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The big brother of The Lost Woods. Jungle stages are natually more tropical in nature, and often feature vines to swing from Tarzan-style. Ruins of cities and Mesoamerican-style pyramids are common, and any water is likely to contain crocodiles, piranha or both.

Enemies in Jungle Japes often include snakes (often very big ones), monkeys and apes, colorful birds, insects and spiders, the aforementioned crocodiles and piranha, restless and savage natives, and the occasional lion, tiger or other big cat. Most of them are, you guessed it, trying to kill you.

Named after a stage in Donkey Kong 64, which was in turn modeled after a stage from Donkey Kong Country.

Rants about the accuracy of such depictions fall under The Amazon. The Hungry Jungle is an entirely less fun version. If the jungle is filled with brambles and/or other thorny flora, you have The Hedge of Thorns.



  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
  • Beetle Adventure Racing has Inferno Isle, a tropical Island that, while mostly being Jungle, has a small town, a volcano, a Jurassic Park section that features a T. Rex lunging out at your car and, of course, a town of huts on fire in the final stretch.
  • Ixa'taka and Horteka village in Skies of Arcadia.
  • Donkey Kong:
  • Web Spider's stage in Mega Man X4 is this in spades.
  • Taito's Jungle King, later renamed Jungle Hunt, consists entirely of such environments.
  • The default setting in the Adventure Island series; most of the levels take place here, unless they're the obligatory water, desert, or ice worlds.
  • The half of the Pitfall games that's not Temple of Doom.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
  • EverQuest has several. The Feerott (homeland of the ogres and lizardmen), the Emerald Jungle and Trakanon's Teeth (full of ruined cities and too many dangerous creatures to be anyone's homeland).
  • EverQuest II brings back The Feerott and combines Emerald Jungle and Trakanon's Teeth into a new zone called the Kunzar Jungle. Then there's the Eidolon Jungle, an extraplanar reflection of The Feerott.
  • The Monkey Island series is almost nothing but Jungle Japes and Gangplank Galleon stages.
  • Diablo II has the Kurast Jungle, the setting for Act III.
  • The aptly-named (and Tarzan-themed) Deep Jungle in Kingdom Hearts I. Birth by Sleep would have had a level based on The Jungle Book, but it was dropped mid-development.
  • Over half of the levels in the original Crash Bandicoot (1996) are like this, and levels of this sort keep showing up quite often.
  • A big part of Metal Gear Solid 3 is played in the jungle.
  • Substantial portions of Far Cry take place on jungle islands. While Far Cry 2 and Far Cry 4 had steered away from the junglesnote , Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon return to tropical islands with lush green jungles.
  • Lots in the later Wario Land games. Wario Land 4 has Monsoon Jungle and Mystic Lake, while Wario Land Shake It has an entire world based around a jungle (complete with the aptly named Ropey Jungle, Soggybog River and Riverbloat Rapids taking the general jungle theme).
  • Real-life example: Adventureland at the Disney Theme Parks, especially the Jungle Cruise, Tarzan's Treehouse (aka the Swiss Family Treehouse), and The Enchanted Tiki Room. Also includes Pirates of the Caribbean, which evokes Gangplank Galleon. In Epic Mickey, "Ventureland" likewise has an area aptly named the Jungle.
  • Metroid:
    • Metroid Fusion has Sector 2 (TRO), an artificially created and maintained jungle environment that's getting a little out of control.
    • Brinstar can be a bit of a jungle at times, in both Super Metroid and Metroid: Zero Mission.
    • Metroid Prime features the Tallon Overworld, with elements of this, acting as the landing area.
    • Metroid Prime 3: Corruption features the Thorn Jungle zone in planet Bryyo.
    • Metroid: Other M has Sector 1, the Biosphere, which is mostly an artificial jungle. Plants try to eat you and stuff like that. The backgrounds are pretty, but they are artificial, and once you find the generators, soon replaced by the space station architecture.
