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Crosshair Cranky is a mode exclusively found in the Game Boy Color port of Donkey Kong Country. Here, Donkey Kong (and Diddy Kong in multiplayer mode) travel through parts throughout Donkey Kong Island where the Kongs can't usually visit in the Adventure mode. There are six different stages in this mode. It is operated by Cranky Kong, though he does not appear in the mode.
In each minigame stage, the Kong needs to use their Coconut Shooter to fire coconuts at Kremlings. In some stages, there are obstructions to avoid, such as other Kongs or Animal Friends. Every stage has a yellow-background coconut icon in the center, divided into four sections. The sections are organized from left to right (i.e. the first section is at the top-left corner and the last section is at the bottom-right). A section turns entirely brown for each coconut that DK fires (half the icon turns brown for each fired coconut in Buddies Beware). DK cannot fire any coconuts after he fires all four (or two in Buddies Beware), so the player must press to reload the supply (and therefore reset the coconut icon) so that DK can fire coconuts again. The supply cannot be reloaded until every coconut is used.
A mood icon of Donkey Kong is displayed in the bottom-left corner. By default, Donkey Kong's icon is happy. His mood will gradually worsen for each mistake that he makes, such as failing to fire at a Kritter on time. If he makes four mistakes, Donkey Kong loses. Every stage has a counter set to a specific number, which gradually decreases (usually by numbers of one) if Donkey Kong meets an objective. When the counter successfully decreases down to zero, Donkey Kong clears the stage.
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