"Wackyland! Home surreal home!"
An especially whimsical, surreal, or nonsensical area in a video game. May be comprised of dream logic, music
, living food
, etc. Generally, the theme is something "fun" and "cute", except enormous and come to life
(and, that's right, out for your blood
). The general theme is something approaching the setting of the original Alice in Wonderland
, where everything is large, colorful and alive, and little makes sense
. A Widget Series
like Katamari Damacy
may never leave Wackyland. AT ALL
Common variations include:
- Band Land: A level that is made out of musical instruments or otherwise music-themed.
- Casino Park: A level with a casino theme.
- Level Ate: A level that is made out of food or food-themed.
- Pinball Zone: A level that takes place inside a pinball machine, or at least features elements of one like flippers and bumpers. Sometimes combined with Minigame Zone.
- Toy Time: A level made of toys, taking place in a toy shop or toy factory, or (if you're small enough) on a shelf or in a closet full of toys.
See also Cloudcuckooland
Examples not fitting the previous five subtropes:
Anime & Manga
- Star Wars is used to single biome planets. The Marvel comics took this Up to Eleven, with Zeltros, a disco planet!
- The Defenders once accidentally ended up in another dimension called 'The Land of Here and There' which was populated by creatures who appeared to have to stepped out of a Dr Suess book, and operated on Suessian logic.
- Wackyland became a level in the first Tiny Toon Adventures video game for the NES, however.
- In Buster's Hidden Treasure for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, the bonus levels take place in Wackyland, accessible by finding the show's iconic rainbow logo. Here, Buster can collect as many bonuses as he can. If he touches one of the many Gogo Dodo clones that populate Wackyland, he will promptly be sent back to whatever level he's currently on.
- Magicant, the former trope namer, from Earthbound is a surreal world made up of Ness's subconscious. There's also a Magicant in MOTHER. This one is, in fact, a world created by the protagonist's dead great-grandmother because she couldn't understand she was dead until the protagonist sings her a lullaby, and thus all of Magicant is destroyed as she finally finishes dying.
- Moonside from Earthbound qualifies as well. It's also a hallucination brought on by the Mani-Mani Statue.
- What better exemplifies this trope than the Famicom game Cocoron?
- Wonderland in Kingdom Hearts.
- The special stages throughout the Sonic the Hedgehog games fit this trope, usually using completely different mechanics from the rest of the game, and set in places like checkboard microplanets and half-pipes in space.
- Many of the mental worlds in Psychonauts, but the ones that fit best are probably Waterloo World and Black Velvetopia.
- The more peaceful areas in American McGee's Alice have some aspect of this.
- All of Chibi-Robo.
- Much of the Mushroom Kingdom from the Super Mario Bros. series. Everything has a face and is made up of random blocks and talking mushrooms!
- Planet Sonata in Ristar.
- Rayman has the artsy world of 'Picture City', which is mainly constructed from erasers.
- Robocod was composed entirely of this.
- Aladdin (Virgin Games) and Aladdin (Capcom) each included a level where Aladdin goes inside the Genie's lamp. Both were bright, whimsical, and filled with Bottomless Pits. (Imagine how embarrassed Genie would be if he had actually killed his new master!)
- The Lost Vikings sets each world in a different time period through a Time Vortex, but the second to last one is a land of pastry-like terrain, helium air pumps, silly music, and enemies such as a one-armed rubber ball which dribbles itself.
- Some of the levels on Earthworm Jim 2 fall straight into this trope, presenting some of the most surreal and bizarre levels ever conceived by a video game designer on an acid trip. These levels include an intestine level, a level entirely composed of paperwork, and a meat level appropriately named "Level Ate".
- Cloudcuckooland in Banjo-Tooie.
- The food/theme park level of Chameleon Twist 2.
- Palette's castle level in Graffiti Kingdom. Elevators are giant pancakes and on the stage there are giant bottles of milk, salt shakers, ice cubes, snowmen, and the main areas are completely made up of shades of pink.
- And then in the boss fight itself, you're essentially in/on a giant cake, with Palette herself in a cutesy chef's uniform.
- NiGHTS Into Dreams is set in Nightopia, pretty much a textbook Wackyland.
- The Dream Weaver's world from the original Spyro the Dragon.
- The Silly level in Marble Madness.
- Zool: Ninja From The Nth Dimension and its sequel were both set in numerous Wackylands. Stage 1 and Stage 3 of the first game are Sweet and Fruit-themed, Stage 2 is music-themed, and Stage 5 is toy-themed.
- The Easter Egg level "Out of This Dimension" in the original Star Fox was full of paper airplanes and other bizarrities, and the final boss was a Slot Machine. And then you are stuck flying and shooting at the credits and thus, you must reset the game.
- The whole Earth is like this in Tonic Trouble. Let's just say that a snowy mountain covered with palmtrees is the least bizarre environment in the game.
- The Isle of Wonder in King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow.
- One of the scenery themes in Rollercoaster Tycoon is called Wonderland, and is mostly candy and game pieces.
- In Lyle in Cube Sector, you must help rescue Lyle's cat in the wonked out lands of the Cube Sector.
- The bonus stages in Battletoads in Battlemaniacs have bowling pins or dominoes with playing cards and chess pieces in the background.
- Time Warp Tickers from Action52 has a checkerboard pattern, upside-down doors and other craziness plus very different kinds of enemies after you.
- The final level of Bug Too! which is one entire Mushroom Samba.
- The Parodius series has wacky levels of many kinds, some of them spoofing other Konami games.
- In Keith Courage In Alpha Zones, the Reverse Zone has upside-down pieces of ground in the air.
- Diablo III has Whimsyshire, which also doubles as a Take That at the Fan Dumb that loathed the less dark artstyle Diablo III took.
- Theme Park World contains the Wonderland amusement park, described as the place where "logic takes a holiday" by your Exposition Fairy.
- Monty Python's Flying Circus is a rather silly game overall, with settings loosely inspired by the Terry Gilliam animations of the show. The most ridiculous is the "How to Recognise Different Parts of the Body" level, which is made out of various bones and appendages.
- Many of the rival kingdoms in Little Kings Story. Particularly notable is the Ripe Kingdom, which is a romp through Level Ate ending in a pinball game with the boss (as in, the roundly obese boss is the pinball). New Island fits in as Toy Time.
- Justified, once the player learns that the entire game is basically a story made up by a little kid and played out on a toy stage.
- Wackyland from the classic Looney Tunes cartoon "Porky in Wackyland" is the Trope Namer and Trope Maker. It is a very surreal place.
- Wackyland was a major part of Tiny Toon Adventures, as well. Gogo Dodo was from there, and it seemed to be comprised largely of surreal, Dali-like imagery and free-floating objects that obeyed no laws of standard physics. It's even illegal to say the words "self-control".
- Keeweeland in the Taz-Mania episode "Taz in Keeweeland". This place is very much in the mould of the original Wackyland, with the Keewee taking the place of the Dodo.