GAMES - Review
15:00 - 20th April 2014, by Michael Dodson

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Donkey Kong is back, in the follow-up to the excellent Donkey Kong Country Returns on Wii. This time, he's on a quest to take back Donkey Kong Island from the villainous Snomads - and we're pleased to say this game is just as challenging, varied and beautiful as the last.

DK lumbers about with a satisfying amount of heft, with more in-air time provided by his partners' special moves, such as Dixie Kong's propeller-like ponytail. These partners, who can be found in barrels peppered across most levels, also allow you to take twice as many enemy hits - a good job, as Tropical Freeze gets difficult very quickly. Although this increased difficulty was frustrating, for example, during each world's inventive but overly long boss fights, we didn't tend to mind replaying sections of levels after losing another life, which is a testament to their superb design.

From a visual standpoint, very few levels are alike, despite worlds sharing a common theme. New gameplay mechanics are frequently introduced, and we were always excited to see what new ideas the next level would bring.

You may think the Wii U doesn't need any more platformers right now, but Tropical Freeze truly is the best of the bunch - you'd be bananas to miss it.

A must-buy for 2D platformer fans - just be ready for quite a challenge!
SCORE: 4.5/5
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