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I'm not sure why this game is listed as an N64 title (perhaps the SNES is too old school?)! Donkey Kong Country kicked off in 1995 with the tremendously acclaimed... Donkey Country (DK). Graphically, the game was dazzling for its time - with real 3D modelling and exquisitely made clay textures for every scharacter and scene. The gameplay was straightforward enough - a simple role playing scroller - jumping over gaps, jumping on enemies and jumping into barrels to blast your way across each level.
DK2 tells the story of how Diddy (Donkey's little sidekick) and Diddy's girlfriend, Dixie, race to save Donkey from the clutches of the evil King K. Rool. DK2 is, in my opinion, the finest of the series - graphically, it is stunning once more. But more importantly, the gameplay was developed significantly. "Bonus Barrels" were added and the side-games became more important. Secret coins were hidden about the levels and finding them meant you could access the fearsome "Lost World" levels! The environments were also made more exciting - not content with trekking through the jungle, Diddy and Dixie find themselves inside a volcano, along the rigging of pirate ships and even in a theme-park. My favourite world was always the Haunted Grove - with vanishing blocks, ghostly barrels and a creepy skeleton crow boss to beat at the end.
The game recorded your progress, it was easy to save (though you had to pay banana coins (which which were easy to come by) in order to save your game)) and kept counters of the various secret coins you'd discovered. Collecting the DK coins (different from the Lost World Kremcoins) unlocked a special ending sequence - I shan't spoil the surprise though!
All in all, a very, very high quality scrolling game. Never had a single problem with it in the 4-5 years I played it. I used to love replaying it during the holidays. Oh, one final point - the in game music was great. Wish I could buy it on CD!
[Please note: this review was NOT stolen. It can be found at http://members.madasafish.com/~kefka/, but this is MY site, and you can email the address given on the site if you want confirmation of this.] After the original made Rare rich enough to bribe Bill Gates, they made a sequel. Surprisingly, the game actually is not quite the cash-in you'd expect if you're a cynical git like yours truly. There are actually some *gasp* improvements on the first one. The bonus games now are humanly possible to bother with whilest retaining your sanity, there is a little more variety, and the whole thing is definately more playable. The graphics are just as good and the soundtrack isn't bad. And also, there is some entertainment to be gleaned out of finding everything: a whole new group of secret levels (not 'levels' in the DKC sense, meaning ten-second bonus games, but real levels) is hidden in the code, and they are rock hard. But unfortunately, it's not all good news. On the back of the box they put '...and they remembered to put some difficulty in there this time!' and yes, the game is more tricky, but a) it's fustratingly difficult in parts, and b) I still clocked it in a week. They went about ramping up the difficulty the wrong way, really. There are still mine-cart levels and underwater levels and all the other usual clichés, but with different graphics: a rollercoaster and a ride through a haunted house, for instance. The areas are the usuals; a pirate ship, a firey area, a haunted bit etc, and none of it is innovative. The most important thing though, is that it is good enough fun while it lasts. Sure that won't be long, but the game will keep you entertained while it lasts, because unlike its predecessor, the graphics are backed up by a solid game. If you've not seen many platform games, this might be a good choice. But then again, it's a hell of a big download for a pretty standard platformer
. Instead of downloading this, you could download Mario Allstars + World and Yoshi's Island in the same amount of time. I know what I'd go for. And who the hell called the bad guys 'Kremings'? Are Rare saying something about Soviet Russia?