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ExitIsNearSign Lift-Off Launch ExitSign
World(s) Factory
Type Rocket Barrel
Music Theme(s)
Animal Buddies None
Bonus Room(s) None
Puzzle Pieces None
Notable Feature(s) The level is only unlocked by hitting hidden buttons in the levels Cog Jog, Switcheroo and Music Madness. It is one of the two vertical Rocket Barrel levels in both games. And this level does not feature special collectables.
Enemies Encountered Tiki Tak Tribe airships
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country Returns,
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013)
Adjacent Stage(s) << Donkey Kong Country Returns >>
<< Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D >>

Lift-Off Launch is the eighth level in the Factory world of the Donkey Kong Island, as well as the sixtieth level overall in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. It is preceded by Music Madness and is followed by Feather Fiend. The level can only be accessed if the player has activated single hidden buttons in the three previous levels: Cog Jog, Switcheroo and Music Madness.


This level is unique compared to other levels in both games because not only it lacks K-O-N-G Letters and Puzzle Pieces, but also features a Rocket Barrel that rides vertically. it also gives the Kongs access to the boss level in the same world. Additionally, it is the shortest regular level in both games.


Similar to other levels of the same world, it begins in a factory setting, though the primates must enter a large rocket. A Rocket Barrel is in the large vehicle, which the heroes ride the barrel out of into the skies after the player has pressed the "Jump" button multiple times.

When the Kongs take off, the player can move the rocket left or right by using the directional buttons. As long as the player holds the "Jump" button, the vehicle will accelerate and move upwards, being capable of reaching the top of the screen. As the primates rise above the trees and machinery, they head towards a trail of bananas and an Extra Life Balloon. By progressing higher, the sky becomes darker, and they ascend through a narrow passageway of factory walls. Floating ships full of tiki enemies are just ahead of here. After the primates dodge the airships for some time, one of the ships begins to drop many bananas. When they pass this ship, they rise slightly higher to finish the level.



  • This level is the first vertical Rocket Barrel level in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. The second and final one is the Volcano level Tiki Tong Terror, the final boss level where the vertical section of the Rocket Barrel precedes the boss battle.