Our Donkey Kong Country Returns Kong Letters and Puzzle Pieces locations guide will help you to find the location of all the golden K-O-N-G letter and Puzzle Piece collectables that are hidden within the levels throughout the game.
In order to complete the game fully and unlock extras, you’ll need to find all hidden items:
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1. Getting all the Puzzle Pieces unlock music, artwork and diorama collectibles.
2. The Key Temple secret level on each world is unlocked by getting all the KONG letters on all the levels in a given world. Since there are 8 worlds, completing all 8 Key Temples with all 5 puzzle pieces will give you 8 Orbs, which in turn unlocks the Golden Temple. Beat that last temple with all 5 puzzle pieces to unlock the higher difficulty mode called Mirror Mode.
In Mirror Mode the levels are reversed to make them harder to complete. Donkey Kong does not receive any help from his pal Diddy Kong and cannot use inventory items. And to make it even more challenging, he only has one heart!
Table of Contents
- World 1: Jungle
- World 2: Beach
- World 3: Ruins
- World 4: Cave
- World 5: Forest
- World 6: Cliff
- World 7: Factory
- World 8: Volcano
Index of DKC Returns Guides
- This Page: KONG Letters & Puzzle Pieces Guide
- New Page: Walkthrough
- New Page: Tips for Extras
- For Fun: Wallpapers
Puzzle Piece 1: You can retrieve your first puzzle piece at the start of the game. You can collect this piece by moving left and going into the cave to find a secret room, this is where the puzzle piece is located.
Letter K: Now moving to the right hand side you will be able to collect the K piece. This piece is located on top of the last tree. To reach it jump onto the stone blocks.
Puzzle Piece 2: After jumping over the tree tops take a run to clear the gap, once you have cleared the gap blow on the dandelion to reveal another puzzle piece.
Puzzle Piece 3: Heading to the right you will come across three statues, be careful as they do collapse. You will see the third statue will leave two boulders. Pound theses boulders and it will reveal a puzzle piece.
Puzzle Piece 3: Continue to the right and you will come across a trio of gourds. Pounding the ground in front of the grounds will reveal a puzzle piece (you must pound the middle one to reveal the puzzle piece)
Puzzle Piece 4: You will then see two statues will bananas flying out of their mouths, make sure you catch all of these banana’s as they will give you a hidden puzzle piece.
Letter O: Making your way over the gap the O block is hovering over the gap.
Puzzle Piece 5: Once you have been shot out across to the ruins, run left, jumping to a lone platform with a dandelion on it. Blow the dandelion to reveal a puzzle piece.
Letter N: The N block is located on one of the platforms in the main ruin.
Puzzle Piece 6: Once you have been shot out the barrel and collected all the items (banana’s coins and a balloon) a puzzle piece will appear, once again shoot yourself out the barrel and collect the puzzle piece.
Letter G: Jump onto the crooked platform, from there go right and jump over to collect the G block. You have now collected all 4 letters!
Puzzle Piece 7: Once the end of the level is in site (as you reach the two flower platforms) moving to the right through all the rubble you will find the last puzzle piece.
Letter K: Grab and throw the DK barrel to get Diddy Kong, jump to the right will take you to the K block.
Puzzle Piece 1: Jumping past where you collected the K block, hover over to the right to collect your first puzzle piece in this level.
Puzzle Piece 2: Once you have made your way to the grassy wheel, make your way up the platforms. You will reach a tree on your left where the first puzzle piece is located.
Puzzle Piece 3: Once you have reached the large wheel jump up to grab the grass edge, jumping into the tree to collect the puzzle piece.
Letter O: Once you have been shot out of the barrels climb to the top to collect block O.
Puzzle Piece 4: The next puzzle pieces are located in the bonus section, you can now use the springy platform to collect all the goodies located above, once you have collected all of the goodies a puzzle piece will appear.
Puzzle Piece 5: Once you collected your puzzle piece in the bonus zone, you will now return to the main part of the level. Pound the guards above the chomp to collect another puzzle piece.
Puzzle Piece 6: Jump over to the rock with the hidden alcove, there is a puzzle piece located in this area.
Letter N: At the lower end of this wall you will reach the N block, the easiest way to reach this is to head to the top of the flower and drop down on the right side.
Puzzle Piece 7: Move past the flower platforms to the right until you reach a hidden area which will contain a puzzle piece.
