Popular online gaming site GameSpot has awarded Retro Studio’s latest adventure Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze a mediocre six out of ten. The publication says that it’s one of the least exciting platformers that they have played in some time. Edge and Eurogamer both awarded the game 7/10. It will be interesting to see the overall Metacritic score once all the reviews roll in.
If the regular levels were as inventive as the boss battles, then Tropical Freeze would be a surefire hit, or at least a game that demands more of your attention. No matter how much I was looking forward to seeing DK in HD, it’s difficult to maintain that enthusiasm when the end product plays it so safe: even the visuals fail to make an impact. They’re nice enough, but like the level design, the environments are mostly bland. While you could argue that the visual style is true to the series, I think even traditionalists wouldn’t mind something with a little more pizzazz behind it. As it stands, this a sometimes fun but mostly uninspired and unimaginative entry in the Donkey Kong series.