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The Kongs stand on a large basalt platform that bobs up and down in the lava in Bobbing Basalt.

Bobbing Basalt is the sixtieth level of Donkey Kong Country Returns, as well as the fifth level in the Volcano. The level takes place in a volcano full of boiling hot Lava. Many basalt platforms found in this level bob (bounce up and down, definition gotten from thesaurus.com) up and down constantly in the lava. Some basalt platforms even sink completely into the lava. However, the basalt platforms that sink completely into the lava are a reddish color and have many streaks of magma on them, as seen in the picture above to the very left of the Fireball. Also, since these basalt platforms that sink completely into the lava end up entering the lava and coming out, they will have a point where they are still hot and must cool off. If the Kongs (Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong) land on a basalt platform that is still hot, they will get burned and lose a Heart . However, to tell a hot basalt platform, one should look at the color of the platform's top (or you can call it "it's surface"). A basalt platform that is hot will have a surface that is a yellowish orange color. Some platforms and structures found in Bobbing Basalt sink completely in the lava and never rise back out too! Uh oh! What does that mean? Yep, THE HEROES SHOULD QUICKLY GET OFF THESE PLATFORMS/STRUCTURES BEFORE THEY CARRY THEM INTO THE LAVA!!! Anyway, other obstacles found in Bobbing Basalt include many Fireballs that either jump out of the lava and fall back into it constantly, much like the Podoboos of the Mario series, or move in an odd, quite zig-zaglike pattern above certain platforms before colliding into them. Shortly after the letter N of the K-O-N-G Letters, near the end of the level, there is a long line of Fireballs that jump out of the lava and fall back into it very close to one another. To safely get past these Fireballs, the Kongs would have to slowly run underneath them as they jump/fall. Enemies in this level other than Fireballs include Tiki Goons, Tiki Dooms and Squeeklies. In Time Attack mode, a time of 1:23:00 is needed to get a gold medal, a time of 1:45:00 for a silver medal and a time of 2:00:00 for a bronze medal.


Overview

The level begins with the Kongs landing on a floor made up entirely of many basalt platforms that do not move. Behind the Kongs, there is a strange, pot-like object that can be pounded on for a Puzzle Piece. Anyway, if the Kongs head forward, they can soon jump to atop a higher part of floor attached to this floor's edge. Here, the Kongs can see a stationary basalt platform in the lava. The Kongs can jump to it. From here, they can see a small gap with another stationary basalt platform ahead of it. However, a Fireball jumps out of the lava and falls back into it constantly in this small gap separating the two stationary basalt platforms. So, what do we do? Well, we wait on the Fireball to fall in the lava, don't we? Uhhhh, no. *Sigh*. When will they learn.....Anyway, the Kongs should wait on the Fireball to fall into the lava after it jumps out of it (note: when I, Smashbro8, say "fall into the lava, it can also mean "descend/lower". When it does so, the heroes should quickly jump to the next stationary basalt platform before the Fireball jumps out of the lava and hits them (this causes them to lose a Heart). Now here on this next platform, the Kongs can see a part of a floor ahead with a Tiki Doom on it. Well, actually this large floor has two parts of basalt platforms that bob up and down in the lava: the middle part and the part on the right. So, because the middle part and the part on the right both bob up and down, it makes the floor look like it is made up of three different parts. Also, the part on the right holds a Tiki Goon on it. Anyway, the Kongs should jump to this floor's left part, which holds a Tiki Doom. It is wise to try to land on the Tiki Doom since it can hurt the Kongs if they land too close to it. Hovering can help the Kongs reach the enemy. However, like always, Tiki Dooms must be hit, not once, not twice, but thrice.....uhhhhh? What is thrice! Anyway, the Tiki Doom must be hit three times with a jump to take it out. A roll is an even smarter move to use since it wipes out the enemy with one hit. Anyway, after the Tiki Doom is wasted, the Kongs can move across the middle part of the floor, which bobs up and down in the lava. STOP RIGHT THERE!!! FREEZE!!! Yeah,
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The Kongs jump to the part of floor on the right of that floor that has "three parts". Notice the Tiki Goon on the part of floor on the right, half of a Tiki Doom on the left part of floor, the small gap after this floor with the Fireball jumping in and out of it, and the basalt platform bobbing up and down with three Bananas above it. Wow, what a picture full of stuff to see!

