Donkey Kong Country Returns Walkthrough

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Published by Mitchell Saltzman 8 years ago , last updated 2 months ago

Wanna be the King of Kong? That title doesn’t mean much, now that platformers aren’t quantified in terms of an absolute “High Score,” but there are still bragging rights to be had. Donkey Kong Country Returns reintroduces gaming’s two favorite simians to your living room, and you’d better shape up your skills — 2.5 dimensions, two control schemes, a co-op mode, and a wide array of collectibles await your Wiimote-clutching hands.


Below, you’ll find a complete walkthrough for the game, delivered in detailed, step-by-step style. Check back on release day for the first of many meticulous updates. Check out our cheats page if you’re looking for hard facts, like lists of collectibles.


Table of Contents



World 1 – Jungle


Level 1 – Jungle Hijinx


  1. Puzzle Piece #1: You can find your very first puzzle piece simply by heading left from the start after you leap out of your hut to enter the empty banana horde. Inside is a puzzle piece.
  2. Once you’re back outside, it’s time to run through your basic moves. Head over to the dandelion, hold down and shake the remote to blow. Doing so will reveal a banana coin.
  3. Next, hold down the 1 button to run and shake the remote when near an enemy to roll through them. This is an invaluable skill that you will use not only for attacking, but for quick movement and for gaining extra distance on your jumps. Note that if you keep shaking the remote while you have Diddy, DK will continue rolling until he is stopped.
  4. Finally, jump on to the stone block, stand still, and shake the remote to pound the ground. This will break the rock and reveal a bundle of bananas.
  5. Now that you know your moves, time to proceed with the level.
  6. Grab the “K” by jumping on the stone block to the right and then leaping to the tree top to the left.
  7. Puzzle Piece #2: The second puzzle piece can be found by jumping across the tree tops going left after getting the “K”. When you reach the large gap, roll off the tree and jump in mid air to clear it. Jump to the tree with the dandelion and blow it to reveal a puzzle piece.
  8. Keep on heading right, but be careful of the falling towers in the background.
  9. Puzzle Piece #3: When the third tower falls on to the small block, jump on top of it and ground pound the two blocks to reveal the next puzzle piece.
  10. Puzzle Piece #4: The next puzzle piece can be found by pounding the ground near the yellow flowers up ahead. The middle one contains a puzzle piece.
  11. Pound the ground while on top of the stone slab to flip it and wind up in a secret underground area where you will find a heart and a banana coin.
  12. Head forward and stop when you reach a bouncy flower in between two statues. Wait for the statues to start spitting bananas and try to collect them all.
  13. Puzzle Piece #5: Once you collect all of the bananas between the two statues, you’ll get a puzzle piece.
  14. Head forward and use a rolling jump over the gap to collect the “O”.
  15. You’ll pass the halfway marker and will spot a DK barrel. Press the “1″ button to pick it up and throw it to release Diddy, or give you a heart if you already have Diddy.
  16. Pound the giant DK Button up ahead to reveal a new area in the background. Use the barrel to launch toward it.
  17. Puzzle Piece #6: When you land in the background, jump and hover to the left and blow on the dandelion to reveal the next puzzle piece.
  18. Head to the right and collect the N on the bottom left platform before working your way up.
  19. Use the barrels to blast yourself back into the foreground and continue heading right.
  20. Puzzle Piece #7: When you spot a stone trapdoor, pound the ground to fall through and reach a bonus stage. Collect all of the bananas and collectibles here to get the puzzle piece.
  21. Continue heading right past the baddies and you’ll spot a slanted grassy platform. Jump on top of it and then head right to collect the “G”.
  22. Puzzle Piece #8: Jump back to the slanted platform and this time head left to find the next puzzle piece suspended in the air over a tiki statue.
  23. Puzzle Piece #9: The final puzzle piece is located at the end of the level. Instead of hitting the barrel, continue right through the wall to reach a secret location with the 9th puzzle piece.
  24. Hit the end barrel to complete the level.


Level 2 – King of Cling


  1. Run right and grab on to the grassy wall above the spikes to cling to it. Cross over the spikes to the other side. Make sure to pick up the DK Barrel to get Diddy.
  2. Hop on to the block and then jump to the platform to the left to collect the “K.”
  3. Puzzle Piece #1: While you’re still on the platform where you found the “K”, jump and hover into the wall on the right to find a secret area with a puzzle piece.
  4. Hop down and cling to the grassy ceiling ahead to make your way to the right
  5. Puzzle Piece #2: When you reach the grassy wheel, use it to get up to the platform on the left, then jump across the platforms to the left until you’re able to jump through the wall and find another secret area with a puzzle piece.
  6. Puzzle Piece #3: Drop down and head right past the big wheel, but jump on to the next platform. Either hover jump or roll jump off the platform into the wall on the right to find yet another secret area behind the wall with a Puzzle Piece.
  7. Be careful as you use the grassy overhang to make your way further into the level, as leaping man eating plants try to make you their lunch. The small ones will snap twice before they jump, while the big ones will only snap once before they jump.
  8. Grab the DK Barrel on the ground level next to the bridge
  9. When you cross the first bridge, pound the ground near the flower to cause a barrel to appear. Use it to shoot to the background and collect the “O”.
  10. Puzzle Piece #4: Before you leave the area where the “O” is, climb the grassy rock between the two wheels to find a barrel that will blast you to a bonus room. Here you must bounce off a moving platform to collect all of the bananas and banana coins.
  11. Ground pound the flower to create a barrel that will bring you back to the foreground and continue heading right.
  12. Puzzle Piece #5: Bounce off the flower to grab on to the grassy ceiling, then wait for an opening to get above the giant Chomp and shake the remote to pound the flower. Inside will be the next puzzle piece.
  13. Continue heading right to reach the continue marker and a DK Barrel. When you reach the right end, you’ll have to start climbing upwards.
  14. Puzzle Piece #6: The next puzzle piece can be found after you move up one level past the first rotating grassy circle. Jump on to the platform above and then leap to the platform on the right. Head through the wall to find the puzzle piece.
  15. When you reach the two rotating circle, hop across both of them to the grassy wall on the right and then climb down to grab the “N.”
  16. Keep on climb up the grassy walls until you reach the next area where there will be a bouncy flower that can bounce you to the wheel above.
  17. Puzzle Piece #7: Jump over the bouncy flower and head through the wall to reveal a secret area with the final Puzzle Piece for this area.
  18. Be careful of the hidden chomps behind the walls as you continue to make your way upwards toward the end of the level.
  19. When you near the top you’ll find a bunch of bouncy flowers with Tiki Zings zipping back and forth. Carefully bounce to the right side to collect the “G”.
  20. Bounce on the top flower to reach a barrel that will shoot you to the end of the level.


