I am one of the few individuals who owned a Wii U and I’m one of the few individuals who have an affinity for the Donkey Kong Country series but for some reason I never played Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze on the Wii U. When the Switch version was announced and that there was a new mode called Funky Mode, I decided that I would just wait for the Switch version. Jump forward a few months and here we are, I have finally played DKC Tropical Freeze.

The game is shockingly difficult, I know people look back at the original trilogy and say those games were equally punishing but this feels like another level. The sad part is, I played the games Funky mode which is basically easy mode and I still struggled with it. Especially during some of the bosses where I just banged my head against the wall over and over again. I probably spent 3 or 4 hours just trying to beat the final boss.

My one major complaint with the game is I didn’t love the control scheme, I had a hard time holding down a button to cling to vines. I prefer the old method where you just jump towards a vine and you automatically cling to it. Holding the right shoulder button when I was swinging on vines just felt bad. I had to eventually change the control scheme where the  “Y” button was the interact button. I have a habit of always holding down the “Y” button anyway because that’s traditionally the run button. It sucked because then the run button was the right shoulder button so I never ran but it was an overall better experience after I switched the control scheme.

All in all, Tropical Freeze is a solid platformer with great music.

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