Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is ranked in the 94th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 137 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

85

Top Critic Average

87%

Critics Recommend

Based on 137 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

games(TM)
Unscored
games(TM)
games™ Team

Top Critic

Unscored
Feb 17, 2014

The inclusion of a touted hard mode and time trials that can automatically upload footage of your attempts online suggest that Nintendo has that traditional hardcore audience in its sights. While that's encouraging for players who fit that category, many others will be deterred. Those willing to put time into this game will be rewarded, but given that difficulty and the lack of Wii U consoles out there, how many people will?

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Kotaku
Yes
Yes
Feb 21, 2014

It looks good, sounds better and plays well...if you have a high tolerance for a high level of difficulty and/or are willing to cheat the system.

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 9, 2014

Although a solidly good game, the pedigree of those behind its creation and the precedent set by previous games makes Tropical Freeze more than a little disappointing.

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Gamestyle
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 8, 2014

Tropical Freeze is a trip to a time when games didn't hold your hand or treat you like some sort of imbecile. It revels in its challenge and while there will be many moments of screaming and frustration, it never feels unfair, and that's what makes this game great.

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GameXplain
Loved
GameXplain

Top Critic

Loved
May 1, 2018
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Destructoid
Unscored
Unscored
May 1, 2018

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a platformer that needs to be experienced by as many people as possible.

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
May 3, 2018

Retro Studios displays mastery of the 2D platformer in this exquisite sequel.

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TheSixthAxis
Unscored
Unscored
May 4, 2018

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is much better suited to Switch and outperforms the original for a stable frame rate.

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VG247
Unscored
Unscored
May 2, 2018

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze may be a simple port, but if you didn't own a Wii U this title is a must-buy.

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NintyBuzz
Essential
Essential
May 10, 2018

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze was an amazing game on the Wii U and it's still the same delight on the Nintendo Switch.

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Nintendojo
A or higher
A or higher
May 29, 2018

All due respect to Kirby Star Allies, but with Tropical Freeze now on Switch, it has easily taken the crown of best 2D platformer on the console.

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Scored Reviews

Destructoid
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2014

I didn't think it was possible, but Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has topped Returns. It's an incredibly crafted platformer with an HD sheen and an insane attention to detail, and any fan of the genre owes it to themselves to experience it. With the addition of control options to the already proven formula, Retro Studios' rendition of Donkey Kong is pretty much flawless.

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Gaming Gamma
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2018

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is a masterpiece in the world of 2D platformers and is easily the best one out there to date. I will go as far to say that Tropical Freeze is easily better than any of the New Super Mario Bros games, and that Donkey Kong is truly the King of the genre.

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Pure Nintendo
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2018

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is a delight to play. I recommend the game especially for couples. Katelyn and I have had a blast playing through the game for the second time on the Switch (we first played through on the Wii U four years ago). If you're looking for a well-polished, incredibly fun game with some couch co-op to boot, you need to pick up Tropical Freeze on the Switch. I can't think of a thing I would change about the game–it's simply a masterpiece.

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Cubed3
10 / 10
Cubed3

Top Critic

10 / 10
Mar 1, 2014

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is oozing with quality and polish in every aspect, and easily surpasses the already outstanding previous instalment on the Nintendo Wii. Underwater segments and the partners Dixie Kong and Cranky Kong are very welcome additions, while the level design is as inventive and challenging as ever. The absolutely marvellous soundtrack and lush visuals only further support the tight and extremely satisfying gameplay, resulting in an overall package that is one of the best 2D platformers of all time - one that fans of classic platforming should truly go bananas over.

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GameXplain
Feb 17, 2014
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EGM
9.5 / 10.0
Ray Carsillo

Top Critic

9.5 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2014

One of the best platformers I've ever played, Tropical Freeze finds a way to build on the successful foundation of Donkey Kong Country Returns in new and wonderful ways.

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NintendoWorldReport
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2014

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze does not represent a particularly surprising title for Nintendo, and it may not be the title that pushes Wii U sales into the stratosphere, but it is another wonderful classic Nintendo game on a system slowly building a nice library.