Level 3 – Tree Top Bop


  1. Make your way to the right side of the level bouncing off the heads of the enemies as you go.
  2. The Tiki Drum needs to be jumped on three times before he goes down, so don’t just jump on him once and think he’s done.
  3. Puzzle Piece #1: The first puzzle piece can be found at the end of this first section, before you use the barrel to blast off. On the ground level, head to the edge and either roll jump or hover jump across the large gap to reach a secret area to the right with the first puzzle piece.
  4. Jump on top of the last two trees to reach the arrow barrel which will take you to the next area. If you fell down, you can get back on to the first tree by waiting for it to tilt toward you.
  5. Once you’re in the barrel, it will point up and move left and right. Press 2 to shoot out when the barrel is under the “K” and then just let yourself fall back into the barrel.
  6. Shoot into the automatic barrels to reach the treetops.
  7. Roll through or jump on the frogs as you continue heading right and use the barrel to blast off to the next area.
  8. You’ll eventually come to an area with frogs jumping on top of fairly tall tiki platforms. The frogs will alternate between short jumps and high jumps. When they do their high jump, quickly jump under them to cross the platform
  9. Hop on to the block in between the frogs to grab the “O”
  10. Head forward to reach the continue marker, then pound the thin stone platform to flip it and find a secret area with Rambi the Rhino!
  11. Rambi can plow through many blocks as well as most non-flaming enemies. Bulldoze through the Rambi blocks and use the barrel to shoot yourself above ground.
  12. Puzzle Piece #2: With Rambi, head left all the way until you reach a large spike pit. Rambi isn’t affected by spikes and can just plow right through them. You’ll spot a gray block in the middle of the spikes. Stand on top of it and shake the remote to reveal a secret bonus room. You need to move fast to collect all of the bananas and coins in this room. Use rolls to pick up some speed but be careful not to fall into the pits.
  13. Continue heading left with Rambi and running down all that get in your path.
  14. Puzzle Piece #3: The next puzzle piece can be found by running through the spikes and crashing through a group of blocks under a platform with several enemies on top.
  15. Use the seesaw platform to jump on to the leaning trees up ahead and then wait for the frogs to float down under the “N” so you can jump on them, collect the letter, and bounce to the next tree top.
  16. There is a flaming tiki guarding the gap between the last tree top and the ground. Make sure to avoid him as he can cause you to lose Rambi if you hit him. If You’re knocked off Rambi, quickly jump back on before he runs off the stage.
  17. Puzzle Piece #4: With Rambi in tow, run across the spikes and crash through the wall to reach a bonus room. Here you’ll shoot yourself between a bunch of barrels while you try to collect all of the bananas. You need to be quick, but also be careful. If you rush too much, you’ll blast yourself away from a barrel and will fall out of the bonus stage.
  18. When you emerge from the bonus stage, head left and pick up the “G” to complete “KONG”
  19. Puzzle Piece #5: Head all the way to the right past the end barrel and through the wall to reach a secret area with a bunch of bananas and the last puzzle piece for the level.
  20. Head back to the left and hit the end barrel to complete the level.


Level 4 – Sunset Shore


  1. In this level, Donkey Kong and his enemies will all be silouhetted, so you need to be extra careful not to rush, since many of the bushes are actually enemies in disguise that will come to life when you get close.
  2. Puzzle Piece #1: You can find the first puzzle piece by heading left right at the start to find a secret room through the wall.
  3. You can also find the “K” right at the start by pounding the ground on top of the cracked platform.
  4. Continue heading forward and use Donkey Kong’s continuous roll by shaking the controller with Diddy Kong on your back to bowl through all of the Awks in your way.
  5. Keep heading forward until you see a bunch of platforms that are slanted. Get under them and pound the ground to straighten them out for a limited time. Use the middle platform to grab the “O.”
  6. When you come to a bunch of boxes lined up together, stay on them for a bit to cause the banana in th background to explode and shower coins and bananas all over.
  7. Continue forward and pound the weak ground to crash through. Move to the left to find a secret area with a couple of banana coins and a bunch of bananas.
  8. Head past the continue marker and throw the DK barrel to get Diddy back if you were missing him.
  9. Puzzle Piece #2: Hop on the boxes to press them down and make the sun in the background glow. Wait a couple of seconds and the ground will break, dropping you into a secret area where you can pick up a puzzle piece.
  10. Hop into the barrel to shoot back to the main part of the level and then head back to the left to find the “N” suspended above a tree.
  11. Puzzle Piece #3: Continue heading right and roll through the Awks into a secret alcove under a platform. Inside will be the puzzle piece and a couple of bananas.
  12. Puzzle Piece #4: Continue to the right past the group of mimics to reach a pair of slanted platforms. Pound the ground to straighten them out and then leap on top of them to find the next puzzle piece.
  13. Head right and eventually you’ll be able to spot the “G” under a cracked bridge. Pound the ground to grab the letter and complete “KONG.”
  14. Continue going right and you’ll eventually reach a stack of blocks and the head of a statue.
  15. Puzzle Piece #5: Before you pound the blocks, jump on top of the statue and jump into a hidden alcove in the wall to the right to find the last puzzle piece for the level.
  16. With the puzzle piece in hand, head back to the blocks and pound them to open the mouth of the statue. From there you can just slide down to the level’s exit


Level 5 – Canopy Cannons


  1. Roll through the enemies to reach the barrel at the end to truly get this level started.
  2. You’ll get the “K” automatically as you blast through the stone block into the next barrel.
  3. Use the banana trail to help you aim your barrel blast so you don’t miss the next barrel and fall into the abyss.
  4. Keep on shooting from barrel to barrel until you reach solid ground again.
  5. Puzzle Piece #1: The first puzzle piece can be found by pounding the ground next to the flower as soon as you emerge from the previous barrel and land on solid ground.
  6. Jump past the frogs and into the next barrel. Fire when it faces straight up to collect the “O.”
  7. Puzzle Piece #2: The next puzzle piece can be found after shooting into the next barrel after getting the “O.” Instead of shooting to the right, shoot straight down to land in a barrel that will shoot you toward the puzzle piece.
  8. Puzzle Piece #3: When you reach solid land again, pound the small trap door to drop into a bonus room. Here you must collect all of the bananas and coins by shooting between the two barrels, while taking care not to shoot into the middle barrel, which will shoot you down and end the stage.
  9. Puzzle Piece #4: When you emerge from the bonus room, head left and pound the ground near the yellow flower to the left of the Awks for another puzzle piece.
  10. Head right past the continue marker and pick up the DK Barrel to release Diddy.
  11. Jump across the bouncy flowers to reach the next barrel and wait for an opening before shooting past the spiked block.
  12. When you’re about to shoot into the background, try to time your shot so you can snag the 1-Up ballon spinning around the barrel.
  13. The “N” will be floating around the next barrel, so time your shot to grab it and then continue moving from barrel to barrel.
  14. Puzzle Piece #5: The last puzzle piece can be found by shooting toward the line of bananas instead of the next barrel near the end of this section.
  15. Collect the “G” by shooting up to it and avoiding entering the next barrel. When you get it, drop back down into the barrel and then shoot toe the automatic barrel moving side to side.
  16. Be quick when shooting between these last couple of barrels or you’ll get killed by the falling towers. Take note that while the first three or four barrels will immediately shoot you to the next one, the last two will aim up, then diagonal. Make sure you wait for the barrels to face diagonally before you fire.
  17. Bounce across a few flowers and shoot through a few more barrels and you’ll reach the end of the level.


Level 5 – Crazy Cart


  1. Puzzle Piece #1: The first puzzle piece can be found by heading left from the start into a secret area.
  2. Head right and pound the giant DK Switch to create a bunch of platforms.
  3. Puzzle Piece #2: Jump up the platforms and jump to the small bit of land at the top left to reveal a secret area with an opening leading to a bonus room. Collect all of the items in the room to collect your puzzle piece.
  4. Jump on the platforms to reach the top right ledge and then pound the ground over the wooden planks to drop down and then use the barrel to enter the mine cart.
  5. As you’re riding on the track, you’ll run into a couple of mole carts. When you get to the third mole, make sure to jump on him and hold down the 2 button right before you hit him to bounce up and grab the “K.”
  6. As a general tip for mine cart levels like these, make sure that your eyes are focused at the right edge of the screen rather than focusing on Donkey Kong. Every split second of reaction time helps.
  7. Puzzle Piece #3: When you see the second track appear overhead, make sure to jump over, not on, the mole cart to remain on the bottom track. Follow it to the end and jump right before you fall off to grab the puzzle piece.
  8. Jump right before you go down the very next slope to grab the “O.”
  9. Puzzle Piece #3: The next puzzle piece is in plain sight, but you must time your jump to get it safely. Jump too early and you hit the brambles above, but jump too late and you’ll miss it all together.
  10. Puzzle Piece #4: The next puzzle piece is also in plain sight. Be ready to jump when the camera gets close and you pass by the bundle of bananas.
  11. You’ll pass a very important continue marker when you near the Flaming Tiki.
  12. Aim to get on the top tracks so you can snag at 1-Up balloon at the end.
  13. When you go down the slope, be ready to jump, and then be ready for a really tricky “N”. In order to get this letter, you have to hold off on jumping until literally the last second.
  14. Jump over the mole carts and between the first set of Flaming Tikis. When you reach the second group of Flaming Tikis, ride under the first two and then jump over the third.
  15. Keep on riding along the track until you reach the end. The letter “G” will be right at the end of the track, so again, wait until the last second before jumping off. The timing for this one isn’t as strict as it was for the letter “N,” thankfully.
  16. When you roll down the steep hill, be ready to jump at the end to land on the top track.
  17. Ride the track a bit more and you’ll eventually reach the end of the level.


BOSS – Mugly’s Mound


  1. Mugly attacks via two main methods. He will charge at you, and he will jump. When he’s not doing one of these two things, a spike one his back will prevent you from damaging him.
  2. When the battle begins, wait for him to charge towards you and jump on his back. Do this twice and he’ll start jumping.
  3. When he jumps, roll under him to bet behind Mugly, then jump on his back. Try timing your jump so that you start jumping right when Mugly is about to hit the ground after his own jump.
  4. After three hits, Mugly will change colors and start moving a little bit faster. The strategy doesnt change though.
  5. Three more hits and he will turn red. After two more hits, he will start jumping really high and create a shockwave when he lands. Be ready to jump over it.
  6. When Mugly is red, his back will also not always be vulnerable while he’s attacking. Make sure to take note of when that spike on his back is there and only go for the kill when its down.


