Review: Donkey Kong Country Returns
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Retro Studios, Nintendo
November 21, 2010
Nintendo has once again has coming swinging hard in one of its many franchise throwbacks in Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Wii. Its an amazing game for its nature. The Donkey Kong duo is back in a game that will literally make you go bananas.
After a volcanic explosion, tiki's appear from the flames and brimstone and steal Donkey Kong's bananas, and its up to the team of simians to find their stash back. The beginning menus are simple aside from figuring out that the 2nd player controller needs to be on to access the 2 player menu which doesn't appear until the second controller is on whatsoever. The map over world screen is similar to that of its predecessors except for the 360 view of the island once moving from level to level. Upon completing a world you move on to the next part of the jungle island in an upward spiral towards the top of the volcanic mountain.
The music from the game contains musical tracks similar to tropical smooth bongo tracks you come to expect from this game, yet the original tracks from previous games have been digitally remastered and remixed and are nothing less than incredible. Donkey Kong is captured as his usual strong and dominant self through is limited grunts and pouts as is the same for Diddy. But with these sounds the developers really capture the simians emotions without the two saying a thing.
Donkey Kong has been known to have had the upper hand in the past on previous side scrollers due to its pixar like characters and rendered backgrounds. But for a wii title this game was no where near disappointment when it came to is ascetics. This game pushed bright colored plants and greens that a jungle should have as opposed to the dark dingy jungles of its former days. The characters are not rendered sprites but actual 3d models of who whole character. Another additional feature in the game are the active backgrounds, some of which are seen during the mine cart runs, showing you enemies throwing bombs other obstacles in your way.
In Donkey Kong Country Returns the player takes the role of Donkey Kong, the protagonist of this story, in search for his bananas. This game has you leaping the most treacherous of traps and obstacles as well as swinging from tree to tree and destroying his tiki foes. This title has taken side scrolling to new levels along with your typical jumping from platform to platform you have new and innovative way of utilizing the controls to pound the ground to unveil secrets and pushing buttons just by mimicking the same actions on the wii mote. Mine cart levels were taken to new extremes as far as length and difficulty. New barrel rocket levels that push the player to take caution of bats, cave obstacles, and bombs.
Bosses have usually been defeated with barrels thrown and a jump on the head in the past but now bosses have to be defeated according to timing and precision and have to be thought out a bit more in this game. Donkey Kong Country Returns thankfully is generous with power-ups and lives that can be purchased through Cranky Kong if things get a bit tough for you. Be even when the going gets tough this title even brings in the optional super guide for your connivance so that you can further progress through the game.
There are various items to collect through out the game such as the puzzle pieces and the letters kong which can unlock hidden levels and a special tough world can be more than enough reason for gamers to come back and play this game. And for the more those who consider themselves veterans and hardcore to the bone there is a mirror mode where one would start from the end of the level and work there way back with one life only.
From tiki's to bananas and everything in-between this game isn't monkeying around. This is barrel blasting fun for everyone that will make you want to keep you playing this over and over again.