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NintendoWorldReport
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
May 1, 2018

No better time than now to finally play Retro Studios' excellent Donkey Kong sequel.

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Impulsegamer
4.75 / 5.0
Impulsegamer

Top Critic

4.75 / 5.0
Mar 1, 2014

Given the lack of quality new titles for the Nintendo Wii U, it's great that Nintendo has come to the rescue with this truly fantastic arcade game that not only plays well (with a few 21st century tweaks) but looks amazing on this next-gen console. It's definitely platforming at its best and if you have a hankering for some truly fun gaming, than Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is the solution. Just be warned though that there could be some controller rage because getting through a level unscathed can sometimes be quite the feat and forget about that assisted help!

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Arcade Sushi
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2014

If you own a Wii U, you have no reason not to pick up Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Its challenges are numerous and demanding, but not without leeway, its secrets are nigh-infinite and most importantly, it brings with it that classic Nintendo sense of fun. DKC: TF is meant to be a challenge, but it's a challenge that excites you with the joy of triumph, not one that frustrates you with failure.

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SwitchWatch
95%
95%
May 5, 2018

When focusing on the gameplay, the mechanics of it, the physics, level design and creativeness accompanied by the magnificent audio and visual presentation, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is one of the finest games available, even four years after its initial release on the failed Wii U. Making such a fantastic game available to a wider audience is not only a financially good decision for Nintendo, but also an altruistic one too. Obviously that’s a joke but in someways it does feel nice that these fantastic Wii U games are getting a second chance of life and being talked and shared around once more. In my opinion, as long as you didn’t have Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze on the Wii U, this game is absolutely essential. If you did have the fortune to play it four years ago like me then you may find it difficult to consider double dipping and that’s fair. It’s just a phenomenal game though, and one of the best platformers ever created.

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gameranx
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2014

With Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Retro Studios has shown once again it could take just about any beloved Nintendo property and turn it into a unique, nostalgia inducing machine of pure fun.

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Easy Allies
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
May 2, 2018
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Gamersky
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
May 10, 2018

Dongkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a solid platform game with creative level design, impressive background music and unique graphics performance. The NS version add a new character Funky Kong who can strongly reduce the difficulty, which makes this game more suitable for newcomers.

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Game Informer
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
May 1, 2018

Tropical Freeze stands among the best platformers of the last decade. Playing as Funky Kong is great for alleviating frustration or allowing skilled players to breeze through the game at high speed

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Game Informer
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
May 1, 2018

Tropical Freeze stands among the best platformers of the last decade. Playing as Funky Kong is great for alleviating frustration or allowing skilled players to breeze through the game at high speed

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The Loot Gaming
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
May 27, 2018

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a fantastic 2D platformer that is challenging, filled with collectibles, and has a nice handful of characters to choose from. The game is beautiful, and the soundtrack is spectacular. The co-op element is wonderful, and the game is a ton of fun. Judging the Switch release without taking the Wii U version into account, this is definitely worth a purchase. However, here is the problem... Other than the higher resolution, the faster loading times, and Funky Kong, it's the same exact game that can be picked up for Wii U and a fraction of the price. Donkey Kong Country fans will not need convincing but for those who own the game on Wii U, the only reason to get this game is for the portability aspect of Switch. It was enough to warrant another purchase for me, but will it be for you? Other than that, this release doesn't add any incentive to double dip. For those who love challenging 2D platforming, this is definitely worth the purchase because of its extremely high fun factor and the challenging difficulty. Regardless of platform or year released, this entry is still a wonderful showcase of Retro Studios creativity and talent, a near masterpiece of exceptional gameplay and design.

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Game Informer
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2014

A smooth, finely tuned blend of wonder and punishment

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Game Informer
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
May 1, 2018

Tropical Freeze stands among the best platformers of the last decade. Playing as Funky Kong is great for alleviating frustration or allowing skilled players to breeze through the game at high speed

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NoobFeed
92 / 100
92 / 100
May 3, 2018

Those who missed out on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on the Wii U and own a Nintendo Switch should play this adventure.