you could jump on the part of floor on the right, however, what is on it that's a danger? Yep, if you answered the Tiki Goon, you are right! So, if the Kongs, standing right next to the part of floor on the right, had to jump onto this when the Tiki Goon was on it's left edge, they would most likely lose a Heart. Why? Well, if you jump to a platform when an enemy is on the left edge, chances are you would get hit by the enemy and lose a Heart. So, the Kongs should wait for the Tiki Goon to move onto the right edge of the part of floor on the right and then jump to it. It is wise to try to land on the Tiki Goon since it can be a nuisance if you are observing what is after this floor. So, after the Tiki Goon is defeated, the Kongs can move to this part of floor's right edge to find a small gap with a Fireball jumping out of and falling back into the lava in it. After this small gap, there is a basalt platform that bobs up and down. Three Bananas are above this basalt platform and they can be reached with a jump from the highest point from that basalt platform. Anyway, the Kongs can jump here. Here, the apes can watch a reddish basalt platform with many streaks of magma on it bob up and down in the lava. But something's up with this basalt platform. First, that color....But that is not what is so bizarre (strange, wild, definition gotten from thesaurus.com) and irregular about this basalt platform. It has nothing to do with the streaks of magma in it either. It is the fact that this type of basalt platform sinks completely into the lava and rises back out constantly. You see, the other basalt platforms (normal ones) do not sink completely into the lava, which is why they can be jumped on right away without worrying or ceasing for a minute. Anyway, since this type of basalt platform sinks completely into the lava, it comes out with a yellowish-orange colored surface (meaning it is still hot and has not yet cooled) before changing to its normal red color (it has cooled down). If the primates jump on this type of basalt platform when its surface is still yellowish orange...,OWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!! You have just lost a Heart! However, the wait for a red basalt platform to cool down is not long at all. Let's say it takes 1 second for it to cool down (your jaws hit the ground in shock). Anyway, more of these reddish basalt platforms are encountered as we travel through this level. The Kongs should wait for this red basalt platform to come out of the lava and cool down (it's surface is normal red when cooled). When it has done this, the Kongs should jump on it. Quickly, before this basalt platform carries the Kongs along with it as it sinks back into the lava, the heroes should jump to a bobbing basalt platform that serves as the next platform for them to land on. From here, the Kongs can see a small gap with a Fireball jumping out of and falling back into the lava in it. After this small gap, there is a basalt platform bobbing up and down in the lava. Three Bananas can be found above this basalt platform. However, before the apes can jump here they must wait on the Fireball before this next basalt platform to fall into the lava. Quickly before the Fireball back jumps out, the apes should jump to the next basalt platform. Here, the apes can see a small gap with another Fireball jumping in and out of the lava in it. A Banana can be seen above the gap. After this small gap, there is a red basalt platform. Yep, you know already that it is a basalt platform that sinks into the lava and rises back out of it constantly. However, before the apes could jump to this platform safely they must wait on a couple things. First the Kongs should wait for the Fireball before this red basalt platform to fall back into the lava. Second, the Kongs should wait for the red basalt platform they are supposed to jump on when it is rising and has cooled down. So, once the Fireball has fallen into the lava and the basalt platform is rising and is not hot, the apes can quickly jump onto it. Here, they can see another red basalt platform rising after the one they are on. Three Bananas are above this basalt platform. Quickly, before the basalt platform they are on sinks into the lava, the Kongs should jump onto the next red basalt platform. Here, they can see a normal basalt platform bobbing up and down in the lava ahead. However, the platform the Kongs are on is sinking! Oh no! IT'S SINKING!!! IT'S SINKING!!! So, before the apes become sweet toast for the hyenas and us to eat, the Kongs should quickly jump to this next basalt platform. Here, the Kongs can see a small gap with a Fireball jumping in and out of the lava constantly, like the previous ones. Another basalt platform with a basalt ceiling above it both bob up and down and can be found after this small gap with the Fireball. So, when the Fireball falls into the lava, the Kongs can quickly jump to this basalt platform with the basalt ceiling above it. Here, the Kongs can notice a basalt ceiling and basalt platform bob up and down to their right. Yeah, yeah, yeah it's no different from the ones we are right between. BUT!!! Let's look start thinking of cave stuff. Do you know the type of formation in a cave known as a column, which is a stalactite (ceiling) and stalagmite (ground) connnected to each other? Well, let's say that this column in the cave attaches and detaches itself to one another (stalactite/stalagmite) as they bob up and down. This is exactly what the next basalt platform and basalt ceiling do to one another. As they bob up and down constantly, the two touch each other, giving off a bluish orange smoke each time they touch. If the Kongs had to jump there when they were about to touch each other, they would crushed and lose a Heart. Ha, "Every time that we touch"! Anyway, the Kongs should wait for the basalt ceiling and basalt platform ahead to open up, or should we say, separate from each other. Why are they breaking up and getting back together so quickly?! Hmmm, wonder how many times Judge Judy's been in these basalt platforms' relationships. Lol (internet slang for laughing out loud) anyway, when the two separate from each other, the Kongs can jump on the basalt platform. Here, they can see another basalt platform connected to the one they are on with a Tiki Doom on it. Above the Tiki Doom, instead of a basalt ceiling, there is a Puzzle Piece. Quickly, the Kongs should jump toward the Tiki Doom above the next basalt platform before they get crushed by the basalt ceiling and basalt platform. The heroes should aim to land on the Tiki Doom. If the heroes high bounce off the enemy, they can reach the Puzzle Piece above it. Two more jumps and the Tiki Doom is WASTED! Well, it depends on the amount of hits it took you to high bounce off of it. Anyway, after the Tiki Doom is wasted (no don't look for blood, these enemies don't bleed. Are they cold-blooded????), the Kongs can move onto another basalt platform connected to the one they are on that bobs up and down along with it. However, a basalt ceiling is above this basalt platform. It is the harmless type of basalt ceiling, not the "lovebird" type. Anyway, here, the Kongs will now see the "lovebird" type of basalt ceiling once again. Like before, it is touching a basalt platform as it bobs. When these two basalt objects "kiss and say goodbye" (separate), the heroes should quickly jump on the basalt platform of the "separated couple". Here, the apes can see a basalt platform attached to the one they are on that has a Tiki Goon on it, as well as a harmless basalt ceiling. But the Kongs must quickly drop/jump to this next basalt platform for the two basalt objects they are between are trying to "kiss" again! Ok, this is getting pretty nasty so let's stop right there. Anyway, it is wise to aim to land on the Tiki Goon while the Kongs try to land on this next basalt platform. Why? What if you landed too close to it and got damaged? What if it touched you while you tried to take a view of what is ahead of you? Anyway, hovering can help the Kongs aim to land on it. Once the Tiki Goon has been defeated, The Kongs can look ahead to see a basalt platform after a small gap of lava. The Kongs can jump here. Here, they can see an arch of Bananas pointing from the right edge of this basalt platform to the left edge of a small floor ahead. However, the right side of the arch of Bananas, which points to the left edge of the small floor, is a bit longer than the left side of the arch of Bananas. The arch of Bananas is really there to help the Kongs know when to jump. You might not see the point of it until you land on this floor it leads to. So, the Kongs should jump on this floor. Here, the Kongs can see the letter K of the K-O-N-G Letters above a part of the floor, as well as......Fireballs moving above the floor??? Since when could Fireballs move above floors?! And they are moving in an odd, quite zig-zaglike pattern too! What the magma's going on here?! Well, there is not much of an easier way to put this out to get past this floor, so the Kongs will have to travel through this area, dodging any Fireballs coming too close as they move down in an odd pattern. The heroes will have to move left, right, even low jump to avoid certain Fireballs. To get the letter K, the Kongs can simply jump to it, however, they must avoid touching the Fireballs coming down nearby. When the Kongs reach the tip on the edge on this floor's right side, they will see a Barrel Cannon above the lava ahead. The Kongs can jump into it. Here, they will see a structure ahead. This structure is made up of a skull-like base, a weird, face-like center that must be shot through to proceed, and a top part. If the heroes look closely, they can notice that the structure's base is actually one of those skulls that had platforms attached to their heads, and they were encountered in Roasting Rails. Yep, bringing back the good ole' days. However, the skull's has no platform on its head but there is a structure on it. Anyway, as mentioned earlier (above), the Kongs can go ahead and fire through this whole
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The Kongs fire through this large structure's weird, face-like middle, which takes them to the platform with the giant, golden switch that must be pounded into the ground to activate. Also, look closely. See that structure's base? Doesn't it look like the ones that used to hold up platforms in Roasting Rails (see Roasting Rails).

