- Not to be confused with Neek.
Artwork of a Sneek from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
|First appearance||Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (1996)|
|Latest appearance||Donkey Kong Country 3 (GBA) (2005)|
- “Sneaky rat baddy who scares Ellie if she ever sees him.”
- —Donkey Kong Country 3 manual, page 19
Sneeks, also referred to as Squeals, are big rats and enemies who appear in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and Donkey Kong Land III. Sneeks are one of the weakest enemies in both games, and always move around in a back and forth pattern. In this regard, they act as the successor to two rodent enemies from the previous two games: Neeks from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Gnawties from Donkey Kong Country.
Contrasting Neeks' more cartoony appearance, Sneeks have a more realistic and menacing appearance. In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, Sneeks have gray fur, although official artwork shows it with brown fur. Sneeks have a battered appearance due to having notches on both ears.
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Sneeks first appear in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!.
They play a major role in a few levels, the first of which is Murky Mill; the level shows that Ellie is scared of Sneeks. Because most of the level is dark, Ellie does not get scared of Sneeks unless they are shown underneath a spotlight. If Ellie approaches a Sneek under a spotlight, she gets scared and runs a short distance away. Ellie can only pass a Sneek in a spotlight if she picks up a nearby barrel and throws it at the enemy.
Squeals on Wheels is the second level where Sneeks have a major appearance. In the level, each Sneek is running in a large, wooden mill. Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong can only pass through a nearby gate if they defeat the Sneek corresponding to it. The Kongs can only defeat these Sneeks by throwing a Steel Keg at them. Every Sneek must be defeated for the final door to open.
The third level is Stampede Sprint, which also revolves around Ellie's fear of them. Near the start of the level, Ellie sees three Sneeks, which gives her a big scare. As a result, Ellie stampedes away for most of the level.
Sneeks appear in various environments, including mills, forests, jungles, and mountain ranges. They mostly appear in the earlier levels:
- Lakeside Limbo
- Doorstop Dash
- Murky Mill
- Barrel Shield Bust-Up
- Riverside Race
- Squeals on Wheels
- Springin' Spiders
- Ripsaw Rage
- Krevice Kreepers
- Stormy Seas (Game Boy Advance version only)
- Stampede Sprint
In the Game Boy Advance remake, Sneeks have the same sound effect as Neeks from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. In the original game, Sneeks are sped up and higher-pitched.
Donkey Kong Land III
In Donkey Kong Land III, Sneeks appear in almost every level. Sneeks retain their behavior and patterns from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Ellie is no longer scared of Sneeks.
Sneeks appear in the following levels:
- Red Wharf
- Ford Knocks
- Total Rekoil
- Koco Channel
- Liftshaft Lottery
- Jetty Jitters
- Riverbank Riot
- Miller Instinct
- Rocketeer Rally
- Vertigo Verge
- Surface Tension
- Redwood Rampage
- Jungle Jeopardy
- Footloose Falls
- Karbine Kaos
- Simian Shimmy
- Tropical Tightropes
- Clifftop Critters
- Rickety Rapids
- Bazuka Bombard
- Stalagmite Frights
- Kuchuka Karnage
- Haunted Hollows
- Rainforest Rumble
- Barrel Boulevard
- Ghoulish Grotto
Animated sprite of a Sneek walking on a wheel, as seen in Squeals on Wheels
Names in other languages
- Nintendo Power Volume 90, pages 28 and 29.
- French name of Squeals on Wheels