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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Review

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Posted: 17 months ago, last updated 10 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

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/05/2018

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 10 features

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.


Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze usually costs £19.99 to £49.99.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Switch Store Wii U £19.99
Switch Store Switch £49.99
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

This game is enjoyed by 6+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. The Funky Mode enables really young players to play without a lot of assistance. You can add this to co-operative mode, where one person is FUnky Kong with the additional help and the more experienced player is another character.


This Switch version is more accessible than the Wii U game in the following ways, as detailed by Effect pZTEHxwoAY.

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.

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.
Our Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Accessibility Report documents 10 accessibility features:

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