Digitiser Reviews Archive


Donkey Kong Country 2 - SNES, 18/1/96


Digitiser, Teletext - 1996

Digitiser, Teletext - 1996

Digitiser, Teletext - 1996

Digitiser, Teletext - 1996

Donkey Kong Country 2 - SNES

Given the title, you might find it funny that Donkey Kong doesn't actually straddle the main character arc of this platform follow-up.

You see, his place has been filled by Diddy Kong and a small, female ape probably called Ducky-Duck-Duckson. It is unlikely you will find that funny.

Now pretend you haven't heard of this new ape, because in many other respects this is much the same as before.

Donkey Kong Country 2 looks as inkily splendid as the original.

Hot, graphical pokers have again been inserted into its throne, and covered by lethal jets of molten gameplay.

Yet here's where it changes: whereas DKC could be motored through in a single evening of concerted playing, the sequel is a far tougher affair.

Also, it's less of a straight platform farce, with more inspired Miyamoto-style twists.

Like a rotting shark, Donkey Kong Country 2 is something you'll return to again and again, because there's so much that isn't immediately obvious.

It steals flowers from the graves of a hundred dead platformers, but is honest enough to pretend they were bought from a florist.

You'll laugh and you'll cry, but at the same time you'll probably wish you'd bought Yoshi's Island as well.

Donkey Kong Country 2 - SNES - by Nintendo

Players: 1-2
Graphix: 91%
Sonix: 92%
Gameplay: 86%
Lifespan: 87%
Originality: 56%
Uppers: Tough, but great to play
Downers: Similar to the original
Overall: 84% - No jokes today

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