  • The world of Gaia Online features the Otami Ruins, where the player must go to gain the ability to breathe water, allowing them to access the whirlpool leading to the final dungeon. In a twist, the main danger of this area doesn't come from the wildlife (which is merely decoration), nor even the natives, but the artifacts that are coming to life and attacking everyone. Even the enemies that look human turn out to be just animated fetishes.
  • Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly has Jurassic Jungle, where the enemies are split between ordinary dinosaurs and mechanical ones (because the mice professors decided to make them for security purposes).
  • The Maguuma Jungle of Guild Wars, though it occurs later in the game than usual for this trope. The main hazards here are killer plants, giant bugs, the occasional centaur tribe, and the army of the local Church Militant that's out for your blood. Also the Tarnished Coast, which has dinosaurs, frogmen, and snakemen along with most of the above
  • The first level in Awesome Possum... Kicks Dr. Machino's Butt has Awesome take momentum for his impending aforementioned kick by cleaning the rainforests out of the doctor's lumber-robots.
  • Organica in Altered Beast: Guardian of the Realms walks a fine line between Jungle Japes and Womb Level.
  • Sleeper hit Space Station Silicon Valley has a level called Jungle Japes, in homage to Donkey Kong.
  • The second area of Spelunky is a jungle, with vines, monkeys, piranhas, and lots and lots of frogs. For some reason, there are also bats and cavemen. Also, the entire thing is underground.
  • Kirby:
  • Sector 2 of Jumper Two takes place in a jungle, with some patches of ice.
  • Impossamole's Amazon Jungle, of course.
  • The Lion King does this loosely in the "Hakuna Matata" level. Simba jumps on frogs, spiders, the boss being a gorilla that throws boulders at you, and jumping on logs in the waterfalls.
  • The Trope Namer is also used as a stage in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl, featuring two small side platforms, a main stage with a platform hanging low above it, rushing water below (in Melee, it just pushes you very quickly; in Brawl, you can swim in it, but staying in it for any length of time is suicidal), and crocodile-like Klaptraps which periodically attacks the spaces between the platforms. The original Nintendo 64 game also features C/Kongo Jungle (not to be confused with the Melee version), which has its own complex platform layout and a barrel underneath that can save lucky (or savvy) players.
  • The Bamboo Forest in Demon Sword is this with Wutai elements.
  • Zamblamia in Heavy Weapon, a jungle that somehow has dinosaurs. The boss of the level is a giant mechanical gorilla that throws missiles and sports the ridiculous name "Kommie Kong".
  • Kimba the White Lion usually takes place in a jungle in central Africa.
  • The first two levels of the last chapter of Jazz Jackrabbit 2 featured a jungle, and the first level of the same chapter was even called "Jungle Japes".
  • In Snoopy's Grand Adventure, the first world, "Peppermint Jungle", takes place in a jungle, where the goal is to rescue Peppermint Patty. Enemies in this world include snakes, spiders, bats, and fish. The boss of this world is a giant wooden mask that resembles Peppermint Patty, which you defeat by tossing baseballs at it via seesaws.
  • Terraria has the biomes Jungle and Underground Jungle.
  • World of Warcraft has Stranglethorn Vale (which is further split into Northern Stranglethorn and the Cape of Stranglethorn). Feralas, Un'Goro Crater also seem to fit the definition. Wrath of the Lich King had the Scholazar Basin and Mists of Pandaria has the Krasarang Wilds.
  • Strider has the Amazon stage in the arcade version, and the Africa stage in the NES version.
  • The third stage of Dynamite Dux is this.
  • The first world in Something Else. Luigi has to deal with Hoopsters, Fake Yoshis, Fruit Vines, and Upside-Down Ninji. It's also filled with ruins and a cave filled with Electric Jellyfish.
  • Gruntz has a world named Trouble in the Tropicz that is like this.
  • The Cat in the Hat's level "Venus Cat-Trap" features jungle-like overgrowth and vegetation for most of the level.
  • Makna Forest in Xenoblade.
  • Noctilum in Xenoblade Chronicles X, but the dense vegetation make a great hiding place for poisonous water and tough enemies.
