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ExitIsNearSign Flutter Flyaway ExitSign
World(s) Forest
Type Forest
Music Theme(s) Tree Top Rock Returns (or Longshot Launch)
Animal Buddies None
Bonus Room(s) 1
Puzzle Pieces 7
Notable Feature(s) There are many caged Tiki Torks and Tiki Buzzes working as floating and harmless platforms, some of them displaying fast movement patterns. And there are also some flowers that the Kongs can blow on to make vines grow and reveal items.
Enemies Encountered Tiki Torks, Chomps, Tiki Buzzes, Skittlers, Tiki Goons
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country Returns, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013)

Flutter Flyaway is the thirtieth-fifth level in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, as well as the third level in the Forest world of Donkey Kong Island. It is preceded by Clingy Swingy and followed by Tippin' Totems.


In this level, there are many caged Tiki Torks and Tiki Buzzes with platforms over them. This way, these enemies work as floating and harmless platforms, some them with fast movement patterns. There are also some turbine-shaped flowers full of water for the Kongs to blow on, growing large vines and revealing items. The level debuts Tiki Torks and Skittlers as enemies.


Begin by going right across the first couple of floating platforms carried by Tiki Buzzes and Tiki Torks. You must then jump across the next several platforms as they move up and down. Avoid the first Skittler hanging above and the letter "K" is floating up and down above a Tiki Goon. Collect the letter by jumping high into it or bouncing on an enemy. To the right, you will find two Tiki Torks moving in an eight-like pattern. Ride one of them to the top-left end of that path and jump to get the first Puzzle Piece in the upper corner, trying to land back on one of the Tiki Torks. Ride the Tiki Tork upwards, and jump across more Tiki Buzzes and Tiki Torks to the right until reach a barrel cannon. Use the barrel cannons to shoot between each other and land next to the checkpoint. Jump over the Chomps to the right. Bounce on the yellow Skittler or roll-jump from the elevated ledge with the DK Barrel to the right to reach the letter "O". Going past more yellow Skittlers, continue to the right and jump onto the Tiki Torks ahead. Duck on the second one to avoid the spikes overhead as you pass to the right. Next, bounce on the first large mushroom and grab onto the grassy surface on the round platform above. Cling around to the top and jump to the next round platform to get the second Puzzle Piece floating above it.

From here, drop down and bounce from the large mushroom to the Tiki Buzz ahead. Up ahead, you will see two Tiki Buzzes moving below some spikes. Drop below them to land on a hidden platform at the bottom of the screen. There, go right and ground-pound the circular and flat platform to fall into a hidden Bonus Room. In the room, use the two barrel cannons to collect all eighty bananas and two Banana Coins within thirty seconds as usual and make the third Puzzle Piece appears. After the Bonus Room, bounce upward and get across the Tiki Buzzes to the right. There are three Tiki Buzzes in a circle ahead, with the fourth Puzzle Piece in the middle of the formation. Drop from above or jump at the right moment to get it, landing on one of the Tiki Buzzes below. After the following bouncy mushroom, the next circle formation of three Tiki Buzzes ahead will have the letter "N" in the middle. Be sure to collect the letter in the same manner of the previous Puzzle Piece. Continue along, going past Chomps, Tiki Goons and pits and you will soon find two circular lines of bananas above a bouncy mushroom between two Chomps. Collect all twenty-four bananas to make the fifth Puzzle Piece appear in the middle of the formation. Walk across the next platform, going past the Tiki Goons, and you will find a barrel cannon at the end. Ignore it, roll underneath it and jump forward to get the sixth Puzzle Piece and fall into the next barrel cannon. Diddy Kong's rocket pack can help in this section. Use the barrel cannon to reach the background, where there is another checkpoint.

