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Game & Watch LCD Donkey Kong recreated with HTML and CSS

James Holderness recreated the Donkey Kong Game & Watch without JavaScript. Amazing work.

There are two things I’ve always wanted to try in HTML: generating a photorealistic image using CSS, and creating an interactive game without the need for JavaScript. HTML Kong is the end result of those two ambitions – a reproduction of the Game & Watch video game, Donkey Kong, using just HTML and CSS.

For those of you that haven’t heard of it, Game & Watch was a line of LCD handheld video games from the 1980s. The Donkey Kong title was probably one of the most popular in the series, selling more than a million units worldwide. The game was split over two screens and built into a distinctive clamshell casing.


If you want to skip reading the making of and go straight to the game, click here.

Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band.