Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (SNES, 1996)
guessed by mZuzek
Often dismissed as the black sheep of the original Donkey Kong Country trilogy, DKC3 is, in many ways, the best game of the series. While it might not have the masterful music or drum-tight level design of its immediate predecessor, DKC3 makes up for it more diverse levels, a more complex and open-ended overworld, and plenty of puzzles and side-quests. It's these adventure elements -- exploration, puzzle-solving, finding and using items -- that set DKC3 apart from the pack, and make it one of Rare's most challenging and rewarding platform games.