This game blew my mind back in 1994. Stunning graphics and music to go with a great game. The stunning soundtrack was composed by three, yes three, people – Dave Wise, Eveline Fischer and Robin Beanland. For my money Donkey Kong Country contains some of the best music heard on the SNES.
Donkey Kong is back with a new sidekick, Diddy Kong, in a crazy island adventure! Challenged by the crazed tribe of reptilian Kremlings, they endeavor to get back their stolen banana horde! Armed with lightning-quick moves, chest-pounding muscle and awesome aerial acrobatics, our duo is ready to face their cunning adversaries. With the help of Donkey Kong’s quirky family and his wild animal mounts, they squabble and scamper their way through the unending monkey mayhem.
It’s funny that as you move forward through the years the ability to find reviews for certain systems gets quite tricky. Given how easy it is to track down reviews for the ZX Spectrum and the Commodore 64 you’d think that somewhere online there’d be a repository of SNES & Megadrive reviews.
I knew this game was going to be a winner when I first heard about it, after all it was coming from Rare who’d been known as Ultimate when they made games for the ZX Spectrum and other 8Bit computers. Many people would say the game was just a simple platform game with flashy graphics and in some ways these people were correct.
Yes on the surface it is a simple platformer with flashy graphics but there is more depth to the game than many people were willing to give Rare credit for.
First off is the multi-player aspect of the game. Two players can play together one as Donkey Kong and the other as Diddy Kong and this works quite nicely especially if both people are experienced at the game. In single player mode you do need to use both Donkey & Diddy but you have the ability to swap between who you are controlling.
Next we have the animal helpers – throughout the levels you will come across various animal helpers that you can ride on, such as a Rhino, Ostrich, Swordfish and a Parrot. While the level can usually be completed without needing these helpers they can help you access sections of the level that would be inaccessible without them – hidden areas, bonus items etc
Graphically the levels are really good and well varied and the runaway mine cart sections are great fun. But it’s the soundtrack that really stands out for me. It is stunning with some very varied tracks that really add to the game as the enhance the atmosphere really well and work as stand along pieces that you could listen to for hours.
I’ve picked my favourite piece from the soundtrack, the calm and soothing Aquatic Ambience by Dave Wise. Enjoy.