|“||A mischievous little number, also from Kirby: Triple Deluxe. New objects appear in this level: number coins and breakable drums!”|
|— Description • Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe|
King Dedede bounces across drums while collecting Musical Coins. The background is a beige hue. Beige trees, big flowers, a pirate ship, a Ferris wheel with acorn-shaped carriages, and various other structures decorate it—some of these are adorned with autumn leaves. The sun and clouds appear as cardboard cutouts suspended in the air by strings.
The secret version of this level has more animated background details. Included among them are the sun, clouds, giant wheels, a pirate ship, and a Ferris wheel. Autumn leaves drift downward through the air as well.
This stage is has more hazards than the previous two. The tempo is medium, and breakable drums appear--they break after two bounces, so the player should use them infrequently. Many enemies also inhabit the stage: Scarfys hover in the air and Bouncys bounce up and down. A Recovery Ring also appears to heal Dedede, and number coins are introduced; these coins appear gradually as the player collects each one in a specified. As such, the king is expected to move through parts of the level in a predetermined way. The level ends when Dedede reaches the Goal Drum and launches skyward.
By clearing the first six levels, the player unlocks secret levels. Reflected Laughter is unlocked by completing the secret Floral Fields.
The tempo in this level is the same as its normal counterpart. There are fewer drums to bounce on and many of them are small, making the path full of pits. The level frequently uses chains of number coins in tandem with breakable drums. This forces the player to make quick judgments about which movements will take Dedede through the chain without destroying the necessary platforms below.
Additionally, many enemies also inhabit the stage: Gordos and Scarfys hover in the air while Bouncys bounce up and down. The stage ends when Dedede reaches the Goal Drum and launches skyward.
Keychains are hidden in the background of every level in the game. The keychains in Reflected Laughter and its secret counterpart are Kirby and Shocked Dedede. The former appears in each level, and the latter represents King Dedede, as he is a staple character in the Kirby series.
|“||Breakable drums everywhere! Be careful, or you're going down. And try not to miss any number coins!”|
|— Description (secret) • Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe|