Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze Review

Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze (hereafter referred to as DKTF) for the Wii U is a sequel to the acclaimed Donkey Kong Country Returns on the original Wii. Like its predecessor, it’s pretty to look at and presents a challenge to gamers both old and new.


Unlike other platform games, such as Super Mario 3D World and Rayman Legends, DKTF is not a platformer that you can speed through. It relies on considered and careful platforming maneuvers. Attempting to speed run through a level, while possible, will more often lead to your death.

But even if you take your time, chances are you’re going to lose a lot of lives. Like Donkey Kong Country Returns, DKTF doesn’t pull its punches. The first few levels in World 1 will lull you into a false sense of security before quickly upping the difficulty level.

Although it’s only a 2D platformer, its still no slouch in the graphics department. This is a beautiful game, from the backgrounds to the special lighting effects, right down to the fur on Donkey Kong himself. This looks as good as any game, this gen or last.

It also has great music and sound effects. Fans of the Donkey Kong games on the SNES will brim with nostalgic happiness when they hear some of David Wise’s familiar tunes updated for 2014.

Above all else, this game is fun, despite those moments when you lose 20 lives in a row trying to complete one part of a single level. These moments can almost make you rage quit, but when you clear it, you’ll feel proud of yourself.

If you own a Wii U, you should play this game. It’s not a system seller, but its a quality title and worth your time.

Score: 9 out of 10.


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