As the last leaves start to fall and folks enjoy the final week surrounded by autumnal colors, the LBG staff has been inspired by the foliage to revisit some of our favorite Fall levels. Whether you’re taking a jaunt through a bright orange origami mountain, getting ready to harvest seasonal pumpkins, or enjoying the red and yellow leaves while dodging laser beams, these levels are what we consider the best Fall levels in games.
The Akkala Region: Breath of the Wild
Located on the northeastern edge of Hyrule, the Akkala region boasts some of the prettiest scenery in the game, with orange-, yellow-, and red-leaved forests covering most of the valley, dotted by remnants of an old fort. Ironically there’s not a ton to do in this region outside of visiting Robbie for some research, but that only adds to how free and calm this Fall region feels. This would be the perfect spot for a Autumn picnic or walk, if it weren’t for the countless guardians trying to harsh your vibes and blast you from Christian Girl Autumn into Painful Laser Nuclear Winter.
Click Clock Woods: Banjo Kazooie
Click Clock Woods is iconic for each of its seasonally inspired sections, but we would argue that Fall is the best season. Much like a yearly collection, this is the section where all your hard work in previous seasons pay off, from finally being able to access Gnawty’s cozy cave, to putting the final touches on your sunflower, to saving Nabnut from a winter of starvation, reaping the jiggies like a farm harvest. Add in mounds of fallen leaves and those classic Autumn colors, and Click Clock Woods is one of the most quintessentially Fall levels.
Overcooked: Night of the Hangry Hoard
Seasonal Fall spooks? Check. Seasonal Fall feast? Check. Seasonal Fall rush to cook for the family as your nieces and nephews get hangry, and that one uncle is starting to get political? Well the stress here is a little more fun than that. Night of the Hangry Hoard is a platter of all of these small Fall holiday moments, giving you the best of Halloween, seasonal colors, and Thanksgiving. So grab a spatula and experience all the Autumn events at once in this delightful co-op.
Autumn Mountain: Paper Mario Origami King
With a name like Autumn Mountain, it seems like a pretty safe bet for a top Fall levels list, but what sets it apart is that along with the beautiful foliage, there are gorgeous mountain views and ancient shrines and pagodas adding an air of mystery and timelessness. But there’s still plenty of Fall fun, whether you’re running from violent chestnuts in the valley, finding a toad in the harvest grain fields, or even just sitting on a bench with Olivia and Bobby, taking in the stunning atmosphere.
Horn Top Hop: Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze
With an entire platforming section where DK, Diddy, Dixie and Cranky have to platform across falling leaves through a birch forest of changing colors and angry owls, Horn Top Hop is a literal race through Autumn. Also considering the realm is playing off the German Alps, the score blasts horns you’d hear at an polka concert, and the countless beer steins across the course, this level doesn’t just scream Fall, but is also a full embodiment of Octoberfest.
Fall: Stardew Valley
This might be a hot take, but Fall is arguably the best season in Stardew Valley. You get to bring in your harvest of pumpkins to show off to Abigail, try to beat your high score at the carnival games at the fair, and hunt for the Golden Pumpkin through the Wizard’s maze – there’s so much to explore and discover this season. Also, Fall boasts some of the best songs in the game including “Ghost Synth,” “The Smell of Mushroom,” and “Raven’s Descent.” Nothing feels more Fall than playing through this season in Stardew.
So as the leaves fall and we head into winter, always remember you can revisit the Autumn season by going back and replaying some of these classic fall levels. And be sure to let us know in the comments which levels you love playing to remind you of the autumn season!