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Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze Rating: Monkeying around familiar soil



Tropical Freeze may not be the best example of the DKC canon, but it was still a skilfully crafted 2D jump, full of pretty sceneries, and never shy away from challenging the player. Adding little new content, this Switch Edition prefers to let the parade of lush desert islands, underwater paradises, and snowy deserts speak for themselves. In fact, the images on the switch look even more, whether on the go or on a big screen.

The one significant addition addresses the often frustrating level of difficulty, which required a lot of repetition to nail difficult segments. The new character Funky Kong is an option from the beginning that has partial immunity, a double jump and extra health, making even the most challenging sections a breeze.

All in all, it's a winning combination, eager to redesign, but unable to touch the size of the other great platformer on the Switch, Super Mario Odyssey.

Late Shift

(XO / PS4 / Switch / PC) ★★★★ Age: 1

8+

There was twice a time when in the full-motion video (FMV) games to next big thing threatened to be (around the eighties with Dragon's Lair and the nineties with The 7th Guest). But as the graphics approach photorealism, this generation seems to have even less need for the awkward-looking scenes and screeching left-handers that are generated by user-oriented plots. Undaunted, Late Shift resembles a late night Channel 4 thriller, following a hapless London parking companion caught in an antique art robbery.

It comes complete with well-heeled Chinese gangsters, a clutch of supercars and some compelling drama in the central roles (especially the lead, Joe Sowerbutts). But the player is required to observe and absorb the unfolding drama, occasionally having the choice to force the action in one direction or the other (lie / do not lie, run / stay, etc.) [19659002] Doing nothing is also an option, but it's much fun to take control of the 90-minute drama, which has multiple endings and a few minor strands.

Late Shift began as an interactive cinematic experience in which the audience decided on a majority as it unfolded. As a video game, it seems less convincing, but proves that FMV can still be alive.


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