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Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Color)

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.5
Overall User Score (35 votes) 3.4

Critic Reviews

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Video Games
Doch trotz des happigen Schwierigkeitsgrads begleitet ihr das „Affenpärchen“ motiviert weiter durch schwüle Dschungel- und eiskalte Schnee-Level. Halsbrecherische Lorenfahrten und rasante Rhino-Reitstunden halten euch mit präziser Steuerung und einer schier genialen Optik bei Laune. Donkey Kong Country ist der letzte, ultimative Kaufgrund für einen GameBoy Color!
Total! (Germany)
Auf dem Super Nintendo hatte Donkey Kong Country mit Super Mario World und Yoshi's Island zwei gewaltige Konkurrenten, gegen die das Leveldesign des Erstgenannten einfach nicht ankam. Da es auf dem Game Boy jedoch kein Spiel gibt, das in Sachen Umfang, Spielbarkeit, Wiederspielwert und Grafik gleichermaßen mithalten kann, können wir euch nur einen Rat geben: Holt es euch, ihr würdet es sonst schwer bereuen!
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames
Du point de vue technique, le pari était de taille car les capacités de la GBC sont très en deçà de la 16 bits de Nintendo. L’animation reste fluide, malgré le nombre de sprites à l’écran. Les graphismes sont colorés et l’environnement change à chaque stage (jungle, caverne, niveau aquatique…), ce qui rompt la monotonie. On retrouve avec plaisir les musiques rythmées de l’aîné de la série. La jouabilité est excellente. Des bonus ont été ajoutés à la cartouche : deux mini-jeux, dont un jouable en link, et un atelier d’impression. Vous avez fini Rayman?
Power Unlimited
Rare bewijst met Donkey Kong Country wederom dat ze de beste games maken. Ik kan hier helemaal niets op aanmerken. Gewoon pure klasse.
Nintendo Land
DKC is a must have for GBC owners! But for people who own or owned the original DKC, you will not find much new stuff to make you want to buy this. Unless you want enjoy one of your fav games on the road.
Gaming Target
Anyone who played the original SNES trilogy years ago should still enjoy this title. If you own DKC for SNES and are playing it or just played it then it might not be worth the 30 or so dollars. Also I would like to note that an impatient gamer may be turned off by some really frustrating parts. But for all those people who enjoyed any of the DK games so far (Donkey Kong Country 1,2,3 and Donkey Kong Land 1,2,3) or even similar a platformer like Mario Bros should find this is a good purchase.
Gaming Age
For those of you that missed out on the DKC phenomenon six years ago, now is your chance to see what all the fuss was about. Rare has done a fantastic job transferring the game to the GBC. They even added some bonus modes of play to make the package more appealing. You can now play Funky's Fishing and Crosshair Cranky with a friend via the link-up cable or against the computer. If you already own the original DKC there's not much new here, but at least now you'll be able to play on the go. The game still plays as good as it always has. It's great to see a company truly push the GBC to the limit and I can't wait to see what's next from Rare on Game Boy Advance!
Super Play (Sweden)
Donkey Kong Country är knappast något hafsverk, vilket nio av tio Game Boy Color-spel tyvärr känns som, utan innehåller allt som man kan kräva av ett plattformsspel. Och näst efter Marios klassiska äventyr i 2D tillhör Rares miljonsäljare fortfarande den absoluta toppen.
Computer Bild Spiele
Ein affenstarkes Abenteuer. Jede Spielstufe steckt voller kniffliger Aufgaben, die nur mit viel Geschick gemeistert werden können. Und Abwechslung wird groß geschreiben. Eine ähnlich farbenfrohe und detaillierte Grafik war noch nie auf dem Gameboy zu sehen. Auch die wilde Swing-Musik passt prima zum Spiel. Testurteil: "gut".
Ceux qui ont apprécié le jeu original sur SNES seront heureux de retrouver sur Game Boy, fidèlement adapté, et servi par des graphismes très réussis. On aurait cependant aimer trouver de nouveaux niveaux à parcourir, aussi variés et bien architecturés que les originaux. Quitte à les troquer contre les bonus Game Boy que sont les sympathiques mini jeux jouables en link et le plus anecdotique atelier d'impression, réservé aux détenteurs de l'imprimante Game Boy.
Random Access
Ultimately, the only reason you would have bought this game back when it was released in 2000, or even tried it out, was because you either were curious about the Donkey Kong license, a drop-dead Donkey Kong fanatic, or just a plain oaf. There are much better ways to experience Donkey Kong Country than this. It's available on the SNES, it was re-released on the Wii's Virtual Console service, and it was even remade as a Game Boy Advance game three years later. The Game Boy Color hardware could not handle the power of DKC, and it is quite clear that this game should be pushed to the back shelf in the console's library. Visit greener pastures and jungles, please.