Vertigo Verge takes place in a low mountain range, where Dixie and Kiddy must move through many cliffs and rocky ledges. A rainfall takes place in the level, although it does not affect the Kongs. The Kongs must use both horizontal and vertical ropes to go through the level. There are many Buzzes and Klasps in the level.
When the level begins, the Kongs make their way to a set of horizontal ropes. After they reach the bottom of the last rope, they pass some Kobbles to find a large hill. At the top of this hill, they climb down more horizontal ropes, while avoiding Klasps. Going west from there, they walk down the nearby hill and grab the letter K, finding another rope. It leads them down to a long tightrope, where the Kongs need to continue downwards around a small series of pathways. Once they reach the bottom of that area, they travel to the left and drop down some wooden platforms. Going east from there, they collect the letter O and shimmy down a nearby Buzz infested, rope. Continuing along the rocky surface, they can find more platforms to climb down. If they head east after the final platform, they can find the Star Barrel.
About halfway through the level, the heroes trudge down some more ledge to meet a Koin. Unless they want they DK Coin, they should simply travel to the west and slide down another rope, finding the letter N. After that, they walk up a small hill while avoiding enemies to spy the next rope. It guides them to some horizontal tightropes, which they need to fall down from to reach the next area. There, the apes continue along a long, rigid pathway, collecting the letter G, until they find another rope. Climbing down, they end up on a long tightrope in which they need to move across, heading east, and drop onto some wooden platforms. They soon make their way over a straight pathway to a flagpole. Touching the flagpole will end the level.
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