Meltdown Mayhem is the penultimate level of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, located in Donkey Kong Island. Corresponding to the Volcano level from Donkey Kong Country Returns, it takes place inside the frozen volcano. Along with Spinning Spines, this is one of two levels that feature lava as a main hazard.
The level starts out in front of a huge wooden door with a nearby DK Barrel; pounding the nearby switch three times reveals an opening to the inside of the frozen volcano. Throughout the level, ominous laughter from Lord Fredrik can be heard (though the voice used is that of Tiki Tong from Donkey Kong Country Returns).
Lava pillars are littered around the stage, and they often lift rock platforms which allows the Kongs to reach higher areas. One such area has an ice block above one of the platforms that can be used to reach a Rambi Crate. Snowballs on icy pillars can be used to cool lava temporarily, allowing the Kongs to cross; icy platforms also appear, and often fall and sink into the lava. Near the end of the level, the Kongs must outrun a huge lava wave and reach a barrel that leads to the goal barrel.
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