Donkey Kong record holder raises bar with new high score

Dr. Hank Chien, the reigning Donkey Kong world record holder has made it just that little bit harder to knock him off the top by posting a new record high score of 1,110,000.

According to a recent interview with historian Patrick Scott Patterson, Chien thinks he can push the mark even further. He remarked that “This was not a killscreen game. I died two screens shy of the killscreen so my score would have been a little higher, perhaps 1.12 million points. I had a spare man going into Level 21 and was mentally preparing to sacrifice it on the last barrel board and my game was over a few minutes later. That’s how Donkey Kong rolls sometimes.”

The battle for the Donkey Kong world record between Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe was the subject of the 2008 film The King of Kong.