Kuchuka Karnage is a factory level that is similar to two earlier factory levels, Karbine Kaos and Bazuka Bombard, which are named after an enemy. All three levels do not feature the named enemy throughout. In Kuchuka Karnage, Kuchukas are primarily found at the start of the level but not so much beyond. The level primarily involves Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong crossing over abysses and lava pits through various means. This includes blasting from Barrel Cannons, which also help them go higher in the level, by using moving platforms to cross pits, climbing across horizontal ropes guarded by Karbines, and jumping from barrels shot by Bazukas. that help the Kongs move across large pits. The Kongs can transform into Squawks the Parrot but only during the second Bonus Level.
At the beginning of the level, the Kongs have to walk through the dark factory and dodge a few Kuchukas. They eventually encounter a barrel perched at the end of the floor. They must jump in it and blast to a higher area. After that, they need to climb along a long tightrope and dodge enemies, such as Karbines and Klasps, until they find a safe area to stand again. From there, they need to hop over a Bazuka to enter an area full of elevators, moving up and down. Once they get over each elevator, they have to avoid another Bazuka and hop into a barrel to reach a higher area. There, they have to jump onto a small platform to find another barrel. This barrel shoots the monkeys to an area where they need to defeat a few Sneeks and get in yet another barrel. This barrel shoots them to a higher ledge from there, and then climb along another long rope. At the very end of the rope, they need to fall downwards to find the Star Barrel.
Halfway through the level, the group need to ride up an elevator and beat some Rekoils. After crossing a small abyss, they need to dodge a Bazuka and cross another pit to find a barrel. It shoots them into a chain of barrels. The last barrel is a Rotatable Barrel, which they have to aim to the right to continue through the level. At this point, the apes have to avoid some Karbines and shoot through another barrel to grab onto a long tightrope. Climbing across it, they have to dodge more Karbines and some Buzzes. At the end of the long rope, they must drop down and land in another barrel. It shoots them farther downwards. There, Kiddy Kong and Dixie Kong need to drop down one last ledge to see the flagpole. Once this is touched, the level ends.
The Steel Barrel is right before the End of Level Flag. Dixie or Kiddy must pick it up and carry it beyond the End of Level Flag where they can find the Koin. The Kongs must throw the Steel Barrel at the wall behind Koin for it to ricochet into Koin from behind. This defeats Koin, and the Kongs earn the DK Coin.
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