Video game review: New 'Donkey Kong' could be a must-buy for Wii U owners
While co-op mode definitely has its perks — especially during the multi-sectioned boss battles when every extra life counts — it can also be a little frustrating at times. Just how bad that gets will depend a lot on the two players’ ability to communicate with each other and coordinate their moves.
Luckily, extra lives are easy to come by and multiple checkpoints along the way help break up each of the normal stages into manageable pieces, offsetting a relatively steep learning curve.
Sometimes, it takes all the skill and luck you can muster — not to mention a lot of bananas and red balloons — just to get to the finish line (or barrel, in this case). The boss battles, in particular, will test your mettle as a gamer.
Because of that, it’s an extremely satisfying game to beat — and then go back and replay to collect all the hidden items. However, this might also make it less suited to some younger gamers compared to more approachable titles like “New Super Mario Bros. U.”
“Tropical Freeze” doesn’t just give a fresh coat of paint to the decades-old genre; it takes it to new heights of creativity and aesthetic design.
Platform: Wii U
ESRB rating: E for everyone
A native of Utah Valley and a devoted cinephile, Jeff Peterson is currently studying humanities and history at Brigham Young University.
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