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5 Best Donkey Kong Games of All Time, Ranked

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Donkey Kong Games present the best classical games with the best nostalgic feeling of all time. Whether you've been a childhood fan or a new player, this game will have you asking for more. 

Donkey Kong games is an award-driven playoff that features anthropomorphic gorillas in an arcade quest to collect stolen bananas or save their home. In the game, you'll have to solve different puzzles, evade several hurdles and avoid getting killed for you to unlock the next level as the game progresses.  

Since its inception, this strategy game has grown in visual and graphical layout, introducing new hurdles and developing excellent sequences. From the original Donkey Kong of 1981 to its latest release Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars of 2015, the franchise has left a good mark in the gaming industry with over 40 good games. With such a massive collection of games we definitely have some that never meet the mark to be the best. So, here we will take a look at five best Donkey Kong games of all time, ranked.


5. Donkey Kong Country Returns

Donkey Kong Country Returns Trailer

The release of Donkey Kong Game Returns created huge anticipation and has since lived up to its reputation. The sequel to the Donkey Kong Country game did not come short of bringing a ton of blood-pumping action.

The game takes us on an endless adventure into a jungle filled with hazardous living phenomena. The game takes you through a series of challenging levels characterized by continuous stumbling blocks ready to kill you. To succeed, you have to clear your path by avoiding or destroying your enemies. You will also need to collect goodies along the trail, which are beneficial for your survival in the game.

Donkey Kong Game Returns has an excellent visual art layout and epic music selection suitable for different levels. The monkey actions are well presented by vine-swinging, barrel blasting, and rhino riding. 

DKCR skill plus the love of heart-pounding action is a must to rock in this game successfully. It demands fast and intelligent moves to execute each turn flawlessly. For this reason, Donkey Kong Game Returns attracts and maintains as much praise.


4. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze   

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Gameplay Trailer - Nintendo Switch

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has simply the best graphics in the Donkey Kong Games. This game took the action-driven Donkey Kong bosses, placed them in beautiful tropical forests, and added new environments.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze offers intense sequences and complex battles. The game includes rhino rides,rocket-powered barrel flights, and incredible monkey moves. The hurdles in this game consist of an interchange of nature's living aspects and harsh climatic conditions.

DKN: TF has a pleasant experience for players. The controls in the game are smooth, easy to play, and have short levels that won't have you solving endless puzzles, as is the case with DK games. Therefore the game is best for giving pleasure and relaxation.


3. Donkey Kong Country

Donkey Kong Country Trailer 1994

When Donkey Kong Country was introduced, no one could match the anticipation to the results the game gave us. The game leaves a pretty good impression and even outdoes itself as the first in the Donkey Kong Country games.

The platformer introduces us to a series of challenging levels to unlock. Each move in the game calls for good playing skills, observation, and staying alert at all times. Donkey Kong Country is the most challenging platformer with many setbacks and a difficult layout interface. Infact, in this game, you will die several times before you can win a level.

As the father of the DKC games, the game started developing the best features of Donkey Kong games. While the game is so old, it still has nice visuals, good graphics, and creative layouts.  Donkey Kong Country presents allies in the game levels to give you secrets that should guide your moves. The introduction of rhinos, birds, and sharks to riding helps clear your path, save your lives, and make the game as elite as ever.


2. Donkey Kong 64

Donkey Kong 64 Trailer 1999

The only game outside the Donkey Kong Country franchise to hit our lists is Donkey Kong 64. This 3D game has mind-blowing combat and layout in your quest to find and retrieve golden bananas.

The game is phenomenal for several reasons. First, it allows you to shoot your targets. Secondly, there are fire-blasting enemies that you will have to dodge. Then there's also a series of puzzles for you to unlock to get the location for your next golden banana. 

The game has a nice layout that gives a warm reception but can sometimes prove tricky. You will experience dark structures filled with hurdles that you have to evade at one point. Don't forget the sharp corners that will have you falling to your death if you miscalculate your steps. Additionally, you will also have to play minigames in the levels, which are very challenging.

Even though the game offers difficult experiences, it is one game that you'll outrightly love. The game has simple controls and is more adventurous than most Donkey Kong games. You won't also face many enemies, thus giving you breathers between combats.


1. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest Trailer 1995

The best game in DK is Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. This is the game that brings you back to this franchise quite swiftly. It is beautiful and straightforward to play on and offers adventure, unlike its predecessors.

The game takes you into a secret-filled adventure with Diddy and Dixie. The two characters present unique characteristics that complement each other ideally within the game. You find yourself experiencing a classical set of environments as part of Diddy's secrets as you progress. 

Donkey Kong Country 2 takes you into levels filled with different layouts to give you an endless action-filled adventure. The game also perfects the combination of multiple platforming sequences in one level. On one level, you may need to execute three strategies to overcome one enemy.

All the same, the game is quite friendly to play, fun and very thrilling. With exemplary 2D graphical presentation, the game brings you perfection. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest has the best experience in all platformer games with significant development and incredible playability.

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Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.