large structure's (base, center, top) middle, for it is the only way to proceed. Hey, I remember doing that! We used to fire through many structure's centers/other parts back in the Jungle's fifth level, Canopy Cannons. Yep, those good ole' days. Anyway, the Kongs will land on a medium-sized platform. On this platform's right side, there is a large, golden switch. No, not the flat, trampoline-like version of the golden switch that, most of the time, must be pounded on three times to be activated. This is the large, golden switch that must be pounded into the ground to take action. So, the apes should jump on top of the golden switch and pound it into the ground. This causes an ENORMOUS structure blocking the way to move down a bit, some of it heads into the lava. The structure stops sinking when a pathway inside of it is seen. The Kongs should head into the pathway leading inside the ENORMOUS structure. Many Bananas are on this pathway. However, there's something really bad happening now. WHATTT? WHA, WHA, WHAT'S GOING ON? THE STRUCTURE IS SINKING!!! IT'S SINKING!!! Oh no, not another game of "Jump off the Sinking Titanic!". The apes can continue forward on this pathway, however, it won't be long before they must jump on a thin high part of floor (during this, the camera zooms out, just so you know. Now you know how big this structure is) with two Bananas above it. Here, the Kongs can then quickly jump onto a pathway to their left with Bananas and a Banana Coin on it. The camera zooms out again! DANG!!! HOW BIG IS THIS STRUCTURE?!! Anyway, shortly, the Kongs must jump on another thin high part of floor with a Banana and Banana Coin above it. Here, the Kongs must then jump to another floor on the right with Bananas on and above
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The apes roll on the top (last) part of the ENORMOUS sinking structure before they drop down onto their next (target) platform. Wow, that camera really zoomed out on that one!

