Ford Knocks

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Ford Knocks
Screenshot of Ford Knocks in Donkey Kong GB: Dinky Kong & Dixie Kong.
Level code 1-3
Game Donkey Kong Land III
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Ford Knocks is the third level in Donkey Kong Land III and of the first world, Cape Codswallop, where it is on the southern part of the map. Its name is a pun on Fort Knox, a massive storage of gold found in the United States.


Ford Knocks is the second level that takes place on a series of boardwalks. The stilts supporting the docks are much higher than in Red Wharf, so if Dixie or Kiddy fall into the shallow river, they may not always be able to return on the wharf. The Kongs can reach the end either on the boardwalks or by swimming in the river. Many of the bonuses, such as the K-O-N-G Letters and the first Bonus Barrel, are found on the docks. Sneeks and Kobbles reappear, and the level introduces three enemies, Buzzes, Niknaks and Booty Birds. Down the gap at the start, the Kongs can swim left into an Enguarde Barrel to transform into Enguarde up until reaching the No Animal Sign, which is shortly before the Star Barrel.

Ford Knocks is one of the twelve levels in the Time Attack mode, where it was renamed to "Stilt". In Time Attack, the Kongs must complete Ford Knocks in under 48 seconds, by taking the upper portion because the river below slows them significantly.


Ford Knocks
The start of the level

At the start of the level, the heroes have to walk down some boardwalks and cross a small pit containing the letter K. After that, they need to walk along the wharves, instead of swimming underwater, getting over a few gaps. Eventually they begin walking along a straight path and then on to a high platform, supported by large stilts. Jumping off of the roof, they make their way up and down some boardwalks to an area full of tightropes. Without falling into the water, they need to climb across the ropes. As they travel, they have to avoid some Buzzes. After getting back on the boardwalks, grabbing the letter O, the apes find the Star Barrel.

About halfway through the level, the heroes jump up to a few ledges and soon cross a small gap. Traveling farther into the level, they find the letter N. After that, the apes cross another small gap and have to head down a straight pathway, defeating some Sneeks. Eventually, they jump above the sparkling water and grab onto a tightrope. At the end of the long rope, they find the letter G. Once the group makes their way onto more boardwalks, they collect a bear coin and have to cross a few gaps. As the monkeys get farther through the area, the stilts supporting the boardwalks become shorter, allowing them to swim through the water more. Eventually, the Kongs make their way up the wooden boardwalks to the Level Flag. They can optionally go behind the Level Flag to collect a bear coin and a Banana Bunch.



K-O-N-G Letters

  • K: At the beginning, Dixie or Kiddy have to drop into the river to find the letter.
  • O: The Kongs are blasted into the "O" from the barrel cannon, right before the Star Barrel.
  • N: After the Star Barrel this letter is found near a Sneek in a boardwalk that goes downward.
  • G: The Kongs must climb a rope near the end of the level and avoid Buzzes to obtain the letter G.

DK Coin

Image Location
Dixie Kong holding a Steel Barrel at a Koin in Ford Knocks in the original Game Boy release of Donkey Kong Land III The Koin is in a low area right before the Level Flag. The Kongs must pick up a Steel Barrel just before the low area. Depending on which side the Kongs are at, they must throw the Steel Barrel at either the left or right wall behind Koin. This causes the Steel Barrel to ricochet and hit Koin from behind and defeat him. The Kongs are rewarded the DK Coin.

Bonus Levels

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Image Type and description
Bash the Baddies!
Near the start, after the Kongs pass two Sneeks, they must jump on a roof with a Kobble. From there, they must continue right and jump into a Barrel Cannon that blasts them into a Bonus Barrel. In the Bonus Level, Dixie or Kiddy must defeat two Booty Birds within 15 seconds. The active Kong must move across a long boardwalk and defeat each Booty Bird with a barrel. When both enemies are defeated by Dixie or Kiddy, the Bonus Coin appears at the rightmost end of the area.
Bash the Baddies!
After the Star Barrel, Dixie or Kiddy must jump down the nearest gap, where they take a long fall back down into the water, where the second Bonus Barrel is. The Kongs can collect an Extra Life Balloon as they fall down. The Bonus Level is similar to the first one; the Kongs have 15 seconds to defeat four Sneeks while moving across a long boardwalk. After Dixie or Kiddy defeat every Sneek, the Bonus Coin appears at the rightmost end of the area.


Game Boy

Game Boy Color

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フォードノックス
Fōdo Nokkusu
Ford Knocks

Chinese (simplified) 福特敲门声

Ford Knocks

Chinese (traditional) 福特敲門聲

Ford Knocks

French Gué Frappe
Ford Strike
German Ford Klopft
Ford Knocks
Italian Guado Bussa
Ford Knocks
Korean 포드 노크

Ford Knocks

Russian Форд стучит

Ford Knocks

Spanish Ford Golpea
Ford Hits