First, it started with the Small Basic monthly challenges from LitDev:

http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/221d14e0-bd05-4ac2-923f-79da577f8bf1/challenge-of-the-month-march-2014?forum=smallbasic

 

Amongst those challenges is the Game Challenge:

Game Challenge

  • Write a simplified version of the Donkey Kong game - jump over barrels to get to the top.

 

So, Nonki must not have read the directions. He seemed to have missed the word "simplified" there! =^)

Here is the latest version of the game:

 FGM769-6

 

Now let's see the journey! 

First he made a barrel:

Nonki Takahashi - Saturday, March 08, 2014 7:01 AM

This is my first step for graphics challenge 1: FGM769.

Screen shot of a program Simple Donkey Kong 0.1a

I made a bitmap of a barrel from this output above with GIMP 2.

Bitmap for a barrel

That led to a physics test on animating the barrel!

Nonki Takahashi - Monday, March 10, 2014 10:18 AM

This is my second step for graphics challenge 1: FGM769-0.
This version simulates a barrel without friction.

 

That's so cool! But he was just getting started! The first barrel on this next pass seems to be possessed by a ghost! =^)

Nonki Takahashi - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 4:34 PM

This is my latest graphics challenge 1: FGM769-1.

Screen shot of a program Simple Donkey Kong 0.3b - just shows barrels

 

Next, he added in the graphics of the characters...

Nonki Takahashi - Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:02 PM

This is my first step for game challenge: FGM769-2.

Screen shot of a program Donkey Kong in Smal Basic World 0.4a

 

You see that image above first (like a game start screen), and then it moves to the gameplay!

Nonki Takahashi - Friday, March 14, 2014 7:05 AM

This is my second step for game challenge: FGM769-3.

Use arrow keys to move Mario.

Screen shot of a program Donkey Kong in the Small Basic World 0.5b

 

Ha! You get a Game Over screen if you run out of lives! Refresh the page to start over! Hold down up to "super jump" up! Don't worry, the game wasn't done yet! =^)

Nonki Takahashi - Monday, March 24, 2014 8:00 AM

I uploaded latest version of game challenge: FGM769-5

Screen shot of a program DONKEY KONG in the Small Basic World 0.7

 

So there you go! You still super jump. I'm getting the Game Over screen a little early, but it's still fun to play around with!

Then Nonki responded with a new version...

 

 Nonki Takahashi - Wed, Apr 16 2014 10:53 PM

Ed, Thank you for announcing this program.  Latest version becomes smallbasic.com/program.  Ladder graphics just added.

 

Here is the latest version of the game:

 FGM769-6

 

Instructions:

Arrow Keys Left and Right - Move

Arrow Key Up - Jump

Hold Up - Super Jump

 

Thanks to Nonki Takahashi for making the game!

   - Ninja Ed