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Outstanding! Okay, now, just between you and me, this end of the party is dead. Come find me on the other side of the party and I’ll give you that merit badge for real. Never keep a girl waiting long, young man! (Kiss.)

Milla Vodello

Come on in, darling! Don’t be shy! Welcome to my mind! Here, it’s a party every day, baby! I can teach you to use your thoughts to float away and to keep on bouncing! If you want to stop in for a lesson on levitation or if you just want to dance, remember, you are always welcome! But please, do stay out of certain areas. Some memories could crash my party and nobody wants to stop having fun, do they?

–Milla Vodello

Milla's Dance Party is Milla Vodello's mental world. It serves as a level in Psychonauts.

Description

As its name might suggest, this world is one enormous party from start to finish. It is equipped with all the necessary obstacles to train campers in Levitation, in a playful manner. Numerous Party Dancers are seen throughout the level, dancing to their hearts' content. Basically, it is like being in a groovy lava lamp.

Old Psychopedia description of Milla's nightmare room

Everyone has skeletons in their closet… only, in Milla’s case, they happen to be the six-foot-high, soul-stealing, personal demon-spewing lovechildren of a one night stand between a dragon and a snail, whose only passion in life is to snap your bones and suck on your marrow. But they’re essentially the same thing. And luckily for you, should you be lured into this room by its irressitable bait--a bright red glow, which can only be from the firey pits of Hell or thousands of Darth Vader plastic toy twin lightsabers--Milla is allergic to killing children and has locked them up in a cage of bright red Jell-O, keeping them just shy of your delicious flesh.

It turns out, as you can see from the memory vault in the room before this one, that it seems Milla used to be some sort of nun/surrogate mother/nanny/caretaker/entertainment device at some sort of orphanage/day care/boarding school/brainwashing facility, until all of the kids/children/orphans/human sacrifices were killed/man-slaughtered/horribly maimed/sacrificed in some form of arson/fire/ritual while Milla was out buying groceries/food for their pet bunny/vittles/a feast for their god, Chtulu/crack and she could hear them screaming/could imagine them screaming/had a psychic vision of them screaming/went insane/used Pyrokinesis. The reel is really vague.

The room in which you find this reel is a symbolic area which Milla immediately tries to steer you away from (but of course it doesn’t work, because you don’t take orders from NOBODY), sparely filled with children’s toys and a large box shoved in the corner that, when opened, leads to the aforementioned red glow and Nightmares. It seems these were the toys of the kids who died in the fire and now live on as said Nightmares (reincarnation’s a jerk, aye?), standing cold and empty in this quiet room, never to be used again by those who once played so joyously upon them. They serve only as a symbol towards what innocence was brutally lost, reminding us of the inner struggle Milla has to go through to keep herself not only sane, but THE HAPPIEST PERSON ALIVE.

Of course, you could use pyrokinesis on them, but that’s really kind of a jerk move.

Points of Interest

  • Dance Lounge
  • Play Room
  • Elemental Room
  • Race Track
  • Fan Room

Description

The level is modeled with a 1970s disco feel and gives off a very upbeat vibe. The Levitation Merit Badge is earned here, and so the world introduces the different aspects of levitation. The mental minx Milla Vodello is with the Campers, the whole time guiding them through various obstacles; in her sweet patent voice, via some very large screens from the other side of the party. The main goal in this level is to find her on that other side of the party and get to dance with her face to face. The Mindscape starts with rolling around on the Levitation ball on different dance floors so that they will light up. Also, there is quite a lot of bouncing from one bright and psychedelic platform to the next. As well as lots of mini dance parties with your fellow PSI Cadets, as one makes their way up the level.

Milla isn't as carefree as she might seem. Hidden within her playfulness is a deep feeling of loss. Milla Vodello apparently used to work in an orphanage, but all of her children died in a fire and she couldn't help them. This is represented by a hidden room, that looks like a children's playroom, which contains a large toy chest. Inside of this toy chest is a room lined with bars, behind which is a horrible, burning landscape populated by the Nightmares of Milla's children, who whisper about how much the fire hurts and ask why Milla didn't save them. The meaning of this room is explained by a Memory Vault, found in the area containing the chest.

The next part of the mindscape resembles being inside a giant lava lamp. This is where we find Milla's other vault filled with all of her adventures with the Psychonauts. There is also an obstacle that shows the mechanic that Levitation allows Raz to pass over dangerous surfaces. The exception being deep water, which is strange according Milla and causes her to show concern for Razputin. There are lot of fans, and bubbles throughout the mental world, which Milla Vodello uses to teach campers how to float up or down with the Levitation ball. Near the end is a long track used for a levitation race against Bobby Zilch, Clem Foote, and Crystal Flowers Snagrash.

Enemies

Collectibles

Mental Vaults

  • TBA

Figments

Cobwebs - 5 webs

The Lounge - 3 Cobwebs

  1. Use levitation to cross the large gap. Jump into the next gap in front of you and turn to the right. The cobweb is at the lower right corner.
  2. When you reach the large pinball room, turn around from the start. The web is posted against the wall.
  3. Stuck on the outer wall at the top of the pinball room.

The Party - 2 Cobwebs

  1. Directly under the grating at the start.
  2. In the last room, where there are numerous platforms around the outer edge with everybody dancing on them, jump down to the bottom of the room. This web is on the wall under the entrance platform.

Emotional Baggage

  • Steamer trunk 
    • Bag: In the pinball room.
    • Tag: ​In the room with the large glowing bowl on the floor. The tag is at the base of the ladder.
  • Suitcase
    • Bag: Near the exit door in the bubble room.
    • Tag: On the center platform in the Party Room.
  • Hatbox
    • Bag: At the top of the pinball room. 
    • Tag: On the pinball room floor.
  • Dufflebag
    • Bag: In the second room on the platform with the dancers.
    • Tag: In the first room next to the bouncer.
  • Purse
    • Bag: At the top of the room with the second large bowl at the bottom.
    • Tag: On the right side of the tunnel after the pinball room.

Trivia

  • If Razputin is left idle in this level, he will tap his leg to the beat of the music and then start dancing.
  • Milla's Dance Party and Waterloo World are the only mental worlds without any FMV cutscenes.
  • This area is one of three levels in the game where collecting figments is much more difficult than usual, in this case, due to the level's bright palette which tends to make the equally brightly-colored figments difficult to detect. This is particularly frustrating in the racetrack section, as the track is very long, with many figments on numerous paths, requiring you to complete the race several times or slowly backtrack on foot if you wish to collect all the figments.
    • The other two levels are Black Velvetopia, due once more to its art style and color palette, making figments blend in to the environment, and Waterloo World due to the fact that many figments are placed in areas that are either out of the way or reachable only with perfectly accurate levitation.
  • Oddly enough, the mechanic that Levitation allows Raz to pass over dangerous surfaces (minus deep water) safely, as shown by the Elemental Room in this level, is only utilized again near the end of the game. This may be because of the rushed production time Double Fine faced near the end of the game.
  • Mila's Dance Party is the only mental level other than Basic Braining that has other campers in it. Unlike Basic Braining, Milla never kicks anyone out of her mind.
  • The song that plays in the background is not included in the soundtrack.

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