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ExitIsNearSign King of Cling ExitSign
World(s) Jungle
Type Jungle
Music Theme(s) King of Cling
Animal Buddies None
Bonus Room(s) 1
Puzzle Pieces 7
Notable Feature(s) The first level to feature grassy and clingable surfaces for the Kongs to climb at any direction.
Enemies Encountered Awks, Frogoons, Chomps, Tiki Zings
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)

King of Cling is the second level in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, as well as the second level in the Jungle world of Donkey Kong Island. It is preceded by Jungle Hijinxs and followed by Tree Top Bop.


This level is another jungle level and has the tutorial on clinging onto green grassy turfs. This skill is also the major thing in the level which is needed to be used to go throughout the level and complete it. There are also bouncy flowers, spikes and dandelions revealing hidden items in this level. Aside that, twelve Awks, sixteen Chomps, three Frogoons and two Tiki Zings appear as the enemy threats in the level.


The level begins with a pathway leading to a gap of spikes following an Awk. The grassy turf lined with bananas above the spikes can help the Kongs cross the obstacle. Another Awk is after this, and a small platform holding a DK Barrel is on top of it. The platform can be reached only with the fallen stone pillar on the ground below it. The letter "K" is also near a wall here by some more grassy turf. Jumping all the way to right of the letter will reveal a hidden area with the first Puzzle Piece. Moving on, two plants are below it holding some hidden items. There is a small tunnel area farther into the level featuring a Chomp that reaches out of a gap to eat the Kongs as they try to cross the area with the turf. The area ahead carries a few weaker land enemies, including Frogoons and a yellow plant holding a Banana Coin. A rotating wheel is nearby, covered in the grassy turf. On top of it is a heart and some bananas, but below it is a Chomp and an Awk. Clinging on the wheel and going all to the left, over the platforms, the Kongs will reach to another hidden area and the second Puzzle Piece. The areas ahead feature some spikes, although a safe platform is located above them near another Awk. Jumping all the way to the right from the platform, the primates will find another hidden area and the third Puzzle Piece. Going past the Awk, there is a gap containing another Chomp. The turf above it that is covered in bananas can be used to reach a Banana Coin. Across this wall is another wall of turf to climb on, and it is also covered in bananas.

A second small gap holds a vicious Chomp below the grass, followed by a much larger abyss holding a giant version of the foe. The green turf lining the walls can help the Kongs pass these enemies and get to a heart. On a small platform below the turf is a yellow plant holding a Banana Coin. Near it is a much larger flower that can be bounced off of to reach more of the grassy turf and another item-holding plant. A bridge stretches across a long gap next to a DK Barrel, leading to three Awks and another yellow plant holding a barrel cannon. After ground-pounding nearby the plant, the revealed barrel cannon can be used to access an area in the background, where there are some rotating wheels covered in grassy turf and the letter "O" on a wall above them. Clinging on the same wall and climbing all the way up, the primates will reach a barrel cannon to a Bonus Room. There, the heroes must use the moving and bouncy platform to collect all ninety-nine bananas and three Banana Coins within thirty seconds and reveal the fourth Puzzle Piece. After the Bonus Room, at the end of the area is another plant containing a barrel cannon that shoots the primates back into the foreground. Here, there is another bridge leading to a flat and elevated platform and a small ledge with a fallen stone pillar on its edge. Following an yellow plant with a banana bunch after this is a large and bouncy flower that can help the Kongs reach another set of grassy turf to cross a large abyss containing a giant plant Chomp. The yellow plant right above the giant Chomp contains the fifth Puzzle Piece. Another bouncy and red flower is below the turf, followed by the Tutorial Pig who marks the checkpoint.

There is another gap filled with a Chomp inside of it farther ahead, along with a DK Barrel. Nearby, more Chomps reach out of the ceiling to attack, while Awk enemies walk along the ground. Farther on is a large, open area with some grassy turf on the side of the wall. A vicious Chomp occasionally reaches out of this wall. A single wheel covered in turf is also in the center of the area to aid the Kongs in reaching an area of grassy turf along another wall. The wall leads to a flat surface, where another Chomp reaches out of the wall. Grassy turf lines this wall as well, and a small plant containing a banana bunch is inside of it. There is a elevated platform holding a dandelion nearby, which gives the primates a banana if blown on. Jumping all the way to the right of it, the heroes will find another secret area containing the sixth Puzzle Piece. On the other end of the elevated platform is a curved wall covered in turf that leads to a plant containing a banana bunch and a higher platform with a DK Barrel on it. To the left of the platform is a wall of grassy turf that is lined with some bananas. The turf can help the heroes climb to a higher area, where there is a long section of spikes and another yellow plant. They can be crossed by using the wheels floating around. These obstacles have the grassy turf on them, so the Kongs can climb to the wall on the right that is covered in more of the turf. Going all down of the grassy wall, the primates will reach the letter "N".

