Hot Air Balloon
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In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Hot Air Balloons only appear in the level, Red-Hot Ride, where they are a main feature. Hot Air Balloons are large, about the size of Diddy and Dixie Kong. The Kongs can stand on a Hot Air Balloon and control the direction that it moves in by leaning either left or right. By default, a Hot Air Balloon slowly floats back down to lava, but can be slowly suspended back into midair if it is floating from a thermal column. Each thermal column is at a different height, and the Hot Air Balloon can stop rising when it reaches the top of the thermal column.
The Kongs must maneuver the Hot Air Balloon past a series of enemies until reaching the next Hot Air Balloon or land. Diddy and Dixie usually do this process a few times before reaching land. Most Hot Air Balloons are initially positioned at the top of a thermal column, which gives the Kongs time to move onto. A couple of Hot Air Balloons have a DK Barrel or an enemy such as a Kruncha or Neek. The former enemy can only be defeated via Team-up or by using an object carried by the Kongs.
In their second appearance, Donkey Kong Land 2, Hot Air Balloons have the same role as in Donkey Kong Country 2, although have a slightly wider appearance. Aside from appearing in Redhot Ride, Hot Air Balloons also appear in the Lost World level, Fiery Furnace.