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Video Chums
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
May 9, 2018

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a top-notch example of what a 2D platformer should be so if you missed out on it last generation, now's a fantastic time to finally enjoy it in all its potassium-rich glory.

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GameTrailers
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2014

The evolution of Tropical Freeze from its predecessor isn't quite a giant leap for apekind, but it's a step in the right direction. It doesn't just maintain the status quo as a challenging platformer, but mixes in just enough new elements to prevent it from being just another rehash of the previous game. You'd be bananas to pass up the chance to add Tropical Freeze to your Wii U horde.

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GamesRadar+
May 1, 2018

If you crave a challenge, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will bring out the best of your platforming abilities. Those expecting a cakewalk will feel like they slammed headfirst into a brick wall of difficulty.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2014

I pull out my SNES every year to enjoy the good ol\' days of gaming and last summer, a series I decided to tackle was no other than Donkey Kong Country. While playing, I would keep muttering under my breath, "Why can't gaming be like this today?" Imagine my excitement when I found at E3 that Retro would be blessing us with another Donkey Kong platformer!

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 14, 2018

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is one of the best 2D platformers of all time and the Switch version is argubaly the best version out there.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 16, 2014

Retro Studios has demonstrated once again that it can take a treasured Nintendo franchise and keep it relevant, with modern thrills and retro nods expertly combined. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze utilises the Wii U's graphical capabilities beautifully, with levels both stunning in design and looks, and impressive set-pieces that never skip a frame and can test any gamer's skills.

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2014

This game made me feel like a 12 year old endlessly pushing back my bed time to play one more level again.

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Game Revolution
Feb 16, 2014

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze barrels some monkeys, blasts them into some trouble, but ultimately provides an archipelago of satisfying hardcore gameplay for Wii U.

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GameMAG
9 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

9 / 10
May 13, 2018

Thanks to a new character and the release on the popular system, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has finally become available to a wide audience. This is definitely the best version of the platformer, which will please users with good difficulty, but without annoying deaths, improved graphics, fast loaf times, interesting levels with lots of secrets and hardcore mode. Moreover, now you can play Tropical Freeze in portable mode, and that's a really cool addition.

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SECTOR.sk
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 13, 2018

Tropical Freeze was released worldwide in February 2014. Now it is good time for Switch with better graphics and Funky Mode.

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GameSpew
90%
90%
May 11, 2018

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is simply fantastic.

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SA Gamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 1, 2018

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a perfect fit for the Switch, delivering impeccable platforming goodness with Donkey Kong and his family. It's beautiful both from a visual and auditory standpoint and each level you play has its own identity or unique flavour. The game is as tough as a gorilla in a barrel, but the Switch exclusive features such as Funky Kong and the generous items you can use help to assuage some of that frustration. A must for any Switch owner for sure.

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Cheat Code Central
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Feb 17, 2014

The list of first-party titles for the Wii U is growing, with several big titles on the release list this year. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a great way to start the year for Nintendo. It has an endearing quality that will capture you, and a challenge level worthy of even the most skilled players. The new characters and online features add just enough extras to keep things fresh. If you're craving an old-school platformer, need a break from all the shooters and MMOs, and just can't get enough of DK's snappy red tie, this is an absolute must buy for you.

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LevelUp
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 1, 1970

Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze remains an excellent platformer and one of Retro Studio's greatest works. While all its additions may not be enough to justify a second time purchase, Tropical Freeze is a must play for all Switch owners that never the chance to experience the Wii U version.

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GearNuke
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 9, 2018

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is easily a contender for the best platformer this generation. The performance improvements offered by the Nintendo Switch version make it the definitive way to experience the game.

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IGN
9 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2014

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is a fun and challenging platformer that isn't afraid to make you work hard.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
May 9, 2018

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was already a strong title on the Wii U, and the Switch version simply makes it even better. Those that may have been turned off by the difficulty before can now feel free to jump in with Funky Mode, and the improvement to loading screens really does make a difference. It's yet another strong checkmark on the list of growing titles Switch owner need to have.

