The Ruins overhead map as it appeared in Donkey Kong Country Returns
|Location||Donkey Kong Island|
|First Appearance||Donkey Kong Country Returns|
Ruins is the third world featured in Donkey Kong Country Returns. As the name suggests, this world follows an even heavier Tribal/Aztec theme than was seen in the previous two worlds and it's layout is an overall nod to Donkey Kong Country's Millstone Mayhem level, which first introduced this facade to the series. This world features new native enemies, such as the Stilted Bird, and is home to Stu, who resides in the final level as the boss Donkey Kong/Diddy Kong must fight.
Both spacious, bright, outdoor jungle areas are featured in this world as well as dark, isolated, cave-like areas. There are also subtle references to the classic Donkey Kong Arcade game hidden in some of the levels' stereotypical Aztec architecture.