The player must attempt to reach the goal line at the end by using a pogo stick. They have to avoid hazards such as falling in the lava, getting bitten by Piranha Plants that pop out from pipes, and getting hit by Lava Bubbles that pop out from the lava. If the player touches one of the hazards, they lose.
The player can tell if a Piranha Plant is going to come out of its pipe or not. If a Piranha Plant pokes the tip of its lips out and gnaws, it comes out of its pipe. If the Piranha Plant does not gnaw, the Piranha Plant stays in its pipe. Additionally, Piranha Plants appear only in green pipes.
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