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DualShockers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2014

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a well-made platformer that adds more than enough level variety, graphical upgrades, new characters and new mechanics to keep the long-used formula from getting stale. While it doesn't reinvent the wheel, it certainly molds and polishes that wheel to near perfection.

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Atomix
90 / 100
90 / 100
May 7, 2018

Its now or never, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Nintendo Switch is probably one the best 2D platform experiences available for the console. While as a port it doesn't receive many extras, the overall experience is fun, challenging and now portable. If you didn't play it on the Wii U, we tell you its a must-have.

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Fintendo
Jan 28, 2017

"King of the jungle."

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 7, 2018

A brutally challenging game made more accessible by both, being on a better console, and having the funkiest of Kongs as a playable character. Incredibly good fun and with an asburd amount of secrets to find, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a truly impressive platformer that is so hard you will be a more grizzled gamer for coming out of the other side of it.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 5, 2018

Tropical Freeze is easily one of the best controlling games I've ever played. If you get stressed out by bottomless pits, disintegrating platforms and precision jumps, then get down on all fours and run away from this game as far as you can. If you welcome such challenges and love old-school platforming and goofy characters and bosses, however, then you'll go bananas over Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Funky Kong's addition to the Switch version is also a nice touch that makes things a bit more manageable.

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IGN Spain
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 3, 2018

An excellent platformer that is still as fun as it was 4 years ago. It's a shame that this Switch version includes just a few new features to justify a new purchase.

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FNintendo
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 10, 2018

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze has been seen before in previous years but this Nintendo Switch version does not miss out on anything compared to its predecessors. Thanks to its stunning visuals and amazing soundtrack, as well as to a fine level design and a difficulty level that makes it accessible to all audiences, this new version for the Nintendo Switch turns out to be yet another essential game for Nintendo's latest console.

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 2, 2018

Donkey Kong is the perfect thaw for Nintendo's freeze on big releases in the coming months.

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EGM
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 1, 2018

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze makes another strong case for the argument that Nintendo needs to port every single one of its Wii U games to the Switch. DK's latest adventure is one of the most clever, joyful platforming experiences I've had in a while, and it adds just enough newness to the series to keep the formula engaging without going overboard. There might not be enough (or anything) to convince Wii U owners to play it again, but long-lost Nintendo fans who came back for the Switch have another must-play game to add to their growing libraries.

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Game Rant
Feb 19, 2014

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze could have been a straight port of the Wii original, but Retro Studios took the winning formula and expertly built upon it. The sheer challenge, puzzle pieces, K-O-N-G letters, and hidden exits all combine to create an addictive and highly replayable side-scroller that is absolutely worth attention. Wii U owners take note, that this isn't a game you'll want to miss.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 1, 2018

There's no doubt about it, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is one of the most refined and enjoyable platformers money can buy.

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IGN
9 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
May 1, 2018

Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze's addition of Funky Mode makes it more accessible without reducing the formidable platforming difficulty to a walk in the park. There's still a lot of challenge, even with the extra help Donkey's Funky uncle affords. But the Switch version manages to take just enough of an edge off a punishing game to let the fun platforming outshine its difficulty.

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Stevivor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 2, 2018

Go out and get Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze immediately.

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NintendoWorldReport
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 1, 2018

The levels inspire me to push harder to master them. Now combine that with a fun cast of characters and a terrific presentation, and you have the funkiest of the bunch.

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Nintendo Insider
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 30, 2018

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was and still is a fantastic 2D platformer. It looks and sounds brilliant and plays just as well, constantly surprising you with new and creative ideas throughout its six-island quest. This may have been my second time playing through the Retro Studios platformer but I enjoyed every moment despite a disappointing lack of new content. And if you never got the chance to check out the big ape’s icy adventure back on Wii U then this Switch version is an absolute must.

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USgamer
Feb 16, 2014

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze isn't the most ambitious game, but it throws its characters into unique and clever challenges with each new level. Nintendo would be pushing it if they went for another Donkey Kong game in this style, but for now, Tropical Freeze can sit alongside Super Mario 3D World as one of the finest platformers of this generation.

