Published on June 3rd, 2016 | by Fifties
Vintage Video Games #32 – Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country is a 1994 bad ass, side scrolling platform game developed by Rare and published by Nintendo for the SNES. Everything is so smooth – It is the first game of its kind to use pre-rendered 3D graphics. The player can switch between characters if they are both on the screen. Donkey is the larger of the two, and can defeat enemies more easily while Diddy is faster and more agile. In several levels, players can gain assistance from various animals, who are found by breaking open crates. These helpers include Rambi the Rhino, Expresso the Ostrich, Enguarde the Swordfish, Winky the Frog, and Squawks the Parrot.
Plot: Donkey Kong, after investigating his “Kong’s Banana Hoard”, located just below his home, and discovering that his banana hoard has disappeared, embarks on a journey to recover it from King K. Rool and the Kremlings. While collecting bananas on the island’s vastly different regions, Donkey Kong defeats various enemies, including the reptilian Kremlings, and other hazardous creatures native to the island. Aiding him in his quest are some of the other Kongs: Diddy accompanies Donkey Kong on his quest, Cranky provides hints and comic relief, Candy operates the island’s save points, and Funky offers a means of transportation around the island.
Highlights: The fluidity of the graphics is stunning and using your animal helpers to fly, swim and bash your way through the levels is great fun.