"The original Donkey Kong Country Returns represented a dramatic shift in the Kong world. The atmosphere of their island home changed from gloomy and lonely to bright, lush and bursting with life. Instead of K. Rool’s horde of crocodilian creeps (and a few indigenous barrel throwing orangutans), the antagonists of Donkey Kong Country Returns ranged from the frazzled frogs, mad moles, and berserk birds to the mischievous, banana-loving Tiki-Tak Tribe. Shifts in perspective and depth allowed enemies to come at you not only from the sides, but from the background as well.", writes Siliconera.