Roasting Rails

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Roasting Rails
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World-Level 8 - 3
World Volcano
Game Donkey Kong Country Returns (3D)
Music Lava Blitz
Notes This is the final minecart level in the game, and it features lava that destroys the tracks and walls that fall down.
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Roasting Rails is the fifty-eighth level found in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, as well as the third level in the world, Volcano.

Most of this level takes place on a minecart, where the track for the cart is constantly moving. The Kongs can also jump off these minecarts for this level. The fire below breaks the rails, causing them to fall into pieces and tilt. Platforms supporting the track are also constantly sinking, rising, and even dipping into the fire. Tiki Torches are spread around the course, along with balls of lava that shoot out of the fire, so Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong must carefully maneuver around them by ducking and jumping. A short potion of the level is also played on land, where platforms continue to split and fall. Some Tiki Tanks appear in these ground areas.

In the Time Attack mode of the game, a time of 1:27:00 is needed to get a gold medal, a time of 1:32:00 for silver, and a time of 1:48:00 for bronze.


The level starts off with the Kongs on the ground. There is a platform floating in a pit of lava nearby that they need to jump from to climb on top of a ceiling covered in a green, grassy turf, which is placed above another platform that is under it in a pit of lava. As they travel to this platform, the ceiling supporting the climbable grass falls. A platform with a fireball enemy and another platform above it with a barrel is after another ceiling covered in grassy turf, which falls when climbed on. There is a wall raised next to this that can only be opened by hitting it from a nearby Barrel Cannon. Once they shoot into the wall with the barrel, it opens, allowing them to travel through and find more Barrel Cannons. The cannons shoot them onto a minecart on a track. While riding on the minecart, platforms rise up and push up the track. The letter K of the K-O-N-G Letters is placed in this area.

The duo approach a Puzzle Piece.

Another climbable ceiling with bananas that the primates can grab onto after jumping out of their cart is ahead. The next minecart, which is on a second track covered in bananas, is on the other side of the turf-covered ceiling. After the duo rides down a hill, a platform rises from the lava and pushes the track upwards as they approach a gap with a small piece of ground holding a Puzzle Piece. A Barrel Cannon that shoots the Kongs into a minecart on a platform that quickly sinks into the fire when landed on is in the gap full of lava. Two separate tracks are after this, with the top track having a new cart on it. The bottom track has many rising parts of it and a Flaming Tiki Buzz, while the top track has few obstacles and a Puzzle Piece. Another platform that quickly sinks into the lava is following this, and another section of the track with three Flaming Tiki Buzzes piled on top of each other is after a pit with a fireball jumping out of it. Donkey and Diddy must crouch under them to progress safely.

The track dips into the lava shortly after it stretches under the Tiki enemies. From here is a steep hill that leads towards a gap that a fireball enemy jumps in. Once the gap is crossed, the primates are able to reach a new minecart. However, within seconds, they approach another abyss, forcing them to jump out of the cart, hop over the gap, and land into another minecart. The track supporting this cart is broken apart by rising platforms that lift it up. Another pit is after this small track with the letter O in it. There is yet another minecart on the other end of this gap that carries the duo over a longer platform that quickly sinks into the fire. A minecart is ahead of it that is placed on a track that dips into the lava for a second. After it dips into the lava, platforms shoot out of the lava and lift up parts of the track, making the Kongs' path more rickety. There is a trail of bananas following the third rising platform with the letter N in it. The banana trail leads to a track that breaks into four more pieces from the rising platforms in the lava below. A pit is after the fourth of these broken track pieces that has a solid area of land next to it. The Tutorial Pig at the checkpoint near a Barrel Cannon is on the stone ground area.

Donkey Kong climbs on the grassy turf.

The barrel shoots the Kongs directly to a minecart on a short track. The platform supporting it sink into the lava fast, but the primates are able to jump to a nearby platform to avoid falling into it. This platform is a little bit longer and also sinks into the lava. A Flaming Tiki Buzz is on this platform. A solid platform supporting a track with another Flaming Tiki Buzz is after this. Ahead of the track here is a solid platform that the Kongs can land on without a minecart. It and four platforms after it slowly sink into the lava as the Kongs travel along them, and fireballs jumping between them. Tiki Tanks are also present on some of the platforms. After this area, there is a minecart that takes the primates to a ceiling covered in a green, grassy turf that they need to climb. Bananas are placed along the ceiling. A platform falls in front of the climbable ceiling that the duo can move across to reach more turf to climb.

If they progress from here, they climb along a ceiling that is not lined up with the other turf correctly. However, this part of the area soon falls as the heroes climb along it, lining up the turf so they can continue. Another platform falls nearby that they can use to cross more lava and access more climbable turf. While the primates climb upwards on this ceiling, the lava begins to rise. They are able to move fast enough to reach a Barrel Cannon rising with the fire that shoots them back into a minecart before the lava hits them. The minecart leads them down an area full of many sinking platforms with Banana Bunches above them. Another track with a minecart is at the bottom of this area. The small platform supporting this cart and the one immediately after it sink into the lava when landed on. The primates can find a safe piece of land with the Slot Machine Barrel on it ahead of the last platform; the level is complete when the barrel is hit.


K-O-N-G Letters[edit]

  • K: In the first minecart, the heroes ride into an area of the track that is lifted by platforms in the lava. They must jump from the third rising platform to reach the letter K in the air.
  • O: The letter O is near the third minecart following a long downhill section. It is in a gap, so the primates must avoid jumping over the abyss before grabbing the letter O to grab it safely.
  • N: The letter N is shortly after a Flaming Tiki Buzz following the letter O. It is placed in the air around an ark of bananas.
  • G: Near the end of the level just before the final two platforms before the one holding the Slot Machine Barrel is a sequence of falling platforms. The letter G is in the air in this area.

Puzzle Pieces[edit]

The Kongs in the Bonus Level.
  1. At the beginning of the level after the primates shoot into a wall from a Barrel Cannon in order to open it, they should head through the passage in this wall and drop straight down to land into a hidden Barrel Cannon that blasts them into a Bonus Level. There, they must collect eighty bananas, two Banana Coins, and an Extra Life Balloon around many stationary platforms within thirty seconds to make a Puzzle Piece appear.
  2. When the duo approaches the gap that makes them exit the second minecart, they should avoid jumping to land on a small platform with the second Puzzle Piece on it. After the Kongs get it, they need to jump back up quickly to get in a barrel and shoot themselves back up to a minecart.
  3. A set of two separate tracks is immediately after the third minecart. The heroes should jump up to the top track to ride towards the third Puzzle Piece.
  4. Shortly after the checkpoint is a sinking platform in the lava with an object on it that can be broken open to reveal a Puzzle Piece.
  5. In the area with a lot of climbable turf near the end of the level, Donkey and Diddy should jump to the left from the second falling platform to grab the fifth and final Puzzle Piece.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese しゃくねつのトロッコ
Shakunetsu no Torokko
Red-hot Mine Cart
Spanish Raíles al rojo vivo Red-hot Rails
French (NOA) Train d'Enfer Hell Train
German Schienen-Barbecue Rail Barbecue