Donkey Kong Country Returns is a side-scrolling platform game from the Donkey Kong series; this game sends Donkey Kong on a journey to retrieve his hoard of bananas from the evil Tiki Tak Tribe. To do this, he and his nephew Diddy Kong must go on a journey around the island in search of the missing bananas.
This is the fifth game in the Donkey Kong Country series and was released as a Nintendo exclusive. It was first released in 2010 for the Wii before being ported to the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U several years later.
Donkey Kong is the main protagonist in this game and is the character that the player will control for the majority of the game, certain points of the game will have the player control Diddy Kong however. Diddy Kong rides on the back of Donkey Kong throughout the game; the player can use Diddy's jetpack to jump higher however when the game is played co-op, the second player is able to control Diddy Kong.
The platformer requires the player to make it to the other side of the level in order to progress through the game. Donkey Kong has the ability to use vines to swing across large gaps, however Barrel Cannons offer the fastest and furthest movements; they can be used to travel forwards or backwards through a level.
There are two animal buddies which help the player; Squawks the parrot can be used to find puzzle pieces which are needed to progress though the game, Rambi the rhino assists the player in combat and can destroy hazards.
Each level has a Time Attack mode where there are four medals to be earned for each level; a medal is rewarded depending on how long it took the player to complete the level however, dying does not reset the timer and there are still enemies in each level. As a bonus there is also a Mirror Mode where the player only have one life and cannot use items or Diddy Kong.
Explore the levels – Use a variety of tools to reach new areas
Collect puzzle pieces – Find the various pieces from around each level
Two characters – Control Donkey Kong in the world and the jetpack that Diddy Kong uses
Control animal buddies – Squawks the parrot and Rambi the rhino can be summoned and controlled by the player
Time Attack Mode – Each level can be replayed with a time trial mode
Mirror Mode – Fight through levels on a hardcore mode with only one life and no items
Co-op – Fight alongside a second player who controls Diddy Kong
 Players liked:
- Great level design
- 2 player co-op mode
- Gorgeous graphics
 Players didn't like:
- Too easy
- Game is short
- Levels force the player to always move forwards