The King (video game)

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The King is a computer game for the Dragon 32 home computer, written by Tom Mix software and published in the United Kingdom by Microdeal in 1983. In terms of gameplay it is an accurate clone of the arcade game Donkey Kong, and was originally named Donkey King before being renamed; gameplay remained unaltered.

The game uses the Dragon's high-resolution graphics mode, which only permits four colours onscreen; Microdeal offers user choice of which of three hard-coded palettes to use.

The game features a 'practice mode' identical to the normal game, except that the player receives nine lives instead of three. The screen layout can only indicate two lives in reserve, so there is no way to know how many lives remains until the second reserve vanished, indicating that there were two lives left, including the one in play.

The game features all four of the levels found in the original Japanese arcade version of Donkey Kong, but like the American arcade version, players do not progress straight through the levels but encounter them in the order: 1, 4, 1, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4.