High Tide Ride

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High Tide Ride
Screenshot of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
Level code 4-2
World Sea Breeze Cove
Game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
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High Tide Ride is the second level of Sea Breeze Cove in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and its Nintendo Switch port of the same name. It is the third minecart level in the game, and the first to introduce parallel tracks. The player must constantly switch between these tracks by tilting Control Stick left/right while pressing A Button to avoid certain obstacles. For the majority of the level, rather than have a side-scrolling view, the camera is positioned at an angle allowing the player to see the tracks more easily.

The music used in the first portion of the level is a slight variation of the title screen music of the game, but dissolves into an original song as the Kongs enter the cave.

In Time Attack mode, a time of 2:11.00 is required to get a gold medal, a time of 2:12.00 for silver, and a time of 2:13.00 for bronze.


Screenshot of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong on the minecart before entering the cave.

The level begins on a sandy area full of cargo crates, with a rock wall to the left. Just beyond the two wooden platforms, which are suspended in the air by ropes, is a Barrel Cannon that launches the Kongs onto the minecart. While traveling down the path, the Kongs must jump along parts of a broken railway track levitated by water spouts and avoid two Snaggles en route to the first checkpoint, which is elevated above the rails. Shortly after that, the camera shifts to an over-the-shoulder view as Kongs ride down a steep slope and into an underwater ruins, where they must jump over a Blue Hootz and reach a gate opening the way to a set of three parallel tracks. The Kongs must jump between lanes to avoid crashing into the wooden barricades and falling off the end of a track, along with more Blue Hootzes.

High Tide Ride
Overhead view of Donkey Kong avoiding weights on tracks

After the paths converge, just before the next gate, a Horror Gills suddenly appears from the water and eats out part of the track, forcing the Kongs to jump over the resulting gap. The ruins area is separated into long rooms that are each closed off by a brown circular door that automatically opens when the Kongs approach it. In the next few rooms, the Kongs must jump between a few more pairs of parallel tracks and dodge multiple wooden panels that move left and right, blocking one of the paths. The Kongs eventually reach the next checkpoint, where the camera returns to a side-scrolling view. During this section, large stone blocks drop from the ceiling, forming a track for the Kongs. They must also duck under spiked blocks that drop down. Near the end of the short sequence, the platforms get smaller, and the Kongs must avoid the Snaggles which start appearing between the gaps. After launching out of a Barrel Cannon, the camera reverts to an angled view as the Kongs must jump along a series of more tracks levitated by water spouts, walls to dodge, and another Horror Gills taking a bite out of the track. The next few rooms do not have anything except rails suspended above the pit by water spouts.

Shortly after the third checkpoint, the Kongs will enter a Barrel Cannon that takes them to a set of five parallel tracks, while the camera pans to an overhead view. Several weights drop onto the tracks, forcing the Kongs to switch tracks constantly. After the paths converge, the minecart moves across a few bumpy segments before derailing into the pit and throwing the Kongs onto a platform with the Slot Machine Barrel.


KONG Letters[edit]

  • K: Obtained by jumping off the higher of the two rail tracks shortly after the first water spout.
  • O: On the left parallel path just after the first set of parallel tracks converge.
  • N: Above a pair of Blue Hootzes a short distance after launching out of a Barrel Cannon that opens a gate.
  • G: Found on the second track from the left of the five parallel tracks.

Puzzle Pieces[edit]

  1. Underneath the first platform at the start is a Barrel Cannon leading to a Bonus Area. The Kongs must use the vines here to collect all of the bananas to earn the Puzzle Piece.
  2. Found on the edge of the track just past the barricade, after jumping past a pair of Snaggles.
  3. Revealed after collecting all of the bananas on the first set of parallel tracks.
  4. Revealed after collecting all of the bananas in the section with the moving wooden panels.
  5. Near a lone stone block that falls from the ceiling and sinks into the water.


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze content/Worlds/w04_ocean/l02_ocean_minecart.pak l02_ocean_minecart.pak Ocean Level 2: Minecart

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese レフト・ライト・トロッコ
Refuto Raito Torokko
Left-Right Minecart

French Mines sous-marines
Underwater Mines
German Aquattack
Portmanteau of aqua and attack.
Italian Scorrazzata Subacquea
Underwater Scamper
Spanish Raíles hostiles
Hostile Rails