Donkey Kong Country
Reviewed by Ryan Burke
Donkey Kong Country was truly one of the best games of its time. This
game used a tried-and-true gamestyle. It was a classic 2-d platform
game. At first when this game was mentioned we associated it with
the classic Donkey Kong. But, that stopped quickly after we played it.
When other games at the time featured static sound and graphics that
were hard on the eyes, this game was beautiful. Donkey Kong Country
was the game that made Rare what it is today. This is truly one of the
best 16-bit games ever made.
Graphics 10 out of 10
The graphics were completely stunning. While the characters remained
large and detailed, it was the backgrounds that really shined. Every level
was so diverse in color that it seemed as if you were really in the game.
(at least at the time it did) The snow was another great effect that the
production team added in. In the snow levels, the snowflakes looked
lifelike. They also slowed you down as the wind pushed them into your
face. The water effects was another great characteristic in the game.
It made you seem as if you were really under water.
Music and Sound 8 out of 10
The sound was well done in Donkey Kong Country, but it was not
revolutionary, like other aspects of the game. It was some of the better
sound that you would here on a 16-bit game, but like I said it did not
break new ground. The yelling that came from Diddy or Donkey, when
they were stuck in a barrel, became especially annoying. Yet the sound
while you swam was very realistic.
Game Challenge 9 out of 10
Although this game may have had a cute look, it was very challenging.
It will take the average gamer quite a few weeks to complete it all the
way through. Where the challenge really comes in is when you have to
complete the game at 101%. The only way this is possible is if you find
every secret area, and defeat every secret area. I will admit that after
beating the game with 60%, I forced myself to buy a strategy guide so
I could complete it with the 101%. You have to be a excellent gamer to
beat this game with a perfect 101%, WITHOUT using a strategy guide.
Game Value 10 out of 10
This game would have been worth $90 when it was released. It was
different from any other game of its time. If I had to make a estimate
I would say the game would have sold for $60 at the time. That is a
steal for all the hours of fun you will get out of it. I still have my
Super Nintendo hooked up just so I can play the 3 Donkey Kong games.
All three Donkey Kong games have that special quality about them.
they are all easy and fun to pick up, but they will give you a challenge
for a long time.
Overall 10 out of 10