In the level, Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong must walk along a series of boardwalks overhanging a large body of water. Red Wharf is the game's equivalent to Lakeside Limbo, also a boardwalk level and the first level of Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. Both levels have Sneeks and Kobbles as enemies. During parts of the level, the Kongs can also swim in the shallow water to find extra bananas and a Bonus Barrel. The Kongs can also climb across some short ropes and blast through some Barrel Cannons, which take them to collectible items such as Banana Bunches, Bear Coins, and even a Red Balloon.
At the start of the level, the heroes need to walk down a few boardwalks and defeat some enemies. Following some banana trails, the Kongs pass a few Sneeks and find the letter K. After that, they need to hop up onto a ledge and continue east, where they have to run down some slanted pathways and then follow some bananas, in the formation of an arrow, into the shallow water. There, the heroes find the letter O. Once they get the letter, they have to jump out of the sea and walk up the path to find the level's Star Barrel.
About halfway through the level, the Kongs need to walk down more other the path, defeating enemies, and hop into a barrel to be shot into the letter N. They, then, land on a higher area of the level. At the end of the area, they need to follow a banana trail downwards and roll into a small abyss to get the letter G. After that, they are greeted by more enemies to beat. Knocking each one out, the apes have to walk down the straight boardwalks to find a flagpole. Touching it ends the level.
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