it, and a Banana Coin at the end. From here, the whole structure can be seen as it slowly sinks into the lava. Several platforms can be seen after the structure as well, however, the target platform, which the heroes must land on, is made of rock and is the first one to be landed on from the ENORMOUS structure. Anyway, right after the Banana Coin. the Kongs can simply drop down from the edge of the structure and be caught by the target platform. Here, just before the camera zooms in, the Kongs can see many normal basalt platforms ahead. However, there is a secret here. Before the apes jump to a basalt platform bobbing up and down in the lava, they should watch the ENORMOUS structure sink into the lava. Soon, they can spot its surface, which has many Banana Coins and a special Banana Bunch on it. So, when the structure's surface comes close enough to jump on the heroes can jump on it. Now, I, Smashbro8, find getting off this structure safely being fairly difficult since the structure is almost completely in the lava when the apes jump on top of its surface. Since I died so many times trying to get all the collectibles and end back on the rock platform safely, I do not know the true strategy to get across this part. However, I believe to get all the collectibles and end back on the rock platform safely, the heroes could roll through all collectibles and then roll-jump back to the rock platform. However, this may not be true. It is wise though to try and see if that strategy is correct or not. Anyway, now let me tell you where the third Puzzle Piece of the level is. Well, really, that Puzzle Piece is among the ENORMOUS structure that is already in the lava by now. You see, if the Kongs collect all the Bananas on the structure as it sinks, plus the very last Banana Coin before they drop onto the rock platform, a Puzzle Piece will appear on the rock platform. No, that doesn't mean go kill yourself and restart! The next time you play Bobbing Basalt, you can collect all Bananas among the structure, plus the last Banana Coin to get the Puzzle Piece. Anyway, let's go back to the bobbing basalt platform after the rock platform. Here, the apes can see the next basalt platform to the right of the one they are on. A medium-sized gap separates this platform the apes are on and the next basalt platform. Above the center of the gap, there is a small, thin basalt ceiling with the letter O beneath it. The basalt ceiling bobs up and down. Well, how do we get that letter O. Since the basalt ceiling with the letter O beneath it moves down too low to jump to, the Kongs should wait for the ceiling to move upwards. When it does move high enough, the apes can jump to the letter and then hover to the next basalt platform. Here, the Kongs can see another basalt platform bobbing up and down in the lava ahead, however, the space between it and the basalt platform the apes are on is a bit smaller than before. Above the middle of the space (or you can call it a gap) between the two platforms, there is another basalt ceiling that bobs up and down. But wait...something else is around here. If the Kongs look ahead a bit, they can notice Squeeklies coming toward them. Oh no, they've come to ruin our jumps! How dare they! So first. the apes should let the few Squeeklies near them and then jump on them. When no more are seen coming towards the apes, they can then wait for the basalt ceiling above the gap ahead to move up. When it does, the apes can go ahead and jump and hover to the next basalt platform. From here, the apes can see a crumbling, rock platform. Yep, crumbling rock platform, not a solid one like the one after the ENORMOUS structure. So the Kongs should jump on this crumbling, rock platform and then quickly jump onto another one. Here, the apes should jump to one last crumbling, rock platform. Now from here, the heroes can then jump onto
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The Kongs jump to the floor with the Tutorial Pig hosting the one and only checkpoint on it, the DK Barrel, the molten object attached to a propeller that can be blown on for a collectible, most likely, and the three Tiki enemies on it (two Tiki Goons and a Tiki Doom). Wow, this floor holds a lot of stuff! And let's not forget that arch of Bananas that connects this floor to the next basalt platform!

a floor. The Tutorial Pig can be seen hosting the one and only checkpoint in this level here. However, we can't really activate it yet! THOSE ANNOYING TIKI GOONS AND A TIKI DOOM ARE HERE!!! Yep, those rotten enemies and three enemies in all (two Tiki Goons and a Tiki Doom). Thank God they are easy to defeat. So, the Kongs can simply jump on the Tiki Goons to take them out. The Tiki Doom can be gotten rid of with three jumps or a roll. After all enemies are defeated, the Kongs can now observe what is here. A molten object attached to a propeller is found here; it can be blown on for a collectible, most likely. A DK Barrel is on the right side of this floor, and an arch of Bananas moves over a small gap from the floor to a basalt platform with a harmless basalt ceiling above it. After the checkpoint has been activated, since there is nothing is to do, the Kongs can go ahead and jump on the basalt platform with the harmless basalt ceiling above it. Here, the Kongs can witness a red basalt platform sink completely into the lava and rise back out constantly in the small gap ahead. If the heroes look above the red basalt platform, they can see part of a skull Auto-Fire Barrel (skull Barrel Cannons/Auto-Fire Barrels destroy themselves/explode, whatever you want to call it, after firing the Kongs). But how do you reach it?! First, the heroes should wait on the red basalt platform to come back out of the lava and cool off. Remember that a cooled off red basalt platform has a red surface, not a yellowish orange surface. Once it does so, the Kongs can jump on it. They should let it rise
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This picture shows the red basalt platform with the skull Auto-Fire Barrel above it, which fires the Kongs into the level's Bonus Room. Wait a minute. Where are the Kongs?! A picture with no Kongs present?! Uhhh?! Silly goose, the Kongs are inside the skull Auto-Fire Barrel! Ha ha! Ha ha! Ha ha! CEASE!!!

