. That’s it.

OK, there’s a little bit of modern technology tucked in behind the scenes, particularly Game Center support. But other than that, this is about as retro as gaming gets.

Your kids will probably hate it. But if you remember 1981 with fondness, you’ll probably think it’s worth a dollar for the memories alone.

Rating: ★★★½☆

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  • WardC

    How fitting to have an ass on your computer, I am sure this is what Bill Gates envisioned for every PC.

  • WVMikeP

    I know I’m dating myself, but I remember this game all too well.

  • Guest

    Galaxy Note hit the AT&T on Feb.19

  • Jon Rendle

    Wasn’t worth a Dollar in 1981, never mind now!

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Giles TurnbullGiles Turnbull is a freelance writer in England. He also writes for the Press Association and The Morning News. You can find out more at his website, and follow him on Twitter @gilest.

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