Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (SNES)

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.4
Overall User Score (71 votes) 4.2

Critic Reviews

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Donkey Kong Country 2 brings the goods so effectively that I can't punish it for the occasional "this isn't fun at all" moment that happens in places like Toxic Tower. Everything was improved on from the first game, sometimes by a substantial amount. Most of the boss fights in the first game were forgettable; the ones you’ll find here are challenging and memorable. Even better, there's not the same repetition to them. You might fight the ghost of the first world's boss in the fifth one, but the second confrontation is so much more complex and challenging that the two of them can't even be compared. There's a real purpose to collecting out-of-the-way items, as well. The levels are also more varied and the action is more challenging. To top it all off, the game is, if anything, more beautiful than the first -- which leaves me with a laundry list of reasons to recommend this game to anyone who even remotely likes this sort of thing.
The Video Game Critic
The graphics look slightly more detailed, if that's even possible, and the explosions are noticeably better. When Diddy completes a stage, he does a rapper impression that made me laugh out loud. If you enjoyed the original Donkey Kong Country, you'll flip over this excellent follow-up.
GamePro (US)
Easily the best SNES game this year, Diddy's Kong-Quest is one we suggest you give a try. This game will make a monkey out of the most-experienced players.
If you enjoyed DKC1 and are craving some more of that Rareware goodness, than DKC2 is just what you're looking for. DKC2 is packed with tons more new enemies, features, and collectibles to satisfy you with, and it is very easy to pick up without having played the original. Once again, DKC2 is another visual and audio masterpiece from Rare filled with challenging and entertaining gameplay.
Total! (Germany)
Die Gesamtnote entspricht, trotz deutlicher Verbesserungen im Gameplay, der von Donkey Kong Country, da viele Elemente zu ähnlich sind. Und mit Miyamotos Mario-Meisterwerken kann Diddy nicht mithalten. Wer von DKC begeistert war, kommt aber sicherlich an der Fortsetzung nicht vorbei. Auf jeden Fall ist Diddy's Kong Quest der ultimative Beweis für die überragende Qualität des SNES – und dafür, daß die Ära des guten altern 16-Bitters noch lange nicht zu Ende ist.
Game Players
Diddy's back - and he's got a girlfriend! This game is even better than the original DKC! This title is more fun than a barrel of monkeys! Yow!!!
En definitiva si te gustan los plataformas, se trata de un imprescindible del sistema, otro de los juegos que hicieron crecer la leyenda de Rare, aunque aún quedaría por llegar la mejor entrega de todas DKC 3, el tercer cartucho de la serie de 32 megas, al igual que sus predecesores, aunque es otra historia y deberá ser contada en otro momento.
Nintendo Master
Je conclue ce test en disant simplement ceci : Je crois honnêtement que Donkey Kong Country 2 est un de ces jeux auxquels on a envie de jouer et de rejouer plusieurs fois. Et même si ce n’est pas votre genre de jeu, je vous le conseil fortement. Je crois également qu’avec ce titre, Rareware a bien mérité sa place permis les grands noms de la console Super Nintendo.
Mega Fun
Rare läßt seine große 16-Bit Gemeinde nicht im Stich. Erneut liefern die Engländer ein spielerisch und technisch geniales Jump‘n Run-Spiel ab. Zwar konnte ich persönlich gegenüber dem Vorgänger keine grafischen Steigerungen feststellen (was auch schwierig gewesen wäre), doch soll das auf keinen Fall eine Kritik sein, im Gegenteil: Das unglaublich detaillierte Hintergrundlayout und die flüssig animierten Render-Figuren verleihen der Hopserei erneut eine einmalige Atmosphäre.
Reléguant presque son précurseur au titre de jeu sans grand intérêt, Donkey Kong Country II : Diddy's Kong Quest illumine complètement la Super Nintendo de son aura. Beau, long, complexe, fun et possédant une bande-son mémorable, ce titre se classe définitivement parmi les meilleurs jeux de plates-formes.
All Game Guide
In overall fun, DKC 2 is winner. Not only is it an all around great platformer, but the quality that Rare put into it makes it a real classic. The only thing that keeps this game from recieving a perfect score is that it shares so much with DKC. For players looking for something completely different from the original, you're not going to find it here.
Ultimate Gamer Magazine
I thought this game was longer, harder and more enjoyable than the fantastic original. If you haven't gotten totally jaded on platformers, I don't even have to tell you to watch out for this game. This is unless you haven't finished Yoshi's Island.
If you love action-platformer games then Donkey Kong Country 2 is a no-brainer. There is a strong chance that you've already played the remake/ port on GBA so you may already know how it plays. Consequently, it's easy to recommend spending cash on this to anyone who enjoys the genre. Who doesn't love blasting out of barrels and collecting bananas?
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
DKC2 demonstrates what sequels should be all about. The game not only carried over the same look and feel of the original, but it also adding a new character and more challenging levels. The graphics are on par with the first release, while game depth and originality have skyrocketed. Keeping the same pirate theme throughout the levels while making each diverse and unique deserves commendation. DKC2 will undoubtedly to be the hottest 16-Bit title holiday season.
Gaming since 198x
Beau, fun et efficace, ce Donkey Kong Country 2 reste une valeur sûre, mais à déconseiller aux petits joueurs en raison de sa difficulté encore réhaussée. Arrachage de cheveux en perspective.
Donkey Kong Country 2 is a perfect example of gaming at its best, the game is still highly enjoyable even today and if you have never played it before, you know what to do.
The DOS Spirit
Derimot kan jeg gå god for at dersom du likte Donkey Kong Country, så vil du nok også like Diddi’s Kong Quest. Det er mange likheter her, og for å oppsummere litt i tråd med Cranky Kong: «Say hello to your old grandpappy Cranky. I'm back by popular demand to offer my wealth of gameplay wisdom for this unnecessary sequel.»