Sunset Shore

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Sunset Shore
DKCR sunset shore.jpg
World-Level 1 - 4
World Jungle
Game Donkey Kong Country Returns (3D)
Music Palm Tree Groove
Notes This is the first level shown in silhouette in the game.
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Sunset Shore is the fourth level of Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, as well as the fourth level in the Jungle world. A key from Cranky Kong's Shop is required to access it.

This level is unique to other jungle themed levels because it is silhouetted. Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong both appear as silhouettes along with the objects around them, with only the sunlit background and the Kongs' clothing completely visible around the shadows. The silhouetted foreground can make enemies and objects harder to notice. Enemies in this level include Awks, Frogoons and Mimics. Additionally, some dandelions appear throughout the stage to give the Kongs items when blown on. The end of the level is located inside a dragon-like structure. Some Puzzle Pieces and other pickups can only be acquired by standing in a specific place in order for the sun or rocks in the background to align with the Kongs.

In the Time Attack mode of the game, a time of 0:53:00 is needed to get a gold medal, a time of 1:03:00 for silver, and a time of 1:45:00 for bronze.



The Kongs travel through the beginning of the level

The level begins with a straight pathway leading to the first DK Barrel in the level and a cracked area of land that can be broken to help the Kongs reach an alcove with the letter K of the K-O-N-G Letters in it. Eventually, the Kongs travel down a hill, and then come across a land bridge with some Awks on it. Two rows of bananas are in the air here. Farther on is another hill that curves downwards. A cracked piece of land is on it with a heart item under it, and Frogoons surround it. The Kongs soon make it to a raised and solid platform with a Mimic on it. Large, stair-like platforms are after it that lead downwards. Bananas move in a circle here, while a Mimic attacks from behind the items. Soon, the Kongs find themselves traveling up a long hill infested with Frogoons, until they reach a bridge. Many more Frogoons are on the bridge, along with three platforms that are positioned vertically. The Kongs can pound in front of them to make them horizontal so they can reach the items above them; the letter O is above the second platform in the middle of the bridge. After the Kongs cross the bridge and head over a raised object, they make their way through a straight and relatively flat area full of more Frogoons. After going up a hill with two long rows of bananas above it, they pass the Tutorial Pig, who marks the checkpoint.

A few stair-like platforms lead up to the second DK Barrel of the level. A switch is at the top of the level, and following it are some more stair platforms leading downwards. At the bottom of the last stair is a straight area with only some Frogoons on it, along with a cracked piece of land that the Kongs can smash through to reach an alcove in the ground. At the end of this rather flat area, which has some bananas moving in a circle, are some ledges that the Kongs must climb to proceed to a different part of the stage, where there are more Mimics and dandelions, which give an item when blown on. A strange plant is placed just before another bridge that holds the Kongs over the land below. Frogoons, Tiki Goons, and Mimics are on the bridge, along with some vertical platforms that can be made horizontal if the heroes pound in front of them. The bridge is not completely straight; gaps are between some of the bridge parts, with a Frogoon and an alcove, which is covered by a cracked piece of land, with the letter G in it. Ahead of the bridge is a group of bananas that move in a circle and some enemies. At the end of the long, rather empty pathway is a tall structure. If it is pounded into the ground, the mouth of a strange dragon statue located just ahead opens. The primates should journey inside of the statue to access a small room with the Slot Machine Barrel in it. Hitting this barrel ends the level.


  • K: At the beginning of the level, before the first DK Barrel is a cracked piece of the ground above a small alcove, which holds the letter K. They can pound on the ground to get into the alcove and then grab the letter.
  • O: When the primates make it to the first part where they cross a wooden bridge, they should pound on the vertical platform in the middle of the area to make it turn horizontal. This way, they can jump on and reach the letter O that is above.
  • N: In the area after the second Puzzle Piece with the many stair-like platforms that lead downwards, the primates should jump off of the last raised platform to reach the letter N that is high in the air.
  • G: Between one of the gaps in the bridge near the end of the level, the primates can find a cracked piece of land above an alcove. If they pound on it, the ground breaks and they fall into the hole with the letter G.

Puzzle Pieces[edit]

The Kongs enter the secret area with the third Puzzle Piece
  1. At the beginning of the level, the Kongs should head backwards to find the first Puzzle Piece in a hidden alcove in a wall.
  2. After the checkpoint, the heroes come under a strange tunnel area with a switch in it. If they stand on the switch for a few seconds, it sinks into the ground. When this happens, the sun begins to shine brightly, and then the ground breaks, dropping them into a hidden area underground. Many bananas and Banana Bunches are here, as well as the second Puzzle Piece. This skips the letter N.
  3. The Kongs can walk through the first wall after the letter N, which is placed right behind an Awk, to find the third Puzzle Piece.
  4. At the beginning of the bridge after the third Puzzle Piece, the primates can notice two vertical platforms. They turn horizontal for a few moments if pounded on. When they are in this state, the heroes should climb up them to reach the fourth Puzzle Piece.
  5. Before the heroes pound on the tall switch to open the mouth of the dragon statue at the end of the level, they should use it to jump on top of the object. If they continue over the head of the statue, they approach a Frogoon and a Tiki Goon. In a wall behind the enemies is the fifth and final Puzzle Piece.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese サンセットかいがん
Sansetto Kaigan
Sunset Coast
Spanish Costa Crepuscular Twilight Shore
French (NOA) Rive du Coucher Literal translation
German Küste im Dämmerlicht Shore in Half-light
Italian Sponda Dorata Golden Shore
Korean 선셋 해안
Seonset Haean
Sunset Coast