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ExitIsNearSign Sloppy Sands ExitSign
World(s) Beach
Type Beach
Music Theme(s) Sloppy Sands
Animal Buddies None
Bonus Room(s) 1
Puzzle Pieces 7
Notable Feature(s) The first level to feature Squidlies and Electrasquids turrets.
Enemies Encountered Snaps, Pinchlies, Squidlies, Electrasquids, Snaggles
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)

Sloppy Sands is the tenth level in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, as well as the second level in the Beach world of Donkey Kong Island. It is preceded by Poppin' Planks and followed by Peaceful Pier.


The biggest part of this level takes place on the ocean shore, where Donkey and Diddy Kong are constantly being attacked by Squidlies and Electrasquids shooting out of turrets. Fortunately, Squidlies can be bounced on to reach collectibles, although Electrasquids which are electric, can hurt the Kongs with one touch. These enemies also can help the primates to collect items out of reach. Additionally, the end of this level takes place inside of a tall tower in which the primates must climb by using buckets full of sand as platforms. A green, grassy turf, which covers walls and rotating wheels, also helps the heroes climb to the top of the tower. Other than Squidlies and Electrasquids, the enemies in this level include Snaggles and Snaps.


Start moving right pounding the wooden peg to reveal another to the right. Jump onto the higher platform and grab the DK Barrel. Carry it back to the beginning of the level and use it to break the wooden target revealing the first Puzzle Piece. Keep moving right until you reach the Squidly turret. Jump over it and then pound the triple wooden peg to reveal another and the second Puzzle Piece to the right. Jump on it and then onto the wooden platform above to get the piece. Jump down and ground-pound nearby the cannon to drop a treasure chest with four Banana Coins.

Jump over the next squid turret to reach a flower. Blow on the flower revealing the third Puzzle Piece. Moving on, use the Squidlies to jump over the higher squid turret to the right. You will reach a double squid turret. Use the Squidlies to jump over the two squid turrets. Pound the treasure chest to reveal an Extra Life Balloon. Jump over the squid turret moving down a hill to the right. The fourth Puzzle Piece at the top of the screen, floating above an elevated platform. Move forward until see two stacked squid turrets. Squidlies will be shoot from the turrets. Quickly go back to the elevated platform and use one of the Squidlies to bounce and reach the piece. Keep moving right to reach a triple wooden peg. Pound on it to reveal another one to the right and use it to jump over the stacked squid turrets.

Move down the hill and towards the first checkpoint. Jump over pits and Snaggles until you reach the second wooden crate. Pound on it to reveal a treasure chest. Ground-pound nearby the chest to reveal a barrel cannon to take you to the background. There, roll into the large sand pillar to drop the letter "K". Ground-pound close by the treasure chest to the left to reveal another barrel cannon taking you back to the foreground.

Start going forward again jumping over pits, a Snaggles and a squid turret. Soon, you will reach a wooden dock. Keep going right and then drop below the dock. Ground-pound close by the cannon and it will break the dock creating lower platforms. Jump across the platforms to the left until you reach the fifth Puzzle Piece. Move forward again until you see the two stacked squid turrets. Quickly run towards the letter "O" to collect it while avoiding the Squidlies. Go back and use the Squidlies to jump above to the wooden platform and then jump over the squid turret. Use the Squidly in order to bounce towards the letter "N" or just roll-jump from a nearby platform to reach the letter. Once you fall back to the ground, roll to the left into the ship hull revealing the entrance to a Bonus Room. In the room, use the bouncy and moving platform to collect all forty-four bananas and four Banana Coins within thirty seconds and reveal the sixth Puzzle Piece.

After the Bonus Room, move past the second checkpoint and keep pounding on the DK Platform to make the tower in the background rise as well as reveal a barrel cannon in the foreground. Use the cannon to be sent into the tower. Just keep climbing up until you reach a grassy turf on the ceiling. After a heart surrounded by bananas, cling on it and then jump to the right clinging on the grass there. Travel down the grass to reach the letter "G" and then start travelling upward once again. Once you reach to a treasure chest, after a rotating wheel, move all the way to right behind some barrels to reveal a hidden area with the seventh and final Puzzle Piece. After collecting the piece, keep moving up until you eventually reach a barrel cannon at the top that will shot you to the top of the tower, while you avoids Squidlies and Electrasquids. Jump into the Slot Machine Barrel to finish this level.



  • Hearts: 7
  • DK Barrels: 3
  • Banana Coins: 10 (counts 4 in the Bonus Room, does not count three or more consecutive jumps on enemies)
  • Extra Life Balloons: 1 (does not count eight or more consecutive jumps on enemies)

K-O-N-G Letters[]

  • K: After the first checkpoint, pound on the second large crate to reveal a treasue chest. The chest contains a barrel cannon to take you to the background. The letter "K" is above a sand pillar here. Roll into the pillar to destroy it and drop the letter on the ground. The treasure chest to the left possesses another barrel cannon tho take you back to foreground.
  • O: After the fifth Puzzle Piece and some crab enemies, the letter "O" is floating among some bananas in front of two stacked squid turrets.
  • N: Just after the letter "O", the letter "N" is floating high in the air just before the Tutorial Pig's second checkpoint. Use one of the Squidlies coming from the left side to reach the letter or roll-jump from a close by platform.
  • G: Inside the tower after the second checkpoint, the letter "G" is near a squid turret at the section with a heart surrounded by bananas. Use the grassy turf on the ceiling to cling on and reach the letter.

Puzzle Pieces[]

  • 1: At the start of the level, there is a wooden plank with a target and the Puzzle Piece behind it. Go forward until you find a DK Barrel. Carry it back to the start, throw it at the plank to knock it down and able to collect the piece.
  • 2: Ground-pound the triple peg right after the first Squidly turret to unearth another peg, the second Puzzle Piece and some items.
  • 3: After the second Puzzle Piece, blow on the flower between two squid turrets to reveal the third Puzzle Piece.
  • 4: After the first treasure chest and a squid turret, you will see the fourth Puzzle Piece floating high above an elevated platform. Walk forward until you see two stacked squid turrets. Use the Squidlies shot from these turrets to bounce over the elevated platform and reach the Puzzle Piece.
  • 5: After the letter "K", a Snaggles and a squid turret, you will reach to docks with the Puzzle Piece visible below it. Move forward until the end of the docks and ground-pound nearby the cannon under the far end. The cannon will shot, destroy the docks and create lower platforms. Use the platform to go left and collect the fifth Puzzle Piece.
  • 6: Between the letters "O" and "N", you will see a line of bananas leading to the ship hull's right side. Roll into it to find an entrance to a Bonus Room. Use the bouncy and moving platform to collect all forty-four bananas and four Banana Coins within the time limit of thirty seconds for the Puzzle Piece.
  • 7: Near the top of the tower, after reaching a treasure chest, you will see a bunch of barrels stacked on the right. Run at them and you will find a hidden area behind them concealing the seventh and final Puzzle Piece.


The puzzle of Sloppy Sands is of a cherry against a light yellow background. When all of the pieces are found, the Pinchly & Pal artwork will be added to the Critters 1 Gallery of the Image Gallery in the Extras menu.

Time Attack Medals[]

  • Shiny Gold: 01:09.00
  • Gold: 01:11.00 (01:22.00 in the Japanese version)
  • Silver: 01:26.00 (01:31.00 in the Japanese version)
  • Bronze: 01:57.00 (02:02.00 in the Japanese version)