The sequel to Rare's spectacular hit Donkey Kong Country was an inevitability. DKC2: Diddy's Kong Quest more than delivers in its ambitious aim of equaling and sometimes exceeding the standard set by its predecessor. Released at the end of 1995, as the title suggests, this is a quest for Diddy Kong, as he is joined by his lovely female companion, Dixie. Some fans were puzzled as to why the star of the series, Donkey Kong himself, was strangely omitted as a playable character from the second DKC of the trilogy. Regardless, the game boasts lush locales (including a charming sailing and pirate's motif), challenging levels, and an all-around engaging gameplay experience.