Ok, admittedly “Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze” is not a brand spanking new game, it’s a rerelease. That doesn’t mean this game doesn’t deserve a place on our great wall of reviews. So I have decidedly taken it upon myself to play this game from the awesome Donkey Kong series and let you all in on my experience with it.
First off, the words Tropical and Freeze, well they are polar opposites, yet this game manages to send you from the frozen tundras, into a crazy jungle, into dry desert areas, and onwards. This platformer continues to excite with its 3Dish design on a 2D platformer. The controls are extremely responsive, and yes two players returns in this title. Flat out the colors, the details and the amount of activity on the screen while playing this game, it’s like having that awesome strawberry shortcake with your favorite icecream on the side.
The game is a reintroduced version of the original Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. The biggest difference is that right off the bat you have Funky Kong in your character roster. There are the usual crew as well but he is the largest noticeable change. Funky Kong comes with an additional feature that spikes to not affect him from underneath, he can be hit from above, but from underneath virtually everything is stopped by his surfboard, making him quite possibly the best character for speed runs.
That being said the game keeps attributes from previous games such as the rail riding, rhino directing, and canon firing fun. You are launched through levels that will test your hand eye coordination whether its jumping between platforms, or event bouncing off enemies to land on the next platform. Boss fights are usually fairly obvious, it doesn’t take long to realize the patterns and find a way to overcome them. However at times it can be a bit annoying to dodge their aggressive assault on you. Be patient, diligent, watch your opponent, and it should be a breeze to beat.
While playing this game in 2 player mode is certainly easier than playing in single player mode, it isn’t quite the cakewalk that Kirby Star Allies is. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze actually requires a bit more effort then Kirby Star Allies does. For one more enemies tend to be spread out in a very inconvenient setup so that it does require some coordination, and to make it rougher, you don’t have nearly the arsenal that Kirby does. That being said Donkey Kong is a blast from the past that I got to enjoy very much and would say that it is definitely deserving of at least a 4 out 5.