Top Ten Video Game Level Themes

The Top Ten
1 Ice

You can almost never go wrong with snow/ice levels. The worst they can be is not having anything, and you have a higher chance of finding a childhood song that you don't remember the name of than finding an empty snow level. Snow is just chill, I guess.

Ice Cap Zone - Sonic 3 and Knuckles
Ice Cap - Sonic Adventure
Cool Edge (Holoska - Day) - Sonic Unleashed

What's so special about them? They are all awesome.

Ice-themed levels look beautiful!

2 Forest

Mario has awesome forests, although other games can also have good forest levels. I don't like the ones that are basically just plains with trees surrounding you. I want a jungle or something else interesting rather than your average random forest.

The best levels in New Super Mario were forest-themed. (giant forest)

It makes you smarter and more strategic. D&D

3 Factory

I like factory themed levels. I mean, who doesn't? Many people hate factories because they're tiring, boring, smelly, and bulky. However, for some reason, people like factory-themed levels, probably because they get to see others work instead of themselves and also appreciate the still beautiful mechanisms that make the factory work. One example would be "Grunty Industries" from Banjo-Tooie, one of the few and still best factory levels in all video games, in my opinion.

Toad Factory, Droid Factory, and some others are great. There are also some mediocre ones, though.

4 City
5 Clouds

Should be number 1. These are honestly harder than Final Boss and fire.

Flashbacks to Ludwig's castle from Super Mario Bros. Wii...

I think this means Sky levels. Sky levels are awesome!

6 Gold
7 Tropical

So like... 90% of all Uncharted games.

8 Desert

I don't know about you, but ancient Egypt is a thing I've always liked, both in real life and in video games. It's such a mystic and fascinating time and culture with many dark aspects, so that's why.

9 Space

Very open-ended theme, since you can just about make any kind of planet you want.

Long Night of Solace from Halo: Reach got it just right, if you ask me.

Space is such a mystic thing that we still don't even know everything about, so putting that theme into a video game is sure to come out interesting and good.

10 Water

I've often heard about water levels being hard, frustrating, and slow, but there are some exceptions like Jolly Roger's Lagoon from Banjo-Tooie, which allows you to completely remove the oxygen problem. Also, I love the sea. I was born in Italy in a very coastal area, so I've always loved swimming and exploring the seabeds with all its sea creatures swimming around.

Water levels may be hated for an air meter mechanic, but they make up for that with beautiful music, awesome scenery, and memorable enemies. Bubbleman's stage, Buoy Base Galaxy, and let's not forget the beautiful Aquarium Park.

The Contenders
11 Circus
12 Fire

I assume this means lava levels? They are amazing when they're done right, but even when it's not super well made, the theme is just so interesting and cool that it's quite distracting from the bad stuff.

13 Wasteland
14 Japanese Themed
15 Cave
16 Music
17 Inside a Computer
18 Hell
19 War Zone
20 Train
21 Dark Energy/Matter

You know, like, purple or green clouds of bad stuff! They're usually near the end of the game.

I love these. Most of these give an epic nod to the final boss!

22 Vehicle
23 Fallen Structures
24 Flying Waterfalls
25 Jungle
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