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  • Summary: Help Donkey Kong and his friends get back their home from Vikings in the Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze game from Retro Studios. All the challenging ground-pounding, barrel-blasting and mine cart action from the Donkey Kong Country series is back, along with a bushel of new game-playHelp Donkey Kong and his friends get back their home from Vikings in the Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze game from Retro Studios. All the challenging ground-pounding, barrel-blasting and mine cart action from the Donkey Kong Country series is back, along with a bushel of new game-play elements and features. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 75
  2. Negative: 0 out of 75
  1. May 29, 2018
    100
    All due respect to Kirby Star Allies, but with Tropical Freeze now on Switch, it has easily taken the crown of best 2D platformer on the console. It was a thrill to be able to play the game once more with a spot of extra polish and the addition of Funky Mode and Funky Kong. Funky’s inclusion is a solid way of making a hard game more approachable to a wider audience of players. The fact that he’s also a blast to experiment with for veteran players, too, speaks volumes about the competence of Retro Studios as a developer.
  2. May 1, 2018
    92
    Funky mode aside, Tropical Freeze remains largely unchanged. Which means there aren't many reasons for Wii U owners to buy it. But it also means that Switch now has one of the best platformers ever made in its library.
  3. May 1, 2018
    90
    Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze's addition of Funky Mode makes it more accessible without reducing the formidable platforming difficulty to a walk in the park. There's still a lot of challenge, even with the extra help Donkey’s Funky uncle affords. But the Switch version manages to take just enough of an edge off a punishing game to let the fun platforming outshine its difficulty.
  4. May 9, 2018
    90
    Those that may have been turned off by the difficulty before can now feel free to jump in with Funky Mode, and the improvement to loading screens really does make a difference. It’s yet another strong checkmark on the list of growing titles Switch owner need to have.
  5. May 14, 2018
    85
    I’m thrilled to see that Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has transitioned almost flawlessly over to the Switch.
  6. May 1, 2018
    83
    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is full of charm, attention to detail and variety. The level design is still the best that the genre has had in recent years. Compared to the absolutely ingenious and enormously beautiful Super Mario Odyssey or a Rayman Legends, the monkey band clearly loses out.
  7. May 1, 2018
    50
    Considering all the amazing Wii U games still yet to come to the Nintendo Switch, I could have happily seen Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze moved much further back in the queue. It’s simply an average 2D platformer that doesn’t deliver the level of fun or excitement you’d expect from a Nintendo-exclusive title – particularly one featuring some of the company’s most iconic mascots.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 78 out of 89
  2. Negative: 5 out of 89
  1. May 4, 2018
    10
    A truly magical, wonder, amazing 2D platformer. Rewarding, challenging, amazing. And for the love of christ TURN off the Funky Kong mode andA truly magical, wonder, amazing 2D platformer. Rewarding, challenging, amazing. And for the love of christ TURN off the Funky Kong mode and play it the way it's meant to be played. Dont underestimate your 7 year old. They are better than you think and will get great playing the real deal, not a mode with training wheels.

    Folks, for the obvious troll ZERO REVIEWS (where they say nothing about the game, where it's obvious they have not played it), hit the REPORT BUTTON, then, select "Intending solely to annoy and/or offend other users". When a few of you do this, this will knock the review off the page.

    Also, once again, I want to point out "Trusted" Reviews. This is a person in one of his reviews who admitted he played a game for less than 30 minutes, then gave it a score. He gives Tropical Freeze the equivalent of an F in grade school (which is what a 50 is). This person commonly posts shocking reviews just to stand out from others for click bait. My feeling is that the game was too hard for him and he got frustrated. Sad.
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  2. May 7, 2018
    10
    When this game was announced to be coming to the Nintendo Switch, I was originally put off from the questionable $60 price tag (especiallyWhen this game was announced to be coming to the Nintendo Switch, I was originally put off from the questionable $60 price tag (especially considering it launched at $50 on Wii U in 2014), but I've heard great things about it so I decided to give it a shot. And boy am I glad I did. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a grade-A 2D platformer. The graphics are incredibly colorful and detailed, the frame rate is a rock-solid 60 FPS, the controls are tight and responsive, and the difficulty and secrets make it very rewarding and replayable. If you have it on Wii U already, I'd be hard pressed to recommend this version, but if you don't, then this game is a MUST own for all Switch owners! Expand
  3. Jul 15, 2018
    10
    I grew up playing the first Donkey Kong Country on the SNES, so I might be a bit biased because of all the nostalgia attacks. I also lovedI grew up playing the first Donkey Kong Country on the SNES, so I might be a bit biased because of all the nostalgia attacks. I also loved Donkey Kong Country Returns for the original Wii, but I love Tropical Freeze maybe a bit more than that one. If you're a completionist and want to find every secret like I do than this game will challenge you. I've only played up until world 3 and both bossfights I had were really challenging (but not frustrating at all) If I have to nitpick I would say that I would've loved a sprint button since the originals on SNES had them if I'm not mistaken. Sometimes I try to make a jump but because DK feels so heavy to control if you don't roll before a jump or walk a little bit before your jump, you'll fall straight to your death.
    All in all a beautiful game that captures the classic games to a T
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  4. May 5, 2018
    10
    Honestly the best 2D platformer ever made, now even better on the Switch. If you even remotely care about platform games, get this one ASAP.
  5. Aug 11, 2018
    9
    I never got the chance to play this on Wii U. This game is great and it was worth every penny of the $60 price tag. Great platforming, greatI never got the chance to play this on Wii U. This game is great and it was worth every penny of the $60 price tag. Great platforming, great presentation, great game! Funky Kong is awesome! Expand
  6. May 6, 2018
    9
    Excelente juego de plataforma con mecanicas clasicas y la dificultad que uno de este estilo merece, sin duda que se mantenga esa esencia deExcelente juego de plataforma con mecanicas clasicas y la dificultad que uno de este estilo merece, sin duda que se mantenga esa esencia de dificultad para la saga de Donkey Kong Country es sin duda una decision más que correcta de parte de Nintendo, el modo Funky reduce un poco la dificultad pero la diversion sigue ahi, incluso si eres un jugador que puede frustrarse facilmente te divertiras aun más en modo Funky.
    Si eres un gamer de antaño, si te gustan los juegos de plataformas o simplemente quieres probar algo nuevo, sin duda Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze es para ti.
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  7. Feb 20, 2019
    0
    I'm at a loss of words for how terrible this game is. Perhaps it's the irritating and repetitive sounds, the terrible soundtrack, clumsyI'm at a loss of words for how terrible this game is. Perhaps it's the irritating and repetitive sounds, the terrible soundtrack, clumsy controls, floaty physics, or the insulting price tag. Dust off your Super Nintendo and original Donkey Kong Country cartridges of you want a *good* game. If you want to get rid of hard earned money and play an imitation of what was once a good series then this is for you. Expand

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