  • The Witness: A jungle can be found in the southeast at the foot of the mountain.
  • The world "In the Swing" in Monkey Shines, which is loaded with animal and plant mooks.
  • The Jungle Book: naturally, considering the source material, pretty much all levels are this.
  • The Taz-Mania Licensed Game for the Sega Genesis has several levels that take place in a jungle, including one where Taz has to climb to the top of a tree to battle Francis X. Bushlad. The sequel, Taz in Escape from Mars has Planet X, complete with giant mushrooms, some of which Taz can pick up and use like a propeller when he spins.
  • In DuckTales, the Amazon stage takes place in a ruins, filled with thorns, giant spiders, bees, and other assorted wildlife.
  • The fourth level of The Flintstones: The Rescue Of Dino & Hoppy is a jungle, which involves a lot of waterfall crossing and vine swinging. The boss of the level is Bigfoot.
  • The second planet, Diva, in Blender Bros is completely covered it jungle. It's also the only planet in the game to not have any urban or mechanical elements, being mostly unpopulated.
  • After leaving his desert homeworld, Rosa, the protagonist of Rogue Galaxy crash-lands on the jungle planet of Juraika. In a thriving futuristic star system, Juraika is one of the few planets with almost no advanced technology. But the inhabitants of the planet very much want to keep it that way.
  • Although The Legend of Zelda, due to its general Medieval European Fantasy setting, tends more toward the temperate forest equivalent, there have been jungles in some games:
  • Pokémon didn't have a true Jungle area until Lush Jungle in Pokémon Sun and Moon.
  • The first world of Yooka-Laylee is Tribalstack Tropics.
  • The whole entire setting of Snake Pass can be considered to have a jungle setting, and every world is mixed with something else.
  • Paladins has many jungle/temple-themed maps, such as Frog Isle, Jaguar Falls, and Serpent Beach for Siege mode, Hidden Temple for Payload mode, and Primal Court for Onslaught mode. In early development, there was a large map called Temple Isle, but it was reworked and divided into Frog Isle, Jaguar Falls, and Serpent Beach.
  • In Ravensword: Shadowlands, Tanglewood Marsh is a tropical jungle filled with dinosaurs and giant spiders.
  • Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak has the Wildwoods.
  • The first part of the Sunleth Waterscape in Final Fantasy XIII is a tropical jungle maintained by an unnamed fal'Cie capable of Weather Manipulation for research purposes. The Sunleth Waterscape reappears in Final Fantasy XIII-2 in two future time periods. The first is as a Forest of Perpetual Autumn three hundred years in the future. In the second, it's a research preserve four hundred years in the future that has been restored to its tropical appearance.
  • Donald Duck games:
    • In Quackshot, the first parts of The Hideout and The Island take place in a jungle. These areas have snake enemies, falling leaf platforms, and vanishing vines.
    • The Jungle from Deep Duck Trouble, where Donald has to recover the Jungle King's crown.
  • The first Etrian Odyssey (and by extension the remake Millenium Girl) has the Primitive Jungle. It's a dense biome with robust flora and crystalline water, but also harmful floors that deplete the party characters' HP whenever they stand onto it (though it's possible to mitigate the damage). The boss is Cernunnos, though it also has the Wyvern as a Skippable Boss. This stratum is followed by the Azure Rainforest, a more waterlogged biome where the player's characters have to use water lilies to cross the bodies of water, and it's guarded by the Queen Ant (who installed a colony in the first two floors) and the boss Corotrangul. The Primitive Jungle makes a return in Nexus, though in that case the boss is the Wyvern itself (as Cernunnos now appears elsewhere).
  • Lost Home: The first world is a jungle full of many different kinds of plants—some of which are harmful to the player characters while others can be used to progress—while the enemies encountered include snakes and giant bugs.


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The level is located in some old ruins deep within the Indian rainforest where the center of Rajan's spice operation is located.

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