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 a place where there seems to be no signs of lava. Donkey Kong will find a DK Barrel in front of the huge wooden door, which can be broken after he pounds the switch three times. By doing so, DK and his partners can reveal the hidden place that seems to be the frozen volcano. Here, lava pillars are littered around this stage, acting as a hazard. They often lift the rock platforms, which enables Kongs to reach the higher areas. If DK breaks the ice block that lies above the rock platform, the lava pillar will lift the platform, which will guide the Kongs into the upper platform where a Rambi box can be found. DK can use the snowball stuck on the icy pillar to cool lava, which will act as a rock platform that quickly resolve into the lava. Icy platforms, just like most levels in Volcano level in Donkey Kong Country Returns, often fall and sink into the lava. At the end of the level lies a huge lava wave that chases Kongs in a fast speed. Along the way lies a barrel which will lead to the goal barrel.
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