Letter G: A couple of Tiki Zings move across the two platforms , take your time to get over them and collect your G block.
Puzzle Piece 1: You don’t need Diddy in this section but it does make things a lot easier, once you have Diddy jump across the gap in the platform, on the platform you will find a puzzle piece.
Letter K: Head up to the tilting tree carry on until you reach the k block, by jumping into the barrel and shooting up to collect it.
Letter O: When you have finished jumping over the frogoons you will come to the O block.
Puzzle Piece 2: Once you have completed getting all the coins and bananas before the timer is up and you will then receive a puzzle piece.
Puzzle Piece 3: Whilst riding Rambi you can collect your next puzzle by crashing through the stone blocks underneath the Tiki Dome.
Letter N: Once you have finished jumping over the tilting tree tops and platforms you will reach the N block.
Puzzle Piece 4: Once you have jumped over the flaming Tiki, you will get to another section of collecting all bananas and coins. Once you have collected all you will receive a puzzle piece.
Letter G: Once you have finished the bonus level, go up the platform to retrieve the final G block.
Puzzle Piece 5: You will eventually open a passage which will hold the last puzzle piece for this level.
Puzzle Piece 1: The first puzzle piece is right at the start of the level.
Letter K: As you reach the DK barrel you can see the K block in a underground chamber.
Letter O : After you have straightened out the platforms you will be able to locate the O block.
Puzzle Piece 2: At the top wait for the ground to collapse and you will be able to locate a puzzle piece.
Letter N: Knocking out the Tiki cone will lead you to the N block.
Puzzle Piece 3: Once you have dealt with the frogoons keep going right to a hidden area where the puzzle piece is located.
Puzzle Piece 4: Quickly jumping to the top platform will lead you to a puzzle piece.
Letter G: After collecting all the banana’s and hearts, drop down and pound the ground. You will then drop down into an underground chamber that will hold the G block.
Puzzle Piece 4: At the far end of the level there is a hidden area, this holds the final puzzle piece.
Letter K: Time your barrel shoots! If you don’t you will not be able to receive the K block.
Puzzle Piece 1: Pound the ground near the gourd to find a puzzle piece.
Letter O: The barrel must be facing the O block for you to grab hold of it.
Puzzle Piece 2: The next barrel points down to the right, wait until the barrel is point straight down to collect the puzzle piece.
Puzzle Piece 3: Get all the items and it will reveal a puzzle piece.
Puzzle Piece 4: Pound the ground near the blue Awks and red Rawks to reveal a puzzle piece.
Letter N: Time your barrels so you are able to collect all the banana’s and coins, you will eventually reach the N block.
Puzzle Piece 5: Shooting for the banana instead of the barrel will lead you to a puzzle piece.
Letter G: You will shoot through a few more barrels, eventually arriving at the G block.
Puzzle Piece 1: The first puzzle piece is at the start of the level.
Puzzle Piece 2: Collect the two coins on either side of the room to reveal the puzzle piece.
Letter K: To collect the K block, you must jump over the three Mole guards.
Puzzle Piece: Stay on the track to collect the puzzle piece that is located at the end of the track.
Letter O: Right where the track starts to drop jump to collect the O block.
Puzzle Piece 3: Once you start to descend down the track jump to pick up the puzzle piece as the track falls away.
Puzzle Piece 4: Once you have collect the row of banana’s get ready to jump straight away to collect a puzzle piece.
Letter N: When the track is about to end, make sure that your carts wheels are touching the N block to collect it.
Letter G: The track is about to end, when you get to the gap remember to pick up the G Block.
Puzzle Piece 1: The first puzzle piece is located high up in the air. You will have to bounce off the Tiki Doom, making your way across some Tiki Buzzers to get high enough to reach the puzzle piece.
Puzzle Piece 2: Eventually you will come to some alcoves. The platforms here are the first set of platforms that do not fall away. Hit the second container to find a hidden puzzle piece.
Puzzle Piece 3: The next puzzle piece is located underneath the platform. The thing is, if you jump on the platform where the puzzle piece is (under) the platform will fall way. SO! Stand on the platform on the left and jump down making your way across to retrieve the puzzle piece.
Puzzle Piece 4: The next puzzle piece is a hard one to get. If you are quick you can jump off the golden tires to get the height to get the puzzle piece.
Puzzle Piece 5: The last puzzle piece requires you to jump off another golden tire. Grab the puzzle piece them jump off the Tiki directly underneath it.