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New ‘Kong’ a Classic
Feb 24, 2014
By John Powell - G4 Canada
As Axl Rose would say...Welcome to the jungle. Be warned. A lot has changed since you were last here. Those sneaky Norse Snomads have invaded and are wreaking havoc over most of Donkey Kong Island and on Donkey Kong's birthday no less.
Only Donkey Kong and his friends, Dixie Kong and Cranky Kong for the first time ever, are coming to the rescue. They must travel across six islands and defeat all manner of Snomad minions and bosses to reclaim their island home.
Although much of the gameplay mirrors that of Donkey Kong Country Returns, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze livens up the experience by not only including two new active characters but Donkey Kong himself has a few new tricks up his sleeve.
Dixie Kong brings her helicopter tail spin to the party which may be the best character ability ever in a Donkey Kong Country game. Being able to hover like a helicopter definitely has its distinct advantages when it came to making those difficult leaps or outwitting those elusive, side-stepping enemies.
Cranky's spirited cane bounce worked well for long distances but I preferred to team with Dixie most of the time as being suspended in mid-air momentarily often meant the difference between skating by a challenge or failing miserably.
Compared to his friends, Kong is no slouch either though. In Tropical Freeze, he can now hurl stunned enemies as well as pull open doors and compartments. The newly added 'Kong POW' meter lets Donkey Kong and his partner of choice to unleash a special, area-wide attack which transforms all enemies into items.
Another esthetic change is the Super Guide in Donkey Kong Country Returns has been replaced by an island shop in which extra lives and other special items can be purchased and stored for later use. If you have the cash, this option can be another game changer giving you that edge needed to complete a troublesome level.
Tropical Freeze has some of the best graphics ever put forward on the Wii U. Everything is bright, colourful and exceptionally rendered. If you didn't know better, you would think you are playing a 3-D game. The graphics and design are so well executed especially when it comes to depth perception, Freeze looks like a 3-D game; although it isn't.
The levels themselves are very diverse. You will travel across land, through the air and even under water. Be warned though, the levels are fairly difficult at times. Like Mario, there is lots of trial and error involved but like most platformers; when you finally do rise to the occasion, especially when playing with a friend or family member; there is no better feeling in the world.
Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze
Rating: 9 / 10
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