@kriswright Well the combination of the music and the paper-machet/puppet art style is just too much like the broadway musical for comparisons not to be made, that's what I think of more than the movie. It's not so much the subject matter but the way it's presented.
Basically I'd be really shocked if the developers didn't literally use The Lion King as inspiration for that world, it seems way too specific, it seems like an intentional homage.
Made it to World 5 last night. After I got ready to go to bed, I had to go back downstairs and play 3-1 again. It's easily the standout of the game for me so far. Unexpected and yet it fits Donkey Kong Country like a glove.
I do hope the water levels take a backseat after World 4. The swimming stages in this game are pretty good...for swimming stages.
Also, I suppose I still have a ways to go, but the challenge seems a bit easier to me than previous DKC games. A big part of that is probably due to Dixie making the platforming a lot less perilous, as well as bolstering your supply of hearts beyond the standard. I try to switch my partner Kong around every chance I get, but Dixie seems like the standout by far.
I do find it encouraging that I haven't found any secret exits since the first World. Seems like I'm zipping through the game pretty fast -- I saw somewhere that it only has six (standard) worlds -- but I've also missed at least a couple stages in each world, so there's plenty to go back to. And that's before I mop up the handful of KONG letters I missed, and I only find about 70% of the puzzles pieces the first time through each stage.
I finally got this game! Loving it. Hey I beat the Giant Owl Boss on my first go. Feeling pretty smug about that. The zip-line levels and the minecart levels have been fantastic so far, although a little easy (he says while absolutely burning through the lives).
Same as Nate38, I'm scooping up those KONG letters... less so the puzzle pieces right now... and none of the secret exits... hmm.
@Super_Conzo I thought World 4 was a pain in the ass, that was when I decided to forget all the KONG letters and puzzle pieces, up until then I was happy replaying the levels as many times as needed, but that swimming... oh man, no thank you, needed to get out of there as quickly as possible and never go back!
I've found that replaying a level to collect the letters and puzzle pieces wasn't as bad as I thought, and I guess knowing a level makes it much easier and faster to complete. So who knows, when you go to replay levels you might be surprised how much easier they feel.
@Mop it up Yeah back in the first game I decided to do the one heart thing for all of the stages and thought it would be super tough, but I ended up finishing most of them faster that way than I did originally.
Except for the damn boss fights. They go on wayyyyyyy too long and I eventually just gave up one hearting all of them.