Now, if the Kongs climb up the turf, they can reach another Chomp on the top of the area. The only way to avoid it is by using the moving platform below. Grassy turf covered with bananas lies farther ahead, leading to another area. A small platform is below the turf along the wall on the left to help the Kongs if they fall. There is a bouncy flower in the center of this next area that can aid the heroes in clinging onto the grassy turf along another rotating wheel. Ignoring the wheel and going all the way to the right, the primates will reach to another hidden area with the seventh and final Puzzle Piece. To the right of the rotating wheel is a small space with a yellow plant growing on it, which contains a Banana Coin. Some grassy turf is above a hole in the wall in which a Chomp reaches out of the eat the Kongs. It can take the primates to the top of the area, where there are two platforms below another Chomp. The platforms, holding some banana bunches, must be used to dodge the plant and to get to the grassy turf nearby.

The turf leads high into a new area. On the right side of the wall holding this turf is another small section of the grassy turf, and a Banana Coin is on it. The turf on the left wall stretches through a long passage with some sharp spikes along the bottom of it. As the Kongs progress through this part of the level, they can find more grassy turf showing up of the right side of the walls. The primates must alternate between walls to avoid some Chomps that reach out of the sides of them. The turf of the wall on the right continues into a new area, while a dandelion grows on a small section of land to the left. Many large and bouncy flowers are in this open area. The flowers, although surrounded by Tiki Zings, can help the primates to bounce and find the letter "G". Now the Kongs must travel to the highest point in the level, where there is a barrel cannon. The barrel can be used to shoot the heroes to the Slot Machine Barrel, which causes the level to end when hit.



  • Hearts: 4
  • DK Barrels: 4
  • Banana Coins: 13 (counts 3 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 reached by jumping right of the first DK Barrel.
  • O: After the second DK Barrel, in the middle of two suspended bridges, there is a yellow plant. Ground-pound it to reveal an autofire barrel and go into the background. Two grassy rotating wheels give access to the letter "O", right below a grassy platform.
  • N: After the third DK Barrel and two rotating wheels on the way up, on the right wall, climb down above the spikes to reach the letter "N".
  • G: In final section with many bouncy flowers before the Slot Machine Barrel, the first Tiki Zing will be patrolling over the letter "G". Bounce on the flowers to reach the letter while avoiding the enemy.

Puzzle Pieces[]

  • 1: In the platform with the first DK Barrel, jump all the way to right after collecting the letter "K" and reach to a hidden area. The first Puzzle Piece is there.
  • 2: Climb on the first rotating wheel and go left over the platforms until a secret area is revealed. The second Puzzle Piece is there.
  • 3: After the first rotating wheel, there is a platform over a dandelion and some spikes. Jump off it to the right and reveal a secret area with the third Puzzle Piece.
  • 4: In a Bonus Room, found by climbing up the background area with the letter "O". There, the Kongs must use the moving and bouncy platform in order to collect ninety-nine bananas and three Banana Coins. Once all of the collectibles are collected within thirty seconds, a Puzzle Piece appears in the center of the room.
  • 5: After the Bonus Room, there is a large Chomp below a yellow plant. On the grassy turf shortly before the checkpoint, the yellow plant houses the fifth Puzzle Piece.
  • 6: After the climbing the next rotating wheel after the checkpoint, there is a elevated platform with a single dandelion. To the right of it, there a suspiciously large rock hiding a secret area. Walk into to reveal the sixth Puzzle Piece.
  • 7: After the letter "N", in the area where there is a large and red plant below a rotating wheel, going all the way to the right into a rock will reveal the Puzzle Piece in a secret area.


The King of Cling puzzle is of a cherry with a light yellow background. When all of the pieces are collected, the Frogoon artwork will be added to the Critters 1 Gallery of the Image Gallery in the Extras menu.

Time Attack Medals[]

  • Shiny Gold: 01:18.00
  • Gold: 01:21.00
  • Silver: 01:39.00
  • Bronze: 02:16.00