high enough for them to land inside the skull Auto-Fire Barrel. Once inside, the skull Auto-Fire Barrel will fire the Kongs into the level's Bonus Room. Anyway, if the Kongs do not go in the Bonus Room, they can simply jump to the next bobbing basalt platform as long as the Fireball in the gap before it has fallen into the lava in it. Gotcha, didn't I?! So, when the Fireball falls into the lava, the Kongs should quickly jump to the next basalt platform. A harmless basalt ceiling also bobs up and down above the Kongs. Anyway, the Kongs can go ahead and jump over a small gap with no Fireball onto a bobbing basalt platform with a harmless bobbing basalt ceiling above it. To the right of this basalt platform, there is a.....GASP!!! It's those engaged basalt objects!!! No, quit the wedding! These basalt platforms aren't harmless, THEY'RE HARMFUL!!! Lol, anyway, the "engaged" basalt objects compose of a basalt ceiling and a basalt platform that bob up and down, touching each other one time out of two (since a basalt platform bobs two different directions, which are up and down, the "engaged" ones only touch each other in one direction, not both). So, when the two basalt objects separate from each other, the Kongs can jump on the basalt platform. Quickly before the two basalt objects crush the Kongs, the heroes should drop down onto a small basalt platform that bobs up and down. Here, the apes can see a basalt platform bobbing up and down in the lava, however, before it, there is a Fireball jumping in and out of the lava constantly. So, the Kongs must first wait for this Fireball to fall into the lava. When it does so, the apes can quickly jump to the next basalt platform. Here, the apes can see a small floor ahead. Fireballs slowly descend while moving in an odd, zig-zaglike pattern above the floor. D'oh man! Another one of these! Yep, well let's look at it the good way. This is the last area in the level to feature Fireballs behaving so strange. The Kongs will not encounter these odd-moving Fireballs until they reach the Volcano's seventh level, Red Red Rising. So that basically means there are no odd-moving Fireballs in the next level, Moving Melters, even though Fireballs are featured in them. However, before this small floor with the odd-moving Fireballs, there is a Fireball that jumps in and out of the lava constantly. So, the Kongs must wait on the Fireball to fall into the lava. When it does so, the apes should jump to the floor. Now here, the Kongs are going to have to move left, forward, and even jump to get past these Fireballs as they descend in their odd patterns. However, this floor is a much less of a challenge than the previous one with the letter K since it is smaller. So with that being said, it isn't too hard or too long to get to this floor's other side. The Kongs should be on the other side in a snap! Anyway, once the Kongs reach this small floor's right edge, they can spot a crumbling, rock platform standing in the lava. Quickly, before a Fireball has to chance to hit them (probably), the Kongs should jump to this crumblin, rock platform. Alright, here, let's explain what comes after this crumbling, rock platform. Psych! Ain't got time, gotta go! So with that being said, the Kongs should go ahead and jump to a stationary basalt platform that holds two Tiki Goons on it. This platform serves as the next platform. The Kongs should aim to land on one of the Tiki Goons using their amazing hover move. After one Tiki Goon is gone, the Kongs should jump on the second, remaining one. After all enemies are gone, the Kongs can now head to the right edge of the platform. By the way, all of the enemies of this level have been passed (with the exception of Fireballs)! (Your Response) Yes, I defeated two enemies at the same damn time! Hey, no cheers, it's not like you just beat Bowser and Bowser Jr! Anyway, when the Kongs look ahead from the platform's edge, they can see a small gap with a Fireball jumping in and out of it. After the gap, there are some more basalt platforms and a thin, solid floor above them. Yeah, maybe those basalt platforms are just for decoration. Well, let's see for ourselves. So, first, the Kongs should wait for the Fireball in the small gap to fall into the lava. When it does so, they should jump to the thin, small floor above the other basalt platforms. Here, the Kongs can move forward on the floor, passing over several basalt platforms beneath them. Soon, the Kongs will reach a fan, but something is below it and can be seen a little further on. What is it? THE LETTER N!!! GOD DAMN!!! WHAT DO WE DO NOW!!! WHAT DO WE DO NOW!!! Too crazy, but to get the letter N, we should travel backwards and make our way back to the basalt platform with the two Tiki Goons before this floor. So those basalt platforms beneath the floor do have a purpose! Yes! Now, here, the Kongs should, once again, wait for the Fireball before the thin floor to fall into the lava. When it does so, instead of performing a normal jump, the Kongs should perform a low jump (low jumps can be performed by lightly tapping the A button on the Wii Remote) and hover forward. If done correctly, the Kongs can find themselves on a bobbing basalt platform beneath the thin, solid floor. Here, the Kongs can see another bobbing basalt platform ahead of them, however, a Fireball jumps in and out of the lava constantly before it. This Fireball does not jump as high as the ones encountered before, for it only jumps a bit higher than the basalt platform the apes are on. Anyway, once this Fireball falls into the lava, the Kongs should quickly low jump and hover to the next basalt platform. Why low jump? Well, if the Kongs jump too high, they will end up on the thin floor above them and start over from the platform with the two Tiki Goons to get back here. On this next basalt platform, the Kongs can see another bobbing basalt platform, however, another Fireball jumps in and out of the lava before it. This Fireball jumps at normal height. So, once again, the Kongs must wait on the Fireball to fall into the lava. When it has done so, the heroes should go ahead and low jump and hover to the next basalt platform. Here, the apes can see another bobbing basalt platform, however, another Fireball jumps in and out of the lava constantly before it. This Fireball does not jump too high, making it similar to the first one below the thin floor. So, once again, the apes must wait on the Fireball to fall in the lava. Good gosh! How many times do we have to do this before we get to the letter N?! Anyway, once the Fireball falls into the lava, the Kongs can go ahead and low jump to the next basalt platform. Now here, the Kongs can look ahead. There are three small red basalt platforms ahead before the letter N above some lava before a bobbing basalt platform. Here is quite a challenge. Due to their speed and coming out hot, it is very hard to determine when to jump and when not to jump. However, when the first red basalt platform comes out and cools off, the heroes should immediately low jump and hover to it. From here, the apes should quickly low jump and hover to the rising second red basalt platform. Now from here, the apes should then low jump and hover to the rising third red basalt platform. Last but not least, the apes should low jump over the gap, collecting the letter N, and then hover to the bobbing basalt platform after it. Here, the Kongs can then jump up to the thin, solid floor. If the Kongs head backwards they will come back to the fan they saw earlier. They should go behind it and blow it. Nothing happens. HUH?!! YOU MEAN IT'S NOT WORKING?!! Silly goose, you must go in front of it and blow it! Gotcha didn't I? Anyway, as mentioned earlier, the Kongs should move in front of the fan, turn around, and blow it. Now something happens. Bananas will rain down from the sky (no, not rain down like real rain, but rather fall down from the sky). The Kongs should keep blowing the fan until they notice a Puzzle Piece fall onto the floor. When the Puzzle Piece falls, the Kongs can go ahead and head forward, collecting all items along the way. Shortly after the fan, the apes will come up to an area where many Fireballs are jumping out of the lava and falling back into it constantly. Yeah, yeah, so what? The other ones before that do the same too, ya know! However, these Fireballs jump in and out of the lava constantly very close to each other. Uh oh, this is not good news. YOU MEAN WE MUST TRY TO GET PAST A LINE OF JUMPING FIREBALLS?!! Yep, and sadly, there is no other way around. So here we go. When the first three jumping Fireballs begin to descend before they enter the lava again, the Kongs should now slowly run through the Fireballs. If they move at a slow enough pace (not too fast as in Donkey Kong's run, but not too slow as in a slow motion-like walk), the heroes can get past these Fireballs safely. However, it isn't easy, and players
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Donkey Kong runs underneath the long line of Fireballs. Look at that lava!

