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Tropical Freeze

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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (2018) is a running, jumping and collecting game where you control Donkey Kong. A second player can control the Diddy Kong sidekick. The challenge is getting to the end of each level, but there are also letters and items to collect along the way for bonus points. Some of these items need you to unlock other characters to reach them.

The Switch version of the game features an assisted Funky Mode, where you have five hit points instead of two, and he can double-jump, hover in mid-air, stand on spikes and breathe underwater for an unlimited time. This makes the game a lot easier. It also means you keep any letters you've collected even if you don't finish the level.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Platform game with Collecting and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.


Play Time: This game will take between 11 hours and 18 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The Funky Mode enables really young players to play without a lot of assistance. You can add this to cooperative mode, where one person is FUnky Kong with the additional help and the more experienced player is another character.


You can only play this on older systems (Nintendo Wii U) but can usually find it second hand on eBay.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 04/05/2018

Out Now: Switch and Wii U

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Action, Platform (Collecting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 10 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Retro Studios (@RetroStudios)

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