Reptile Rumble

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Reptile Rumble
Reptile Rumble from Donkey Kong Country
Level code 1 - 3
World Kongo Jungle
Game Donkey Kong Country
Music track Cave Dweller Concert
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Reptile Rumble is the third level in Donkey Kong Country and the third area in the Kongo Jungle. It is a straightforward cave level, with an beginning that is mostly flat and bumpy but later has many high ledges, some of which have abysses surrounding them. The level does not feature any unique obstacles of hazards that distinguish it from any other levels. It introduces tires, which must be used to reach high areas; some are surrounded by a Zinger. Slippas first appear in the level, found in either small pits or in large areas of the main path. Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong also encounter some blue Kritters around the higher and lower steeped areas.


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Reptile Rumble, as it appears in the Game Boy Color version (top) and the Game Boy Advance version (bottom)

From the beginning of the level, the Kongs can find a barrel sitting next to a small gap in the ground with a few Slippas in it. After passing another barrel located just ahead, they come up to several stair-like structures with Kritters hopping up them. The letter K waits at the bottom of the stairs next to a raised piece of land with a few bananas on it. A barrel is placed on the other side of the raised area with several Kritters following it. A tire waits at the end of this area. It can help the primates reach a higher piece of land with another tire on it. A tall piece of ground holding a DK Barrel can be found behind this tire. More stair-like structures are ahead after a third tire with many Kritters hopping on them. Near the bottom of the steps, the Kongs can find a small pit that they can cross with the use of a tire. Two thin gaps in the ground are located on the opposite side of the gap, and Zingers fly in them. The letter O and a tire are between the two gaps. After the primates pass the gaps, they come up to a low wall that they must crawl under. Upon reaching the other side of the wall, they find a tire that can be used to reach a raised area with the level's Continue Barrel on it.

The second half of Reptile Rumble begins with a Slippa moving along the pathway under this piece of land. It is followed by two small gaps with three bouncy tires in each of them. A piece of land is also between the gaps with a Zinger and the letter N above it. A DK Barrel wobbles on a high area of ground after the gaps, which can be reached with a tire found right under it. A simple barrel is right next to it. A rather deep alcove is in the ground ahead of here with a few Slippas within it. Higher pieces of land follow the alcove. If the heroes continue from here, they can find a tire that can assist them in crossing a small pit with a Zinger in it. A low ceiling follows here, but they can crawl under it with no problems. On the other side of the ceiling, the duo can find a pair of Kritters in an area almost completely enclosed by walls. An Enguarde Token floats at the top of the area, which they can exit if they crawl under another low ceiling. A tire stands in front of the exit to this thin passage. A gap with several Slippas slithering in it follows. The primates can find a sign with an arrow on it just ahead, indicating that the level is near complete. Stair-like platforms are located after the sign with a tire on each stair. Kritters hop down the rocky stairs. The letter G is also in this area. Once the heroes climb the stairs, they can find the way out of the cave, which takes them out of the level when entered.


The following enemies appear in the following quantities, and enemies marked in bold make their level debut in Reptile Rumble:

Image Name Count
A blue Kritter. Kritter 13a
A sprite of a Slippa in Donkey Kong Country. Slippa 9b
Sprite of a yellow Zinger in Donkey Kong Country. Zinger 4

a - Only 12 Kritters appear in the Game Boy Color version.
b - Only 8 Slippas appear in the Game Boy Color version.

Items and objects[edit]

The following items and objects appear in the following quantities:

c - 40 of the Bananas appear in the main level, and 73 appear in Bonus Levels
d - 12 of the Banana Bunches are hidden within the ground, and one appears in a Bonus Level
e - The Enguarde token is in a small room near the end of the level, guarded by two Kritters

K-O-N-G Letters[edit]

Donkey Kong about to collect an "N" in the level Reptile Rumble.
The location of the letter N
  • K: The letter K is near a wall, found after the first two bouncing Kritters of the level.
  • O: The letter O is located between two Zingers shortly before the Continue Barrel.
  • N: The letter N is above a Zinger on a platform surrounded by two gaps, each with three half tires in the ground.
  • G: The letter G is at the end of the level, above a staircase of half tires with some bouncing Kritters.

Bonus Levels[edit]

The first bonus room in Reptile Rumble from Donkey Kong Country
The Kongs in the first Bonus Level

Reptile Rumble has two Bonus Levels, listed by their type in the Game Boy Advance version:

  • Find the Exit!: To find the first Bonus Level, the Kongs must pick up one of the barrels near the letter K and break the left wall of a platform next to it (in the Game Boy Color remake, they must break the other side). After breaking it open, the Kongs must walk into the opening. In the Bonus Level, the Kongs must crawl below a wall to get some bananas. They must quickly grab a Life Balloon in a small area before it floats off-screen. The two must move under another crawlspace to reach the exit.
  • Collect the Bananas!: After the first Bonus Level, the Kongs must pass four bouncing Kritters and then bounce from a half tire to reach a higher platform. They must bounce from another half tire to go onto a high platform with the DK Barrel. They must jump left to land into a Bonus Barrel. In the Bonus Level the Kongs must jump into a Blast Barrel to be automatically blasted through eight more Blast Barrels and automatically collect bananas along the way. The last Blast Barrel blasts them down to a platform on the right with a Banana Bunch and the exit.
  • Collect the Bananas!: After the letter N, the Kongs should see a high platform with a barrel and a DK Barrel. They must defeat a few Slippas in a nearby gap, then pick up either barrel and blast away either wall to the right. They should then go into an opening to the third and last Bonus Level. There, the Kongs must bounce from a round tire on a moving platform to collect 35 bananas in the air. If they fall off the platform, they can bounce on a half tire to the left to go back onto the left platform from where they started. The Kongs can exit through an opening on the right. By exiting the Bonus Level, the Kongs are blasted out from the wall to the left of the Bonus Level entrance (although in the Game Boy Color version, they exit from the Bonus Level entrance.

Warp Barrel[edit]

A Warp Barrel appears in Reptile Rumble exclusively in the Game Boy Advance version. At the letter K, the Kongs must jump on a ledge to the right (which is also where they can enter the first Bonus Level). They must jump to the upper-left of the ledge to be caught into a hidden Warp Barrel. It leads them to an arrow sign pointing out the nearby exit.


Super Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

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Game Boy Advance[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クレムリンのどうくつ
Kuremurin no dōkutsu
Kremling's Den

French Reptiles Ravageurs
Devastating Reptiles
German Höhlenwahnsinn
Reptilien-Rabatz (GBA)
Cave Madness
Reptile Noise
Italian Rombo di Rettili
Reptile Rumble
Portuguese Caverna Réptil
Reptile Cave
Spanish Estruendo Reptil
Reptile Uproar