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Is it possible to keep jumping barrels indefinitely on level 1 of Donkey Kong to rack up a high score?

Top players say that the limit of points they could theoretically get is around 1.2 million, but it is not clear to me why that is a limit if you can just play a level indefinitely.

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    It's on-topic. "What happens if I keep jumping barrels?" is about playing a game and includes no developer intent at all. – Studoku May 9 '16 at 8:41
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No, I'm afraid you can't, and the reason is rather boring: each level has a time limit. If you let time expire without completing the level, you lose a life. (While the timer is labeled "Bonus", it actually will kill you.)

Achieving a high score is therefore a function of earning as many points as possible per level, while respecting the timer and not accidentally failing.

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