Looks like Donkey Kong’s latest adventure (Tropical Freeze) is continuing to score well with critics this time scoring an impressive 86% from Official Nintendo Magazine UK. This follows a 35/40 from Japanese magazine Famitsu and 9.25/10 from US magazine Game Informer.
The review appears to praise developer Retro Studios for it’s work on the game’s visuals, soundtrack and interactive, dynamic environments. However they aren’t too fond of the fact that one of the game’s six islands consists so heavily of swimming stages nor the familiarity in some of its ideas. One thing I know many have questioned leading up to the game’s release is just how many stages Tropical Freeze will offer. Only having six islands as opposed to Donkey Kong Country Returns’ eight worlds has had many worried. Reading the review, six islands is mentioned once more however interestingly it seems each will house anywhere between eight and twelve stages. It also appears that two to three stages per island will have alternate exits. While more islands is seeming less likely now, at least each one will offer a good amount of stages in each.
Here’s Official Nintendo Magazine’s round up:
+ Wonderfully touchy-feely
+ Beautiful to look at, better to listen to
- Old ideas feel like a safety blanket
Retro’s starting to pull the same trick it managed for Metroid - Tropical Freeze draws on decades-old ideas and punches them into excellent new shapes.