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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Review

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Posted: 11 months ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a running, jumping and collecting game where you control Donkey Kong. A second player can control the Diddy Kong sidekick. The challenge is getting to the end of each level, but there are also letters and items to collect along the way for bonus points. Some of these items need you to unlock other characters to reach them.

The Switch version of the game features an assisted Funky Mode, where you have five hit points instead of two, and he can double-jump, hover in mid-air, stand on spikes and breathe underwater for an unlimited time. This makes the game a lot easier. It also means you keep any letters you've collected even if you don't finish the level.

DetailsGame Details


Release Date: 04/05/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @RetroStudios


Duration: This game will take between 11 hours and 18 hours to complete.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated PEGI 3+.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.


This Switch version is more accessibility than the Wii U game in the following ways, as detailed by Effect pZTEHxwoAY:
  • Difficulty: There's a Funky Mode where you can select to play a Funky Kong mode that makes the game substantially easier. You can buy and select items to take into the level via your Inventory.
  • Reading: There is reading required for menus.
  • Controls: There are only two control options, however, the same controls are mapped to multiple buttons. You need to double-tap and hold buttons, as well as hold buttons and pressing buttons simultaneously.
  • Image calibration:
  • Audio calibration:
System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio... read more about system accessibility settings.

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