will find difficulty getting through here without being damaged once (even though you will get better after a certain time). Shortly, after the line of Fireballs, the apes will reach the end of the floor. A platform standing on top of a structure ahead. Below and before this platform on top of the structure, there is a platform attached to a skull-like structure. Now that really brings back memories from Roasting Rails! Anyway, what is this platform for? Well, let's look at the side of the structure the next platform is standing on. It looks different from the other sides of it. In fact, it looks like it is made up of a bunch of silver bricks! Something's up over here. Well, these bricks cannot be broken open with any attack by the Kongs, but it can be broken open with a Barrel. However, no Barrels are in the level! GASP!! The DK Barrel! YOU MEAN WE HAVE TO CARRY A DK BARREL ALL THE WAY HERE WITHOUT LOSING A HEART ONCE (losing a Heart causes them to drop the Barrel)!!! YOOOO, THEY'RE GETTING CRAZIER WITH THESE GAME CHALLENGES DAWG!!! WHY, THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO GET PAST HERE HOLDING A DK BARREL WITHOUT GETTING HIT ONCE!!! No, actually it is possible, but it takes a couple tries. Anyway, if the Kongs manage to make it here, they can drop down to this platform attached to the skull-like structure before the next platform attached to the structure. From here, they can throw the DK Barrel at the brick side of the platform attached to the structure. It reveals an opening the Kongs can jump into to access a hidden Bonus Room. We haven't done such nonsense like this to unlock a hidden Bonus Room since Cannon Cluster, most likely. Anyway, the Kongs can go ahead and jump on the platform attached to the large structure with its brick left side. Wait. Is that a monkey statue pouring out lava on this structure's face? Really? Another monkey statue?! What is up with the Volcano and these monkey statues. Furious Fire had them, Hot Rocket had one, now Bobbing Basalt has one?! The Volcano must really be trying to honor the Ruins' second level, Button Bash. Honoring Button Bash for what though? Anyway, the Kongs can go ahead and drop to a lower platform attached to this platform the apes are on. From here, they can witness two red basalt platforms pop out of the lava and sink back into it constantly, as well as a Fireball that repeatedly jumps in and out of the lava between the two basalt platforms. However, when the apes jump to the first red basalt platform here, it turns out there is a third red basalt platform after the second one. Anyway, before the apes touch the first red basalt platform here, they should wait for it to rise out of the lava and cool off. When it does so, the Kongs can go ahead and jump on it. From here, they can first wait on the Fireball between the platform the Kongs are on and the next red basalt platform to fall into the lava. When it has done so, the apes can then immediately jump to the second red basalt
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The Kongs stand on the second red basalt platform in the air with the three red basalt platforms after the two platforms attached to a structure. These are the first three red basalt platforms after the long line of Fireballs.

