Minky Mischief takes place inside large, hollow trees which the Kongs must ascend. It is reminiscent of the Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! level, Barrel Shield Bust-Up, as Minkeys as the main enemy of both levels. Dixie and Kiddy can hide behind Barrel Shields to protect themselves from the nuts thrown by Minkeys. The Kongs also encounter some Nids, who bounce them to Nids that help the Kongs progress up the level. During most of the latter half, the Kongs are transformed into Squawks the Parrot, who makes his first appearance in the level. Squawks can defeat Buzzes along the way and locate secrets such as a Red Balloon, a Bear Coin, and even Bonus Barrels.
At the beginning of the level, the heroes exit a narrow trunk to climb up several short branches. With the help of some Nids, they make it to an entryway into another tree trunk. There, they climb up a long rope while avoiding the restless Minkeys. At the top of this rope, they travel to the left and cross into another tree. In this tree, they hop up some bark platforms and cross back into the other tree. Walking to the other end of this tree, they follow bananas down a branch-filled area and enter the bottom of a different tree. Leaving that tree from the right, they climb down some more branches and enter yet another tree trunk. Moving down its bark platforms, they find a pathway to the Star Barrel.
About halfway through the level, the group climb downwards through another tree trunk to find an Animal Barrel with Squawks. Once they turn into the parrot, Squawks flies upwards through the next tree and dodge or defeat many Buzzes. Upon exiting the tree, he maneuver around some branches to enter another area of the same tree. Now flying up through the rest of the tree, the parrot must watch out for more Buzzes and cross into the next tree. This time, he heads downwards and move along a branch to enter another tree. From there, the bird exits just to the right and maneuver around more branches and Buzzes in his way. Going back into the tree to his left at the bottom of the area, he continues downwards and pass a few more enemies to find a No Animal Sign in a branch. It turns him back into the Kongs, who needs to use the aid of a Nid to grab onto a high-up rope. While climbing up this rope, they are greeted by more Minkeys. Avoiding each one, they reach the top of the tree and cross into another to find a flagpole. If they touch the flagpole, the level ends.
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