Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Last updated date: May 14, 2019

DWYM Score
8.6

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We looked at the top 1 Nintendo Switch Games and dug through the reviews from 8 of the most popular review sites including Metacritic, Trusted Reviews, GameSpot, Digital Trends, Games Radar, PC Magazine, Keen Gamer, Nintendo Life and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Nintendo Switch Game you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 140 expert reviews, the Nintendo Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.1
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.5
2,488 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Each assistant character offers something different.
- Trusted Reviews
May 1, 2018 | Full review
A constant stream of creative ideas keeps things fresh from beginning to end.
- GameSpot
May 1, 2018 | Full review
It is delightful on the eyes and full of animated character.
- Digital Trends
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has a great presentation with lush graphics and charming music.
- Games Radar
Funky Kong mode makes the game more forgiving for less skilled players.
- PC Magazine
DKC Tropical Freeze is one of the most beautiful 2D games I have ever played. The environments are all lush and just loaded with details and colors. Screenshots do not do this game justice; so much of the visuals are based upon just how much of the level is interactive and all the moving parts around you, which is nearly everything on screen.
- Keen Gamer
June 26, 2018 | Full review
Let’s quickly round up by talking about the presentation. It’s totally and utterly gorgeous, with every screen looking entirely original and unique and bursting with colour, a soundtrack to make Mozart jealous, and animations smoother than butter. Everything is refined to a T, from the gameplay, to the presentation.
- Nintendo Life
May 1, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Unfortunately, players must choose their difficulty at the start of the game, and this can’t be changed, meaning if you reach a point of never-ending fury – which is likely – then you can’t decide to try out the more forgiving mode after the event.
- Trusted Reviews
May 1, 2018 | Full review
Ill-advised checkpoint placement makes the game frustrating rather than difficult.
- Digital Trends
Will simply be too difficult for some tastes.
- Games Radar
The boss fights aren't nearly as good as the paths you can take to reach them, though. They're overly long, multi-phase battles that all share the same formula.
- PC Magazine
Though these Kongs were fun to play with, I almost always found Dixie to be the most useful, and I rarely ever wanted to use Cranky. I found Dixie's ability to partially nullify Diddy's use, which is a little unfortunate.
- Keen Gamer
June 26, 2018 | Full review
There's an absence of a certain 'rough-and-ready' charm found in the original DKC trilogy.
- Nintendo Life
May 1, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Barrel-blast into a critically acclaimed Donkey Kong adventure as this beloved franchise makes its Nintendo Switch debut with a banana-bunch of new features. Traverse islands packed with platforming perfection and nonstop action as the classic Kongs in the original game, or mix things up by playing the story as Funky Kong in new Funky Mode! Arctic invaders have turned Donkey Kong Island into their personal frozen fortress, and it’s up to you to save the day. Play as Donkey Kong in Original Mode and team up with Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, and Cranky Kong—each with unique abilities—to overcome platforming challenges and frosty foes. For a more accessible experience, start a game in Funky Mode to enjoy a range of gameplay updates and a new main-character option, spectacular surfing simian Funky Kong! His extra hearts and unique abilities make for a more relaxed gaming experience. And no matter which mode you choose, a wealth of collectibles and two-player co-op round out the fun! Seek out a wealth of collectibles that’ll enable you to unlock additional content and stock up on useful items. Overcome challenges, battle frosty foes and bosses, and reclaim the Kongs’ stolen home. For the first time ever in the Donkey Kong Country series, play as Funky Kong! Funky Kong has extra hearts and helpful abilities like double jump, hover, infinite rolls, infinite underwater corkscrews, and spike resistance. Share the adventure with a friend! During two-player co-op gameplay, each player can use a single Joy-Con controller, so no additional accessories are required. Barrel-blast into a critically acclaimed Donkey Kong adventure as this beloved franchise makes its Nintendo Switch debut with a banana-bunch of new features. Traverse islands packed with platforming perfection and nonstop action as the classic Kongs in the original game, or mix things up by playing the story as Funky Kong in new Funky Mode! Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) Content Description: Cartoon violence.

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