|Game(s)||Donkey Kong Country Returns, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D|
Lift-off Launch is the fifty-fourth stage in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, as well as the eighth stage in the Factory world. It is preceded by Music Madness and is followed by Treacherous Track.
This stage is unique compared to other stages in the Donkey Kong Country series because not only it lacks K-O-N-G Letters and Puzzle Pieces, but also features a Rocket Barrel that rides vertically. it also leads the Kongs to a boss in the same stage. Additionally, it is the shortest stage in the game and can only be accessed if Donkey or Diddy Kong find the three hidden switches in Cog Jog, Switcheroo, and Music Madness. Similar to other factory stages, it begins in a factory, where the Kongs must enter a large rocket. A Rocket Barrel is in this rocket, which the primates ride the rocket out of into the skies.
When the primates begin riding, they rise above the trees and head towards a trail of bananas and an Extra Life Balloon. As they progress 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, and the Rocket Barrel explodes if it smashes into them, thus losing one of their Extra Life Balloons. After the primates dodge the ships for some time, one of the ships begins to drop many bananas. When they pass this ship, they rise slightly higher until reaching the next stage, Feather Fiend, which is up near the entrance to the Volcano.