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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 piranhas, carnivorous plants, restless and savage natives, and the occasional lion, tiger or other big cat. Most of them are, you guessed it, trying to kill you. The background music will either be just percussions or Jungle Jazz.

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.



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  • The Legend of Zelda: Although the series, due to its general Medieval European Fantasy setting, tends more toward temperate forests, there have been jungles in some games:
    • The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes has jungle sections in the Woodlands, mostly in areas where vaguely Mesoamerican ruins are littered about the woodland.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Much of the Faron region consists of tropical rainforest strewn with Mayincatec ruins. The area's major hazards come from its rainforest weather — the near-constant rain makes climbing difficult, and lightning storms are frequent. The enemies are much the same as those found everywhere else (although the Bokoblin camps are overgrown with moss and shaded with roofs made of banana leaves) but the jungles are inhabited by wild water buffalo and Link can gather tropical foodstuffs such as bananas and durians.


    Fighting Games 
  • Super Smash Bros.: The Trope Namer from the Donkey Kong games is a staple stage in the series, 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.

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  • Far Cry: Substantial portions of the games 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.
  • 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.

  • Hollow Knight: The Greenpath is an underground version of this, being a series of tunnels and chambers overgrown with layers of moss — a jungle, to a bug — and home to reclusive bugs overgrown with mossy symbioses and bug-eating plants hiding in the greenery.
  • 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 Witness: A jungle can be found in the southeast at the foot of the mountain.

  • 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.
  • Gaia Online has 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.
  • Guild Wars: The Maguuma Jungle, 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
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Monkey Shines: The world "In the Swing", which is loaded with animal and plant mooks.
  • Spelunky: The second area is a jungle, with vines, monkeys, piranhas, and lots and lots of frogs alongside bats and cavemen. Also, the entire thing is underground.
  • 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).
  • Strider has the Amazon stage in the arcade version, and the Africa stage in the NES version.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Yoshi's Island: The eponymous island is depicted as a tropical biome most of the time and occasionally this overlaps with jungle. In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, the island is the entire game world, and therefore has a wider range of environs (one of them being indeed Jungle Japes, namely World 3). Yoshi's Story has page 4, Yoshi's Woolly World has World 4, and Yoshi's Crafted World has Rumble Jungle.
    • Super Mario Sunshine: Pianta Village is a jungle with Fungus Humongous areas. The fungi are shown to be luminiscent during the nighttime episodes.
    • New Super Mario Bros.: All games have a jungle world that borrows elements from Bubblegloop Swamp (such as the toxic water and some mushrooms in the background). The enemies seen here include Wigglers, Scuttlebugs, and the debuting Bramballs (creatures with Pokey heads that move with legs made of bramble). There are also vines that can be seen and used in some levels, as well as spiderwebs to latch onto (though these only appear temporarily. It receives the name of Soda Jungle in New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U, and includes a section based on The Lost Woods setting, as well as levels with Macro Zone elements (such as giant blocks and enemies).
    • Super Mario Galaxy 2 has Wild Glide Galaxy, a colorful jungle with a river where Fluzzard and the Jibberjays participate in races. In the first mission, Mario or Luigi has to do a trial race with Fluzzard to reach the goal. In the second mission, they have to compete against the Jibberjays (again with the help of Fluzzard) and reach first place.
    • Super Mario Odyssey: Lost Kingdom is a jungle with some rather interesting plants. Water is toxic, so touching it is instant death. There is a Klepto that abducts Cappy, leading to a chase scene. The most common native creaures are Wigglers that contract and stretch like button accordions.
    • Wario Land: This appears in several of the later 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).
  • Taz-Mania (Sega) 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.

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  • Bug Fables has the Far Grasslands. It's technically made up of really tall grass, but seeing as this is a Mouse World setting, said grass gives off a jungle vibe.
  • Etrian Odyssey 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); Nexus also features a new Mini-Dungeon set in the jungle area (Giant's Ruins).
  • Final Fantasy XIII: The first part of the Sunleth Waterscape 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.
  • Monster Hunter has the Jungle in 1 (old) and 2 (new). In addition to having dense flora and mildly flooded zones, they feature monsters like Yian Kut-Ku, Daimyo Hermitaur, Congalala and Rathian. The second incarnation also overlaps with Palmtree Panic, as its frontier is a coastal area. The new Jungle returns in Generations Ultimate as a Nostalgia Level.
  • Paper Mario:
    • Paper Mario 64 has Lavalava Island, home to the Yoshis, which is mostly covered by the dense tropical forest of the Jade Jungle. The jungle itself is home to carnivorous plants, spear-wielding Shy Guys in tribal facepaint, and creatures that pretend to be bushes until Mario comes close. There are also a number of unique flowers found there that produce a variety of effects when interacted with.
    • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door: Keelhaul Key is a jungle-covered island that Mario finds himself stranded on after a shipwreck. Mario must trek his way through the deep jungle and a gauntlet of Fuzzies and poison-spitting Piranha Plants in order to escape the island and rescue the rest of the crew, although the jungle is also a good place to forage for mangoes to use in cooking.
    • Paper Mario: Sticker Star: World 5, Shy Guy Jungle, starts out as a thick jungle filled with tall grass that hides enemies and inhabited by giant carnivorous plants and spear-wielding Shy Guys in warpaint and grass skirts, but switches to Lethal Lava Land for the last two levels.
    • Paper Mario: The Origami King: The path to the Spring of Jungle Mist in Shangri-Spa winds through an area of thick tropical forest home to Piranha Plants, their smaller Nipper relatives, and giant bees, and the path is often blocked by thick jungle growth that Mario must clear to progress. After that, it climbs up a gigantic tree and becomes more of a Tree Trunk Tour.
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon: As Alola is the first Pokémon region to be tropical, it's also the first to feature such an area in the form of Lush Jungle, an area of forest home to a variety of Big Creepy-Crawlies alongside animated plants and mushrooms, tropical birds and apes and monkeys.
  • Ravensword: Shadowlands: Tanglewood Marsh is a tropical jungle filled with dinosaurs and giant spiders.
  • Romancing Saga 3: The jungle is a nightmare labyrinth where you can get lose for hours to end due to the fact that every exit randomly transports you to a new area. The key is following the different colored butterflies near the exits to your destination of choice. One false step, though, and you will be led to deeper into the jungle until you luck runs out and fall before the creature that lurks there.
  • Rogue Galaxy: After leaving his desert homeworld, Rosa, the protagonist 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.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X: Noctilum, the second continent in the game, is where the dense vegetation makes a great hiding place for poisonous water and tough enemies. During certain days, fog will make visibility more difficult.

  • Contra: The first stage in the game, as well as Mission 5 of Shattered Soldier and the first stage of 4, are all set in the jungles of Galuga Archipelago.
  • Jazz Jackrabbit: The first two levels of the last chapter of the second game feature a jungle, and the first level of the same chapter is even called "Jungle Japes".

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  • Heavy Weapon: Zamblamia, 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".

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  • Demon Sword: The Bamboo Forest is this with Wutai elements.
  • Mario Party: The series has DK's Jungle Adventure from the original game, Shy Guy's Jungle Jam from 4, DK's Treetop Temple from 8, DK's Stone Statue from DS, and DK's Jungle Ruins from 9.
  • Snoopys 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.

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"The Predator Awakes"

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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