Ropes act as a means of transportation for the Kongs commonly found in the Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Land series, introduced in the first game, Donkey Kong Country. Vines, used to swing across pits, are similar to ropes.
Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Land
In the games Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Land, vertical ropes are used to go over large pits cannot be traversed by jumping. A rope can be climbed by simply jumping onto them. Some ropes are stationary while others swing.
In the Vine Valley stage Forest Frenzy of Donkey Kong Country, vertical ropes move horizontally over gaps, and some of them even allow the heroes to progress across large pits in the stage. Blue and red ropes are found in the Gorilla Glacier stage Slipslide Ride, and are slippery. Blue ropes slip Donkey and Diddy Kong up, and red ones slip them down. When clinging on these rope types, by holding the respective and opposite directional button, the primates will stop slipping.
In the game Donkey Kong Land, some vertical ropes can be found inside hidden holes on the ground. As soon as the player reveals these ropes, they will float away upwards until leaving the screen. If the primates grab on them, they will be take away to a Bonus Room. Inside some stages of the same game, there are also ropes with square-shaped knots. They can be used by the primates for climbing up.
Also in Donkey Kong Land, Slippas, snake enemies, are capable of slithering down by moving around on vertical ropes.
Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Land 2
In the games Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Land 2, horizontal ropes were added. In some stages, there are also knotted ropes composing square-like webs, where Diddy and Dixie Kong can climb them at horizontal and vertical directions.
In Bramble Scramble and Screech's Sprint, both bramble stages, straight vines replace ropes, having the same function. In the K. Rool's Keep stage Chain Link Chamber, ropes are replaced by chains, and they also possess the same function.
Donkey Kong Country 3 and Donkey Kong Land III
In Donkey Kong Country 3, inside the Razor Ridge stage Kong-Fused Cliffs, there are vertical ropes litten by a small flame at the bottom end. Dixie and Kiddy Kong must climb them quickly, while avoiding incoming enemies, and before the heroes are harmed by the flame. These ropes are consumed by the fire eventually. A new type of automatic rope is present in the KAOS Kore stage Konveyor Rope Klash. They are constantly moving left or right like a conveyor belt. When climbed, these ropes make navigation tricky by moving the Kongs towards enemies. However, it is possible to quickly move at the opposite direction. In both stages Kreeping Klasps and Krevice Kreepers, many horizontal ropes are patrolled by Klasps, enemies inside TNT Barrels capable of defeating the primates instantly upon contact.