Cracked Blocks are common breakable objects found in Donkey Kong Country Returns, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (and its Nintendo Switch port). Most Cracked Blocks contain items such as bananas and are sometimes found in stacks, especially in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. The Kongs are able to jump and stay on a Cracked Block just as on any other platform. Ground-pounding on it gradually damages the block until it breaks altogether, exposing the item inside it. Three Ground Pounds are necessary to destroy a Cracked Block, unlike crates, which require only one. Screaming Pillars turn into breakable structures when they drop on the ground, also requiring three Ground Pounds to break.
- von Esmarch, Nick, and Cory van Grier. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Prima Official Game Guide. Page 23.