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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. This is a pretty common feature in The Lost Woods, Jungle Japes and, more rarely, the Underground Level.

May overlap with Fungus Humongous. See also Springs, Springs Everywhere, Trampoline Tummy, Cobweb Trampoline and Gelatinous Trampoline.


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  • Alice: Madness Returns has the "Amanita Muscaria" within Wonderland of different cosmetic varieties that rigidly shoot Alice upwards almost vertically regardless of the angle of landing onto the mushroom.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • The Minish Cap: When Link enters a tree stumps and, as he does so gradually shrinks, he bounces from one mushroom to another. The game also features a rare horizontal variation, with elastic mushrooms that Link can pull on to slingshot himself across wide gaps.
    • In Tears of the Kingdom, fusing mushrooms onto weapons will give their attacks (or parries in the case of shields) additional knockback, provided that it isn't a puffshroom or muddle bud due to them having their own unique effects.
  • Madagascar: There's a minigame where you jump on bouncy, multicolored mushrooms in a certain order. In a later level, Alex chases you and at one point is seen jumping on a mushroom.
  • Ratchet & Clank: There are some mushrooms to bounce on in Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One.

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    Artillery Games 
  • Angry Birds: Angry Birds: Rio has bouncy mushrooms in the jungle levels, which can be used to modify birds' trajectories by ricocheting them off of the caps and into areas they couldn't get to otherwise.

  • Hollow Knight: Bouncy mushrooms appear as a gimmick in a few rooms. Remember: to use them you don't just jump on them — you point the nail downwards and hit them.

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  • Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures: Some bouncy mushrooms are found at the start of the Dungeons and Dickholes stage, a likely shout-out to Sonic 3 & Knuckles.
  • Balan Wonderworld: One of the areas features blue mushrooms that bounce the player.
  • Berenstain Bears' Camping Adventure: Giant grey mushrooms act like trampolines, which you can use to reach new heights.
  • Bug!: One of the various types of springs is mushrooms that Bug can jump on. They appear in several levels, including worlds where it's odd for mushrooms to exist in (such as Bur-r-ubs and Arachnia).
  • A Bug's Life: The base level of the brown seed produces a mushroom that works as a bouncy platform, though the boost it gives is very small.
  • Dewy's Adventure: Dewy can bounce off mushrooms, and Hip Slam them for extra height.
  • Donkey Kong:
  • Eternal Daughter: Some mushrooms work this way, although there are also fake ones that bite you.
  • Garfield's Nightmare: The volcanic levels feature dancing green mushrooms Garfield can jump on for an upward bounce, though this will also make the mushrooms explode into a cluster of noxious gas. Holding the A button will make the bounce even higher, allowing Garfield to dodge the noxious gas more easily.
  • Golden Force has giant sunflowers that functions as trampolines, and in several levels you'll need to combine them with your Double Jump to exit an area.
  • A Hat in Time has bioluminescent mushrooms in Subcon Forest that bounce Hat Kid at varying heights.
  • In Lost Home, some levels have giant mushrooms that function as trampolines.
  • Pizza Tower: A few levels feature big living mushrooms that bounce the player up in the air upon contact.
  • Rayman 2: The Great Escape: Several levels feature bouncy, purple mushrooms that can be used to reach higher areas.
  • Rocket: Robot on Wheels: A variation. Mushrooms do help you jump higher, but not by jumping on them — they grab you and spit you out to make you jump higher.
  • Shovel Knight Dig: Purple mushrooms can be found all over the Mushroom Mines, the starting area of the game, and jumping on them will bounce Shovel Knight in many different directions. Spore Knight, the Warm-Up Boss of the area, can weaponize these as part of her arsenal of mushroom- and spore-based attacks.
  • Skylar and Plux: Adventure On Clover Island: The cratered mushrooms give Skylar extra height when she bounces on them. Rocket jumping on them gives Skylar extra speed, allowing her to bounce further and is crucial for freeing one of the Lo'as in Bouncy Bay.
  • In Sly 2: Band of Thieves, there are mushrooms you can bounce on around Rajan's jungle base.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Sonic 3 & Knuckles has giant bouncy mushrooms in Mushroom Hill Zone. Unlike springs, the more you bounce on a mushroom, the higher you'll go.
    • Sonic Rush Series: Sonic Rush Adventure has giant bouncy mushrooms in Plant Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • Super Mario Bros.: Less frequent than you might expect given the prevalence of mushrooms in the series, but they do pop up:
    • Super Mario Sunshine: Pianta Village has several large mushrooms in the underside, including springy ones.
    • New Super Mario Bros.: Some of the aerial Athletic levels have bouncy pink mushroom platforms, accompaining the traditional ones.
    • There are square, orange-colored mushroom platforms in Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World that serve this purpose, and can be found in high-altitude levels. They made their way onto the 3D World game style of Super Mario Maker 2 (which also adds a purple version reliant on ON/OFF switches after an update).
  • The Way of Cinnamon has big red mushrooms that send Cinnamon rocketing upwards when jumped on.

    Puzzle Platformers 
  • 100 Keys To your Heart has brown mushrooms that bounce the player upwards. At certain locations, a brown key can also grow red mushrooms that also bounce the player.

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  • Pikmin:
    • Pikmin 3: The Bouncy Mushrooms cause leaders and Pikmin that jump on them to be launched to a fixed destination.
    • Hey! Pikmin: Some springy mushrooms appear in Mushroom Valley.

    Role-Playing Games 
  • Bug Fables: Small green "springshrooms", which can be found scattered throughout the game, will send the part flying a long way into the air if jumped on, and serve as a way to reach otherwise inaccessible ledges and to keep players from becoming permanently stuck in certain pits.

    Sports Game 
  • The Aquatic Games has a variant of this involving sea sponges used in a gymnastics level.

    Web Games 
  • Poptropica: You can bounce off the giant mushrooms on a planet on Galactic Hot Dogs Island.

    Wide-Open Sandbox 
  • Kogama, there are bouncy mushrooms as a cube material. They are commonly used in parkour maps.

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Bug Fables spores

These mushroom spores allow you to bounce up high.

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