World 2 – Beach


Level 1 – Poppin’ Planks


  1. Puzzle Piece #1: From the start, head right and pound the post sticking out of the ground to cause another one to emerge on the left. Use this post to jump to the platforms to the left and then leap off the far left one to grab the puzzle piece.
  2. These orange crabs will hurt you if you roll into them, so use your jumps to take them out.
  3. Hop across the platforms to avoid the spikes and then grab the “K” that is in plain sight on a platform to the left.
  4. Use your ground pound near treasure chests to open them up. Inside this first one is a 1-Up balloon.
  5. Puzzle Piece #2:Pound the post to cause one to the right emerge and unearth an automatic barrel. Hop inside to shoot to a bonus room where you’ll have to defeat two Pinchlys to cause the puzzle piece to appear. You can either pound the ground near them to flip them over and make them vulnerable to your jump, or you can jump on them and make them vulnerable to a roll. Just be careful not to bounce back on to them a if you decide to jump on them first.
  6. Puzzle Piece #3: When you emerge, pound the post near the heart to cause a chest to appear. Open the chest to claim another puzzle piece.
  7. Continue to the right and pound the giant DK switch to cause a whale to put a bunch of bananas above the bridge to the right. Collect as many as you can and then continue heading right.
  8. When you reach a pair of platforms that are balanced like a scale, kill the Pinchly to make the platforms even, then jump to the right platform, and jump back when the left platform is high enough to let you jump to the “O.”
  9. When you get on the platform with a bunch of barrels underneath, pound it to make it fall into the water. From here, you can to solid ground and pass the continue marker.
  10. Puzzle Piece #4: The next puzzle piece is inside the treasure chest near the continue marker.
  11. Puzzle Piece #5: Head forward from the continue marker and pound the ground next to the cannon. Jump on the platform up ahead and enter into the broken ship to reach a bonus stage. Once again, you need to collect all of the coins and bananas by shooting between two barrels without entering the middle barrel.
  12. Continue forward past the shark and collect the “N” thats suspended in the air in plain sight.
  13. The waves that flip the boards up ahead will also flip the spikes. Keep this in mind as you continue across
  14. Be patient as you work you way past this next area featuring swining and rising and falling platforms. If you rush it, you will likely get hit by a shark, or jump when the platform is too far away from you.
  15. The “G” is in plain sight and should be easy to get as you make your way to the end of the level.


Level 2 – Sloppy Sands


  1. Puzzle Piece #1: To get this first puzzle piece that you no doubt can see during the level intro, you’re going to need a barrel. Ground pound the post up ahead to give you way up to the platform above and grab the DK Barrel. Take it back to the start and throw it into the wall to grab the piece.
  2. Puzzle Piece #2: As you head right, you’ll reach an enemy cannon that is shooting squids at you. Jump over it and then ground pound the group of three posts to cause another group to emerge along with a heart, a bundle of bananas and your next puzzle piece.
  3. It should go without saying, but make sure not to try and jump on the electrified squids that get fired from the cannons. Only the standard squids can be jumped on.
  4. Drop down after getting the second puzzle piece and pound the ground near the cannon to make it fire into the background and drop a bunch of banana coins.
  5. Puzzle Piece #3: After collecting the coins, head forward in between the two squid cannons and blow on the flower to reveal a puzzle piece.
  6. Continue forward and pound the ground near the treasure chest in between two squid cannons for a 1-Up balloon.
  7. Puzzle Piece #4: Jump on to the platform up ahead and look up. There is a puzzle piece just out of reach. If you go forward a bit though, a pait of squids will be shot your way. Wait for them to get under the puzzle piece and then jump on top of one and press jump just before you land on it to get the height you need to snag the piece.
  8. Keep on moving ahead and you’ll notice in the background an island with a “K”. Keep on moving forward until you pass the island and smash all of the wooden boxes. One of them will have a chest behind it. Open the chest to reveal a barrel, which will take you to the island and allow you to grab the “K” after rolling into the sand tower.
  9. Blast off back to the foreground and continue heading forward. The next puzzle piece should grab your eye under the pier.
  10. Puzzle Piece #5: In order to get this puzzle piece, walk to the end of the pier and drop down next to the cannon. Ground pound to shoot the cannon and drop part of the pier, allowing you to jump across the floating debris and collect the piece.
  11. The “O” is just up ahead next to a trio of squid cannons. Take note of which one is about to fire by looking at the eyes that appear. When you see eyes, the cannon is getting ready to fire.
  12. The next letter is a bit tricky. The “N” is floating high in the air, far out of reach of a standard jump. However, a line of Squidlys are being fired in its direction. Stand on the pier and wait for a squidly to appear. Just before it crosses over your head, jump up, stomp it, and hold down jump to hover to the letter. If you need Diddy, there is a DK barrel just to the right of the continue marker up ahead.
  13. Puzzle Piece #6: The next puzzle piece is located under the pier you just used to help you get the “N”. Roll through the wall to reach a bonus room. Use the bouncy platform to collect all of the items in the room.
  14. Head to the right to find a giant DK switch. Pound it until its pressed and then use the barrel to blast off toward the fortress.
  15. Start heading up the platforms and moving water barrels until you can cling to the grass. Climb up and jump to the right wall to collect the “G.” before continuing heading up.
  16. After you clear the area with the grass wheel, climb up to the next platform and you’ll find a chest, which can be opened for a heart.
  17. Puzzle Piece #7: On this same platform as the chest with the heart, head into the barrels on the right to find the last puzzle piece.
  18. All that is left to do know is shoot up past the Squidlys and hit the end of the level barrel.


