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    spoo's Donkey Kong Country 2 (SNES)

    [January 26, 2008 02:54:50 AM]

    The gameplay of second run of Donkey Kong Country two was just as fun and frustrating as my first. I played the second area whwere the theme is lava. Levels here consisted of jumping on alligator's heads and getting blasted from barrels avoiding bees. Some new enemies were introduced here like kremlins who shoot barrels and cannonballs at you. There are also pirate hat wielding birds who seem to be related to the previous boss.

    I found myself dieing a lot on a level with a lot of barrels because of those damn bees. The few levels that had the spider, were much easier as he had a fast moving projectile that completely destroyed all of the enemies. I sadly never made it to the boss of this area as I kept on running out of lives. What I played was very fun, but also impossibly difficult, for me anyway.

    The design of this game is revolutionary for its time. It was one of the first games to include 3d sprites, and have ridable creatures. You also have the two character dynamic where you can hurl your teammate to kill enemies and pick up items. These design ideas put this game on an entirely different level than the standard platformer.

    Most games of its time revolved around one character fighting enemies in similar environments, while in DKC2 you have 2 characters who can interact with eachother taking you through all kinds of levels. Probably one of the most fun and memorable levels is a mine cart ride. The level combines speed, enemies, and point gathering to make for a fun worthwhile experience. Design ideas like that are what makes this game into one of the best of all time.
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    [January 25, 2008 02:59:21 AM]
    Part Uno

    This game is a classic platformer, where the player controls two monkeys in a quest to collect bananas and banana related paraphernalia. This game is the sequel, and usually considered an improvement of Donkey Kong Country. Captain K. Rool has captured Diddy's friend Donkey Kong and you must save him, with your sassy sidekick Dixie Kong. Diddy finds help along the way in the form of fantastical animals like a slinky snake and a tennis shoe faring spider. Your elders may help you out if the price is right.

    In this first play through I vanquished the entire first world, which takes you through all kinds of different environments. The game starts you out on the deck of a pirate ship, but quickly takes you to underneath the water, then up to the top of the ship. One level stands out in particular where you have to jump on the riggings avoiding bees and other pests. This level gave me an extreme amount of trouble, and my roommate much enjoyment. I used most of my lives playing the latter half of the level, but on the plus side I got a lot of banana coins.

    I found it a little annoying that Dixie can float in the air, while Diddy does not have that ability. I found myself trying to float with Diddy, and dieing because of it. On the other hand character variation gives players the option of character preference that is more than just aesthetic.

    Much of the gameplay relies on you picking up barrels or other objects and using them as projectiles to kill groups of enemies or sometimes is the only way the enemies can die. The animals are an interesting choice because for the most part they make the game simpler and much easier. I wonder how much more difficult the game would be without their addition.
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    spoo's Donkey Kong Country 2 (SNES)

    Current Status: Playing

    GameLog started on: Thursday 24 January, 2008

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