Fire is one of the most difficult elements to recreate in video games. While many games attempt to tackle the inferno, the realism required for lava and the creativity behind it still lag behind. However, sometimes a game can nail a fire and lava level so exquisitely it can nearly make the player start to sweat. Fortunately, these stages can be played in the comfort of your living room without suffering from heat exhaustion. The following are the 10 best fire and lava areas in video game history. These levels epitomize the fiery theme while containing original and tremendous gameplay.
10. “Lethal Lava Land” – Super Mario 64
A series of platforms scattered across lava describes Super Mario 64’s “Lethal Lava Land.” The stage is not traditional in the slightest and is simply pieces of scattered debris that the player must navigate through. In this stage, players are always surrounded by lava. Touching the lava sends Mario on fire and out of control, making it difficult to return to the course before burning to death. The level also contains another entrance, which can be accessed by jumping into the volcano located in the stage. The volcano is its own separate area and in fact players can’t freely return to the initial stage once they have jumped down the volcano. “Lethal Lava Land” is essentially two levels in one, with the volcano presenting a variety of difficult platform jumping that takes inspiration from Mario’s two-dimensional roots. However, the fiery outer level is still the main attraction in this stage, as the majority of the stars are placed there. Surfing the lava with the blue shell like it was water is a thrill and cements this stage as one with attitude amidst the heat.