Busted Bayou is the second secret level of Lost Mangroves in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and its Nintendo Switch port of the same name. This level has the same silhouetted visuals in levels such Sunset Shore from Donkey Kong Country Returns, this time with a green hue. It is unlocked after finding the secret exit in Canopy Chaos.
In Time Attack mode, a time of 1:15.00 is required to get a gold medal, a time of 1:30.00 for silver, and a time of 1:45.00 for bronze.
The level starts in a shadowy mangrove forest. The first part of the level is mostly flat. By continuing onward, Donkey Kong can find a DK Barrel on a raised piece of ground. Just ahead are some Dozies and then a small dip in the ground with a short vine which, when pulled, creates two platforms with bananas on them and part of a plane frame structure. Several other crashed airplanes can be seen in the background; among them, Samus's Gunship from the Metroid series can be spotted. At the first pit afterward, there is a pair of platforms suspended from vines via a pulley system that the Kongs can use to get up on a slope and continue to the first checkpoint.
Just after the checkpoint, the Kongs can optionally pull an Item Handle to reveal a thick vine with leaves on them. There is a frame structure of airplane wreckage that slowly tilts back and forth depending on how much weight is on it. Beds of spikes and enemies can be found on the structure, which can be avoided using the swinging vines. After this is a set of platforms held by vines and arranged as downward stairs. The Kongs must continue right until they reach a dead end. From there, they must Ground Pound through a pile of pebbles, and then Donkey Kong must pull another Item Handle so that all the surrounding wreckage collapses. This also reveals a long vine for the Kongs to climb down below to the next area with the second checkpoint.
Several Mimics and Large Mimics appear during the second half. Some time after is another Item Handle that Donkey Kong can pull to reveal a giant vine with leaf platforms growing from it. The vine leads the Kongs to another DK Barrel and a series of platforms, one of which is powered by a propeller. If Donkey Kong pulls onto this one, the smaller platforms after it will align diagonally, allowing him to roll across them easily. After that, the Kongs end up on a flat platform with an Item Handle; they must pull it to create a large vine structure with platforms, allowing the Kongs to reach the Barrel Cannon.
The Barrel Cannon launches the Kongs on another balancing plane structure in the background with the Slot Machine Barrel. This structure tilts more than the one before, and has a platform moving in the same direction as the plane, as well as a vine that triggers a pair of platforms, but also reveals two Large Mimics. Using these platforms, the Kongs can reach the goal.
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