Level 3 – Peaceful Pier


  1. Puzzle Piece #1: The first puzzle piece can be found right at the start of the level by b lowing the first light green bundle of grass.
  2. You’ll run into a flaming Tiki enemy as you move forward. Blow out his flames by blowing on him and then jump on his head like a normal enemy.
  3. Use the barrels to shoot yourself into the rocket barrel.
  4. Rocket barrels are controlled by holding 2 to give yourself altitude. The more you hold it, the higher you will go. By letting go of the button, the barrel will descend.
  5. This level is entirely skill based, but here are a few tips to get you through it.
  6. First is to always try to follow the banana trails whenever possible. All four of the KONG letters are at the end of banana trails, so it’s an easy way to make sure that you get all of them. In addition, being able to control your rocket to the point of being able to collect all of those bananas in a line is a skill that should be worked on for future, much harder levels that use the rocket barrel.
  7. When you pass the halfway marker, you’ll have to deal with cannonballs being fired from a ship in the background. The cannonballs themselves can’t hurt you; only the explosions. Use the cannonballs as a measure of where the explosion will occur and manuever yourself around it.
  8. Puzzle Piece #2: The second puzzle piece can be found by collecting all of the bananas in the banana trail right after flying through several rows of bananas.
  9. Puzzle Piece #3 and #4: These two Puzzle pieces are found one after the other. When the pirate ship shoots a line of cannons at the top half of the screen, get low to avoid the explosions, but then ascend to try and get the puzzle piece at the tail end of the explosions. The same is the case for the upcoming barrage of cannon fire assaulting the bottom half of the screen.
  10. Puzzle Piece #5: When you reach the end of the level barrel, instead of hitting it, head to the right and pound the trap door to drop into a bonus area. Use the barrel to collect all of the items and snag the final puzzle piece.


Level 4 – Cannon Cluster


  1. Puzzle Piece #1: The first puzzle piece can be found just to the right of the start. Pound the post, then pound the next one that emerges and head left to find the puzzle piece now on top of the first post.
  2. Take care as you head right across the beach that is being bombarded by cannon fire.
  3. Puzzle Piece #2: When you reach the pits guarded by Jellyblobs, jump over the first one and blow the small flower to reveal a puzzle piece.
  4. As you move forward, you’ll likely notice the “K” suspended in the air underneath the platform above. Use a roll jump to bowl through the enemy and jump to the otherside. Remember, a roll jump is when you roll off a ledge and then jump before the roll finishes.
  5. Keep on heading right past the cannon bombarded pier until you’re back on sandy ground again.
  6. Puzzle Piece #3: The next puzzle piece can be found by ground pounding the post, then jumping back onto the pier where another post has emerged. Hover or roll jump from there to reach the puzzle piece to the right.
  7. Puzzle Piece #4: A couple of steps to the right after getting the third puzzle piece is another post for you to pound. This will cause a post to appear next to a fan. Keep on blowing into the fan to cause a platform underneath the barrel to rise up. When its high enough, quickly jump to the platform and leap into the barrel to reach a bonus room. Collect all of the items here to obtain the next puzzle piece.
  8. Puzzle Piece #5: When you emerge from the bonus room, head right into the sand and you’ll spot a pair of crates in the middle of a cannon fire zone. Break the crates to reveal the puzzle piece and then quickly get away to avoid getting blown up by the cannonfire.
  9. Get platform and wait for a safe window to jump on the platform to the right and reach the platform above with the “O.”
  10. Head right and you’ll eventually reach the continue marker.
  11. Puzzle Piece #6: Before continuing, grab the barrel up ahead and back track to the wrecked ship. Throw the barrel at the wall with the white target to break it. Roll inside and you’ll find the next puzzle piece.
  12. As you’re jumping across the rocking ship parts, you’ll notice the “N” floating overhead. Jump onto the wooden crate and then leap toward the letter.
  13. Keep on running forward to reach another beach that is being hit heavily by cannonballs. Before going out into the deathzone, break the crates to find a heart.
  14. When you reach the end, before you break the crates blocking your way, jump on top of them and jump to the left to grab the “G”. You need to be careful not to jump into the cannonball’s explosion after grabbing the letter.
  15. Break the crates that block your way, but be mindful of how close the cannonballs are. You probably won’t be able to break the crates in a single attempt.
  16. Grab the barrel, but hold on to it. In order to get the last puzzle piece, you’re going to need to take it all the way to the end of the level.
  17. Puzzle Piece #7: Once you reach the end of the level with the barrel, throw it at the wall with the white target and head inside for a bonus room. The bananas fly around pretty erratically here, so be careful not to chase them too far and fall off of the bouncy moving platform.
  18. With the last puzzle piece in hand, you’re good to finish the level.


