Tunnel of Lava!

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Tunnel of Lava!
Tunnel of Lava from Mario Party 7
Appears in Mario Party 7
Type Bowser minigame
Time limit 30 seconds
Music track Face-Off
Music sample

Tunnel of Lava! is a single-player Bowser minigame found in Mario Party 7. Its name is a pun on the name of the carnival ride the tunnel of love. This minigame's name describes the location as opposed to the gameplay, despite the fact that all the single-player Bowser minigames are in the same location.


A Mechakoopa eats a key, then runs off into a door. Moments later, a large group of Mechakoopas emerges from the door.


The player must jump on the Mechakoopas to find the one that swallowed the key. The Mechakoopas constantly rotate in a circle and move in and out. Occasionally, they turn red and breathe fire, and touching the Mechakoopas or their flames when this happens stuns the player temporarily. If the player finds the correct Mechakoopa within 30 seconds, they win.


The ending to Tunnel of Lava!

The surviving Mechakoopas flee into the same door that the one who stole the key fled into and exited with the rest of them at the start. If the player wins, they run up to the large door at the end of the tunnel and escape by using the key on the door. The player celebrates their victory as this happens. If the player loses, Bowser crushes the player, laughs, and raises one of his fists in triumph.


  • Control Stick – Move
  • A Button – Jump

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Only one of Bowser's minions has the precious door key. Stomp on them to find it."
  • Advice"Needless to say, fire is really, really painful. Avoid the critters when they are belching flame."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ふんでふんでキーゲット
Funde funde kī getto
Stomping-and-Stomping Key Getting
French Farandole Mécanique Mechanical Farandole
German Schluckspecht Alcoholic
Italian La chiave bollente The hot key
Spanish ¿Donde está la llave? Where's the Key? Reference to nursery rhyme "¿Dónde están las llaves?"