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  • Summary: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has players help Donkey Kong and his friends get back their home from Vikings. Swing, swim, leap, and barrel-blast your way through tons of eye-popping levels to save DK Island from a permanent freeze.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 77
  2. Negative: 0 out of 77
  1. Mar 13, 2014
    Everything in Tropical Freeze was made with extreme care and attention. From the landscapes and enemies to the music and level design. Each island has its own ecosystem so filled with details and different things to do that, as soon as one level is over, the question of what will Retro do next always looms around, and the developer always surprises.
  2. Feb 13, 2014
    Just like the previous game, I yelled alternating cries of agony and relief working through particularly challenging areas. Almost everything is fair and doable with enough focus and patience; the bonus stages are a little ridiculous, but that's to be expected. [March 2014, p.89]
  3. Feb 19, 2014
    Another "job well done" by the masters at Retro Studios.
  4. Feb 17, 2014
    Tropical Freeze is a marvel. Though it doesn’t deviate from expectations in the slightest, it’s an exceptional, and exceptionally tough platformer that just about every masochistic Wii U owner should play.
  5. Feb 27, 2014
    Tropical Freeze is exactly what we expected from the sequel of one of the best platform games of the last generation. There might not be many surprises, but this is still an extremely polished (and great) game.
  6. Feb 17, 2014
    You know what you are going to get when you buy a Donkey Kong Country game. Fortunately, that's a good thing and this is no exception.
  7. Feb 17, 2014
    If the regular levels were as inventive as the boss battles, then Tropical Freeze would be a surefire hit, or at least a game that demands more of your attention. No matter how much I was looking forward to seeing DK in HD, it's difficult to maintain that enthusiasm when the end product plays it so safe: even the visuals fail to make an impact. They're nice enough, but like the level design, the environments are mostly bland.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 76
  2. Negative: 6 out of 76
  1. May 3, 2014
    Playing through Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, I thought it was a nice platformer. The designs were nice, it proved to be challenging, and it used some nice dynamic camera angles that I hadn't seen before in a 2D platformer. Then it was over, and I found myself a little disappointed at how bare-bones the game turned out to be. Unfazed, I decided to extend my playtime by collecting all of the K-O-N-G letters and Puzzle Pieces. It was then that I saw the game start to open up. Although it's not as extensive as New Super Mario Bros. U or Rayman Legends, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze had one important thing going for it; the "just one more try" mentality. The inclusion of collectables such as Images and Dioramas added to the thrill of trying and failing, and listening to the absolutely gorgeous soundtrack over and over was never irritating. It's just one of those games that you may not love at first, but overtime you begin to appreciate the smaller, finer details that the game poses to you. In a long line of 2D platformers for Wii U, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze finds itself amidst some stiff competition. But this game doesn't ape the others (pun intended); it merely puts its own spin on the meaning of 2D platforming just like other greats before it. If you are a Wii U owner and are desperate for a game that is challenging and rewarding, look no further than Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. It is a title that has definitely earned its place in every gamer's home. Expand
  2. Feb 21, 2014
    Haven't finished the game, but from what I've played some of these low reviews are baffling. The level design and attention to detail are top class. The gameplay is fluid and intuitive. Lots of great, subtle ideas presented on a moment by moment basis, so I'm not sure what all the "lack of ambitious gameplay" is all about. Maybe these reviewers rushed through things a bit?

    Absolutely beautiful game, by the way. Maybe the best looking game on the Wii U (Close between this and Mario 3D World). David Wise on the soundtrack puts it over the top. Get it.
  3. Feb 25, 2014
    A brilliant game, packed with innovative level design, gorgeous visuals and a soundtrack that craves an official release. It's the most fun I've had with a 2D platformer since Rayman Legends. Expand
  4. Feb 23, 2014
    NOTHING short of a MASTERPIECE. Absolutely OUTSTANDING in every way. BEAUTIFUL environments, standing ovation-worthy music, challenging gameplay; everything you could want out of this game. The best game to grace a Nintendo console since Super Mario Galaxy (and that's saying something). Hands down a MUST BUY. I cannot stress what a work of art this game is. David Wise's music is absolutely outstanding and compliments the utterly gorgeous environments Retro Studios has created in such a way that it may bring you close to tears, as it did for me. Bravo to David Wise and Retro Studios. Bravo! Expand
  5. Feb 21, 2014
    Better than Rayman Legends. I think people who give it a low score are either mad about not getting HD Metroid, or they didn't grow up playing games in the 80's. This Retro game feels like an arcade adventure with limitless quarters. Sure the motion and timing has to be precise just like the original Donkey Kong, but at least they throw as many lives as you need at you without making it feel like hand holding. This game is 1080p running at 60fps so that makes it "next gen" in the minds of pixel counters. For me, sure the graphics and music are stunning, but it's the challenge that gives this game huge replay value. Expand
  6. Feb 22, 2014
    Beautiful visuals, fun gameplay, and a pretty challenging experience. Those kids complaining about the difficulty of this game are obviously used to the majority of today's blockbuster releases that come with training wheels. This is a great throwback to older platformers that required persistence and skill to complete. Expand
  7. Mar 14, 2014
    I hate monkeys more than global politics, but here we have DK with some pretty lame characters and nice graphics. Sad, but i need to mention all frustrating things here starting with bad hit detection and ending with inappropriate control scheme. Seriously, i think that wii-U deserves more good games. But not like this one. Expand

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