Return to Kong Island and save it from the icy clutch of the Snowmads leader, Lord Fredrik. Donkey Kong will have help from not only Diddy this time, but also Dixie and Cranky Kong. Start collecting those puzzle pieces and bananas again for the Kongs!
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has this great scheme that makes you feel like you are on these beautiful islands. The color and graphics are stellar and are definitely one of the best looking Wii U games so far. The look of the Kongs and enemies are very great and simple things, such as Donkey Kong’s fur moving in the wind show the amount to detail in this game. Bosses are very unique and are difficult. This gives a great edge to each once forcing the player to think of how to attack and avoid attacks. Each world has its own design and gimmicks like leaf piles to roll into and slippery ice caps on the frozen Kong Island. The music and sounds are good and give a good hip-like feel with this action packed game. Frame rates stay at a good speed, especially at fast pace levels, such as mine cart levels and the time trials. The storyline is average, but this great 2D plat-former does not need a super fantastic story to still be one of the best games of the year. Overall, the presentation is very good, but now lets get to the game-play.
The game continues on from the side-scrolling platform game-play of the Donkey Kong Country series and sees Donkey Kong and his friends traveling through six different islands in order to defeat the Snomads. Controls are like Donkey Kong Country Returns, but you can also pluck items from the ground and pick up and throw stunned enemies. The main player controls Donkey Kong, who is helped by the other Kongs, who would be played by a second player. Along with Diddy Kong, who returns with his barrel jet-pack for crossing large gaps, two additional characters are added; Dixie and Cranky Kong. Dixie has the ability to spin her ponytail into a propeller and slowly descend through the air, with an initial boost in height at the start, allowing her and Donkey Kong to fly up out-of-reach platforms or items. Cranky, in a similar mechanic to the Ducktales video game, can use his cane to bounce on dangerous surfaces such as spiky thorns and reach higher areas and defeat certain enemies the other Kongs cannot. Filling the “Kong-POW” meter allows Donkey and his partner to use a special move which turns all enemies on screen into certain times depending on the partner. There is a shop run by Funky Kong, which the player can buy power-ups, lives, and extras. Like the previous game, each level contains various Kong letters and puzzle pieces, some of which require specific partners to reach, which unlock various bonuses and hidden levels. The Time Attack mode also returns, now featuring online leaderboards, allowing players to see the top rank players and their videos.
Therefore, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a great plat-former and one of the best games of the year. It has won a place as one of my favorite Nintendo games and one of my favorite plat-formers of all time! I would give it a 9.5/10.