Review Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Forgotten standard platformer

Donkey Kong is one of the most unlucky video game mascots. Despite the fact that he deserves much more attention than sonic, it is still much less known than the famous blue hedgehog, and Mario and even Crash Bandicoot. This is due to the fact that the game was not always so good, and Nintendo is quite pleased with all the attention Mario gets. But lately, donkey Kong, or rather, series of Donkey Kong Country has reached such a level that it can compete with the best platformers of recent years like Rayman Legends or New Super Mario Bros. U.

Typically the spikes is our sworn enemy, but in the new Lite mode they are not terrible. This considerably simplifies the task of the player, and makes the title less nervous pastime. In General, mode Funky – exactly what was needed for the original, which initially were too complicated and demanding on the players. Now play noticeably quieter and more pleasant, while the fans something more complicated may still choose original mode with all its many difficulties.
Today we talk about Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – a forgotten masterpiece, which was released in the distant year 2014, and gets a “second life” on may 4 with the release on the hit Nintendo console Switch.

2018 yet issued not the brightest for Nintendo, which basically pleases fans of the re-releases are not new games with the Wii U. For this reason, when they announced the port of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, it did not cause a stir. Like Bayonetta 2, a title was considered a small masterpiece, have not received fame due to the small audience of the platform on which it was released. This has now changed, and the game itself got better due to technical improvements and adding new regime.

From the first glance it may seem that almost nothing has changed in 2014, but it is not: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze looks better than ever thanks to the improved resolution from 720p to 1080p, and the new Lite mode lets you enjoy the tile even those who the original was not too tough.

Like previous games in the series, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze tells the adventures of donkey Kong and his brother – Cranky Kong, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, and so on. This time we have to fight back from the “Arctic invaders”, which turned donkey Kong island in the icy fortress.

In each level is hidden a lot of secrets and items to collect. These dungeons are reminiscent of the Super Mario series. To collect in each level can be pieces of the puzzle, the letters of the word KONG (remember Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater) and coins.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is the most that neither is a classic platformer, which is inspired by the masterpieces back to the NES. All here are familiar to the experienced player, but brought to perfection. Maybe Retro Studios and was not impressed with fresh ideas, but what they have done, very similar to the standard platforming.

Despite the fact that the game looks cute, colourful and harmless, it is a real challenge for anyone. In the version on the Wii U the level of difficulty was hiked very high. I know many who could not go to the middle of the title. It is no secret that the guys from Retro inspired, as their name implies, classic platformers, characterized by the highest complexity. And let someone just glad that at least some title Nintendo is not trying to become “lighter” the rest of the hardcore Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze frankly scared. It was the main deficiency of the original, and this has been fixed in the port, which added the easy mode.

In easy mode we play not for the protagonist, and for Funky Kong, whose set of unique abilities makes some of the levels are simply elementary. In his Arsenal – the double jump, surfboard, allowing you to avoid the spikes, and the ability to float in the air. It’s a small innovation, but it finally opens the game and for those who don’t like the hassle in the style of Super Meat Boy.

Boss battles are harsh and have skill even on easy level. Here is a little three times to hit the opponent, often the battle lasts a few minutes, and requires serious concentration.
Despite the classic formula, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has enough unique elements to stand out. Each level is unique, with its own surprises and features. Sometimes the usual routine of platforming is broken by splashes of something else: for example, the appearance of the trolley. The game never gives up and always keeps the brand.

This helps them from legendary composer David wise. The series have a characteristic sound, and the levels you’ll hear familiar songs, and brand new. Graphically the title does not disappoint: bright colors and a stable 60 FPS helps it look impressive even in 2018. It’s not remaster, but the game is definitely prettier on the Switch.

Separately want to highlight the wonderful use of Rumble HD – advanced technology of vibration feedback. Here the controller just vibrates, but responds differently to the touch of the character in the game. If your Kong crashed into the wall on the right, you feel the vibration on the right, and Vice versa. The fall from different heights “feels” different. Describe the advantages of the system is useless – you just have to take my word that this is a small but very nice addition that improves the overall gameplay experience.

Without levels with trolley anywhere. In such moments, you feel a breath of fresh air – changing the type of obstacles, and demands. This is a very challenging levels that not only require care and perseverance, but also to return to earth even those who chose the easy level: the fact that the chosen difficulty does not affect the ease of passage here, because we depend on the trolley and cannot avoid obstacles that are usually Funky teeth.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is almost ideal platformer. So it was in 2014, but now the game there was an audience, which will be able to appreciate it. Only one thing I find really annoying: the price. Modern games really are expensive, but Nintendo is asking for a port of the game four years ago $ 60, which, frankly, is completely wrong, especially given the much more fair price from competitors. But this “Nintendo tax”, and nothing can be done.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze not to criticize, not counting the inflated prices. A rich and varied set of levels, a great new mode and optimization ideal for TV and portable modes make the last part of the legendary series required to purchase all who missed the past generation of Nintendo exclusives.

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