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This fun guy needs some fungi.

You're a character in a video game, and you need to climb up a cliff. But unfortunately, you have no climbing skills whatsoever. You have no trampolines, jetpacks, or flying animals. So what do you do? Easy, just go find a large mushroom!

In short, mushrooms in video games which can be used as trampolines and springboards.

May overlap with Fungus Humongous.

See also Springs, Springs Everywhere, Trampoline Tummy, Cobweb Trampoline and Gelatinous Trampoline.



  • There are some mushrooms to bounce on in Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One.
  • Donkey Kong:
    • The Trope Namer is Springy Spores, from Donkey Kong Country Returns. While most mushrooms are positioned horizontally (allowing you to jump however you need to), others are tilted and will affect the trajectory of your jump, so you must be careful to avoid falling onto the pits.
    • Fungi Forest's mushrooms in Donkey Kong 64 work this way, and are useful to climb onto the much bigger mushroom present.
  • There's only one mushroom in Dizzy The Adventurer, and it serves this purpose.
  • In Sly 2: Band of Thieves, there are mushrooms you can bounce on around Rajan's jungle base.
  • Found in Eternal Daughter. There, however, are also fake ones that bite you.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Sonic and Knuckles has giant bouncy mushrooms in Mushroom Hill Zone.
    • And Sonic Rush Adventure has giant bouncy mushrooms in Plant Kingdom.
  • Alice: Madness Returns has the "Amanita Muscaria" within Wonderland of different cosmetic varieties that rigidly shoots Alice upwards almost vertically regardless of the angle of landing onto the mushroom.
  • LEGO Adaptation Game:
    • The Forbidden Forest in LEGO Harry Potter has them.
    • As do various locations in LEGO The Lord of the Rings.
  • In the Madagascar video game, there was a minigame where you had to jump on bouncy, multicolored mushrooms in a certain order. On a later level, Alex was chasing you and at one point he is seen jumping on a mushroom.
  • Seen in The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, if only at the end of the shrinking animation on tree stumps.
  • There was a Sega Genesis game called The Aquatic Games that was part of the James Pond series. It had a variant of this involving sea sponges used in a gymnastics level.
  • The Flash game Nelly.
  • This Touhou fan video, shows Marisa climbing a hill by jumping between abnormally large mushrooms.
  • Angry Birds: Rio has bouncy mushrooms in the jungle levels.
  • Spyro: Year of the Dragon has a puzzle where Spyro has to use flower seeds and mushroom seeds to grow platforms to reach the top of a tower. Because Spyro can only glide and not fly upwards, putting all of them in the right place is essential.
  • In Pikmin 3, the aptly-named Bouncy Mushrooms cause leaders and Pikmin that jump on them to be launched to a fixed destination. Some springy mushrooms also appear in Mushroom Valley in the spin-off game Hey! Pikmin.
  • One of the various types of springs in Bug were mushrooms he could jump on. They appeared in several levels, including worlds where it would be odd for mushrooms to exist in (such as Bur-r-ubs and Arachnia).
  • A Hat in Time has bioluminescent mushrooms in Subcon Forest that bounce Hat Kid at varying heights.


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