|Music Theme(s)||Mystery of the Key|
|Notable Feature(s)||The first Key Temple level in both games. This level also features platforms spawning as soon the Kongs get close by and falling down after the Kongs step on them.|
|Enemies Encountered||Tiki Goons, Tiki Dooms, Tiki Zings, Tiki Buzzes|
|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)
Platform Panic is the eighth level in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, as well as the eighth and final level in the Jungle world of Donkey Kong Island. It is the first secret Key Temple level in the games, and all of the first world's K-O-N-G Letters must be collected to unlock it.
This level takes place in a temple, where each of its platforms do not appear until the Kongs approach the area where they will suddenly appear before the heroes. These platforms disappear shortly after the Kongs step on them, so Donkey and Diddy Kong must constantly be moving. As the primates progress, many spikes begin to appear all around the level, and the Kongs also have to start bouncing on the heads of many Tiki Buzzes. Other enemies in this level include Tiki Zings, Tiki Goons, and Tiki Dooms. The player can also get many Banana Coins and some Extra Life Balloons because of the big number of Tiki enemies in this level, but they must defeat multiple enemies using consecutive jumps without landing.
The Kongs begin the level heading straight towards three collapsible platforms. Then there is another three collapsible platforms, yet with a Tiki Goon is on the second one. After those, four platforms pop up, with two Tiki Goons and a Tiki Doom. Past that are two platforms separated by a Tiki Zing, with three higher platforms that have three Tiki Zings at different levels above it. Once Donkey and Diddy Kong get past all of that, there are four thin platforms, with a Tiki Goon on the second and another Tiki Doom on the fourth. The primates must bounce high on this enemy to reach four Tiki Buzzes above and the first Puzzle Piece. The item can collected by bouncing on the Tiki Buzzes. Getting past the three platforms with the middle being slightly higher than the others and holding a Tiki Goon, Donkey and Diddy Kong get to the three platforms separated by two Tiki Zings between the first and second. The Kongs need to jump in between them and continue low as two large Tiki Zings lie above them, and head over to the bouncy tire. The Kongs need to bounce high off the tire to jump safely over the three vertical Tiki Zings onto the next tire leading to three descending platforms, each holding a Tiki Goon, which lead to a safe platform. The urn on the middle of this platform contains the second Puzzle Piece that can be broken by ground-pounding close by.
Following the resting platform are three collapsing platforms with a Tiki Zing in between the second and third and another above the third platform. After safely jumping between them, the Kongs need to continue and drop to the low platform below three vertical Tiki Zings and back up to the next few platforms. When reaching to a tall platform with a monkey image on it, the Kongs must stay over it and wait to fall. While this platform is falling, the primates must jump to the middle section of the next one to collect the third Puzzle Piece. After collecting the piece and some banana bunches, the Kongs must jump to a lower platform and to another tall one. At that last platform, the Kongs need to wait to have the platform to start falling before they can reach the lower platforms that were blocked off by an immobile platform. Continuing on, the primates need to jump towards the platform with spikes right above it, to a taller platform that has four leaning sides towards a tire. The Kongs then need to bounce high off that tire onto five Tiki Buzzes with the last one needed to drop onto another Tiki Buzz leading to a short platform. Here, the primates need to bounce on the tire to the left and quickly collect the fourth Puzzle Piece, before the tire falls down. After that, the primates need to bounce high off the tire over the spikes onto another tire which leads to a few platforms that lead to eight low Tiki Buzzes with spikes high above them. In this section, high bounces will make the Kongs to hit the spikes above. After Donkey and Diddy Kong jump over the Tiki Buzzes, the heroes land on the second solid platform with an urn.
Going past the solid platform, there are two collapsing platforms with a Tiki Buzz after it. Using that Tiki Buzz, the Kongs need to bounce well off of it to safely make it over the spikes to the next Tiki Buzz to another collapsing platform. Next lies three platforms with a Tiki Buzz in between the first and second along with spikes immediately above them. The Kongs need to bounce low on the Tiki Buzz to avoid contact with the spikes above, and then wait on the last platform to move on to the lower platforms blocked by another immobile platform. After that, there are two platforms and then two spikes facing each other, which the Kongs must jump between, followed by four thin platforms that have some spikes above it. Then the primates need to jump onto the four uphill platforms and run past to the three Tiki Buzzes followed by two Tiki Buzzes separated by spikes. After landing on the following platform, the Kongs need to bounce high off the tire to the left and collect the fifth and final Puzzle Piece above a Tiki Buzz. Bouncing off the Tiki Buzz to the next two, the primates will reach the next tall platform and down four downhill platforms towards another Tiki Buzz. Then Donkey and Diddy Kong must bounce high to get across the following spike platform onto three Tiki Buzzes with spikes above the second Tiki Buzz, with the last one having them bounce high to get to the last Tiki Buzz. After that, the Kongs need to land and shoot out of the barrel cannon to reach the final section where the Green Rare Orb lies. The primates must touch the orb to collect it and complete the level.
- Banana Coins: 1 (does not count three or more consecutive jumps on enemies)
- 1: After traveling over a few of the collapsing platforms, one pops up with a second Tiki Doom. The Kongs need to bounce high onto the enemy to reach four Tiki Buzzes above the screen. The Puzzle Piece is between the second and third one, being collected by bouncing on the Tiki Buzzes.
- 2: At the first stable platform after the first set of popping platforms, there is an urn that can be broken with a ground-pound. It reveals the second Puzzle Piece.
- 3: After the second Puzzle Piece, the player will reach to a tall popping platform with a monkey image on it. The player must stay on the platform and wait for it to fall. Then they have to jump to the middle section of the next platform and collect the third Puzzle Piece.
- 4: After the third Puzzle Piece and many Tiki Buzzes, the player will reach to the fourth Puzzle Piece and another bouncy tire. They need to bounce onto the tire to the left to collect piece. But to not fall in the pit below, the player needs to bounce back quickly onto the tire before it falls and get across the spiky platform to the right of it.
- 5: After the fourth Puzzle Piece, the fifth one can be found over a Tiki Buzz. The player must use a tire below three Tiki Buzzes and bounce to the left and collect the fifty Puzzle Piece.
The puzzle of Platform Panic is of a strawberry on a light green background. When all forty-one Puzzle Pieces in Jungle world are found and Mugly is defeated in the boss level Mugly's Mound, the Jungle diorama is added to the Diorama Gallery in the Extras menu.
Time Attack Medals
- Shiny Gold: 01:06.00
- Gold: 01:13.00
- Silver: 01:30.00
- Bronze: 01:47.00
- The way how the platforms in this level suddenly appear before the Kongs is very similar to the section of collecting Silver Stars in the Space Junk Galaxy from the game Super Mario Galaxy for Nintendo Wii.