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Donkey Kong Country Returns: Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Official Game Guides) Paperback – November 21, 2010

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Product Details

  • Series: Prima Official Game Guides
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Games (November 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307471020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307471024
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. McLain on November 28, 2010
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This guide really should be sold in Cranky Kong's Shop. It's just that vital to getting through the 8+ worlds of Donkey Kong Country Returns. While I didn't really use the guide until after I had beaten the game and started going back to collect stuff, it's been worth its weight in bananas! As you will see in a minute though, this is the way the guide was meant to be used.
Although the guide isn't the traditional sort of guide. Which is to say it doesn't lead you by the hand through the tough obstacles of the game. It does a fabulous job of showing where all of the Puzzle Pieces, Hearts, Coins and Bonus Levels are located. It would have taken me ages to find some of this stuff without this guide's help.
The maps in the guide are great and serve as an easy way to pick out vital information visually while playing. Each K-O-N-G letter, puzzle piece and bonus level are clearly marked and numbered so you can go directly to the paragraph of information on the thing that you're trying to get, or in my case locate the nearest heart refill. XD
The guide also does a great job of explaining enemy tactics, and the controls for the game, which really helps. Bosses are covered almost in passing, but cursory techniques and strategies are covered, if ever so briefly.
The only negative that I can think of is that I would have liked a little more thorough description of boss fights and the mini levels that lead up to some boss fights. As well as some tips on Time-Attack challenges. But these are in no way deal breakers. If you are going to buy or have bought DKCR for yourself or someone else as a gift, I can guarantee they will enjoy having the guide as well.
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Perhaps my memory fails but I remembered the SNES guidebooks for previous Donkey Kong games to be more helpful. Sure, this'll show you where coins, etc. are but they just assume you're a super gamer here and don't offer tips on how to complete the more difficult sections. I don't remember being handed everything in previous DK Guides, but a little help for us casual, untalented gamers would have been appreciated.
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I love the Wii and the Wii U, which will also play this, and it's a GORGEOUS game. But it's really a one player game. There is no advantage and a lot of disadvantages to playing Diddy separately when he can ride on DK's back and you can use his rocket pack. So as a one player game it's super fun but don't try the two player cause it just wastes all your balloons (lives).
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I loved playing this game when it 1st came out in the 80's. But there is no way i could win it now without help. And this book i ordered came in like new condition. i couldn't tell it had ever been open. I would use this company again when needed.
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The bosses between the levels are very hard to beat and the minions can be just as difficult/challenging. Our family doesn't get a lot use out of the game because they'd rather play something easier.
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This guide is amazing! It covers a lot of information and have many illustrations. Beyond this, is very well organized to provide readers an easy way to find the right information.

Really worth the money spent!!
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I didn't buy this book because I needed its help to beat the game, I bought it to ensure I found everything in the game. It's been a while since I used it, but if I'm recalling correctly, I think it might have missed 1 thing. And it wasn't anything you wouldn't be able to find on youtube in about 3 seconds anyway. So, if you don't want to watch videos to find everything in the game, this book is great...or you could just find everything on your own...which I didn't.
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By Maryooch on September 20, 2011
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I bought this guide at the same time as buying the game, only to realize at the time I started playing, that I did not need the guide at all. If you are the type of person that tries for every single secret hiding places during a game, this guide can be helpful. For me it just didn't do it because I like to fast play.
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