Hideout Helm is the eighth and final level of Donkey Kong 64. It is the Kremling Krew's battle station located inside the head of Crocodile Isle. The lobby is accessible after the Kongs unlock Padlocks 6 and 7 on K. Lumsy's cage (meaning the player must collect the Boss Keys in Crystal Caves and Creepy Castle). To enter the level itself, the Kongs must have a minimum of 100 Golden Bananas.
This is the only level in Donkey Kong 64 in which a Kasplat does not appear (excluding its appearance in the Battle Arena as well as the Kasplat that K. Rool sicced one of his giant Klaptraps on in a prior cutscene).
After K. Lumsy's celebration, the mouth of Crocodile Isle is knocked open, and is where the Kongs can enter the lobby. The mouth can be reached by climbing up the ship, or if Tiny Kong uses her Monkeyport ability from a Tiny Pad.
Hideout Helm functions as the control room of the Crocodile Isle and features the Blast-o-Matic. The Kongs must decommission the Blast-o-Matic before it fully charges, which King K. Rool plots to blast at Donkey Kong Island. The Kongs have a limited amount of time to meet this objective, which is shown from a timer. It counts down from ten minutes by default, but Snide can delay it by a minute for each Blueprint he has received. There are forty Blueprints in total, meaning that the highest possible countdown is 50 minutes. The timer does not take pauses, even when selecting a Kong from a Tag Barrel or on the "Try Again" screen shown when losing a Bonus Barrel challenge. If the timer runs out, the player gets a Game Over, and the associated cutscene plays.
Hideout Helm is unique from the previous levels in that it has few collectibles. It only features five Banana Medals and a Battle Arena Crown, the former of which replaces the Golden Bananas. The Kong Family shops and Snide's H.Q. are not featured. There is only one pair of Bananaporters, the first pad being at the entrance and the other being in K. Rool's throne room.
Hideout Helm has a throne room where King K. Rool is located in. It has a door depicting both the Nintendo Coin and Rareware Coin, which are both needed to open it. The final Boss Key and two Banana Fairies are located behind the door. It is possible to capture them without accessing the door, by using the Banana Fairy's Camera from the outer glass window.
First, Lanky Kong must use his OrangStand technique to get up two slopes. A Kritter and Klaptrap come before the first one while a Klump precedes the second slope. Lanky then ends up in a circular, symmetrical room with another Klump and a Pineapple Switch. He must jump into a nearby Tag Barrel and have Chunky shoot the switch. Doing so moves down a stone wall and reveals another pathway. Here, the Kongs must jump between five vines over the lava.
Another circular, symmetrical room appears afterward. Tiny Kong is required in this part, as there is a nearby Tiny Barrel requiring her to walk into a small pipe. This specific Kong Barrel somehow grants her indefinite Crystal Coconut energy. The pipe leads to the room with the Blast-o-Matic, and a gate door automatically opens for Tiny just before she exits the pipe.
Tiny must jump into a Tag Barrel to swap out for Donkey Kong. He must walk behind the Blast-o-Matic and then use Gorilla Grab to pull a switch. This causes five DK stars to surround the Blast-o-Matic's second floor, and a Diddy Barrel also appears next to the Tag Barrel. There is a 60 second time limit for Diddy Kong to utilize Rocketbarrel Boost and fly through the stars. Doing so successfully opens five doors (which have a roman numeral on them, either 1-5) each leading to a room with a power generator for the Blast-o-Matic.
Each room has a differently colored generator powering a power stream of the Blast-o-Matic with the same color, and must be deactivated by a Kong of the associated color. The generators are protected by a force field, which take away a quarter melon of the Kongs' health if touched. Every room (aside from Diddy's, which can only be reached with his Rocketbarrel Boost) is blocked off by a flimsy gate that can only be removed from Chunky's Primate Punch.
Every room has a glass door that prevents the Kongs from entering, and each one can be opened by a Music Pad. These pads only appear individually, as the next one appears after a Kong has completed their two challenges. The challenges are done in the order of Donkey Kong, Chunky, Tiny, Lanky, and lastly Diddy. Each generator room either features one or two enemies. Donkey Kong's room features a Kritter, both Chunky's and Lanky's have a Klaptrap and Kritter, Tiny's has a single Klump, and Diddy's has two Klaptraps. After every power stream is deactivated, the Blast-o-Matic shuts off, the timer stops, and the door depicting K. Rool's head opens up.
The active Kong must go down the newly-accessible hallway leading to the Control Room, which has the steering wheel, some computer screens, and the second Bananaport Pad. A single Klaptrap is at the left side, near the steering wheel, while a Kritter is on the right side. There is also a door depicting the Battle Arena Crown and the number 4 on it, indicating a minimum requirement of four Battle Arena Crowns to enter. This leads to the throne room. Just as the door opens, a cutscene shows K. Rool retreating into his airship, the King Kruiser II. The last objective is for the Kongs to obtain the Boss Key behind the Nintendo/Rareware Coin Door.
Unlike previous words, the Bonus Stages take place inside a steel drum with K. Rool's head. Each Kong must complete two challenges, which then deactivates their corresponding color of the Blast-o-Matic. Each Kong wins a Banana Medal for completing both challenges.
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