Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze
Great addition to the DKC series
Donkey Kong Country was one of my first SNES games and one of my first video games in general. It's one of those games that tell me why video games are awesome. Its two sequels did the same justice as well. When I heard about DKCR in 2010, I went NUTS. It was my top priority for video games that year. And after beating it, I realized how well it brought back memories of playing the original DKC on SNES. In 2013, I was somewhat letdown that Retro Studios' first Wii U game wasn't a new Metroid, or even a new Star Fox (hey, let a gamer dream.) But in reality, I was more than happy that fans were getting an HD DKC game. Now, many gaming sites criticize this game for being too hard. Honestly, after beating this game, I thought this was just about the same as Donkey Kong Country Returns, in terms of difficulty, and that's not a bad thing. Now for the full review: Gameplay - 9/10 - Although DKC: Tropical Freeze's gameplay is roughly the same as DKC Returns', there are some nice additions and modifications. One, the slightly tedious blowing mechanic from DKCR is replaced with a plucking mechanic, making the flow of the levels less interrupted. Two, for the first time in the Donkey Kong Country series, you have three different buddies to choose from to work alongside with DK, rather than just one. And three, you have the option for traditional controls like the Pro Controller, rather than the Wii shake controls. And four, water levels (which were in the SNES games) return. Overall, I'd say DKCTF's gameplay is an improvement over DKCR's. Graphics - 10/10 - I could go on and on about the graphics, but needless to say, the HD visuals really bring the levels to life in this DKC game. The Kongs' fur looks so dang good as well. You have to see it on the TV to believe it. Sound - 10/10 - David Wise (composer of the original SNES games) returned for DKCTF (wasn't involved with DKCR) and let me tell you, he's literally brought some of the best music since DKC2 (heck, you'll even notice some awesome remixes from that game.) Oh yeah, and this game is also in 5.1 surround, and it's pretty sweet. Lasting Appeal - 8/10 - In my books, DKCTF is gonna be a classic just like DKC2. It has an unlockable Hard Mode, Time Attack, and loads of extras to earn in the Extras gallery. Unfortunately, this isn't the game the Wii U needs at this moment because it doesn't show off the Wii U GamePad's potential. Still, if you're hardcore and love the Donkey Kong Country series, get this game. One of my favorite games of 2014 right now.
Donkey Kong country Returns... In HD
Yes, everyone, this is the first Donkey Kong game in HD, and it looks great so far. this game has a lot of unique worlds, like a jungle level, an ice level, a water level... WAIT A MINUTE, A WATER LEVEL! NOOOO!!!. just kidding, it's nothing like the water levels from most games, (the sonic series), Donkey Kong can't drown and he can swim. The gameplay, It's almost the same as Donkey Kong country returns, it's your basic side scrolling platforming, you know Nintendo platforming. this game's story, is very small, basically, a group of vikings scare away the people of Donkey Kong island, and donkey Kong, with the help of Diddy Kong of course, need to travel through 5 islands, all different from each other. this game looks like it will be one of Nintendo better games, the gameplay looks great. the story, (while not much of a story) is original, and everything else looks perfect.
Platforming at It's Greatest
When thinking about a game to buy for the Wii U (if you have one, because god it's not selling and I don't know WHY!!!), this is a game to buy. It is one of the greatest 2D platformers in the Wii U. It has great music, beautiful graphics(you can see Donkey Kong's fur!), and isn't afraid to give you a challenge. Multiplayer isn't a problem, well if you have a good partner. One problem (which is in most Wii U games) is how it doesn't use the game pad.....at all. It is pretty much just a control. They could have used the game pad like how Rayman Legends did. But overall, it was a great game.
What a Wonderful Legacy You've Got There
Why so negative?
Oh, the game is beautiful.
The music is great and catchy and all that.
But the controls feel so mushy I can barely stand to play it.
It literally feels like they've pinned a Donkey Kong game over what was mistaken for a "modern" physics engine.
I spent the weeks up to release playing the old games attempting to relive the magic before charging headfirst into this title.
But this is just unplayable:
Bouncing off enemies is wrong.
Momentum is wrong.
Jumping can sometimes feel right if the stars align. But, as you never jump the same distance twice, jumping is also wrong.
Level design is atrocious. Obstacles will get thrown at you at random and you will either figure it out immediately or you won't. Then that gimmick is gone, never to be seen again (sometimes thankfully).
This game literally makes me want to sell my WiiU and only even think of Nintendo when the next Pokémon gets released on their handhelds.
God knows they've driven all sense of charm out of every other once-beloved series they have to their name...
Makes you smile.
Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze may not be what we expected or wanted from Retro Studios this time, yet Tropical Freeze is a fantastic contemporary rendering of Donkey Kong and his comrades. Graphics and visuals are stunning, rivaling Super Mario 3D World and presents itself as a 2D platform that looks like a larger 3D environment. Game play is smooth and Donkey Kong performs well along with his cohorts and their respective abilities that complement the level design and challenges very well. One thing indicative of Nintendo is their ability to create infectiously catchy soundtracks, and Tropical Freeze is no exception. Don't be fooled, as this is a challenging platformer, and you will find yourself falling off cliffs many times over, yet it's the challenge that keeps you coming back for more. Level design is well done, beautifully designed, and loaded with secrets to find. Having played the original Donkey Kong Country series as well as Donkey Kong Country Returns, Tropical Freeze is an excellent sequel that I believe raised the bar of the series comeback. As someone that has grown up with Nintendo since the days of the NES, you won't be disappointed with the quality of Tropical Freeze.
DK blasts into an all new adventure
Donkey Kong is thrown off his island and needs to get back. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is an all new adventure in the Donkey Kong Country Franchise. In this game there will be tons of new enemies, bosses, and features. Donkey Kong must stop evil vikings from taking over Donkey Kong Island. But he won't be on his own as he will be joined by Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, and another yet to be revealed companion. This will be DK's first game in HD, and from what has been shown off, it looks absolutely gorgeous as the game designers put in tons of detail from the background, all the way to his fuzzy looking hair. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze will be an amazing plat former and a day one purchase for me and hopefully you too.
Like a Huge expansion to DKC:R
And that isn't a bad thing. Donkey kong games aren't known for their story, they excel in gameplay. This one does it better than any before it. Using the gamepad feels completely natural, better then the wii mote or snes controller. The graphics and art design are incredible. I have never seen so much detail in hair/fur in any game, including xbox one/ps4 graphics. The frame rate is perfect, no drops. It's also hard, especially if you are trying to get 100% Good luck trying to find everything without having some kind of help. A great buy overall and only 50$
awsome! Cant wait.
Im 40 years old and im getting this. Brings back great memories DC Country. What a great game that was.
DK is an amazing platformer
Donkey Kong country on the snes was one of my favorite platformers. This game looks to bring back all those fun levels and music of the original. David Wise is composing the music for this one,he did the original games.
The platforming in this game is one of the best in the industry if not the best.The game looks like a Saturday morning cartoon graphic wise. This is the type of game that can only be found on wiiu and no other system has it. This is the reason for my purchasing a wiiu,it will be an amazing platformer.
Let's jump right to it; Here are 7 reasons to get Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze! 1. Soundtrack- Personally the soundtrack for Returns wasn't amazing, but this game has top notch themes that will get you into the mood to play. It's really important that the soundtrack fits the game as it emerges you into it, and Tropical Freezes soundtrack does just that. 2. HD Glory- This is the firs time we get to see DK in an HD adventure, and it looks glorious. The environments really make the graphics shine and all the characters look amazingly detailed (DK's FUZZY FUR!!) 3. Difficulty- We can all agree that over the years Nintendo has lost their title of having tough games. Luckily much like Retruns, Tropical Freeze is a very tough game. I'm not saying that it's impossible, but you will loose the occasional life. 4. Partners- In Returns you could play along side Diddy Kong, but in this title you can play as Dixie Kong and Cranky Kong as well. All three partners have their own unique skills, such as Dixie's very usual hover and Crank's super jump using his cane. 5. Level Diversity- Each level in this game is completely different from the last. For example, One level you'll be riding though a saw mill factory and the next you'll be in a beautiful savannah with music that sounds like it came strait from the Lion King. Retro Studios went all out on creativity in ALL of the levels in this game. 6. Enemies and Bosses- To put it shortly I didn't like the enemies in Returns. In this entry, I love all of them, from a fat fire breathing pig all the way to a sniping penguin. As for the bosses, they are pretty difficult and are much better than the ones in Returns. You will remember these fights and will most likely cry during them... I did... 7. Long Lasting- With every Donkey Kong title, there will be tons of collectibles in order to 100% the game and Tropical Freeze is no exception. You will need to search every nook and cranny to find all the Kong and puzzle pieces in each level. This brings a huge amount of replay-ability. Now that I'm done with my 7 reasons, your probably wondering if this game is worth buying a Wii U for. The answer to that question is... Yes. This game is incredible and is an extremely good time! Every Donkey Kong and Nintendo fan should play this game. You will have no doubts after you do so. Retro Studios has completely outdone themselves and I'm glad that I got to play this amazing game and you should definitely play too!