"Donkey Kong Country was a big hit, and a sequel was a definite money maker. Therefore Rare was on top of it, and soon enough we had another Donkey Kong Country game in the making, without the main hero. At first people were skeptical, but it still had Diddy and similiar gameplay. Donkey Kong Country 2 is a very good sequel that does the job well, and follows up a terrific game. "
Donkey Kong Country was a big hit, and a sequel was a definite money maker. Therefore Rare was on top of it, and soon enough we had another Donkey Kong Country game in the making, without the main hero. At first people were skeptical, but it still had Diddy and similiar gameplay. Donkey Kong Country 2 is a very good sequel that does the job well, and follows up a terrific game.
STORY (3/5): Donkey Kong has been kidnapped, and the banana horde has been stolen again. You set out with Diddy and Dixie Kong out across a large variety of lands to defeat K. Rool and save your uncle Donkey Kong. Really, there is nothing new there then any of the other Donkey Kong stories, but at least they try to lead you in a general direction.
GRAPHICS (13/15): Donkey Kong Country is known for great colors, and that is true once again in Donkey Kong Country 2. The color scheme is very grand, and does the series well. However it is not much of an improvement from the original Donkey Kong Country, but why change what is already grand.
SOUND (5/10): The sound just is not as good as it was in the original Donkey Kong Country. At times there is catchy music, but more often than not it is just kinda empty. The sound effects are not bad, when you break a barrel or as the karts travel down the railways. It's just the music could've been much better.
GAMEPLAY (48/55): This is really the strength in Donkey Kong Country 2. It is a deep involving game, which you will need to jump from platform to platform, swim underwater, and shoot through loads of different barrels to win the game. This is not that repetitive, as there are loads of variety in methods of travel through the levels. Some levels you will need to light barrels to see your path through, others you will swing from place to place on a rope. There are tons of levels to do these things in, so you will be able to have a good time.
Of course, you still have the ability to turn into loads of animals with their own special skills. There is a Snake, Parrot, Rhino, Swordfish, and Spider. They each will be needed to work your way through certain levels, and find special items. See to completely beat the game you will need to find one DK Coin in each level, and at least one bonus barrel, in which you can use to gain Rare Coins. You use the Rare Coins to pay a toll, to be able to access all the levels.
REPLAYABILITY (10/10): This is the longest of all of the Donkey Kong games, in my mind, and there are alot of hidden things you will need to find to completely beat it. That is a ton of hours there, and after that it is fairly fun to just replay through it again. Out of all the Donkey Kong games for any system, this is by far the one I have played the most, because there were so many secrets to find, and they were fun finding most of them.
DIFFICULTY (5/5): This is a hard/long game. You will be stuck at some of the levels, and you will definitely be stuck searching for some dumb special item if you want to completely beat the game. If you search everywhere, you will make it though and that is the key to mastery of Donkey Kong Country 2.
OVERALL (84/100): Donkey Kong Country is a very good installment in the Donkey Kong saga. It is worth the pickup, and I would reccomend it over it's ported version on the old gameboy. The graphics are nice and the gameplay addictive. This is truly a good experience on the Super Nintendo, and one that you won't regret participating in.
Community review by ratking (December 06, 2002)
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