Get ready to go bananas.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a turn-based strategy adventure game, and Donkey Kong has been patiently waiting for his turn to join in on the action. So, get ready to go bananas with DK as a playable hero in the up-and-coming single-player DLC.
When Ubisoft began work on Donkey Kong as a playable character for Kingdom Battle they knew they had an opportunity to play around with some exciting new abilities. So, they gave him some fun new tricks that add an entirely new layer of strategy to an already superb tactics game.
DK can also throw characters and objects across the map.
Some battle maps have special platforms that let Donkey Kong swing all the way across to the other side of a level — which can be very advantageous during boss battles. He uses a Banana Boomerang as his primary weapon that can chain attack multiple enemies, and he can use his Konga Drums to lure enemies closer for an easy target. Donkey Kong can also throw characters and objects across the map, which seems to come in handy during most battles. It’s a fun new mechanic that lets you cover more ground, while also dealing a little extra damage to any enemies in your way.
In place of Beep-O, players will now control Rabbid Kranky during Kingdom Battle’s puzzle solving and exploration bits. He’s also a new Hero character that you’ll be able to use in battle, armed with a trusty cane that doubles as a barrel launching crossbow. Rabbid Peach, on the other hand, seems to play exactly how she does in the original game. She’s a healer, but she’s also pretty deadly with her shark gun.
Welcome to the Jungle
Hero positioning is key, and choosing which abilities to string together is more important than ever. Some battles require you to clear out all of the enemies, while others task you with small challenges like collecting washing machine parts before letting you proceed to the next area. Boss and Midboss fights are also returning with the DLC. They’re just as challenging as ever, and they do a great job of staying true to the Donkey Kong theme.
The world itself feels like it came straight out of a traditional Donkey Kong game. The first area, in particular, closely resembles many of the environments seen in Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze. Everything from lush green trees, to sandy beaches with coral pipes. Not to mention, the lands are filled with puzzles and funny dialogue cues, just like in the full game. If you enjoyed Kingdom Battle’s strategic yet light-hearted gameplay the first time around, then you’ve got a lot to look forward to with this expansion.
There’s a considerable amount of detail in Kindom Battle’s Donkey Kong DLC. It’s a stylish fun twist on an already unique and enjoyable game, and I can’t wait to play more when it releases this Spring.
For more Mario + Rabbids check out our Kingdom Battle review, and for everything else, keep it here on IGN.