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30 Great Games Like Donkey Kong Country Returns

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Donkey Kong Country Returns and have found the following:

Donkey Kong Country Returns is a running, jumping and bashing game where you play Donkey Kong and other characters trying to reclaim their island from the Tiki Tak Tribe. It's a return to the side-on platforming of the classic Donkey Kong 64 in 1999.

Unfortunately, Donkey Kong Country Returns is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/11/2010, updated in 2013

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @RetroStudios

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Costs: Purchase cost

25 Hand Picked Games Like Donkey Kong Country Returns

These are our hand-picked games similar to Donkey Kong Country Returns. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Donkey Kong Country Returns. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

New Super Lucky's Tale

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/11/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @PlayfulStudios

Players: This is a single player game

This is a platform game where you play a fox on a quest to recover pages from a magical book that will save his world. It takes gameplay in a more action-oriented direction but the islands and characters are full of quirky character and treasures like...

Super Mario Galaxy (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/11/2007

Platforms: Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Simulation

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Mario Galaxy is a different style of running, jumping and exploration game. It takes the Mario character to hundreds of different planet shaped levels adding more realistic physics to the platforming play. Each world, or collection of worlds is...

Sonic the Hedgehog (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 23/06/1991, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, GameCube, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: @Sonic_hedgehog

Players: This is a single player game

Sonic the Hedgehog is a series of games staring an athletic blue hedgehog who runs, jumps and bounces his way around platform levels. Created as Sega's answer to Mario, Sonic is now on all modern video game platforms.

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/11/2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: @MediaMolecule

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Sackboy: A Big Adventure is running and jumping game. It's a spinoff of the LittleBigPlanet series and follows Sackboy and three friends as they explore, collect and battle their way through a fantasy world.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

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

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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...

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 03/09/2018

Platforms: DS, GameCube, PC, PS2, PS4, Switch, Wii and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: @ToysForBob

Players: This is a single player game

Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a running, jumping, bashing and exploring game. It’s a re-release of the classic platform games featuring the purple dragon, Spyro. The attraction is the well designed levels, collecting and exploration. It’s an amiable...

New Super Mario Bros. U

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 18/11/2012, updated in 2019

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

New Super Mario Bros. U is platform game where you play with 4 main players (and an optional assistant player) to traverse from one side of the level to the other. Along with the usual running, jumping, stomping and collecting you are racing other...

Crash Bandicoot (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/11/1996, updated in 2020

Platforms: DS, GameCube, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: @ToysForBob

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is the latest game in the Crash Bandicoot series, where you play a genetically enhanced bandicoot called Crash and run, jump and bash your way through levels while avoiding hazards.

Yoshi's Crafted World

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-14 year-olds

Release Date: 29/05/2019

Price: 21% off

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: @Gbit_GoodFeel

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Yoshi's Crafted World is a running and jumping game where you control a friendly dinosaur, Yoshi. You work through each level, eating or jumping on enemies while searching for hidden items and collectables.

Rayman Origins

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7-16 year-olds

Release Date: 15/11/2011, updated in 2013

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, PC, PS Vita, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Rayman Origins is platform game where you run, jump, swing and attack your way through fantasy cartoon levels. It stands out because of the strong characters and variety of different enemies ranging in difficulty.

Yoshi's Wooly World

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/06/2015, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS and Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative and Platform

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: @Gbit_GoodFeel

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Yoshi's Woolly World is a platform game of knitted yarn. You explore, jump and run your way around, solving puzzles and collecting items to complete each stage.

Unruly Heroes

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 23/01/2019

Platforms: Android, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: @MagicDesignGame

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Unruly Heroes is a hectic martial arts running, jumping and hitting game. You play one of four heroes on a quest to collect all the scroll fragments and restore balance.

Rayman Legends

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 29/07/2013, updated in 2017

Price: 56% off

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

Rayman Legends is a platform game, the sequel to Rayman Origins, where you get sucked into a painting that takes you to a fantasy world with all sorts of creative running and jumping challenges.

Dadish

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 14/10/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @Tommy_ill

Players: This is a single player game

Dadish is a pair of tongue-in-cheek running and jumping games that are simple to play. You are Dadish - half Dad and half Radish - who hops his way around enemies to reach the ends of levels in search of his lost children. The cartoon visuals and fun...

Shu
PEGI Rating 7 for Shu

Shu

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 04/10/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: @CoatSink

Players: This is a single player game

Shu is a platform game where you are a member of a bird tribe tasked with returning villagers back home and escaping from a purple cloud monster. You jump and glide your way around the world, meeting new villagers and characters who daisy-chain with...

Way Of The Passive Fist

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 11/04/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @HHGamesInc

Players: This is a single player game

Way Of The Passive Fist is a fighting game where you parry, dodge, dash and counter-attack to outwit and outlast your enemies rather than kill them.

Beard Blade

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/07/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @GloveboxGames

Players: This is a single player game

Beard Blade is a running and jumping game where you use your beard to climb, swing, glide and defeat enemies. It sounds like a silly concept, but along with the day-night cycle that completely changes levels, introduces fresh mechanics into this...

Cyber Shadow

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/01/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: @MekaSkull

Players: This is a single player game

Cyber Shadow is a retro running and jumping game where you defeat enemies and dodge obstacles. It combines classic 90's platforming games with modern controls and checkpoints that make it more enjoyable and approachable. Dodge and attack midair to...

