Throughout my four-hour journey through the opening worlds of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, I couldn’t help but keep stopping to take in the beauty. The lush forests and windswept plains of the archipelago demanded my full attention, and often I found myself just standing still and appreciating the absence of a timer. Each stage has a distinct, unifying palette painstakingly applied with nuanced brush-strokes. Bold, warm colors dominate the mangrove forests, alpine highlands, african savannah, and deep seas that make up the first four worlds. Subtle distinctions revealed themselves everywhere I looked.