Reviews and Problems with Donkey Kong Country Returns
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Value for money 10
Sound quality 8
Utterly brilliant revival of the Donkey Kong platformer
12 November 2012
Excerpt: "...battle for our old friend Donkey Kong. From his humble beginnings as the devious barrel-throwing villain of the arcade classic, to his glory days on the SNES, to the handful of odd and underwhelming ventures into the racing and rhythm genres, Donkey Kong has always been something of an underdog in Nintendo's repertoire, struggling to come out from under the shadow of the beloved mustachioed plumber who shares his origin story. Through the years, this ...
Pros: Amazing, diverse level design, near - endless replay value, excellent visuals
Excerpt: When Donkey Kong Country first hit the Super Nintendo in 1994, it was something of a revelation. It was really the graphics that caught everyone's attention, with big bright sprites, smooth animation and colourful backgrounds, it really caught the player's eye and dragged them into the game. What is less well remembered though, is the fact that this game actually played really well too.
Excerpt: "...Mario and Rayman in downsizing, Donkey Kong has become tired of the 3D city and relocated to the simple life of 2D platforming, just like back in the day. Is this a move which breathes new air into the franchise, or a retrograde step towards boredom and wanton alcoholism for DK? After more than a decade of obsession with three dimensions, a purist's fondness for old-school playability seems to have crept back into gaming in the last couple of ...
Pros: Retro/modern fusion of gameplay, visuals and challenge that really, really works .
Excerpt: The original Donkey Kong Country on the SNES was brilliant - and graphically and musically way ahead of it's time, so I was really excited when Nintendo announced this title for the Wii. As soon as you switch on this game, it takes you back to the SNES version, with the same relaxed music and general look/feel.
Summary: My son begged for this game for his birthday last year, just after it was released. We normally try to wait a few months for new games, to read reviews and let the price drop a bit, but we bit the bullet with this one and got it for him. It turned out to be an excellent decision! It was bought for his 6th birthday.
Excerpt: Following his nineties chums Sonic, Mario and Rayman in downsizing, Donkey Kong has become tired of the 3D city and relocated to the simple life of 2D platforming, just like back in the day. Is this a move which breathes new air into the franchise, or a retrograde step towards boredom and wanton alcoholism for DK?