Kaze and the Wild Masks

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/03/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @Soedesco

Players: This is a single player game

Kaze and the Wild Masks is a running and jumping game where you play as rabbit Kaze who is rescuing friends from a curse. Drawing inspiration from classic 1990's platforming games like Donkey Kong Country, you explore levels and battle enraged...

Fossil Echo

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/07/2016

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: @Awaceb

Players: This is a single player game

Fossil Echo is a short running and jumping game about a young boy's mistake and subsequent climb of a giant tower in the middle of the sea. The story is told in short animations and with challenging platform-style gameplay to create a moving and...

Rog & Roll

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: @Clayzulah

Players: This is a single player game

Rog and Roll is a running and jumping game where you fight enemies and avoid traps. Unusually, you play a former henchman on a quest to save his friends from re-emerging tyranny. It features retro-inspired graphics and a humorous story where characters...

The Adventure Pals

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 03/04/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @MassiveMonsters

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

The Adventure Pals is a running, jumping and fighting game where you play duo Sparkles the giraffe and Mr. Rock. By making jumps, exploring levels and defeating enemies you try and stop Mr.B from capturing the elderly, including your dad, and turning...

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 08/10/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: @PlaytonicGames

Players: This is a single player game

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a side-on running and jumping game starring the characters from the 3D platform game Yooka-Laylee. You control Yooka, a male chameleon, and Laylee, a female bat and take on a level...

Eagle Island

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 18/07/2019

Price: 33% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: @ScreenwaveMedia

Players: This is a single player game

This is a running and jumping adventure where you play Quill and his owl companion Koji as they uncover the secrets of Eagle Island. You work your way through levels using falconry-inspired attacks to take down enemies.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 20/02/2015

Platforms: Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative and Platform

Accessibility: 6 features

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is a rolling, dashing and jumping game where you draw rainbow ropes for Kirby to follow. You journey through the clay world on a mission to restore the colour that has been drained by a mysterious force. You are guided along...

5 Games Like Donkey Kong Country Returns Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Donkey Kong Country Returns. This includes games from the Puzzle, Adventure and Platform genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

2 Easier Games than Donkey Kong Country Returns

If you like the sound of Donkey Kong Country Returns but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating required.
 

8 More Accessible Games than Donkey Kong Country Returns

If you like the sound of Donkey Kong Country Returns but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Donkey Kong Country Returns Accessibility Report.
 

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Nourish Youthful Ambition In 7-12 Year-Olds

As children get older, they develop stronger ideas of what they want to play. Friends at school and YouTube stars create popular gaming fads for the latest titles. These are a lot of fun, but children’s choices can end up being narrowed down to big-budget or on-trend games. The games suggested here go beyond the usual suspects. While offering age-appropriate alternatives to older-rated games, they are still exuberant, intriguing and create raucous gaming fun that fires the imagination of children aged 7 to 12 years old.
 
Arms
PEGI Rating 12 for Arms
Shu
PEGI Rating 7 for Shu
Tori
PEGI Rating 3 for Tori
Eco
PEGI Rating 7 for Eco

Embrace Silliness

The games in this section have been selected because they get players doing absurd activities and chuckling together. It’s tongue-in-cheek entertainment with challenges that don’t take themselves too seriously – not seriously at all, in fact. Video games have their roots in fun and play. This makes them an excellent way to forget the worries of the day and dive into some silly fun together.

Whether it's the crazy puzzles in Baba is You or Twister-like contortions of Fru or stomach churningly difficulty of walking in Octodad Deadliest Catch, these are games that will make you shriek and laugh together. Then there are silly multiplayer games like Super Pole Riders, Heave Ho or Wii Party where parents, carers and children take on bizarre or precarious challenges. The play often descends into giggling and laughter.
 
Arms
PEGI Rating 12 for Arms
Qomp

Designed For Easier Play

These games go above and beyond just adding a few difficulty settings. They consider a wide range of ability and accessibilities by offering customisable difficulty settings as well as special low pressure or assist modes that aid progress.
 
Eloh
PEGI Rating 3 for Eloh
Arms
PEGI Rating 12 for Arms
PixArk
PEGI Rating 12 for PixArk
Qomp

Reimagined Retro Classics

Growing up playing video games creates a strong sentimental connection to the sounds, sights and feeling those experiences gave you. Returning to these games in adulthood is a un diversion, but often the experience doesn't live up to the memory.

The games in this list have been recreated (sometimes officially and sometimes unofficially) by developers who love and respect the original while also wanting to update it for modern technology and players.
 
Horace
PEGI Rating 12 for Horace
198x
PEGI Rating 12 for 198x

Work Together to Thrive

Play is more fun when it’s shared. This is as true about video games as it is when building a massive sandcastle on the beach or playing hopscotch in the playground. Finding brilliant team games is a great way to involve more people in the fun and share the experience together as a family. More experienced players naturally help novices contribute to the team.
Along with teamwork, the games I’ve selected here use the fact that players are all sitting next to each other.

These are games where players take on different roles in order to complete unusual tasks. The fun is often as much about the conversations (and arguments) that happen in the room as what’s happening on the screen.
 
PixArk
PEGI Rating 12 for PixArk
Ink
PEGI Rating 3 for Ink
Pode
PEGI Rating 3 for Pode
Nira


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