Bobbing Barrel Brawl
Bobbing Barrel Brawl is the tenth level of Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! It is also the fifth area of Kremwood Forest.
For most of this riverside level, the Kongs play as Ellie. Nibblas, in their debut, lurk in most bodies of water around the level, trying to attack the Animal Friend. They cannot be defeated, so Ellie must avoid them throughout the whole level. However, the Nibblas are very fast, and they can attack the elephant as soon as she touches the water. Therefore, she has to use the many barrels scattered around the level and throw them into the water. The barrels float on the water's surface, allowing Ellie to cross the lakes and rivers with ease, while dodging the restless Nibblas. In this level, Ellie can also suck up water to shoot at her enemies. These enemies include green Buzzes, who appear all around the level to get in the Kongs' way. Other enemies in this rather early level include Krimps, Booty Birds, and Knik-Knaks (in their only occurrence of walking on the ground).
Noticeably, this level features several groups of bananas that form letters. These letters indicate the button that the player must push to perform certain actions with Ellie. For example, in the Super Nintendo Entertainment System version of the game, Ellie encounters a group of bananas that form the shape of the letter Y, meaning that the player must hit the Y button to make the elephant perform an action that she can use to progress through that part of the level.
The Kongs begin the level near a long ledge that they must drop down to in order to find a DK Barrel and a Booty Bird that hovers over a red Buzz. If they defeat the Booty Bird, the enemy drops a TNT Barrel on the Buzz below it, who guards the letter K. The primates can find a small pool of water with a Nibbla in it ahead of here, and an Auto Fire Barrel is above it. The barrel can blast them on top of a tall area of land with an Animal Barrel on the edge of it. When the barrel is entered, the Kongs are turned into Ellie the Elephant, who must continue down a few ledges farther ahead of here to reach some Krimps and another small pool of water with a Nibbla in it. Ellie can cross the water without falling into it by using the two barrels that float on top of it. A green Buzz guards one of the barrels, and a group of bananas is behind it that form the letters L and R (or, in the Game Boy Advance version, the letter R alone). After Ellie crosses the water, she reaches a few bananas with the letter O among them. An area of water is ahead of here with a Nibbla and a steel keg in it. The steel keg can only help Ellie cross a portion of the water, but if she defeats a nearby Booty Bird, who flies over the other half of the water, it drops another steel keg that can be used to cross in the water. Immediately after passing this area of water, the pachyderm encounters another pool of water with a Booty Bird and a red Buzz guarding a Bonus Barrel above it. The water can be crossed with the use of a nearby Auto Fire Barrel. Once Ellie heads down the path following the water, she reaches an additional area of water that contains a Nibbla and two floating barrels, which the elephant can use to cross. However, a green Buzz hovers over the barrels.
Once Ellie reaches the other side of the water, she can find a group of bananas that form the shape of the letter Y (or the letter B in the Game Boy Advance version of the game). There are two red Buzzes ahead of her, and they both guard a TNT Barrel so that she cannot reach it. However, the elephant is able to grab the barrel by using her trunk to suck it towards her. By defeating the Buzzes with the barrel, she can progress farther into the level without being attacked by them. In the area following these wasp-like foes, she can find a Klik-Klak that flies under a Bear Coin and a barrel that sits next to another area of water. She must throw the barrel into the water to be able to use it as a platform to cross over the water, as a Nibbla can attack here at any moment if she is in the liquid. After Ellie makes her way over this water, she comes up some ledges with a Krimp on them. Once she reaches the highest part of the ground area, she can find a drop ahead of here that she must jump down to in order to reach a lower area with two red Buzzes guarding a steel keg in it. The steel keg can be used to defeat a nearby Koin, who stands under another red Buzz. The level's Star Barrel is located to the right of the Koin on a raised area of ground.
After Ellie passes the Star Barrel, she approaches a pool of water with a trail of bananas leading into it. A steel keg floats in this water, and a DK Barrel wobbles above it. On the other side of the liquid, she can find a steel keg and another water area with a Nibbla in it. She must throw the steel keg into the water in order to use it as a platform and avoid the Nibbla. A barrel floats on the surface of the right half of the water area, and some bananas and the letter N are above it. Once Ellie crosses this section of water, she comes up to a green Buzz, who hovers over a small gap of water. A wider area of water is ahead of it, and it contains a steel keg and a Nibbla. The one steel keg in it is placed in the left half of the water, but there is no barrel in the right half of it to help Ellie cross. However, a Booty Bird, who is orbited by a pair of green Buzzes, can be defeated to make a steel keg drop into the right side of the water. With the two steel kegs, the Animal Friend can cross the water area and progress to another pool of water that contains nothing but a Bonus Barrel at a bottom of it. On the other side of the water, she can find a higher piece of land with two Knik-Knaks walking along it. These foes take flight after they reach the edge of the raised area and hover above the previous body of water. Ahead of here, Ellie can find a steel keg being followed by a pool of water with a green Buzz above it and a Nibbla in it. There is one barrel floating in the surface of the water, but to be able to safely cross the whole pool of water, the pachyderm must throw a steel keg at the left side of it.
Once the water area is passed, Ellie approaches a DK Barrel and a Krimp, which are followed by another water area that the elephant can cross safely by using the barrels floating on the surface of it. A Nibbla patrols the water and can attack her if she enters it. A green Buzz is also above the water, and it guards a Booty Bird, who drops a steel keg into the water if it is defeated. If she continues to the east on the other side of this water, she soon reaches a barrel that is guarded by a red and a green Buzz. She is able to suck the barrel towards her to be able to use it to defeat the green Buzz, who blocks her way onto a raised area of land ahead. Here, she can find a Krimp with the letter G above it, which is followed by a ledge with a pool of water containing a Nibbla next to it. Three barrels float on the surface of it to help the hero cross, but they are guarded by a green Buzz that hovers over them. Another green Buzz is on the other side of the water, and once Ellie passes these foes, she comes up to a No Animal Sign that turns her back into the Kongs when passed. These apes are given a prize in the form of a Banana Bunch after Ellie passes the sign. If they continue ahead from here, they make their way onto a higher area of land with a Level Flag on it. If they raise the flag, they complete the level successfully.
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