A fairly steep difficulty curve is the only downside a platformer that's colorful and chock full of character.
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Anyone who played its SNES predecessors will be familiar with the format instantly, and even newcomers will find the side scrolling layout nice and simple to get into. The worlds themselves are, for lack of a better word, beautiful. From the lush jungles full of greenery to industrial factories, every world on Kong Island has so much personality dripping from it... Definitely a welcome change to the cookie cutter style in New Super Mario Bros Wii.
However, be mindful of your surroundings once you are past the first world, as you will find the difficulty starting to shoot up at a rather rapid rate. You'll find yourself dying one too many times from mistimed jumps and rash decisions, and by the time you reach the final levels you might just think that losing a life is really the only way to figure out the often baffling patterns of the enemies/environment. Thankfully extra lives are easy to come by in the game, making sure you don't need to waste a continue too soon.
A wonderfully paced game, with perhaps a little too steep a difficulty curve for the casual gamer. But old school DK fans will lap up the wonderfully crafted environments, and the game has enough hidden extras to keep you revisiting them again and again!