8 – Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
I think Nintendo’s greatest triumphs this generation have been level design and gameplay. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a shining example of both. Donkey and his pals travel through six story worlds (and plenty more after the final boss), each with multiple levels and a boss battle, to unfreeze his island and save it from a really grouchy-looking Walrus. It’s a direct sequel to Donkey Kong Country Returns, and an improvement over its predecessor…which was already pretty darn good to begin with.
DK: Tropical Freeze features challenging platforming sections and excellent cooperative gameplay. In fact, while the game can be played alone, I can attest from experience that it’s much more fun with two, and some secrets are not obtainable without a friend. Every level is unique–you’ll find yourself climbing giraffes, chasing giant wheels of cheese, riding the infamous rocket barrel, dodging snowflakes and fish-throwing penguins, and more. Oh, and I should mention, the music was great and the game looks lovely, too!
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a great game if you want a fun platforming challenge, especially if you have a friend to play it with, and with all its hidden secrets, it’ll last you quite awhile.
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