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PushStartPlay
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 24, 2018

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is one of the best platformers that I’ve played in years

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We Got This Covered
May 1, 2018

Beautifully designed and wickedly challenging, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze remains a top-tier platformer, even after four years of being marooned on the Wii U.

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The Games Machine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 1, 2018

The Switch version of Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze is basically the same as the one released on Wii U four years, and that's a good thing. It was an excellent game then, it still is nowadays: fun, challenging, full of ideas and tough, like the best games of the past.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 1, 2018

Tropical Freeze is pretty much as good as 2D platform games get.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 1, 2018

Tropical Freeze is another wonderful Donkey Kong Country game, and it's better than ever on Switch.

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GamesBeat
89 / 100
89 / 100
May 1, 2018

Tropical Freeze includes virtually everything the series has done right. It's fun to play, has a ton of levels, and wows the eyes and ears with great aesthetics.

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Digital Chumps
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2014

You might be tempted to overlook Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, but if you did, you'd be missing out on an excellent platforming title with tons of style and polish. While it's true that it doesn't explore a lot of new territory, iteration within a genre is only bad to the extent which creativity and permutation are not applied. In other words, if it's fun and feels fresh enough, it was worth the effort—and Tropical Freeze is every bit as enjoyable as its Wii predecessor.

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Hobby Consolas
87 / 100
87 / 100
May 1, 2018

Tropical Freeze is an old school platform game, so refined in every aspect (difficulty, variety and visuals) that even released four years ago, it is still one of the best in its genre. Switch version includes a new (easy) Funky mode and slightly better visuals, but it is still the same Wii U game

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COGconnected
86 / 100
86 / 100
May 1, 2018

If this will be your first time playing Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, you can scarcely afford to pass this up. With a fresh set of eyes, this is an absolute home run from Nintendo.

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Cerealkillerz
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Apr 30, 2018

Even that the changes to the original from 2014 are very small and the price is higher than the original release on the WiiU back in 2014, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is a gorgeous and awesome playable plattformer and probably the best AAA-Jump N`Run you have faced in years. An absolute no-brainer for fans of the genre.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Mar 7, 2014

Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze might be a disappointment in theory, but once I started playing it, I couldn't help but fall in love. The level designs are some of the best I have seen in the genre, the soundtrack is stellar, and the difficulty is tough but never unfair. For the audience that owns a Wii U and desires platformers crafted to perfection, this is a must-own. Nintendo continues to pump out stellar releases for its console; I just wish the audience was there to purchase them.

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Areajugones
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2018

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GBAtemp
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 28, 2018

A real blast to play, and a worthy addition to a beloved series. It has some minor flaws but the general experience is very positive. There's a ton to do and explore, and you get to listen to some great tunes while you do it. Definitely a solid addition to the Switch's library

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 1, 2018

The new funky Mode dials down the challenge, but Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze remains one of the most inventive and exciting 2D platformers. It may not be surprising, or as fresh as it once was, but it's varied and challenging gameplay cement it as one of modern gaming's best platformers.

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Paste Magazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2014

Tropical Freeze is hard. Even when it is hard it is adorable. The difficulty escalates at a steady pace, and never spikes dramatically, which is what a game's difficulty should do. Every aspect of the action, from the standard platforming to the periodic undersea investigations to the exploits involving mine cars and rocket ships, fits smoothly into the game's world. And best of all is our itinerant rhino friend, always ready to bear up to two gorillas aloft and bulldoze its way to the end of the level.

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TechnoBuffalo
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2014

Familiarity be damned, this game feels like a deliberate labor of love from Retro Studios.

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NZGamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 6, 2014

It really is more fun with two.

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Spaziogames
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 1, 2018

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is a must buy on Switch even more than it was on Wii U, thanks to smoother gameplay, flashier graphics and a fun new mode, that will allow everybody to enjoy this gem of a platformer. Let's hope Nintendo will bring some more Wii U masterpieces on its new console.

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Gameplanet
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2014

The fifth entry in the Donkey Kong Country franchise, Tropical Freeze may not contain many surprises, but its an expertly-crafted game with an excess of personality.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
May 10, 2018

While the new features are a nice bonus, the core game is still here and still fantastic.

