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A great game, but had potential to be outstanding
on 25 March 2014
If you've not played this game's prequel, Donkey Country Returns, then by all means get this one, as it's a very good game if you've not played any of the others. If you played Returns though then don't bother picking this up. You won't be missing much at all aside from Dixie and Cranky. It seems just like a rehash of Returns but with some new backgrounds. There isn't much in Tropical Freeze that Returns didn't incorporate, and whilst there is creativity present, its not as exciting as its predecessor. The worst thing about this is that there were a tonne of concepts thought up for this game that could've been implemented, but weren't. It's a tremendous shame. Another thing to add is that it doesn't even need to be a WII U game, as the game pad screen has no uses in the game whatsoever, with the exception of playing it without the TV.
What I will say though is that while it lacks originality, it retains consistency. As a platformer it certainly has the difficulty and challenge expected from the Donkey Kong series. If you want to complete this game without scoring a game over you need to get used to the immensely technical level and gameplay style, which can be a real crux at times, especially when one single move can cause you to screw up a routine of required movements. Also despite what I mentioned above there are some real gems of levels mixed in, where the game takes full advantage of its own mechanics to boost the playability. This makes some levels, the temple levels in particular, a real test of your playing capability and it feels incredibly satisfying to finish them, even moreso if you find every puzzle piece along the way.
All in all this game doesn't have much that Returns doesn't have itself. It however a really well thought out game, with amazing artistic detail put into each level, and while more concepts could've been put in, in my opinion, it still is an excellent game. It's also a really excellent challenge if you want to test your platforming skills. It's up to you if you choose to pick it up. This was my opinion of the game after finishing it. You can decide for yourselves what this game is.