Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze - Review

No image found Cover Art
8/10 - The learning curve of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is quite steep, but the experience is much more rewarding once you get the hang of things

Release Date: 17/02/2014

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze Review for Wii U at GAME

Let's Get It On Like Donkey Kong

Nintendo brought back its popular Donkey Kong Country franchise for the Wii in 2010 with Donkey Kong Country Returns. It was so well received that the publisher ported it to 3DS in 2013. This year, Donkey Kong returns for another side-scrolling adventure, and this time, he brought the likes of Dixie Kong and Cranky Kong along for the ride.

Ice To See You

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze starts off with Donkey Kong and friends gathering around for his birthday, when suddenly, Vikings invade Donkey Kong Island and put an end to the festivities. The leader of the Viking group blows an icy wind across the island, and as you'd expect, it's up to Donkey Kong to return his home back to its tropical self by adventuring across six locations.

Donkey Kong Country is known for being a side-scrolling platform series that requires a bit more finesse than most Mario games. Jumping, running and collecting items and bananas all have some weight behind them, as Donkey Kong requires a bit more effort to move around than most Nintendo stars. The learning curve of navigating Donkey Kong around Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is quite steep, but the experience is much more rewarding once you get the hang of things.

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze Review for Wii U at GAME

We Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends

Donkey Kong Country games have always shared the spotlight between Donkey Kong and his group of primate pals. In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Diddy Kong makes his triumphant return as a secondary character. But this time around, Dixie Kong, and for the first time in the franchise's history, Cranky Kong, made themselves available.

Each secondary character not only adds additional hearts to Donkey Kong's health meter, allowing him to take more damage, but they also help him make his way through each level with their unique abilities. Donkey Kong can float briefly by way of Diddy Kong's jetpack, gain an extra bit of height with Dixie Kong's ponytail and Cranky Kong can use his cane to help Donkey Kong bounce higher than he normally would. In addition to these new gameplay mechanics, Donkey Kong can perform a "Kong-Pow" with the secondary character that's currently in use in order to transform enemies on screen into helpful items such as a life balloon, gold hearts and banana coins.

Donkey Kong Country Returns was a good looking game in 2010 while running on the Wii, but Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze looks incredible on the Wii U in 1080p. Character models, environments and special effects shine, with each stage having its own signature appearance, thus giving the game a sense of real progression.

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze Review for Wii U at GAME

Not-So Simple Simian

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze brings back the multi-dimensional gameplay experience first introduced in Donkey Kong Country Returns. Donkey Kong will be able to travel between the foreground and background as well as bounce around the jungle at great distances, often with the help of his barrels. Barrels automatically shoot Donkey Kong across levels, or he'll be able to time his shots in order to retrieve collectibles sprinkled throughout each stage.

That said, the game may turn off some casual players, as the combination of Donkey Kong's heavier movements and tricky platforming will have you shaking your controller in frustration at times. Fortunately, Nintendo is generous with the amount of life balloons, though losing lives while attempting to complete a certain segment of a stage may drive you crazy.

That's not to say this game shouldn't be played by fans of side-scrolling platform games. As we said earlier, there's a learning curve to how Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze plays. Once you learn how to navigate through the game, the sense of accomplishment will be that much greater. On that note, long time DK fans should buy this entertaining sequel as soon as it debuts on the Wii U.

GAME's Verdict: 8.0/10

The Good:

  • Donkey Kong Country in 1080p. 'Nuff said.
  • New secondary characters add unique ways for Donkey Kong to make his way through stages
  • Tons of additional content to collect will have you attempting to master this difficult game

The Bad:

  • Difficulty is high compared to most side-scrolling platformers
  • Lack of Wii U GamePad specific mechanics
  • Local multiplayer only
Show more Show less

Pegi Rating:

Suitable for people aged and over.



Customer Rating:

No rating yet



We offer FREE delivery on all UK orders, plus competitive postage costs on EU and international shipping on orders fulfilled by GAME.

Delivery type Delivery Time Cost
UK orders up to £74.99 (Royal Mail 2nd Class) 2 to 3 working days FREE
UK orders £75 - £149.99 (Hermes Tracked) 2 to 3 working days FREE
UK orders over £150 (DPD Tracked) 1 working day FREE
UK all Preorders (Royal Mail 1st Class) 1 to 2 working days FREE
UK orders 1st Class (Paid Upgrade - Royal Mail 1st Class) 1 to 2 working days £0.50 per order
Next Day (pre 10am* - DPD Tracked) 1 working day** £11.95 per order
Next Day (pre 12pm* - DPD Tracked) 1 working day** £5.95 per order
UK orders Express (Paid Upgrade - DPD Tracked) 1 working day £3.95 per order
UK orders Saturday (Paid Upgrade - DPD Tracked) Order between Thursday 3.30pm and Friday 3pm £9.00 per order
UK orders Sunday (Paid Upgrade - DPD Tracked) Order between Thursday 3.30pm and Friday 3pm £9.00 per order
Click & Reserve (Order online, pick up in store) 2 hours from order FREE
Click & Collect (Order and Pay online, delivered to store) 1 to 2 working days FREE
Order in Store (Home or Store Delivery) 2 to 3 working days FREE
For items ordered from Marketplace sellers, please refer to their specific delivery types, times and cost

Order before 3pm for same day dispatch. Monday to Friday, except on Bank Holidays. Order after 3pm Friday to 1pm Sunday for Sunday despatch (DPD & Click & Collect>£100 only) except on Bank Holidays, where the order will be dispatched on the next working day.
Digital purchases are excluded from the total order value.
All delivery times are estimated lead times and are not guaranteed

Working day definition: Monday-Friday (Excludes Weekends and Bank Holidays)

To see all of our delivery options click here

Sign up for a GAME Reward Account online for FREE, via the GAME App or in your local store.
Earn points whenever you trade-in or buy at GAME. Use your points to save on the stuff you want in-store.

2% points back

2% points back

On all purchases

1% points back for any game traded in

1% points back

For any game traded in

Extra Points

Earn accolades to

Unlock extra points

Join Today - 12 Months for £36

Join GAME elite today and earn up to five times more Reward points with GAME Elite - Our new and exclusive membership service from GAME. With extra points and more cash to spend, this deal is seriously on point.

Our promise to you - you can’t lose – join today and if you receive less points back from purchases than the fee you have paid for your membership for 12 months, we will give you the difference back in points.

Receive exclusive deals and offers and we will even send you a gift around your birthday.

Key Benefits:
  • 10% points back on all physical games, merchandise and accessories
  • 4% points back on all consoles, PC, VR, phones and tablets
  • 2% points back on trade-in and digital
  • Exclusive deals and offers
  • Birthday gift
  • Our promise to you – you can’t lose

    Terms and conditions apply

    Please note: You will not receive Reward points for your purchase of GAME Elite Membership