4

At two different points in Jumanji - The Next Level, the characters come across glowing green water that allows them to switch Avatars.

Several entries on the TVTropes page state that this is hinted at being a glitch due to the broken machine rather than an intended feature.

Game-Breaking Bug: In-Universe; it's heavily implied that the water that allows the characters to switch bodies is a result of the game being broken and not an actual feature, and it quickly comes in handy during the climax.

New Rules as the Plot Demands: Jumanji now has an entirely new landscape to explore, new villains, new player characters (along with the ability to accomodate more than five players), and a function to let players change their avatar during a game in progress. Justified due to its magic and the fact it's broken and implied to be glitching; that last new feature is even hinted to be such a glitch and probably not intended by the game.

Wrong Genre Savvy: Shelly and Ruby immediately suspect that the green, electrically-charged water surrounding the Jumanji Fruit contains some horrible peril. Turns out, it's just a bug of the game that allows them to swap avatars.

Having watch the film I completely missed these hints, and it looked to me like the functionality was intended the glowing water being a colour-coded hint. Can anyone fill me in on the hints that suggest Avatar swapping is a bug not a feature of The Next Level?

1
  • 1
    The fact that they could use it the way they did made me think it was a new game mechanic. Also the movie is called "the next level" and new levels often adds new mechanics.
    – Boelabaal
    Oct 10, 2020 at 17:08

0

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.