Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings
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.… Full Review »
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.… Full Review »