Temple Tempest is the fourteenth level of Donkey Kong Country and the fourth level of Vine Valley. In the Game Boy Advance version, Temple Tempest was made the sixth and last regular level of Vine Valley and the sixteenth level overall, pushing the previous two levels backward.
Temple Tempest is the second and last temple level of the game. Similar to Millstone Mayhem, the level has many Gnawties riding millstones. Unlike their first level appearance, the millstone-riding Gnawtys at first stay in one spot, and when Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong pass a Gnawty it starts to move after the Kongs. That millstone Gnawty continues to chase them until it reaches a wall. The Kongs also encounter regular Gnawtys and blue Kritters along the way. An animal crate for Expresso the Ostrich appears at the end of the first Bonus Level. By freeing Expresso, the Kongs can ride him for the rest of the level. In the Game Boy Color version, Temple Tempest takes place at night.
At the beginning of the level, the Kongs exit a tunnel and encounter a few Gnawties, who walk down several stair-like structures. A rope hangs over an abyss after here that the primates can swing along to grab the letter K and reach the other end of the obstacle, where a DK Barrel, a Gnawty, and a millstone are located. If they pass the millstone, it begins to chase them along the flat pathway. After crossing a small gap and climbing up a ledge, the heroes reach an area safe from the millstone, where they can find a wide abyss that they can cross by swinging on a nearby rope. They can find another millstone on the other side of the pit that chases them down a few small, stair-like structures when passed under.
They can find a wide abyss that they are able to cross with the aid of a rope after the stair-like structures. A ledge follows the pit, and once they climb to the top of it, they are safe from the millstone. A third millstone is located immediately after here, and it pursues the primates down more stair-like structures with Gnawties walking along them. After passing these foes, the Kongs reach an abyss that is wider than the previous pits. They must swing along two ropes located within it to cross. As they jump between the two ropes, they approach the letter O. Once the pit is crossed, the primates encounter more Gnawties marching up stair-like structures. A tall, raised piece of ground is ahead of here that the heroes can climb to the top of with a nearby rope. The level's Continue Barrel stands on top of the raised area.
After passing the special barrel, the Kongs reach a second DK Barrel and a few more small, stair-like structures that several Kritters hop along. At the top of the stairs, they can find a millstone inside of an alcove with a rope above it. With the help of the rope, the duo is able to jump over the millstone and progress to a small pit that they can cross with a rope. As they travel through this area, the millstone found in the abyss passes them. It continues to pursue the two friends as they head over two smaller alcoves, both containing Zingers. Once they jump over the gaps, they find another wide abyss with three ropes dangling above it. The rope in the center of the pit is surrounded by many bananas that form the shape of an arrow pointing downwards. The primates can use the rope to cross the abyss and then progress towards a tire that can help them bounce onto a tall piece of ground. The millstone ceases to chase them when it runs into this raised area. A pathway with several small, stair-like structures along it is ahead, and many Kritters hop down these structures. The Kongs can pound on a piece of the ground in this area to reveal the letter N. Once they walk all the way across the stair-like structures, they find a small pit that they can cross with the help of a platform that supports a tire. Another tire is located ahead of here on a flat stretch of land. It can be used to reach a platform positioned above another millstone that begins to chase the heroes when they jump to the other side of it.
As it pursues them, the duo travels over a wide abyss that contains two small platforms, both carrying bouncy tires. On the other side of the abyss, the heroes can find a tire in the center of the area that they are able to use to reach a Banana Bunch placed high in the air. Farther ahead of the tire, a wide abyss can be found, and it holds two small platforms that both support a tire. A Zinger flies between them. Once the heroes cross the pit, they find a large, triangular alcove with another tire in it. Once the millstone reaches this alcove, it falls inside of it and remains there. If the primates travel to the east from here, they find several stair-like structures and a sign that indicates that the level is near complete. A millstone is located in a small pit ahead of here. Once it is passed, it chases the heroes up more stair-like structures that are infested with Kritters. Using a rope, the primates can cross a wide abyss near here that the millstone falls into when it reaches it. An exit sign is located on the other end of the pit. If they enter the tunnel ahead of here, they complete the level.
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