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Polygon
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2014

Tropical Freeze adds intelligently to the formula, with new characters that imbue subtle nuance to the gameplay, a better-tuned challenge level and an increased emphasis on replay value. These features make Tropical Freeze consistently worth coming back to, and mark it as a high point for the series.

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DualShockers
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 14, 2018

I don't think it's overstating it that players should definitely go bananas over the Switch version of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

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IGN Italy
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
May 1, 2018

Tropical Freeze is better than it has ever been on Switch. It still packs lot of fun and good old platforming challenges, but it fails to surprise the player with new ideas or interesting twists.

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New Game Network
84 / 100
84 / 100
Mar 10, 2014

An adventurous romp of the chest-thumping variety. Perfect for perfectionists / masochists or those wanting a hearty dose of nostalgia, but lacking in that extra something that makes it feel completely fresh.

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GameSpace
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
May 7, 2018

There are so many great games I missed on the Wii U, since it's the only Nintendo console I didn't own. Thankfully, Nintendo seems aware that a lot of people missed these titles, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a shining example of classic platforming with just the right amount of frustrating challenge. It took me right back to the SNES days and Rare's iconic DKC games, and that's no small feat. Tropical Freeze is an absolute joy to play most of the time, and I'm glad that it's seeing new life on the Switch.

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GamePro
83 / 100
83 / 100
May 1, 2018

Tropical Freeze is still a Jump & Run highlight, that will now also attract younger players due to its Easy-Mode.

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PowerUp!
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Apr 30, 2018

The Switch version is better simply by being portable. It's the same great game with a few added extras and the benefit of portability. If you own a Switch, you should grab Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. Even if you've played it on Wii U.

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COGconnected
83 / 100
83 / 100
Feb 17, 2014

Platform gaming fans would be silly to pass this one over; however, the rest of you may want to "proceed with caution" as although it is a very good game, it is far from being an easy one to master.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
Adam Riley

Top Critic

8 / 10
May 1, 2018

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a real delight to play, holding its appeal even several years after its original Wii U release.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
May 7, 2018

Though it may not provide anywhere near the kind of substantial additions to convince veterans to invest for a second time, there's no mistaking the care and passion Retro Studios and company have put into making DK's most recent outing one of his best.

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High-Def Digest
Mar 28, 2014

More or less a collection of lengthy obstacle courses with a tendency to break apart and tumble around you and with you, 'Tropical Freeze' accomplishes much in the way of satisfaction and difficulty. Though more an expansion of old ideas than anything blatantly new, what small additions there are, from new sidekicks to subtle level twists, are undeniably positive ones. Accompanied by excellent visual and audio design, it's a successful sequel, bolstered especially by the Wii U's extra bit of power (think about it from Retro's perspective). The studio isn't making waves with this reboot series as they did with 'Metroid Prime,' but they have again delivered an ideal and genuinely exciting Donkey Kong experience.

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TrueGaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 5, 2018

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was and still is a fantastic 2.5D platformer, but having it at full price without any new content other than funky is annoying.

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Slant Magazine
Feb 21, 2014

Although the Wii U GamePad doesn't receive its due of customary prods and blows akin to SM3DW, there's more than enough ingenuity, and thoughtful nods to gaming trailblazers of old, in Tropical Freeze to forgive its lack of novelties.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2014

However, each level of atmosphere conveyed by the visuals would be nothing if it weren't for an equally atmospheric soundtrack, and Tropical Freeze certainly delivers on that front. David Wise, the ex-Rare composer who worked on the original Donkey Kong Country trilogy, has returned for Tropical Freeze, after missing out Returns, and his influence is an incredibly welcome one. While fans of the original trilogy will recognise the odd leitmotif here and there, these new compositions are fantastic. The Lion-King inspired savannah themes, and the chilled underwater tracks are certainly the highlights of the game.

