Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Nintendo Switch Review

Those who missed out on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on the Wii U and own a Nintendo Switch should play this adventure

By Grayshadow, Posted 03 May 2018

Back in 2014 Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze released on the Wii U and was well-received. Now Nintendo has re-released the challenging platformer for the more successful Nintendo Switch with a new playable character and improved visuals. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is the same outstanding game released back in 2014.

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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze takes place after the events of Donkey Kong Country Returns with the Kongs celebration D.K.'s birthday. The Kongs are disturbed by a mysterious figure who freezes the island and blows the Kong's out of their home. Now they must retake the island from the invaders.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze plays mostly the same from the Wii U version. The biggest change is the additional of Funky Kong. Given the game's intense difficultly Funky Kong allows for an easier experience by providing extra air time and preventing damage from spikes. There's no Super Kong to run the stage for you but Funky Kong provides a welcome addition for those having a difficult time making the time sensative jumps. Making him less forgiven than Diddy's jetpack or Dixie's ponytail helicopter.

The Kong you choose to tag along when playing as Donkey Kong is an important decision. Diddy can hover using his jetpack, Dixie can propel herself in water or perform a double-jump using her ponytail, and Cranky can bounce on spikes to avoid being damaged. Since some stages take advantage of specific skills knowing the layout and choosing the correct Kong leads to a much smoother run.

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Given Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze's difficulty you're going to need all the help you can get. Levels are varied and the visuals never disappoint. Rarely does Tropical Freeze repeat the same mechanics. Instead, new systems constantly being introduced that either bring new gameplay options or provide creative changes to existing gameplay features. 

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is full of inventive and challenging levels. Designed to test the player's skill by providing easier levels in the beginning before ramping up the difficulty in the later stages. Equal parts memorization and fast reaction times are required to not only beat stages and bosses but collect the many collectibles within the game.

If you still find yourself struggling a shop is available for optional items. You're not punished or rewarded for using them, giving you complete control of whether you wanted to invest in them.

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Boss encounters are the highlight of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Each one is distinct with multiple phases, requiring players to adapt throughout the battle. Each one has specific tells before attacking or performing a certain action. Showcasing the excellent animations created for not only the protagonists but the adversaries as well.

Regardless if you're playing in dock or handheld mode Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze maintains a steady frame-rate and resolution. The only issue was that the shoulder buttons on the Joy-Cons are small and don't provide the same level of control you'll get with the Pro Controller.

Despite being a challenging and fair game most of the time Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze can feel unfair at times. The rocket barrel stages, which have infamous for the Donkey Kong franchise, is still difficult to control especially in smaller corridors. The momentum-style movement can lead to a lot of vexing deaths as you attempt to recover from long drops which can large arcs when pulling up.

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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a challenging and beautiful game that adds enough content for those who experienced the Wii U version to try this rerelease. The inclusion of Funky Kong provides newcomers an easier experience complete with the original game. It's a masterpiece of mechanics and level design that will test even the most veteran gamers. Those who missed out on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on the Wii U and own a Nintendo Switch should play this adventure.

Adam Siddiqui, NoobFeed
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General Information

Platform(s): WII
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Developer(s): Retro Studios, Monster Games
Genres: Platformer
Themes: Action
Release Date: 2013-02-14

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