- Summary: Donkey Kong Country is an incredible island adventure and the first game to feature Donkey Kong's sidekick, Diddy Kong. Challenged by the crazed tribe of reptilian Kremlings, the Kongs face their cunning adversaries armed with lightning-quick moves, chest-pounding muscle, and awesome aerialDonkey Kong Country is an incredible island adventure and the first game to feature Donkey Kong's sidekick, Diddy Kong. Challenged by the crazed tribe of reptilian Kremlings, the Kongs face their cunning adversaries armed with lightning-quick moves, chest-pounding muscle, and awesome aerial acrobatics. The duo also gets help from a host of friends and family, from Funky Kong, Cranky Kong and Candy Kong, to Rambi the rhino, Expresso the ostrich, Enguarde the swordfish, Squawks the parrot and Winky the frog. This game has over 30 levels plus dozens of hidden caves and secret rooms--more than 100 areas in all. Help the Kongs recover their stolen banana hoard!… Expand
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May 17, 2016[ Review based on the SNES version of this game ] Beware, people. What you're seeing is a beloved classic that forever keeps its name of[ Review based on the SNES version of this game ] Beware, people. What you're seeing is a beloved classic that forever keeps its name of dignity, Donkey Kong Country. Even to this day, it's still considered a must play even if it gets ported to a different console. Arguably one of the best Donkey Kong games to start a franchise from scratch.… Expand
Jun 11, 2012Donkey Kong Country is the second best-selling Super Nintendo Entertainment System game (outselling The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past byDonkey Kong Country is the second best-selling Super Nintendo Entertainment System game (outselling The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past by more than double!) for very good reason. It had the best graphics out of the entire console library due to the 3-D sprites. It also blew away the platforming genre with its creative levels and colorful worlds. The game has musical genius behind it and remains the best to this day. There were a few problems, though. Why does everyone pull a Cranky Kong and rant the game was too easy and too short. I agree that it was a little short for such an amazing game, but it did have challenging parts for sure. What about those mountain levels, especially Snow Barrel Blast excluding the suicidal shortcut! If you used any sort of glitch, played on a Game Boy, or played on a PC emulator, you have no right to say it was too easy if you saved whenever you wanted to! Also, having to buy the Wii Classic Controller to depart the awkward GameCube controls didn't put me in a good mood. I really hated dying when the platform was smaller than actually shown. The bosses were rather easy though, especially the second-to-last one, Dumb Drum. All it was was ten enemies! All these problems were actually pretty minor and didn't make the game that much worse. Overall, challenging, breathtaking title and a must for the Virtual Console shopper!… Expand
Dec 17, 2011Donkey Kong Country brought the WOW factor when it was released in 1994 and made the SNES a worthy console to own. Does this game hold up wellDonkey Kong Country brought the WOW factor when it was released in 1994 and made the SNES a worthy console to own. Does this game hold up well today? For nostalgia purposes yes it does. However, I would bump the game down to a 9 rather than a 10 for realizing the game being pretty short with a few levels that were overwhelming with barrels. Overall, Donkey Kong Country is a well crafted game with jaw dropping visuals, a memorable soundtrack and an awesome sidekick named Diddy Kong. It's definitely one of the most memorable games I had ever played on the SNES and a must game to get for the Wii Virtual Console.… Expand
Apr 17, 2016Donkey Kong Country was probably one of the better looking games on the SNES along with Star Fox and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's island, butDonkey Kong Country was probably one of the better looking games on the SNES along with Star Fox and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's island, but the game has so much more and it's definitely a classic.
STORY: The evil King K. Rool has stole the bananas of Donkey Kong and they traped his budy Diddy in a barrel...go kick his ***.
PRESENTATION: Rare, the creator of the game, used an old technique of pre-render 3D graphics to great both this game and Killer Instinct, but the one that got the more attention was DKC. While some of the assets look made out of plastic (like the trees), the rest of the game look pretty gorgeous. The 3D models that were converted into sprites look great, almost all of the background are excellent and the music, OMG!!!!...THE MUSIC of this game is not only memorable, catchy, classic, but it also fits with perfectly with the levels and the melodies and instrumentation is just...UMMM!! SO GOOD!. David Wise and the team at Rare really did an amazing job with this game, both from a visual standpoint and a music and sound one, and it's still holds up pretty well.
