This is a straight port with the same gameplay, albeit with significantly reduced loading times and the ability to play on the move. Nintendo sent us a code for this review. He can double jump, hover, perform infinite rolls and even perform infinite underwater corkscrews! In determining this figure, we examined numerous levels in search of a potential adaptive resolution implementation but came up empty - Tropical Freeze appears to use a fixed resolution. That might not be as exciting as when Retro Studios brought Samus Aran into the third dimension with Metroid Prime, but it's an achievement that in its own way is just as remarkable. His piggybackers also impart one of three special abilities, although special is probably going a bit far.
It lets you play as either Donkey Kong or the titular Funky Kong, the coolest of all the Kongs. A slight inconvenience, but nothing too difficult, at least. To begin with, Funky goes it solo: no allies will join in while playing as him. It's not cutting-edge, but it does demonstrate the benefits of an optimised engine and thoughtful art direction. More remarkable still is how Tropical Freeze sits comfortably alongside the greats of Nintendo, that venerable master of the 2D action genre.
Meanwhile, most of the tropical island levels are underwater, which leads to you being chased through a whole stage by a giant octopus. This person commonly posts shocking reviews just to stand out from others for click bait. Si has crecido jugando a los Donkey kong de snes ,no te puedes perder este juegazo. I was excited about Funky Mode, and so were my kids, who wanted to play what looked like a Pixar movie. 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.
But the Switch version manages to take just enough of an edge off a punishing game to let the fun platforming outshine its difficulty. Retro succeeded in making the game more accessible, but not in making the levels fully kid-friendly, unless just skipping parts of the game all the time strikes you as a good solution. It easily stands the test of time. Nintendo's strategy of remastering and re-releasing its first party Wii U back catalogue continues to pay off handsomely, with Retro Studios' Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze making the transition across to Switch with some excellent results. All the challenging ground-pounding, barrel-blasting and mine cart action from the Donkey Kong Country series is back, along with a bushel of new game-play elements and features.
As a result the levels are designed for slower and more precise movement, and with a difficultly level that will test even the most practised of gamers. Power-up barrels scattered throughout levels let you pick between assistant Diddy, who lets you float after a jump; Dixie, who floats and lifts after a jump; and Cranky. This way we can all get something out of this product. But a rewarding sense of accomplishment stuck with me each time I overcame a new obstacle, and that feeling kept me going all the way to the end. From leveldesign, gameplay and controls to artdirection, music and sound, this game is as close to a perfect 10 as it gets imho.
Between his ability to make pitfalls a breeze by hovering with his surfboard, to using a snorkel for breathing underwater or rolling infinitely on land, Funky Kong changes the feel of a Donkey Kong game altogether. Once I sat down on my couch with a controller, I… still struggled, but less so. Even so, the visual rewards of this game are tremendous — the levels just keep getting better and more colorful or interesting as you go on. Tropical Freeze is not, however, a Super Mario Odyssey-style game for everyone. Despite its smooth gameplay, there are times when enemy thresholds can be tricky to navigate as the finite details are harder to see.
Funky sells them in his shop for the low price of just three coins, and there are plenty of other chances to pick up extra chances along the way. This is a person in one of his reviews who admitted he played a game for less than 30 minutes, then gave it a score. Although his gimmick is also disappointing, as bouncing up and down on his cane is so obviously ripped-off from DuckTales. Textures are certainly sharper on Switch, but the fixed perspective helps minimise image noise and aliasing on the Wii U. Popping into an actual stage proves faster but the Switch is still nearly twice as fast here, making it easier to pick up and play. Nintendo's iconic simian Donkey Kong makes his Switch debut this week with , which launches for the hybrid console on May 4. This is where frame-rate is even more critical.
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! When a few of you do this, this will knock the review off the page. Developed by Retro Studios, the hallmark of platform gaming, we gave the title a vine-tingling 9 out of 10. This does nothing to honor the people that bought it once before, or received it for free. Dont underestimate your 7 year old. Rocket and mine cart levels are as treacherous as ever, and going blindly at bosses without taking into consideration their attack patterns will all lead to a game over screen if the player is careless. They put some of the lamer three-bop-and-done Mario boss encounters to shame.
Retro compensates for that by letting kids choose to skip to the next level after losing several lives, which will happen frequently. In the original version of Tropical Freeze, each individual letter must be collected even after the player dies. For a broader look at what critics think about the Switch version of Tropical Freeze, be sure to check out GameSpot sister site. In a nutshell, Tropical Freeze is everything that made Returns special but bigger, grander, and more varied. All kidding aside though, while Funky makes it easier to navigate some of the different hazards in the game world, that is by no means a guarantee of victory. Bananas: Collect 100 Bananas to obtain a Red Balloon. Unsurprisingly, when docked, the Switch has no issues powering through every level in the game at the target frame-rate.
Heart: One Heart obtained equals one lost heart restored for your character. Our full coverage is listed below. The game also now runs at a solid 60fps in all play modes and 1080p when docked. Join Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, Cranky Kong and Funky Kong as they swim, swing, spring and surf through islands packed with hazards, hidden collectibles, and unforgettable boss encounters! Tropical Freeze looks great on Switch. It's a game well worth resurrecting - with its potent mix of fantastic controls, great level design and a memorable David Wise soundtrack, it's a personal favourite I've continued to play years on from its initial release - but how does it stack up on Switch and what enhancements and refinements have been made? You might have to hit the reset button on your Joy-Con to start it back up.