Screech's Sprint (Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest)

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Level
Screech's Sprint
Screechs Sprint DKC2 shot.png
World-Level 7 - 1
World The Flying Krock
Game Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Music Stickerbrush Symphony
Bad Bird Rag
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Screech's Sprint is the thirty-fourth level of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. It is the only regular level of The Flying Krock and the final level of the game, not including those from the Lost World. It takes place in between a series of brambles.

Description[edit]

The first half of Screech's Sprint is similar to other bramble levels, as Diddy and Dixie Kong must climb vines and dodge brambles. Most of the enemies appear during the first half, and most of them are only in a specific location rather than dispersed throughout the level. Here, a few Cat O' 9 Tails attempt to throw the Kongs up into the brambles, and a Kloak throws a Kaboom near the start, just before the group of four Klingers, each sliding down a vine near the start. There is also a group of seven Mini-Neckies try swooping down into the Kongs. Zingers are the most common enemy, and appear in both their yellow and red varieties throughout both parts of the level.

In the second half, just below the Star Barrel, is a Squawks Animal Barrel. Right after transforming into Squawks, he must participate in a race against Screech for the remainder of the level. While racing, Squawks must carefully navigate through the brambles and Zingers (including their red counterpart). While Squawks can flap faster than Screech, he is vulnerable to the Zingers unlike Screech. Contrarily, this slows Squawks from progressing but not Screech. Squawks is required to win the race, otherwise he loses a life. Squawks can make use of a few shortcuts throughout the race to help him reach the finish line before Screech does. In the Game Boy Advance port, a timer appears on the screen during the race.

Layout[edit]

Squawks takes the lead in a race against Screech

From the start of the level, the Kongs must cross a small gap and defeat a Cat O' 9 Tails. Then, they need to cartwheel-jump across another gap and later dodge a Kloak, and deal with the Kaboom it throws. Once the foe floats away, they should carefully jump over the brambles and cling onto some ropes, with Klingers on them. Without hitting the Kremlings, the heroes must climb across all the ropes and get to the next platform. After that, they must hop over more brambles and climb across another vine, while moving past a group of four Zingers. Then, they should let go of the rope and pass two Cat O' 9 Tails. After that, the monkeys must cling onto a vine and climb up, but while watching out for several Mini Neckies that will swoop down at them. At the top, the will have to leap to the platform to the left hand side and begin to jump platform to platform over the brambles. Eventually, they will come up to the Star Barrel, as well as an Animal Barrel that will turn them into Squawks.

Halfway through the level, Squawks will meet up with Screech, and shortly after, race him. When the race begins, Squawks will have to hurry west and then survive the twists and turns of the bramble surrounded track. Alternatively, just after the race starts, just before Squawks goes up, he can instead go low and to the left, and land into an invisible Barrel Cannon between some thorns that will fire to the left and upwards. By taking the usual path, Squawks needs to travel a far distance north and then turn east, beating all the Zinger in his path. After that, he must follow the banana arrow pointing south. The parrot will come up to many twists and turns in the track shortly after going here, and get through what seems to be a maze between many, many brambles. Using the banana trail for help, the bird should make his way out of the maze to avoid trouble, and then move east again. Once Squawks defeats all the Zingers in the way here, he must zig-zag his way up north, and then turn west shortly after. While he travels in this area, he will have to maneuver around several red Zingers, who can not be defeated. At the end of this path, the parrot must continue through and fly north between the sharp brambles. After getting through this narrow passageway, he should quickly beat some Zinger and cross the finish line. If he was able to beat Screech, he may continue through the level, and cross the No Animal Sign, turning him back into the Kongs. The Kongs can continue forward to the End of Level Target, which has either a Banana Bunch, a red Extra Life Balloon, or a green Extra Life Balloon for a prize.

Enemies[edit]

Name Count
Cat O 9 Tails DKC2.png
Cat O' 9 Tails
3
Flitter DKC2.png
Flitter
1
Kaboom DKC2.png
Kaboom
1 (thrown by the Kloak)
Kloak DKC2.png
Kloak
1
Klinger DKC2.png
Klinger
4
Mini Necky DKC2.png
Mini-Necky
7
Zinger DKC2 yellow.png Zinger DKC2 red.png
Zinger
Red: 25
Yellow: 14
Total: 39

Items and objects[edit]

Name Count
Banana Bunch DKC SNES.png
Banana Bunch
5
Banana Coin.png
Banana Bunch Coin
8
DK Barrel.png
DK Barrel
4

Secrets[edit]

Bonus Area[edit]

Image Type and description
Screechs Sprint Bonus Area.png Find the Coin!
After passing the group of Mini-Neckys, the Kongs must onto the following platform and cross a gap onto the next platform. From there, they must perform Team-up to reach a wooden platform above with a kannonball on it. Diddy and Dixie must carry it, jump onto the next platform, and then into the kannon. In the Bonus Area, Diddy and Dixie have 35 seconds to obtain the Kremkoin at the bottom of the stage. There is a DK Barrel at the start, as Dixie's Helicopter Twirl is required to safely navigate between the brambles. Trails of bananas appear throughout, directing the path for the Kongs to take. After the first fall is a narrow gap requiring a cartwheel jump from either Kong to pass through, and then another fall through the brambles requiring the use of Dixie's Helicopter Spin to safely navigate. Afterward, the Kongs must cartwheel through another gap to obtain the Kremkoin on the other end. If the Kongs touch any of the brambles or the time runs out, they lose at the challenge.

Collectibles[edit]

Squawks finds the Golden Feather
Item Location
DK Coin sprite.png
DK Coin
During the race against Screech, after passing the letter O and two groups of four vertically-assorted Zingers, Squawks appears at some bananas in the shape of a down arrow. Instead of moving in the specified direction, Squawks must continue right and loop around a bramble (with a DK Barrel in the path) to find the DK Coin in a small opening after the loop.
Golden Feather DKC2 GBA.png
Golden Feather (GBA version)
At the bottom-right from the DK Coin's location, Squawks must hover down a very narrow opening to collect the Golden Feather in a corner beneath a small bramble.
Photograph DKC2GBA sprite.png
Photograph (GBA version)
Squawks can automatically obtain the photograph by winning at the race against Screech in under 1 minute and 20 seconds. The photograph is an image of Screech, which appears on the Scrapbook's third page.

K-O-N-G Letters[edit]

Letter Location
Letter K.png Between two Red Zingers shortly beyond the start of the race.
Letter O.png Proceeding two Red Zingers and a regular Zinger, the "O" Letter is found by taking the left path where the level path splits into three.
Letter N.png Obtained by taking a detour in the race shortly before a myriad of red Zingers.
Letter G.png Left of the plethora of Red Zingers before the end of the race.

Gallery[edit]

Super Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

Game Boy Advance[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スクリーチ レース
Sukurīchi rēsu
Screech Race
Spanish Carrera Histérica Histerical Race
French Sprint de Screech Screech's Sprint
German Dornenlauf Thorn Run

Trivia[edit]

A bug causing Screech to stop at the starting point
  • There is a bug where Squawks can circumvent the race entirely by flying over Screech's head. Doing so causes Screech to stay at the starting point, therefore allowing Squawks to explore the remainder of the level at his own pace. This was fixed for the Game Boy Advance port, as Screech was relocated slighter below from the upper bramble.