GAMEPLAY: DKC is a platforming game, just like many of its era. You go from point A to point B in linear levels and with some bonus stages hidden in every...well...level. The bonus stages are quick mini games and if you complete them all, you will get 101% completion in this game.
The level design is excellent, teaching you about the game mechanics without annoying tutorials and each one has some sort of gimmick that separates them from one and another (most notably, the mine cart stages). At the end of every world you will fight a boss and these are...pathetically easy and uninspired (aside from the final boss). To save your game you will have to go to Candy Kong's save point, which appears in a random location once you complete a specific stage, and then you...save the game.
You can do a rolling move, that if you use on the air you can jump to do a SUPER JUMP!, to kill enemies or you could take the easy road and jump on them. You collect bananas and when you get 100 the grant you an extra live, and believe you will need many of them because this game is pretty freaking difficult. For on you can only take one hit and your death, you can increment that by getting the other Kong outside of a DK barrel or getting on a animal buddy like:
Rambi the rhino: He's a literal power house killing anything he touches,
Winky the Frog: He jumps high.
Enguarde the Swordfish: He can travel fast underwater and can use his nose to kill enemies.
Expresso the Ostrich: He can use his wings to slowly descend and he runs really fast.
Squawks the Parrot: He's only used in one level and if you are sensitive to extreme lights...DON'T TURN AROUND.
The animal buddies give Donkey Kong Country a lot of variety, but the downside is that you loose them when you get hit.
If you need help traveling around the worlds, you can visit funky's flights and if you need clues to bonus rooms, go and visit Cranky Kong...not that it helps much because his hints only tell you the Bonus rooms of world 1, so you know what to do...Internet to the rescue!!.
Overall Donkey Kong Country is a great classic SNES game and you really should play it right now. Incredible music, great graphics, polished mechanics and great replay value makes this a great game.
If the game had better bosses, and easier way to save, more hints and would've taken better use out of the animal buddies than this would certainly be a 10, but that's something that the sequel would do. But for now i'll give Donkey Kong Country for the SNES an 8/10.… Expand
Jul 28, 2014One of the best SuperNES games out there, and the best EVER Donkey Kong game except the original for the Atari 2600 (that game rules and is aOne of the best SuperNES games out there, and the best EVER Donkey Kong game except the original for the Atari 2600 (that game rules and is a true classic). Why do some people hate Donkey Kong?… Expand
Mar 2, 2017There is no question that "Donkey Kong Country" is one of the best adventure games ever created on any platform. It was easily better than anyThere is no question that "Donkey Kong Country" is one of the best adventure games ever created on any platform. It was easily better than any Mario game the SNES put out and really raised the bar for what side-scrolling games could do. One can have hours of fun immersed in the DK world. The only problem? Hours of gnashed teeth will also be spent re-beating levels because of the stupid saving mechanism.
The best part of the "DK Country" experience is that it is so unique. It was kind of like playing a Mario game...but with new challenges and characters. I liked how Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong both had unique abilities better suited for certain situations, making you (the gamer) figure out when to use each character. The game is also quite challenging, but not to the breaking point. After enough practice, most levels can be beaten before the hair-pulling stage. It terms of gameplay and presentation, this is a 5-star effort all the way.
The HUGE negative? Having to beat multiple levels before being able to save a game. Now, I realize that I have reviewed many NES games and never complained about the saving, but that was because the NES technology just did not allow for "anytime saving". By the time the SNES came around, though, one could have saved the game after every level. However, the game designers decided to make you "earn" save points by beating a number of levels at a time. In the beginning this is fine, as you whip through the levels and pile up the bananas/balloons without hardly a second thought. Once you get to the ice-levels stage, though, the game requires you to beat 4-5 extremely difficult levels before saving is possible. By this time in the game, the player is operating on more like a 4-5 turn basis per lifespan. I realize the "collecting bananas and trying to get specials" argument for racking up multiple lives, but that isn't why I wanted to play the game. I just want to beat each level and move onto the next without all the "monkey business" (pardon the pun). This issue decreases the whole experience for me by an entire star.
Thus, "Donkey Kong Country" is a classic in the canon of video game adventures. A very frustrating save mechanism does put a damper on the experience for all but the experts, but overall it is still a fun game.… Expand