Level 5 – Stormy Shore


  1. Head right past all of the crabs and jellyfish until you’re able to reach the grassy wall. Climb up and switch sides to claim the “K.”
  2. Puzzle Piece #1: Climb up the grassy wall on the left side all the way to the top to find the first puzzle piece. Continue heading left to find a couple of banana coins as well.
  3. Continue heading right to pick up a DK barrel.
  4. Puzzle Piece #2: Just to the right of the barrel is a trapdoor. Pound it and head inside the doorway to the right to reach a bonus stage. Collect all of the bananas, coins, and balloons to obtain the puzzle piece.
  5. Head right after exiting the bonus room to reach a continue marker and the “O.” You should be able to grab it by leaping from the higher platform on the right.
  6. Continue heading right along the bobbing pieces of wreckage in the ocean. If you can manage to jump off the line of three squidly’s and time your jump each time so you bounce high, you can grab a 1-Up balloon on the way.
  7. Puzzle Piece #3: When you spot a barrel in the water, hop in and wait for it to point straight up before firing. It’s extremely important to make sure that the barrel is pointing straight up and not slightly to the left or right. If you do it properly, you’ll be laucnhed into the puzzle piece and then will land back in the barrel.
  8. Puzzle Piece #4: Pick up the DK Barrel and then pound the nearby post to pop up the next puzzle piece.
  9. Continue heading right and pay attention to the background. The octopus’s arm will periodically come crashing down on a platform, taking it and whatever is on it out.
  10. Collect the “N” On the top platform of a piece of ship wreckage and then continue heading right.
  11. Keep on moving right to eventually reach a continue marker. In this next area, the octopus will pop up and have its arms block the gaps between platforms. Wait for the arms to fall before you jump across.
  12. Climb the clingy wall to the top.
  13. Puzzle Piece #5: When you reach the top of the clingy wall, open the chest to find the next puzzle piece.
  14. As you climb down the next wall, make sure to hop to the other side whenever you move past one of the arms.
  15. Grab the barrel at the bottom and use it to break open the bag with the green dot. A chest containing a bunch of coins and bananas will appear.
  16. Grab on to the clingy ceiling and carefully make your way to the right. Octopus arms will appear will little warning, so take it slow, especially if you’re low on life.
  17. You’ll find the “G” after passing the last continue marker. It is suspended high in the air and can only be grabbed by bouncing off the third squidly that appears. If it helps, you can try just bouncing off all three of them consecutively to reach the “G.” Thankfully, if you miss it, you can just die and restart from the nearby continue marker. Just make sure you have the lives to spare.
  18. After getting the last letter, continue forward a little more to reach the end of the level.


Level 6 – Blowhole Bound


  1. You’ll find the “K” on top of a platform close to the start. Grab the DK Barrel along the way and stomp the crablys.
  2. Use the nearby barrel to bowl through the line of enemies up ahead and continue forward until you spot a small trapdoor.
  3. Puzzle Piece #1: Ground pound the trapdoor to drop into a bonus room. Bounce off the moving platform to collect all of the bananas and coins to obtain the puzzle piece.
  4. Continue to the right until you’re on the back of a whale. Ground pound the anchor plugging its blowhole to cause the whale to start swimming forward.
  5. You’ll be on the whale for a while before you reach your next noteworthy collectible. Make sure to avoid the squidlys and crablys that try to damage you while on the whale. Whenever you see platforms, jump on them to avoid getting left behind in the water when the whale takes a dive.
  6. The “O” will show up when you come to the second set of platforms. Jump off the platform to get the “O” and then land back on the whale’s back.
  7. When you spot a couple of floating platforms in the water, jump on to them and jump across to reach an island.
  8. Puzzle Piece #2: Pound the ground near the tree next to the checkpoint to eventually shake out a puzzle piece.
  9. Open the chests and blow the dandelions for some banana coins and an extra life, then continue to the end and jump back on the whale.
  10. Puzzle Piece #3 The next puzzle piece is suspended high in the air over a group of squidlys. Make sure to jump on the non electrified enemies and press jump just before you land on them to bounce high enough to grab the piece.
  11. Jump in the next barrel and you’ll blast off to a series of platforms. You need to be quick as you make your way across or the whale will barge right through you. When you reach the last platform, wait for the whale to re-emerge and jump back on to its back.
  12. To get the “N,” position yourself over the whale’s blowhole and ground pound it once you’re right under the letter to get shot up into it.
  13. Puzzle Piece #4: Continue running away from the pursuing whale and you’ll eventually spot the next puzzle piece suspended in the air over one of the platforms. Quickly grab it and then immediately jump to the next platform. If you take too long, the whale will take out the platform you’re standing on and you’ll fall to your death.
  14. Puzzle Piece #5: After getting the previous puzzle piece and jumping back on to the whale, you’ll come to a long line of bananas. At the very top will be the puzzle piece. This is tricky, but you need to jump on to the crab that boards the whale right as the puzzle piece comes into view. Make sure to jump again right before you land on the crab to get enough height to grab the puzzle piece.
  15. The “G” will come into the view at the end of the trail of bananas. Either jump off a crab to get it, or time your jump so that you can grab it just as it dips down.
  16. After getting the G, you’ll soon reach the end of the level.


Level 7 – Tidal Terror


  1. Puzzle Piece #1: The very first puzzle piece can be found right at the beginning of the level inside a chest to the right of the start.
  2. In this level you need to watch the waves in the background. When a wave approaches, make sure you get behind a rock that can withstand it — otherwise you’ll get washed off the level.
  3. Move from rock to rock as you move forward and grab the “K” suspended in the air over a bunch of crabs. You’ll need to bounce off the crabs before the wave kills them.
  4. The red buttons you see will provide you with temporary cover from the wave. Ignore the first one though since you can just stand behind the large rock just to the left of it.
  5. When its safe, dash rightwards and take cover at the next large rock. From there, run out again when the wave crashes and pause at the next red button. When the wave gets close, pound the button to get some cover.
  6. Continue heading right to reach a safe haven where you can cling to the ceiling.
  7. Proceed over the shark and drop down to collect the “O.”
  8. Puzzle Piece #2: Continue right to the wooden wreckage and pound the post to reveal a puzzle piece to the right.
  9. Puzzle Piece #3: Right after you claim the previous puzzle piece, pound the nearby trapdoor to drop into a bonus stage. Take your time shooting from barrel to barrel to grab all of the items and grab your puzzle piece.
  10. Use the barrel to take out the line of crabs up ahead and then continue heading right when its safe to reach a continue marker.
  11. Climb across the clingy ceiling, not even pausing to avoid the sharks. They won’t hit you as long as you keep moving.
  12. Puzzle Piece #4: Drop down when you see a small platform with a chest. Inside is the next puzzle piece.
  13. Use a roll jump to collect the “N” and then grab the DK Barrel on the next platform.
  14. Puzzle Piece #5 Continue forward until you come to a safe area with a clingy ceiling and a bucket. Keep on pounding the ground until a puzzle piece comes out of the bucket.
  15. This next part is a bit tough. Wait for the wave to crash against the wall and then dash out. When you spot the next button, wait for the crab to pass over it. Make sure not to jump on the crab! When the crab passes over the button, jump on it and quickly pound the ground to narrowly escape being washed away by the wave.
  16. Continue heading right to reach some wooden shelter from the waves. When you spot the “G,” you can either bounce off the squidlys to reach it, or use Diddy’s jetpack to hover over to it after jumping off the tallest cannon on the right.
  17. Pound the ground near the giant treasure chest to open it and reveal the end of the level barrel.