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Saudi Gamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 10, 2018

Regardless of the asking price this is still a supremely well designed platformer with controls to match, and a generous variety of challenges and levels. And with the new Funky Kong, it is more accessible than ever.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2014

"Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze" is a top-tier offering for the Wii U, but it doesn't break the mold the same way "Super Mario 3D World" did late last year. It's a Wii U exclusive, but it fails to take advantage of the GamePad. This is a good game that missed opportunities to be great.

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The Escapist
Feb 16, 2014

Though it fails to innovate in an engaging way, the base on which Tropical Freeze is built is solid as a glacier.

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Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
May 2, 2018

Not much has been added to the Nintendo Switch rerelease of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, but it still deserves a place in your Switch library

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Pause Resume
4 / 5
4 / 5
May 9, 2018

Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze is one of the premiere platformers that’s released in the past decade and it’s move to Switch is a welcome one. Despite a higher than normal difficulty level, it excels in most areas to present a game that currently stands as one of the best on the Switch.

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Gaming Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 18, 2014

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is a master class in the art form of 2D platformers, but it's way too difficult for its own good and this makes the inherent flaws and limitations of the genre all the more obvious. Tropical Freeze is probably the best side-scrolling platformer we'll ever see from a technical standpoint. Now it's time for Nintendo to stop making them for a while and actually do something new.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

May 1, 2018

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is delightful and easy to recommend.

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Press Start
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 1, 2018

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is an exceptional platformer that feels right on the Nintendo Switch. It's one that both experienced gamers and newcomers alike will both enjoy (thanks to the new Funky Kong mode), but probably not worth it at full price for those who picked it up on Wii U.

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GameSkinny
May 10, 2018

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze makes its debut on the Switch, and it's still worth going bananas for.

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pressakey.com
May 1, 2018

Tropical Freeze is another solid Wii U port from Nintendo and remains a perfectly playable, wonderfully designed platformer masterpiece, but it doesn't offer anything truly new.

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We Got This Covered
Feb 18, 2014

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a very solid game that could've been great if its developers had utilized more outside-of-the-box thinking during development. It's tried and true, but suffers from over-use of the "safe approach."

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 1, 2018

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a fantastic platformer for new players on the Switch but doesn't offer much for returning fans.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 9, 2018

At 60 dollars, Tropical Freeze seems to be massively overpriced for a ported title that has nothing new to offer other than the Funky Mode. But nevertheless, it’s one the best, most completed platformers you’ve ever experienced.

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Guardian
Feb 16, 2014

[I]t's a great game – exactly what we expect from Nintendo. But in a way, that's also its problem: anyone with a Wii U would be a fool not to buy it, but so few people have committed to the Wii U, and in order to rectify that, Nintendo needs to woo the unconverted with all-new gaming experiences. And the gaming experience that Tropical Freeze provides may be rich, enjoyable, challenging and frequently hilarious, but it isn't anything conspicuously new.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 17, 2014

Once again, the Donkey Kong Country series returns to the spotlight. Tropical Freeze is a worthy successor and Retro Studios has done a fine work in bringing the series to Nintendo's current generation. Loading times and underwater controls could be improved, though, as they're standing in the way of an excellent platforming experience.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 1, 2018

There is nothing better than a beautiful trip into the wilderness to rekindle primal platforming instincts, and Donkey Kong Country : Tropical Freeze gets even more cool through this Funky, yet still challenge heavy "Switchmake".

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2014

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is a magnificent return to the series that provides replay value a million times over.

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Digital Spy
Feb 16, 2014

Building on the success of its forebears, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze look great, features some excellent boss battles, lots of well designed, challenging levels, and enough secrets to keep you coming back for more.

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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 17, 2014

Another high-quality first-party title for the Wii U.

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GamesFinest
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 21, 2018

"Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze" is a successful port, which sees itself as a fine tuning of the original Wii U version. A successful presentation, dreamy pieces of music, a varied gameplay and funny boss fights round off the game. The tricky levels have a fair amount of difficulty, but thanks to Funky Kong they are also more accessible for beginners. Pros can continue to play in the classic style and explore the jungle with Donkey Kong and his family. Only a new theme world would have been desirable for connoisseurs of the title. All in all a fun porting, which appeals to a wide range of players thanks to different modes.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Feb 25, 2014

I'm happy to forgive the game for being safe, because it is safely fun.

