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"And after that, it gets even better! Festering, stinking marshlands, far as the eye can see!"
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A distant cousin of Jungle Japes and The Lost Woods, but somewhat more waterlogged.

Swamp levels in games tend to be filled with mosquitoes, gators, and other hostile wildlife. Sticky mud which makes movement difficult is also a common feature, as is quicksand.

The amount of water in the area may necessitate platforming if the hero can't swim, and may even turn the area into a water level at times if there's enough of it. Alternatively, it may contain Grimy Water which is either polluted or full of piranhas.

A Ragin Cajun can live here.

See also Swamps Are Evil and Mucking in the Mud.


Examples:

  • Bubblegloop Swamp, the Trope Namer, in Banjo-Kazooie. Its entrance lobby can be seen in the lower left corner of this page's image.
    • Tooie featured Quagmire and the area outside of Grunty Industries, both industrialized areas full of noxious purple gook inhabited by hungry mutants.
      • A stock obstacle in many levels was a swampy area which you couldn't enter, lest you be literally chewed up and spat out by a mutant venus flytrap.
      • What made the obstacle worse was that by all appearances, he enjoyed your taste-he was just spitting you out so he could be a dick and bite you again later.
  • The Donkey Kong Country games had a few examples, like Krem Quay in Donkey Kong Country 2.
  • Being a long-running video game franchise, Sonic the Hedgehog naturally has examples of this.
  • The second level of Castlevania 4 consisted mostly of a swampy forest filled with mudmen. The second half was a massive pool of quicksand.
    • Most of the Castlevania games have at least one level of this type.
  • One such level in Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, where the "jungle" was a huge lake/marsh.
  • Several have appeared throughout the Rayman series, considering that the unique mosquitoes are a fairly iconic part of the Rayman universe... These include "The Dream Forest" in 1, "The Marshes of Awakening", "The Bayou", and the "Sanctuary of Rock and Lava" in 2, and the Bog of Murk in 3.
  • Southern Swamp (which surrounds the Deku Palace) from The Legend of Zelda Majoras Mask, as well as Misery Mire in The Legend of Zelda a Link To T He Past, Goponga Swamp in The Legend of Zelda Links Awakening, and the Castor Wilds in The Legend of Zelda the Minish Cap that required the Pegasus Boots to avoid sinking.
  • Gooey Swamp and a bit of Steamy Marsh in Freshly Picked Tingles Rosy Rupeeland.
  • Slightly offbeat platformer Vexx had the Neverglades, which combined aspects of a swampy level with a Temple of Doom.
  • Bograth in the Magi Nation series.
  • Deep Darkness in Earthbound.
  • The Great Marsh in Pastoria and the route west of it in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. Good luck catching Croagunk and Carnivine. A bit of a That One Level because of your character's tendency to get stuck in deep mud and waste time trying to wiggle out of it.
  • The Death Marshes in Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, which has both the River of Souls' Grimy Water, and Killer Quicksand pits.
  • Torvus Bog in Metroid Prime 2
  • One of the more interesting level designs of R-Type Final was Stage 2, which started out as a standard Bubblegloop Swamp. However, if you perform certain actions while fighting the boss, the next playthrough changes the climate of the stage. The stage can dry out, eventually becoming a harsh desert, or flood, eventually becoming a frozen sea. Each version (five in all) has an altered variety or layout of enemies. This is explained in the game's database by the boss' ability to alter the climate and temperature.
  • Planet Bogad from the Futurama video game. Bonus points for being based off of Dagobah.
  • Mz. Ruby's level in the first Sly Cooper game.
  • Boggy Swamp in the first Jak and Daxter game.
  • Planet Oozla from the second Ratchet and Clank game, Planet Cobalia from Tools Of Destruction and Planet Sarathos from Deadlocked.