Boss – Pinchin Pirates


  1. This multiphase boss fight consists of fighting against three crabs at once.
  2. In the first phase, you just have to take them on one-on-one. Jump on their head to bring up their pincirs, then pound the ground to flip them and jump on their belly.
  3. You need to be quick with the initial jump. If you give them too much time, they might raise their claws up to get some cheers from the crowd, which will damage you if you happen to jump on them at that time.
  4. Once you’ve stomped each crab individually, they’ll stack on to each other. Now you need to wait for them to lift their arms up and then roll into them to knock them down.
  5. Once knocked down, you can jump on each of their bellies. You need to hit all three before they turn over to move on to the next phase.
  6. Next you’ll have to take them each on individually again, only this time they move much faster.
  7. The strategy doesn’t change much despite the added speed. If you find like they are getting you when they lift their claws up, you might want to just wait until they lift their claws, then jump on them as soon as they drop them back down.
  8. Once you stomp them individually, they’ll stack again and repeat the second phase, only faster.
  9. It may be a little tricky to bounce on all of the crabs’ bellies before they turn back over. After you knock them down, make sure that you roll to the outside so that when they fall, you can get some good momentum and bounce on all three. Remember to press jump right before you land on them to get extra height.


World 3 – Ruins


Level 1 – Wonky Waterway
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Level 2 – Button Bash


  1. Puzzle Piece #1: Right at the start, pound the grond near the stone head and then quickly move away to avoid getting smashed when it falls. Hop on top of it to claim the puzzle piece.
  2. Puzzle Piece #2: Head right and use the barrels to shoot into the cave. When you land, head left and pound the flower to get the next puzzle piece.
  3. Pound the DK Button to cause three barrels to appear. You can use them to work your way up to the next platform.
  4. Puzzle Piece #3: But before you do that, hop into the second barrel and shoot over to the left so you grab on to the clingy wall. Follow the wall to the left to find the puzzle piece.
  5. Bounce off the Tiki Tank to reach the “K” and then use the barrel to hit the button and then shoot over to the right.
  6. In this next area you’ll have to defeat a bunch of humming birds before two barrels appear that you must shoot yourself between in order to light up a series of lights.
  7. Once you’ve lit all of the lights, use the automatic barrel to crash down below where you’ll find a series of barrels.
  8. Take your time when aiming your shot. First you need to hit the button to turn over the spikes, then shoot to the bottom barrel which will take you around.
  9. Puzzle Piece #4: When you reach the last barrel that moves up and down, shoot out when you reach the lowest point to crash through the wall and into a bonus stage.
  10. When you return from the bonus room, walk to the left and wait for the Chicken Stilts to approach you so you can grab the “O” by bouncing off of it.
  11. Hit the next switch and use the barrel to blast into the background where there will be a continue marker.
  12. Puzzle Piece #5: Grab onto the clingy wall above and climb to the left. Shake the remote near the flower to cough up a barrel that will shoot you to a bonus room.
  13. Climb the clingy wall again and this time head right. Drop into the barrel below and then shoot to the above barrel where you’ll have to press four buttons to make the spikes go away.
  14. Blow out the Tiki Torch and roll through him so you don’t bounce off his head and hit the spikes above.
  15. Puzzle Piece #6:Head to the right and climb down the circular grassy object to find the next puzzle piece.
  16. Work your way up using the barrels and clingy wall and then slide down the ramp to reach an extensive barrel section.
  17. Hit the red button to flip the barrels and then shoot to the barrel to the right to nab the “N.”
  18. Aim to reach the automatic barrel to return to solid ground. Kill the chickens in the next area to raise a switch.
  19. After pounding the switch, platforms will start to appear.
  20. Puzzle Piece #7: Heading to the top right will cause you to move on, but if you manage to get to the top left, you’ll find a puzzle piece waiting for you.
  21. Collect the “G” suspended in the air as you work your way to the top right barrel, which will shoot you into several automatic barrels.
  22. When you reach the last barrel, you’ll have to shoot yourself into the mouth of a monkey statue three times. You have three chances, so make them count. The final one has the statue spinning really fast, so make sure to fire well in advance