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PCMag
May 31, 2018

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is another excellent Wii U game that has found an even better home on the Nintendo Switch.

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Geeks Under Grace
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2015

DKCTF is a quality game that was released to both capitalize on the sleeper-success that was DKCR on the Wii and fill a gap in the Wii U's release schedule. While I cannot cite any glaring flaws in the game, the parts of the game that excite me most are more cosmetic than substantiative. Nevertheless, I do recommend this latest entry in the Donkey Kong franchise for fans of DK and platform games in general—just know that this isn't the next Mario Galaxy.

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Wccftech
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
May 1, 2018

Fun to revisit, but hardly essential.

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GamingTrend
75 / 100
75 / 100
Feb 18, 2014

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a solid, if at times frustrating platformer, but the inclusion of a couple new characters aren't enough to stave off the feeling that we've seen all this before.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 18, 2014

The Wii U's latest exclusive is a well crafted trial of reflexes that rewards tenacity and endurance with the satisfaction of having achieved something far from easy.

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Telegraph
Feb 19, 2014

Nintendo's bounding ape returns again in a thumping, enjoyable but unambitious platform game.

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Digital Trends
May 4, 2018

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a solid, if occasionally frustrating platformer.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 16, 2014

A highly competent 2D platformer, but one utterly devoid of any new ideas or any reason to buy a Wii U in order to play it.

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VGChartz
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 31, 2018

If you're one of the many gamers who missed out on the Wii U and want to delve into this enjoyable and charming platformer for the first time, it's definitely worth giving a go.

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AusGamers
7 / 10.0
AusGamers
Jickle

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2014

We just wish it felt more like a proper sequel and less like an expansion.

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GamesBeat
70 / 100
70 / 100
Feb 16, 2014

Tropical Freeze does little to justify the Wii U's existence, but it's still mostly a fun, challenging platformer. Fans will certainly enjoy this difficult, beautiful romp through Donkey Kong's islands, but it will frustrate less-enthusiastic players.

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Forbes
7 / 10.0
Forbes

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2014

This sort of game could have convinced some of the faithful to get on board towards the beginning of the console's lifespan, but it will have a tougher time today. This game will win few new converts, and for all its brightness, does not feel particularly fresh.

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Shacknews
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 1, 2018

Tropical Freeze isn't perfect by any means, but having run through it a second time, I feel like it's aged well in the last four years. The challenge can be soul-crushing, but it's satisfying to finally make it across that one jump or beat that one boss. There are enough tools available to make the journey a little bit easier this time around, but not so much to completely diminish the challenge outright.

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Kill Screen
65 / 100
65 / 100
Feb 21, 2014

[T]hese enemies aren't simple stock obstacles, they are characters, and each has personality inscribed on its very design. There is no dialogue, no developing relationships, no other holding cell for these creatures' beings other than the way they look, move, and react. And yet each feels whole, even as it serves its sole function: to be jumped upon, avoided, or hit by a barrel.

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Jump Dash Roll
6 / 10
6 / 10
May 23, 2018

A well-designed and well-executed platformer which is mechanically sound; the problem comes when you realise you feel nothing and are playing for playing’s sake rather than because you’re enjoying it.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 16, 2014

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze's unimaginative level design saps the fun out of this retro-inspired platformer.

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Shacknews
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 17, 2014

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a usually fun, too-often frustrating, and always beautiful game. Being the first HD entry sets it apart somewhat, but if Nintendo intends to keep iterating on this series, it needs to fix some legacy issues and study which stages work to make the entire experience more pleasantly consistent.

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TrustedReviews
May 1, 2018

Considering all the amazing Wii U games still yet to come to the Nintendo Switch, I could have happily seen Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze moved much further back in the queue. It's simply an average 2D platformer that doesn't deliver the level of fun or excitement you'd expect from a Nintendo-exclusive title – particularly one featuring some of the company's most iconic mascots.

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