Ancient Lake is the first track in Diddy Kong Racing and Diddy Kong Racing DS. One balloon is required to get in this track, while six are needed for the Silver Coin Challenge (or Balloon Touch Challenge in the Nintendo DS remake).
As the first course, Ancient Lake is one of the most basic courses in the game. The track is shaped like a capital 'B', with grass to the side of the road. Two lakes are at the uppermost part of Ancient Lake, located left and right respectively. A large, green dinosaur roams around the lakes, serving as an obstacle. Ancient Lake takes place during daytime and shows a blue sky with some white clouds.
The first Wish Key is found in Ancient Lake, and it is found in midair in front of an offtrack ramp. The Wish Key can only be reached if the racer performs a speed boost to it.
The track begins with a straight road. There is a small bump with a few Bananas. After the bump, there are two Red Balloons on the left and two Blue Balloons on the right. There is a gentle turn to the left. After this, players can use a Zipper. They can take the main path containing a few Bananas or they can travel on the grass to collect a Blue Balloon.
Soon, there is a overhang. Two Red Balloons surround a Blue Balloon. There is a turn to the left with the edges being water. After this turn, players can use the second and last Zipper to speed to the finish line.
In the Nintendo DS remake, the last segment is covered by a large tunnel, which is followed by a short, wooden bridge over a small river.
Silver Coin Challenge
Diddy Kong Racing
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