To the right, jump onto a series of Tiki Buzzes. Defeat and/or avoid the Skittlers and go right, and jump to the next set of Tiki Buzzes when you can, ducking below the spikes as you pass below them. Up ahead, you will find two more Tiki Torks moving in an eight-like pattern. At the top of the pattern, bounce atop the hanging purple Skittler to get the seventh and final Puzzle Piece above. At the bottom end of the pattern, bounce low across the mushroom to the right avoiding the spikes above. On one of the four Tiki Buzzes ahead, be sure to carefully land on the second one and collect the letter "G". From here, go upwards, continue across a few bouncy mushrooms, Tiki Torks, Squittler, spikes and bananas and you will eventually reach the Slot Machine Barrel in the middle of a circle of Tiki Torks. Drop down or jump into the barrel to complete this level.



  • Hearts: 1
  • DK Barrels: 3
  • Banana Coins: 13 (counts 2 in the Bonus Room, does not count three or more consecutive jumps on enemies)

K-O-N-G Letters[]

  • K: The letter "K" can be seen floating up and down next the second caged Tiki Tork in the level, above a Tiki Goon and between two purple Skittlers. A high-jump from above or bouncing on an enemy is necessary to reach the letter.
  • O: The letter "O" is on a solid area of land shortly after the first checkpoint. A high-bounce of a yellow Skittler or roll-jump from the elevated ledge with the DK Barrel before the letter to able to reach it.
  • N: The letter "N" is immediately after the fourth Puzzle Piece with the next trio of caged Tiki Buzzes flying around in circle. The primates must drop from above or jump to the letter at the right moment, while trying to land on another Tiki Buzz.
  • G: When the Kongs reach the bouncy mushroom below spikes and after the seventh Puzzle Piece, they must find a group of four caged Tiki Buzzes flying towards them. The second of them carries the letter "G" that the primates must carefully jump towards to collect the letter.

Puzzle Pieces[]

  • 1: After the letter "K", as they Kongs cruise on the two caged Tiki Torks that move in an eight-like pattern going upwards, they must avoid jumping to the next platform as they reach the top of the area and wait a few moments to be pulled towards the first Puzzle Piece nearby. The heroes must jump to the left to collect the Puzzle Piece and try to land back on one of the Tiki Torks.
  • 2: After the first checkpoint and the letter "O", two round and grass-covered structures can be seen above some bouncy mushrooms. The primates must bounce to them and climb on top of the second grassy structure to find the second Puzzle Piece.
  • 3: When the heroes reach solid land after the area with the second Puzzle Piece, they must head into the gap near an yellow flower to land in a hidden area at the bottom of the screen. If they pound on the flat platform at the right corner, the primates fall into a Bonus Room. There, they must shoot between two barrel cannons in order to collect all eighty bananas and two Banana Coins. As they shoot between the barrels, they must watch for an autofire barrel in the center that can shoot them out of the room. If everything is collected within thirty seconds, the Puzzle Piece appears.
  • 4: The fourth Puzzle Piece is being orbited by three caged Tiki Buzzes shortly after the hidden Bonus Room entrance. The heroes can collect it by simply jumping to it or dropping from above at the right moment, trying to land back on one of the tikis afterwards.
  • 5: After the letter "N", when the Kongs reach a bouncy mushroom placed between two Chomps and before the second checkpoint. Above the mushroom, they can find many bananas moving in a circle. If they collect all twenty-four bananas, a Puzzle Piece appears.
  • 6: After the fifth Puzzle Piece and before the second checkpoint, the primates must avoid jumping into the second-to-last barrel cannon and instead roll under it and jump forward to get a Puzzle Piece and land in the nearby barrel cannon that follows. Use Diddy Kong's rocket pack to collect this Puzzle Piece more safely.
  • 7: After the second checkpoint, two caged Tiki Torks can be found moving downwards and then back up in an eight-like pattern. The Kongs must stand on one of them and wait for it to hover back upwards to be lead to a purple Skittler that has a Puzzle Piece floating above it. The heroes can reach it by bouncing on the spider.


The puzzle of Flutter Flyaway is of a cherry against a light yellow background. When all of the pieces are found, the Buzzbite artwork will be added to the Critters 2 Gallery of the Image Gallery in the Extras menu.

Time Attack Medals[]

  • Shiny Gold: 01:08.00
  • Gold: 01:49.00 (01:34.00 in the Japanese version)
  • Silver: 01:59.00 (01:55.00 in the Japanese version)
  • Bronze: 02:17.00