platform which should be either rising or getting ready to descend back into the lava. Now from here, the apes should then quickly jump onto the third red basalt platform. Two "engaged" basalt objects are seen ahead. Yep, a basalt platform and a basalt ceiling that touch each other once out of every two moves they make. Just before the third basalt platform sinks into the lava, these two basalt objects separate from each other. When they do, the Kongs should immediately jump onto the basalt platform. Here, the Kongs can see (it may take a short wait) two more red basalt platforms ahead. Quickly before the apes get crushed by the basalt ceiling above them, they should quickly jump onto the first red basalt platform ahead as it rises. Here, it won't be long before the second red basalt platform rises out of the lava. So, once this second red basalt platform rises out of the lava and cools off, the Kongs should jump to it. However, shortly before the apes land, A THIRD RED BASALT PLATFORM! RISES OUT OF THE LAVA!!! HOLY MOLEY, HOW MANY RED BASALT PLATFORMS ARE IN THIS AREA!!! So, the Kongs should jump here. Ahead of them, the heroes can notice a set of three Fireballs with a red basalt platform after them (it may or may not rise out of the lava at this moment). The three Fireballs jump out of the lava one after another. So, just before this platform carries the Kongs into the lava with it, they should wait for the Fireballs to start to fall back into the lava. This isn't a long wait, however, when the Fireballs do start to drop into the lava and the red basalt platform after them begins to rise, the heroes should immediately jump to it. From here, the Kongs should jump onto a nearby rock platform that does not crumble. Here, the Kongs can find two molten objects attached to a propeller that can be blown on for a Puzzle Piece. Another basalt ceiling with a basalt platform
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The Kongs prepare themselves to jump onto the last pair of basalt objects (basalt ceiling + basalt platform directly beneath it) in the level. Notice the bluish orange smoke they create when they crash into each other, as seen in the picture above.

beneath it, a.k.a. "the engaged lovers", are after this. This is the last pair of "engaged" basalt objects in the level. When the basalt ceiling and basalt platform open up/separate, the Kongs should jump onto the basalt platform. Okay, while I explain what comes next, one should pause the game if they are playing and reading along. There is a crumbling, rock platform ahead. BUT!!! That is not all...There are three basalt platforms that don't have any similarity all the previous basalt platforms except the fact that they are basalt platforms. These basalt platforms do not bob up and down in the lava. They are also stacked up in an order with one being a bit higher than the previous. So, the first is the lowest, the second basalt platform is higher than the first, and the third basalt platform is higher than the second. That means the third basalt platform is the highest. What makes this basalt platforms quite a difficulty getting from one to another is the small gap in between the first and second one and the second and third one. How do we get across these basalt platforms safely and what do they do when we jump on them? Let's find out. So, before the basalt ceiling above the Kongs crushes them, the heroes should jump onto the crumbling, rock platform. Quickly before it breaks and causes the heroes to fall into the lava below, the heroes should jump onto the first basalt platform of the three basalt platforms that are a bit higher than the previous. Yeah, you could just jump to the second basalt platform, but there is a distraction that is life-threatening here. To the very right of the top of the basalt platform the Kongs are on is the letter G. Since the top of this basalt platform and the letter G are right next to it, the heroes cannot jump to the letter, otherwise they will fall into the lava and have to start over ALL THE WAY back to the checkpoint before the letter N. Over there?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!!! Well, that's what happens if you are not careful. So, how do we get the letter G....Uh oh! What. WHAT'S HAPPENING?!!! THE PLATFORM IS SINKING!!! IT'S SINKING INTO THE LAVA!!! What's even worse is that after a certain point of sinking, this platform dashes into the lava. Same thing with the next two basalt platforms. So, to get the letter G, the Kongs shoud wait for the basalt platform to pass by the letter G. When this basalt platform does so, the Kongs can simply run into the letter G, however, as soon as they collect the letter G, the heroes should immediately jump to the next basalt platform. If done correctly, the apes can end up climbing onto the second basalt platform. Now, quickly from here, the heroes should jump onto the third basalt platform. The level's Slot Machine Barrel is to the right of this third basalt platform. Since there is nothing else around here, the Kongs have two choices: jump to the Slot Machine Barrel or DIE. Pretty threatening, however, the heroes can save their
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The Kongs jump towards the Slot Machine Barrel from the last basalt platform in the group of three sinking ones, as well as in the level. Cool huh?

life by jumping into the Slot Machine Barrel. Once they do so, the level is complete. Up next, Moving Melters! Wonder what that is like...I'll tell you this, it is not too crazy until the end. B-B-B-B-BEEEEEE PREEEEPARRREEEDDDDD (be prepared in a spooky voice)!!!!


Secrets

K-O-N-G Letters

  • K:
    Bobbing Basalt 2-Letter K

    The Kongs dodge fireballs before they jump to the letter K. Wow, those Fireballs surely don't move in an acceptable path!

