When it comes to signification, the humble hole is anything but void. Symbolizing a lack, a break, a missing piece, the hole figures prominently in video games. Frequently, it is the passive nonexistence to the player’s active existence, the ever-present threat of oblivion. At other times, its powers are handed over to the player for them to terrorize or consume their foes. And at other times still, it’s where a pink dinosaur shoots eggs from but also talks out of. Here are the 17 best holes in video games.
1. Bottomless Pit (Super Mario Bros.)
From World 1-1 to the very end of Mario’s journey, bottomless pits are an ever-present obstacle. Where do they go? Best not to think about it.
2. Hole (Donut County)
In Donut County, the player is the hole, they are hungry, and they are going to eat.
3. Pitfall (Animal Crossing)
Prank your friends and cause chaos in paradise with this item that lets you drop your fellow villagers into a shallow pit.
4. Black Hole (Fortnite)
Remember when Fortnite blew itself up and the whole game was just replaced with a gaping void? That was fun.
5. Well (E.T.)
In E.T. for the Atari 2600, the biggest threat to the titular alien isn’t sinister government agents or prying scientists, it’s the wells dotting the landscape.
6. Kirby (Kirby)
Do enemies die when Kirby swallows them? Yes. Is it painful? Absolutely.
7. Tornado Hole (Everybody’s Golf)
This hole really sucks.
8. Black Hole Bomb (Mega Man 9)
Mega Man obtains this powerful weapon from the space-themed Galaxy Man. It is the weakness of Jewel Man, because in the end, even the most beautiful things will be swallowed by the void.
9. The Breach (Dragon Age: Inquisition)
A hole in the very fabric of reality, the Breach literally unleashes hell on the world until a mysterious chosen one with a magic hand rallies together their band of scrappy allies to save the day.
10. Birdo’s… Mouth? Cloaca?
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11. Bray Wyatt’s Mouth (WWE 2K18)
12. Portals (Portal)
Now you’re thinking with holes.
13. Blowhole (Ecco the Dolphin)
14. Hellmouth (Destiny)
No relation to the one from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Hellmouth is an enormous pit on the moon where the bad Hive monsters live.
15. Portable Hole (Cel Damage)
“Nothing says ‘cartoon,'” the official Cel Damage guide notes, “like painting a black hole on the ground and it actually becoming one.”
16. Hole in the Wall (Kinect)
Remember Hole in the Wall? Remember Kinect?
17. The Atari Video Game Hole (Alamogordo, New Mexico)
A long time ago there were too many bad video games so they got them all and they put them in a hole in the ground. And there was never a bad video game again.