Jungle Hijinxs (Donkey Kong Country Returns)

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Jungle Hijinxs
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World-Level 1 - 1
World Jungle
Game Donkey Kong Country Returns (3D)
Music Jungle Hijinxs
Notes This is the first level in the game.
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This article is about the level in Donkey Kong Country Returns. For the level in Donkey Kong Country, see Jungle Hijinxs (Donkey Kong Country).

Jungle Hijinxs is the first level of Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. It is located within the Jungle area of Donkey Kong Island.

One can enter Donkey Kong's treehouse for a second time to find an Extra Life Balloon and a TV that can be turned on with a Ground Pound to reveal the game's title screen on it. Similar to the Jungle Hijinxs from the first Donkey Kong Country, this stage is rather basic, with very few pits. However, the level does feature some new enemies, such as Screaming Pillars, Frogoons, Tiki Goons, Awks, and Rawks. The Kongs can also enter the background of a level for the first time here by using an Auto Fire Barrel.

In the Time Attack mode, a time of 0:57:00 is required to get a gold medal, a time of 1:17:00 for silver, and a time of 1:45:00 for bronze.


The level begins with Donkey and Diddy exiting their treehouse after defeating the Kalimba Tiki. If they travel forward along the sandy pathway, they head into a deeper part of the jungle, where they meet an Awk near a stone block that they can break. A dandelion and three more Awks follow the stone cube. Trees that the primates can stand on are above them, and one of the trees has the letter K on it. Blocks are located after the tree holding the letter K. A Tiki Goon is between a pair of blocks and a single one. The heroes reach a trio of Screaming Pillars along the way; the third pillar has a stone block on top of it the quickly falls when it is startled. After the duo passes a lone Banana Bunch, they come up to a hill. As they cross it, a flying ship with a Tiki foe on it appears in the background.

Donkey Kong bounces on a large, red flower.

However, it soon flies away, leaving the Kongs unharmed. A pair of Awks and three plants that contain items follow the bridge. A floor tile nearby here has a hidden area under it, which contains some collectibles. Donkey and Diddy can soon find two Frogoons around a raised area of land with a large, bouncy flower next to it in a slightly lower area. When the heroes bounce on this, two giant statues of Mugly to the left and right of them shoot out many bananas. After passing another raised area of land with a Frogoon on it, the Kongs come along a path leading to an Awk and a series of three platforms. Two of the platforms are placed in the air with a gap between them, and another is located directly above the same gap. Bananas and a Tiki Goon are also on the platforms, and the letter "O" is in the gap. To reach the "O", DK must do a roll jump. Professor Chops and the first checkpoint wait immediately after these platforms.

Another raised area of land follows a DK Barrel in this area. Two Awks march near a gap full of spikes ahead. Eventually, Donkey and Diddy reach a giant button that makes a new area appear in the background if pounded on several times. Once they shoot to the background with the Barrel Cannon that appears, they land on top of some tall, pillar-like platforms that are pushed downwards when hit. Awks are on some of these pillars, and they are followed by two additional Awks in a flat area of land. Four platforms are attached to a solid wall above here. The first of these platforms holds the letter N, while the second carries a heart. If they climb up all of the platforms, they can reach a Barrel Cannon that shoots them towards many Auto Fire Barrels in the air. The barrels shoot them through the air and then onto solid ground again, where a barrel and a block can be found. A raised area is after the block with two Tiki Goons on it. A heart and another stone cube is located at the end of the raised land, which is followed by a bridge with some Awks on it. Awks and Rawks march along the pathway ahead, trying to attack the primates. Several stone structures are placed above all of these foes, and they lead to the letter G and even a Puzzle Piece. Two large, red flowers can be seen ahead. If they Kongs bounce from the second flower, they can reach the level's Slot Machine Barrel; hitting this barrel makes the level complete.


Hidden Collectibles and Objects[edit]

K-O-N-G Letters[edit]

  • K: When the heroes reach a trio of Awks near the beginning of the level, they can find the letter K on a treetop. They must jump from a stone block to reach it.
  • O: The letter O is in the last abyss before the checkpoint. They must roll-jump to grab it safely. In 2-Player Mode, a Kong can instead jump into the abyss to get it.
  • N: The letter N is on the first platform in the background area of the level that the primates can use to climb up to the next Barrel Cannon.
  • G: The primates should bounce on a Rawk near the end of the level to reach a high area of platforms. The letter G is high in the air after the last platform that they can jump to in order to grab.

Puzzle Pieces[edit]

The primates begin a Bonus Level.
  1. Immediately at the start of the level, the Kongs should head backwards into their empty Banana Hoard to find a Puzzle Piece.
  2. The Kongs should head left fro the letter K along the treetops to reach a platform with a dandelion on it. If they blow on the flower, a Puzzle Piece appears.
  3. The primates should pound on the remains of the last Screaming Pillar in the level to release a Puzzle Piece.
  4. The heroes should pound on a large plant shortly after a Tiki enemy appears in the background in a flying ship. When they do so, a Puzzle Piece is revealed.
  5. When the duo jumps on the first bouncy, red flower in the level, statues nearby shoot bananas across the air. If they collect all of these bananas, a Puzzle Piece appears.
  6. As soon as the primates reach the background area in the level, they should roll-jump over the abyss to the left to get on a small platform with a dandelion on it. If they blow on the plant, a Puzzle Piece appears.
  7. Shortly after the duo exits the background area of the level, they can find a raised area of land with two Tiki Goons on it. If they pound on the stone tilt in the middle of here, they fall into the hidden Bonus Level, where they must shoot through a Barrel Cannon to collect fifty-seven bananas, two Banana Coins, and an Extra Life Balloon. If they collect everything within thirty seconds, a Puzzle Piece appears.
  8. When the heroes reach the Rawk enemies near the end of the level, they should bounce on one of them to reach some raised platforms. If they head left on these, they come up to a platform with a Puzzle Piece above it.
  9. At the end of the level, Donkey and Diddy should ignore the Slot Machine Barrel and head into the wall to the right, where they can enter a hidden alcove with the ninth and final Puzzle Piece in it.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バナナジャングル
Banana Janguru
Banana Jungle
Spanish Jungla Escandalosa Scandalous Jungle
French (NOA) Jungle Enjouée Playful Jungle
French (NOE) Jungle Déjantée Crazy Jungle
German Dschungel-Fieber Jungle Fever
Italian Giungla Selvaggia Wild Jungle
Korean 바나나 정글
Banana Jeonggeul
Banana Jungle