    Shortly after the first set of many basalt platforms and basalt ceilings, the Kongs can jump onto a floor that is raining Fireballs that move in an odd, zig-zaglike pattern as they move down. The letter K is in the air here. If the Kongs dodge the Fireballs, they can collect the letter.
  • O: Immediately after the third Puzzle Piece and the ENORMOUS sinking structure, the Kongs can end up on a basalt platform. Another basalt platform is ahead behind a small gap separating the two platforms. Above the center of the small gap of lava separating the two platforms, there is a basalt ceiling bobbing up and down with the letter O underneath it. When this basalt ceiling rises up (or is about to move down), the Kongs can jump to the letter O and then hover onto the next platform.
  • N: Shortly after the Bonus Room, the Kongs can find a thin, solid and gray floor with bobbing basalt platforms underneath it. To get to the bobbing basalt platforms underneath the floor, the heroes must jump to them from a platform with two Tiki Goons. From here, the Kongs should make their way to the letter N by dodging the Fireballs jumping out of the lava here and also by performing low jumps for every jump. Remember, low jumps can be performed by lightly tapping the jump button (A button) on the Wii Remote.
  • G: This letter is located at the very end of the level directly to the right of the first basalt platform in the set of basalt platforms that are a bit higher than the previous and slowly sink into the lava, only to never reappear again. So, to get this letter, the Kongs must let the basalt platform directly to the left of it sink by the letter. The Kongs can then walk into the letter, however, as soon as they collect it, the heroes should hover. Hopefully, they can end up on the next basalt platform.


Puzzle Pieces

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    The Kongs in the level's first Bonus Room.

    Right when the Kongs land, they can pound on a strange, pot-like object for a Puzzle Piece.
  2. Among some basalt platforms and basalt ceilings, the Kongs can notice a basalt platform with no basalt ceiling above it, however, there is a Puzzle Piece above it instead. There is a Tiki Doom on this basalt platform. To obtain the Puzzle Piece, the heroes would have to high bounce off the Tiki Doom.
  3. Shortly after firing through the middle of a structure and pounding a giant, golden switch into the ground, the Kongs can cause an ENORMOUS structure to sink a bit into the lava and then stop. There are many paths that can aid the Kongs in getting through this structure. Here's the trick of how to get this well hidden Puzzle Piece. If the apes collect all the Bananas on this structure while climbing (this can be tricky for the structure is sinking at a slower pace during this) plus the last Banana Coin on it, a Puzzle Piece will appear on a safe, rock-like platform after it. The Kongs can then drop down to this rock-like platform to collect the Puzzle Piece.
  4. Shortly after the checkpoint, the Kongs can jump on a basalt platform and witness a red basalt platform sink into the lava and come back out of it constantly below a skull Auto-Fire Barrel. To reach this skull Auto-Fire Barrel, the heroes must jump on this red basalt platform as soon as it comes out of the lava and cools off. From here, they should then jump into the skull Auto-Fire Barrel while it rises. If done correctly, the apes will enter the Barrel and be blasted into a Bonus Room. Here, the Kongs must collect sixty Bananas, two Banana Coins and two Extra Life Balloons while maneuvering around two columns of platforms moving downwards into the abyss below. Once everything is collected in thirty seconds, the Kongs can jump and hover to the Puzzle Piece located to the right of the screen above a safe platform. This Bonus Room also appears in Precarious Plateau.
  5. On the thin floor after the letter N, the apes can find a fan. If they move in front of the fan and blow on it, eventually a Puzzle Piece appears. However, the Kongs must keep blowing the fan until they notice a Puzzle Piece drop down from the sky behind them. The Kongs can then simply roll into the Bananas and the Puzzle Piece that dropped down from the sky.
  6. Right after the long line of Fireballs, there is a structure with a left side made of silver bricks, which is pretty odd since the other parts of the structure are normal gray color and solid (o_0!). This left side made of silver bricks can be busted open, however, to bust it open, one must carry the DK Barrel located directly after the checkpoint, to the very end of the thin, solid floor with the fan, etc (use the strategy in the overview to pass the long line of Fireballs safely, because the long line of Fireballs is the biggest danger. One hit causes the Kongs to drop the DK Barrel and break it). Anyway, once the Kongs reach the end of the thin floor with the fan, etc, the heroes can drop down to a lower platform to the left of the structure's broken left side. From here, they can throw the DK Barrel at the broken left side of the structure, busting it open and leaving a hole there. If the Kongs jump into the hole, they can end up in a Bonus Room. Here, the Kongs must bounce on a bouncy trampoline to collect many Bananas and four Banana Coins. If everything is collected within thirty seconds, a Puzzle Piece appears. The heroes can then bounce to the Puzzle Piece to collect it.
  7. Shortly after this same structure with the broken left side, the Kongs can jump on a safe rock platform that holds two molten objects attached to a propeller. If the Kongs blow on these molten objects attached to a propeller, a Puzzle Piece appears from one of them. The heroes can then quickly collect the piece before the objects fly away.

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A Message from Your Author

Hi, it is, once again, Smashbro8. Remember how those many levels including Switcheroo, Music Madness, Furious Fire, etc had very many pizzazz in them to entertain readers? Well, the same goes for this page, Bobbing Basalt. I am a pizzazz writer, and I think that readers should have some entertainment in them to keep them interested. Some jokes and stuff may be just stupid or ridiculous, however, they are placed there for entertainment. So, with that being said, I would not want the pizzazz of this level to be erased along with all other levels with the same large amount of pizzazz. Thank you very much. Smashbro8 01:04, April 27, 2012 (UTC)Smashbro8

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