In the riverbank level, Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong can either move along the banks or swim in the river. Since the banks are much higher than in Koco Channel, the Kongs must often use Barrel Cannons to reach the hilltops. In the waters, Kocos, Bounty Basses, and Lurchins try to hinder Dixie and Kiddy from swimming through the narrow tunnels. Sneeks, Kobbles, and Buzzes are enemies encountered on land. The Kongs can jump on some Knik-Knaks to reach shortcuts, making the level easier. In one part of the level, the Kongs can use a Steel Keg to defeat some Buzzes.
In the Time Attack mode, unlocked after beating Baron K. Roolenstein in the Lost World, Riverbank Riot appears again to represent "River" levels. It must be completed in less than 55 seconds; so as not to lose time, the Kongs had better stay on the banks unless it is necessary to swim. Jumping on flying Knik-Knaks may allow them to reach secret shortcuts involving Barrel Cannons.
When the level begins, the Kongs travel into a nearby Barrel Cannon. It blasts them to a higher area, where they need to fall down from some ledges and make it down the mound of land. Crossing a small gap of water, they walk down a mostly flat surface while passing some enemies. A trail near the letter K indicates that they must jump down into a shallow body of water and through a narrow trench. After dodging all the fish foes there, they can find the surface of the water and soon make it to land. Once they jump over two Buzzes, they can find the Star Barrel.
About halfway through the level, the apes make their way down the path and use the help of a Knik-Knak to cross a small gap. Farther on, they enter a small area of water and swim across, finding the letter N and land. Walking across the area, the apes find themselves jumping up some ledges and later crossing small, Buzz infested abysses. After the third gap, they can find the letter G and head up some slanted pathways while avoiding common enemies to enter another body of water. Once they get to the other side of the water, they should see a flagpole on land. If they get on land and touch the pole, the level ends.
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