  • There are four prominent swamps in World of Warcraft: The Wetlands (which, for a long time, was the scourge of low-level Alliance players travelling between the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor), Dustwallow Marsh (which inexplicably has several towns, most notably Theramore and its leader, Lady Jaina Proudmoore), Swamp of Sorrows and in Outland you have Zangarmarsh, which overlaps with Fungus Humongous.
  • Super Mario Galaxy has this in the Bubble Breeze Galaxy, where just touching the grimy water causes Mario's gruesome instant death, as well as various other hostile stuff. Possibly also world 4 in New Super Mario Bros, which had bright purple water that killed Mario on contact, various enemies like spiders that would get in the way and sections where you had to ride a sea creature called Dorrie to cross said purple water. World 5 as a forest/swamp with deadly purple muck returns in New Super Mario Bros Wii.
  • The Frog's marsh in Legend of Kay.
  • Ozette Wetlands in Phantasy Star Zero is this. The actual wetlands are either muddy or rigged with boardwalks to keep your feet (reasonably) dry. It's riddled with electric seals, frogs, giant birds which likely prey on the frogs (and all of them love human flesh equally), and a loli-lovin' octopus.
  • Dragon Age: Origins has the Korcari Wilds, the sections of which the player visits consist of swamps dotted with occasional ruins.
  • The "Fetid Waters" chapter from House of the Dead: OVERKILL. Complete with raft segments and a swamp-monster like final boss.
  • Pretty much the entirety of Pitfall could be considered this.
  • Swamp Fever from Left 4 Dead 2.
  • Grabvine Gateway in StarWars Episode I: Racer, which is also Jungle Japes.
  • A large amount of the landscape in the Point Lookout expansion for Fallout 3 is swamp and full of swamp creatures like the swampfolk and swamplurks. Swampy.
  • Taopo Swamp in Golden Sun: The Lost Age.
  • The marsh in Spyro the Dragon: A Hero's Tail. It's also the first world.
    • There's also Spooky Swamp in Spyro: Year of the Dragon and a whole homeworld of swamp in the first game.
  • The later levels of the first world in the Wii A Boy and His Blob are this, after the first few levels are the Green Hill Zone.
  • The Swamp of No Hope, Nightshadow Bog and especially The Peat Bog in Ever Quest II
  • Real Life version: The Blue Bayou segments of several Disney Theme Parks.
    • And the Cartoon Wasteland in Disney Epic Mickey, which is based on Disneyland, has Bog Easy.
  • The Jungle levels in Jett Rocket, which are both jungle-y and swamp-y. Add in a bit of ruins-y and you're good to go.
  • The Bog of the Forgotten in God of War II on the Island of Creation, home of Euryale's temple.
  • Some areas in Titan Quest are swamps. You can find them in Greece, on the banks of the Nile and in China.
  • One of the ten biomes created by Minecraft's world generator is this. It has flat terrain and shallow pools of water containing lily pads able to support your weight. Edible mushrooms are more common here, and trees are overgrown with vines hanging to the ground.
  • Bug!! had Splot. Filled with dangerous enemies (especially the machine-gun snails that were Made of Iron), Death Course sections, insta-kill water, and the swamp worm boss.
  • Dunmore and The Misty Swamp in Zanzarah as mentioned in Swamps Are Evil...
  • The first act of Marahna in Act Raiser is a combination of this, Jungle Japes, and Temple of Doom. Also, the swamps and poisoned lake in Bloodpool.
  • Bogshot in Neopets: The Darkest Faerie which is mentioned in Swamps Are Evil
  • Drakan: The Ancients' Gate had "Shadowmire"
  • A Certain part of Boggy Isle in One Piece Unlimited Cruise Episode 2
  • Wizardry VI has an unnamed swamp region, and 8 simply labels its "The Swamp."
  • Tramdine Fens in Final Fantasy Tactics a 2
  • Lost in Blue 2 and Lost in Blue 3 featured a bit of this...
  • In Inuyasha: Secret of the Cursed Mask There was a swamp to trek through in order to find the wolf demon named Koga...
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