Rhythm games are among the best for a non-traditional gamer to pick up and play. Guitar Hero and Rock Band have certainly proved this to be true. It's hard to imagine, but there were music games before Guitar Hero, and we'll be talking about one fine example of these games today. Grab a bongo drum controller, and let's check out Donkey Konga.
Donkey Konga was released in 2004. That's the Mesozoic Age as far as music and rhythm games are concerned. The gameplay elements and the controller itself are very simple, especially when compared to modern titles. You might think this would make the game less appealing. However, when it comes to getting casual players, or even non-gamers, involved, Donkey Konga is still the game to beat (pun intended).
Consider the Donkey Konga peripheral, the DK Bongos. Two barrel shaped bongo drums, a few buttons, and a controller plug are all there is to it. There are no drum sticks, fret buttons, or anything else to worry about. The learning curve is nice and shallow as far as using the controller is concerned. In addition to the drums, there is a microphone in the DK Bongos, which is used to detect claps during gameplay. Hit and drum, and clap; that's it, and really, that's all you need to have a great time.