The maze craze overtook arcades after Pac Man and created some games that may have even been better than the dot munching pizza based icon's initial effort. Of course we had Ms. Pac Man, Baby Pac Man, and Jr. Pac Man, but there were others that we all know about like Ladybug, Mouse Trap, Pepper II, and Blueprint. There was even the reverse maze classic Dig Dug that came out of the desire to innovate after the Puck.
But what about Donkey Kong? The examples of spinoffs don't seem to come to mind as readily - certainly not great games like those we saw after Pac Man. I've been playing a bunch of the "Sock Master" remixed versions of Donkey Kong and Dk Jr lately and they are truly great, unquestioned high-quality sequels to the original games that we never got bitd. I went digging around looking for other games inspired by DK and I couldn't really find many that held my attention. Possibly the best example is Intellivision's Beauty and the Beast which also seemed to be a primary source of inspiration for the fun little arcade game produced from the fallout of the Disney movie Wreck it Ralph.
So what other arcade games are "out there" that remind you of Donkey Kong (and are not just a rip-off)? Space Panic came first right? Popeye? Kangaroo? Maybe Lode Runner? Feels like there should be even more. Also feels like we should have gotten something that innovated more along the way.
Note - I do love me some Jumpman and Ultimate Wizard on the 8-bit computers, but I don't think those were ever in the arcade.