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ExitIsNearSign Shifty Smashers ExitSign
Shifty smashers
World(s) Ruins
Type Key Temple
Music Theme(s) Mystery of the Key
Animal Buddies None
Bonus Room(s) None
Puzzle Pieces 5
Notable Feature(s) The level features many smashing golden blocks depicting scenes and objects from the classic Donkey Kong game. The Kongs must be careful to avoid be crushed and harmed by these blocks.
Enemies Encountered Tiki Tanks
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)

Shifty Smashers is the twentieth-fifth level in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, as well as the eighth and final level in the Ruins world of Donkey Kong Island. It is the third secret Key Temple level in the games, and all of the third world's K-O-N-G Letters must be collected to unlock it.


The level introduces many golden blocks, which appear to have classic Donkey Kong-themed pictures shown on them. These dangerous platforms are scattered throughout the whole level, taking up most of its space. They constantly move back and forth about every second, so Donkey and Diddy Kong must carefully maneuver around them as they move to progress and avoid being crushed and harmed. The level also features some spikes, which are attached to ceilings that slowly move up and down. They move so far down that the Kongs must crouch down to dodge them. This level does not feature many enemies, and only has a few Tiki Tanks in it.


The level begins with a straight pathway leading to two large, golden blocks, which move up and down. Next to them are two urns with collectibles in them. The Kongs must maneuver under the blocks to reach the next area, where there are more of these golden blocks. After them is a group of bananas and an even larger area of moving block platforms. The first Puzzle Piece is inside a small alcove in the lower left corner beside three blocks. The Kongs must pass through the area as the blocks move back and forth in order to get to a much larger area of blocks. The primates can not cut right through the center of the room, as it is being blocked by the smashers, so they must travel to the bottom of the area and under the platforms to get around. After leaving the bottom section, the second Puzzle Piece can be found between some moving blocks above and a stationary and solid platform. Going forward and after falling between two blocks, the Kongs can reach a small and empty area. They must travel over a few blocks just ahead of here and then climb on top of them to enter a higher area, where some urns holding items can be found. The third Puzzle Piece can be found here in the lower corner below some blocks. In the hallway after this, the heroes can find some spikes hanging over the ceiling. The spikes move up and down, forcing the primates to crouch when they get at their lowest point. Spikes are also on the floor, along with a Tiki Tank.

A raised platform in the middle of the hallway is high enough that the Kongs can be crushed no matter what if they are standing on it while the spikes lower that whole way. Another empty area of nothing but two urns is ahead, followed by more golden, moving blocks. The Kongs must climb around these large platforms like stairs to get around them. Eventually, they can reach a small and stationary platform above the fourth Puzzle Piece on it. They can not reach the golden blocks at this point because they are too high, so the primates must instead jump from the previous blocks to them to advance through the level. An area full of bananas is in the hallway ahead. When the Kongs enter this area, a wall comes from behind them and pushes them forward into an area full of spikes, which are placed between many small platforms. The heroes must quickly run through this area, as the ground and the ceiling move together while they run through. The fifth and final Puzzle Piece can be found in this section, floating above some spikes. After the primates travel away from this area and head down a flat and empty pathway, they can find the White Rare Orb. After they touch it, the level is complete and the Kongs earn another orb for their collection.



  • Banana Coins: 5 (does not count three or more consecutive jumps on enemies)

Puzzle Pieces[]

  • 1: After passing a group of floating bananas early on in the level, the primates can travel to the left side of the next set of blocks to find a Puzzle Piece inside a tiny alcove in the corner of the area.
  • 2: In the large set of blocks where the heroes must travel to the bottom of the area and them climb up the other side of the blocks, they can find the Puzzle Piece in a small alcove between some moving blocks and a solid and stationary platform.
  • 3: Before the primates head into the first area with spikes, they must head into a small alcove at the corner of the area under some of the blocks to spot a Puzzle Piece.
  • 4: As the Kongs approach the end of the level, along with the second and final area of spikes, they must travel under a small and stationary platform that is located between two large sets of blocks to encounter the fourth Puzzle Piece.
  • 5: In the final area of spikes at the end of the level, the fifth and final Puzzle Piece can be found in the center of the hallway floating above some spikes.


The puzzle of Shifty Smashers is of a strawberry on a light green background. When all forty-seven Puzzle Pieces in Ruins world are found and Stu is defeated in the boss level Ruined Roost, the Ruins diorama is added to the Diorama Gallery in the Extras menu.

Time Attack Medals[]

  • Shiny Gold: 00:59.00
  • Gold: 01:05.00
  • Silver: 01:20.00
  • Bronze: 01:35.00