A video game area that takes place on solid clouds in the sky. The characters may be seeking out a landmass or building in the sky
, but they also might just be wandering through a huge field of solid clouds. Naturally, not falling to one's death
is the biggest challenge of such an area, which can be made worse by the presence of annoying flying enemies
. Fluffy Cloud Heaven
is often this in video games. It's interesting to mention that already the first sidescrolling platformer - Jump Bug
, released in 1981 - contained solid clouds.
Named after the fourth stage from Kirby's Dream Land
. Compare Levels Take Flight
. Solid Clouds
is the supertrope.
- Mario from Super Mario Bros. seems to end up in the clouds often:
- Kirby finds himself in the sky a lot, what with his flying ability and all:
- Air Man from Mega Man 2 hides in a sea of clouds and odd blocks with evil faces on them.
- Snake Man from Mega Man 3 resides in a cloudy tower, full of giant snakes and missiles hidden in clouds.
- Ring Man (4) also waited in a cloudy tower, although it reached to space and was filled with hippos and spinning Saturns, instead of snakes and missiles.
- The third section of Dr. Cossack's Siberian Citadel took place in the sky above the citadel, full of clouds that often obscured the platforms.
- Gyro Man from 5 had a base that fit this trope to a T.
- Wind Man's (6) has a variation; his level is semi-cloudy, but has more of a Chinese-motif.
- Cloud Man, naturally. His level in 7 was at a research institute, but clouds were major platforms in this level.
- Tengu Man's level in 8 eventually got to the point where there were no more cloud platforms. To continue, Mega Man had to undergo an Unexpected Gameplay Change and fight through a SHMUP section. There were still clouds, but no platforms.
- His level in Mega Man & Bass was just a regular example of the trope.
- Finally, Tornado Man from 9 had the clouds in the level change from normal, to snow, to rain.
- Sky Sanctuary in Sonic And Knuckles, as well as Angel Island from Sonic Advance (though both consist mostly of Floating Continent).
- Several levels in the Adventure Island series. The sixth island in Adventure Island II was an entire island dedicated to this (even if there were only two levels in the clouds up there).
- Cloud Tops in The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap.
- The Dark Cloud and Above the Clouds in The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures.
- Dalaam in EarthBound.
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl starts with a few levels which are made out of clouds, based mostly on Kid Icarus.
- Speaking of the angel, the third world and the final level in the first game of Kid Icarus take place in this trope setting. Most of the game in the Gameboy sequel take place here as well.
- Above the Clouds in Wario Land 3.
- The sky sublevels in Wario World.
- Sky Tower and Sky Stairway in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon.
- Mega Man Star Force 2 featured Sky Road, which also acts as the Hub Level for a lot of later areas.
- Baten Kaitos features Diadem. Heck, there's even a castle entirely made out of clouds. Even more relevant in the appropriately named "Cloud Passage" level.
- In Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu, the second part of the fourth level largely takes place on clouds.
- The Wind Elemental level in Wizardsand Warriors: Ironsword takes place on clouds as well. You can also get inside the clouds and the boss is a cloud-shaped Eldritch Abomination.
- Chimpanzee Clouds from Donkey Kong Land.
- CloudRun from An Untitled Story is unusual in that it is actually one of the lowest lying areas in the game world. It is also pink. Very pink.
- The fourth and fifth Might and Magic games, Clouds Of Xeen and Darkside Of Xeen, had these at the top of every tower. If your Levitate spell wore off while you were up there, you'd fall straight through the clouds and take a lot of damage.
- The Sky World (stages 6-7) from Forgotten Worlds.
- The Genie stages in Aladdin (Capcom) has some areas with cloud platforms, including one where the Genie determines which platforms you get based on how well you did on the stage so far (with the clouds being the easiest platforms to use)
- In Jables's Adventure, many above-ground areas have a line of cloud platforms near the top, and even those that don't will lead to a cloudy sky area if you fly off the top of the screen.
- Although it's not apparent in the original, Final Fantasy I has the Sky Castle, which takes place in the sky. It's also home to Death Machine/WarMECH.
- Final Fantasy IX brings you to Chocobo's Air Garden if you play enough of the Chocobo Hot and Cold minigame.
- Cloud Ruins in Little Nemo The Dream Master.
- Lux Lirata from Snailiad has shades of this.
- Dungeons & Dragons, Lair Assault module Temple of the Sky God. The clouds are solid ground. When characters reach the half-way point of the mission, the clouds mostly dissipate, and the ones remaining become electrified (harming those who stand on them).
- Stage 2 (Clouds Island) of Miracle Girls for the Super Famicom.
- World 2 in Something Else takes place in the clouds. Only three of the levels take place in the tall trees.
- Gruntz has this mixed with Level Ate in the world "High On Sweetz".