Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze brings the iconic platformer from the SNES days to the Nintendo Wii U. The vine-swinging is as ferocious as ever and the memories are rampant through the lush scenery of the jungles to the savannahs. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze creates the platformer that a lot of Nintendo fans will love.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze’s storyline is intricate but simple and exquisite. The marauding Vikings have come to take DK Island in the rebirth of Donkey Kong from Retro Studios. It is up to Donkey Kong and his friends (in a multiplayer actionfest) to save the island from these Snowmads.
Gameplay has a serious sense of nostalgia with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. All the challenges from ground pounds, to side-scrolling mine carts and vine-swinging and falling are back. Along with this, newer elements have been brought forth such as character-specific abilities and motion mechanics per level. The variety of levels across the island levels are engaging, and often very impressive. This title creates a massive amount of fun similar to Super Mario 3D World in the game mechanics. The new plucking system adds a different and subtle depth that is enlivening by getting things straight from the ground in the environment to use against enemies. Multiplayer in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze only has 2 players, and a part of us feels that 4 players would better suit the variety of this title per level and would have been something Retro could have done to spice up the action. This is a slight letdown but nothing too major in the grand scheme of things.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a sound title that many people can feel happy for buying. It is a heck of a good time with the old Donkey Kong and friends group and one great ride into the nostalgic past of a lot of veteran gamers.