I will not embellish, this game is incredibly difficult. I also found it to be greatly satisfying whenever I finally beat a level or boss I had been stuck on for a while. To be brief, If you don't enjoy this game, you probably don't enjoy video games. Definitely pick this up for a rent, buy it if you really enjoy it.
This games has the worst controls of any platformer I've ever played. When you let go of the stick, Kong continues to move a while. When you press jump, it takes about half a second to register. Between the 2 of these, it's almost impossible to do any precision platforming.
But the rest of the controls are similarly bad, with most moves locking you into their animation until they finish.
I thought my wife was upset over nothing when she quit playing it... It's one of her favorite series, and I figured it was just a little too hard for her. Nope. It's just plain awful.
posted by Hollow_Hominid (HARTSELLE, AL) Nov 14, 2014
Member since Nov 2014
The game is interesting, and the scenes are very bright and colorful. The levels are actually quite diverse for a 2D platformer, with new challenges and situations introduced quite often. The 'special levels' such as minecart and rocket levels as well as boss fights are awesome, and are one of the most fun parts of the game. This would all lead up to being an incredible game that rivals mario except for a few issues.
The first problem I find with almost anything you do in this game is how sluggish the character feels. All of the animations have an annoying wind-up that means that you have to perform the action a half second before you want the character to respond. This is especially frustrating in the 'speed levels' where something is chasing you or the stage is being destroyed in front of your eyes, and by the time the obstacle comes up to pass, its almost too late already, and you have to retry and remember when that event occurs in order to avoid it.
The second issue I have are the bonus levels. Every so often you find a secret room that lets you get an extra 'puzzle piece'. The problem is they are ALL almost exactly the same. In each of them, you have 30 seconds to collect all the bananas on the screen, and if you succeed, you get a puzzle piece, a balloon, and some coins. The first few were intresting, but then they started to repeat, and there are only (by estimate) around 10-15 bonus stages, with 1-2 appearing per level. Its gotten to where if I find a secret and its a bonus stage, I fail it quickly just to move on to something more interesting.
Lastly, the collectibles are more annoying than fun. Maybe I'm not a completionist, but searching for all the parts of the level that a puzzle piece can be hidden in is rather annoying, especially considering the parts that require you to get all the bananas in an area before it will pop up. Really I find searching for pieces to be a waste of time.