Sawmill Thrill is the fourth level of Autumn Heights, and the twelfth overall in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. It is a minecart level, taking place on a track running through a machinery mill area, hence the name.
The level starts out in a deforested area containing birch stumps. Soon after, there is a Barrel Cannon that shoots the Kongs into a minecart, which starts rolling through a long track. After going down a short ramp and through another Barrel Cannon, the Kongs land inside a large enclosed sawmill, with several hazards around the track, such as running blades, gears, and sliding wood blocks. A large saw that moves along with the cart starts cutting through pieces of wood, revealing items such as hearts, hidden inside, along with creating a path for the Kongs. After this, the Kongs pass a checkpoint, where the minecart breaks, dropping them in a Log Canoe that goes along a water slide. Some more sawmills must be avoided. Soon after, the Kongs drop out of the mill into a body of water soared by Pufftons and several pointed logs coming out of the water. Following that, they will slide through another track, this one going through an area on the water with several spike rows in an enclosed surface. If the player jumps into the building's roof at this time, they lose a life. After the water track, the Kongs exchange the Log Canoe for a new minecart, and after passing a checkpoint, they must jump across three platforms with large spinning blades around them. The last blade falls off, chasing the Kongs through another sawmill similar to the first one and causing obstacles to land on the track. Some pieces of the track are thrown into the air, and the Kongs must jump on them to avoid falling in a pit. Upon getting out of the second sawmill, the Kongs go through another short, bumpy track, causing them to damage the second minecart as well and be thrown out to a platform containing the Barrel Cannon, which ends the level.
A secret exit can be reached by jumping on a Puffton near the end of the level, which causes the Kongs to land on a track that leads to the portal. The portal grants access to Crumble Cavern.
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