Level 3 – Mast Blast


  1. Puzzle Piece #1: After blasting into the background for the second time, head left and leap over the gap to a small platform with a dandelion. Blow on the dandelion to find your puzzle piece.
  2. Continue past the Tiki Torch and down the slope to find the “K.”
  3. Keep on sliding and blasting until you reach the beach
  4. Puzzle Piece #2: Head right past the check point to trigger some crabs to emerge. Lead them over to the far left where there are a bunch of boxes. Bounce off the crab to reach the top of the box and then start pounding through them. The last box will have a puzzle piece.
  5. Puzzle Piece #3: Head right and you’ll find the next puzzle piece in plain sight under a breakable box.
  6. Continue heading right past the spike trap and quickly jump on the box to grab the “O.” If you’re not quick enough, the cannon balls will land on the explosive box, taking away your chance at getting the letter.
  7. Jump on to the nearby post and then leap on top of the stacked boxes to continue forward.
  8. When you spot a barrel under two explosive boxes, wait on top of them until a cannonball comes by and blows them up. Use the barrel below to blast over to the ship in the background.
  9. Use your rolls to break through the gates and work your way to the ship’s deck.
  10. Head through the red gate to the right to break a mast and then continue forward to reach a continue marker.
  11. Pound the red grate below and grab the “N” before blasting over to the next ship.
  12. Once on the next ship, roll through the steering wheel and drop down to the bottom level.
  13. Puzzle Piece #4: Once on the bottom level of the deck, position yourself over the explosive box and wait for a cannonball to blow it up. Head inside the barrel below for a bonus level.
  14. Once you get the puzzle piece, head back out and use the clingy ceiling above to drop into the automatic barrel.
  15. Use the next platform as a see-saw to grab the “G.”
  16. Puzzle Piece #5:Drop down and jump over to the platform on the right. Jump onto the stack of two explosive boxes and roll jump to the right to reach the front end of the ship. All the way on the right will be the next puzzle piece.
  17. Puzzle Piece #6: Head back to where the “G” was and this time head to the left side of the ship. Instead of jumping into the barrel, roll jump below it and aim to land on the arch. From there, roll jump over to the back of the ship and you’ll find another puzzle piece.
  18. Head back to where the “G” was and head once again to the left. Enter the barrel to shoot up where a cannonball will break a part of the ship.
  19. Puzzle Piece #7: Jump down to a platform underneath the swinging platforms and wait for a cannonball to blow up the explosive box. Inside will be the final puzzle piece.
  20. Jump on the swinging platforms to eventually reach a vine. Use the vine to reach the barrel, which will take you to the end of the level.


Level 4 – Dank Dungeon


  1. Puzzle Piece #1: Head forward into the ruins and grab the DK Barrel just after the first wheel. Hold on to the barrel as you ride the wheel up and then leap off to the right to use the barrel to destroy the bag. Inside will be the first puzzle piece.
  2. Climb across the clingy ceiling up ahead and drop down to grab the “K” be careful of the jumping sharks and crumbling platforms along the way.
  3. Puzzle Piece #2: Right after you drop down from the end of the clingy ceiling, pound the ground to reveal a hidden room below with a puzzle piece.
  4. Puzzle Piece #3: Use the next waterwheel to reach a pair of platforms. Get on the bottom platform and pound the ground next to the lava lamp to break it and find the next puzzle piece.
  5. Puzzle Piece #4: Use the next small waterwheel to reach another platform that will soon be occupied by a falling statue in the background. Avoid the statue and then ground pound it to reveal the next puzzle piece.
  6. Jump to the next waterwheel and grab the “O”
  7. Puzzle Piece #5: Below the next water wheel is a dandelion. Blow on it to find the next puzzle piece.
  8. Grab the barrel and jump to the next platform to the right. Try to throw the barrel so that it hits all of the lined up Awks up ahead. Be careful crossing the platforms, as they will crumble a bit after you step on them.
  9. Puzzle Piece #6: After you pass the continue marker, drop down to the platform below and grab on to the faintly visible clingy ceiling to the right. Follow it to reach a bonus room.
  10. When you emerge from the bonus room, grab and throw the DK barrel above and continue heading right, killing the chicken on stilts on the way. Don’t enter the barrel just yet though.
  11. Drop down to the platform below and blow into the pinwheel to reveal a platform in the background. Use the barrel to shoot toward it.
  12. Puzzle Piece #7: As soon as you land, roll jump to the left to pick up the next puzzle piece. You need to be quick because the platform you land on after getting blasted by the barrel will collapse. When you get the puzzle piece, pound near the lava lamp and use the barrel to blast off to the right.
  13. Be careful of the sharks as you move across the various water wheels on your way toward the end of the level.
  14. Puzzle Piece #8: There is a barrel on one of the water wheels. Pick it up and carry it to the top of the second wheel where there will be a bag hanging over the gap on the right side. Use the barrel to break the bag and obtain the next puzzle piece.
  15. Grab the “N” as you jump into the barrel and then head across the clingy ceiling to get the “G.”
  16. Puzzle Piece #9: Right under the “G” is a trap door that will lead you to a bonus room.
  17. Continue across one more giant water wheel and jump past a giant shark to reach the end of the level.


Level 5 – Itty Bitty Biters


  1. Puzzle Piece #1:Right from the start, head left to find a clingy wall with a barrel at the top. The barrel will shoot you into a bonus room
  2. Grab on to the vine to open the statue’s mouth and head inside.
  3. Biters will suddenly emerge as you continue through the ruins and reach the area with a bunch of bags in the background.
  4. Continue heading right until you see a caged bite and the “K” suspended in the air. Pound the ground near the caged biter to flip it, then jump on top and pound it into the ground. Stay on top, and when it flips out of the ground, it will pop you into the air high enough to grab hold of the vine to open the door. Grab the “K” block while you’re at it as well.
  5. Puzzle Piece #2: Continue right and jump on the top platform up ahead. Jump into the wall on the left to find a secret room with a puzzle piece.
  6. Use the DK Barrel to kill the red biter. Normally these enemies would take two jumps in order to take out.
  7. Puzzle Piece #3: Another caged biter will block the way on a small platform. Do the same thing you did for the last one to boost yourself up to the barrel above and blast off to a bonus room.
  8. Continue heading right across the biter filled platforms until you reach the next stretch of solid ground. An “O” is placed underneath the last platform. In order to get it, you need to roll jump out to it and then quickly redirect yourself to land back on the platform.
  9. Puzzle Piece #4: Use the next caged biter to launch yourself up to the platform above and then fall down on the right side. Head into the small opening to the left to reach a secret room with the next puzzle piece.
  10. Up ahead you’ll run into a tower of brown biters known as an AckStack. Approach these guys to make them lean back and then attempt to fall on you. After they lean back, wait for them to open their mouths. Once they do, quickly run far away until they fall down. Once they’re grounded
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