A type of minigame within a game where you are rewarded for completing each map. Typically, the game will have a minimap that will [[FogOfWar fill in as the player explores them]]. Once the map is [[HundredPercentCompletion 100% complete]], the player will typically receive some sort of reward, although it may only count towards their overall mapping or game completion.

On larger maps or games where the map only fills in small areas surrounding the player, this can quickly turn into LastLousyPoint for each and every map, especially if the visual representation for the explored area is none too precise.

Even with no reward, maps that fill themselves in will show the player areas they haven't explored, which is still useful for finding needed items, treasure, etc.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Action Adventure]]
* ''VideoGame/AvalonCode'' rewarded you for exploring rooms completely with Book of Prophecy points.
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[[folder:Action RPG]]
* ''VideoGame/FreshlyPickedTinglesRosyRupeeland'' had a mapping quest: you first had to find the area map. Once you'd discovered it, there were three or four landmarks in each area, missing from the map. You had to add them on, then return the map to a store in the first town. You were paid for each landmark. If you completed the map, it was bought off you, and you ''had to buy it back.'' (if you wanted the map, obviously)
* Visiting all 3000 rooms in ''{{Meritous}}'' nets the InfinityPlusOneSword.
* ''ShadowComplex'' nets you experience points for exploring new areas. This can be repeated during subsequent playthroughs.
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[[folder:Adventure]]
* You get experience for each part of the map visited in an area in ''{{Waxworks}}''. This is the ''only'' way to level up in the London area.
** Same applies to ''[[VideoGame/{{Elvira}} Elvira 2: Jaws of Cerberus]]''.
* In the marine exploration ''VideoGame/EndlessOcean'' games, certain items and events will only appear/occur when certain percentages of the map have been uncovered.
** Played even straighter in the sequel. Oceana starts a cartography business, and each map is completed as you travel to every part of the area, getting you a ton of money.
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[[folder:Eastern RPG]]
* ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'', which had huge maps and lots of little crevices you had to walk into to complete the maps. Most people only bothered for the really good rewards, if they bothered at all.
* The DS [[VideoGameRemake remake]] of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' has this sidequest given to you by Naming... Er, Mappingway. Not only do you get rewards for each map completed, but you also get the Treasure Hunter augment if you complete them all.
* ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy XIII-2}}'' awards an [[CosmeticAward achievement]] for getting 100% completion on all of the game's maps. It was made worse with some locations (specifically: New Bodhum and Academia) having different maps in at least one time period, while others (specifically: Bresha Ruins) having parts of them blocked off in each time period they appear in, so you cannot explore them fully until you unlock all time gates leading there. The level automap is supposed to make this easier by showing parts of the map you haven't visited yet but on some maps (New Bodhum again), the [[LastLousyPoint last lousy region]] appears as a tiny dark sliver even on maximum zoom, resulting in a lot of frustration.
* The DS game ''{{Nostalgia}}'' had a sidequest in which you look for landmarks on the world map based on clues from [=NPCs=]. Every ten landmarks you found earned you a reward.
* In ''VideoGame/UnchartedWatersNewHorizons'', this is actually the ''main'' quest for one of the six characters, Ernst von Bohr, whose life dream is to compile the map of the entire world. Other characters, especially of the Adventurer background, may take it as a side quest, too, if only to make a quick buck. Even Ernst, though, does not ''have'' to complete the map, so it is just a sidequest presented initially as your main objective.
* ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey's'' entire stated plot purpose is to map the dungeons. There are also sidequests that involve reporting places to look for resources.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 3}}'' had one for uncovering the entire map. Getting [[GlobalAirship Lombardia]] makes it easier to complete.
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'''s "Discoveries"; it's the age of exploration and you can earn money by reporting all of the interesting things you find while travelling the world. Counts as cartography because you have to go *everywhere* to find all the discoveries, and because some of the discoveries involve adding whole new locations to the map (Lands of Ice, Yafutoma, The World Is Round).
** There's also another guy looking for them; the longer you take, the more he finds, and the more rewards you lose out on because he got 'em. At a certain point in the game, if you've found enough of them, he'll join your crew (which gives stat bonuses) and you won't have to worry about anyone else beating you to them.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' rewards the player with an EXP bonus, Tech and Ability points every time you discover an unusual or out of the way location on the world map, which also serve as landmarks you can [[WarpWhistle quickly travel to]].
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' gives an Achievement for exploring the entire world map.
* This is pretty much the whole point of the DSiWare dungeon crawler ''Picdun''. The layouts of each floor create little pixel images when they're completely mapped out, and a floor isn't considered "complete" until you've explored every space on it.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}: Eternal Punishment'' has a sidequest involving this given out by a rich sheik: completing each map he gives you nets you a lot of rare cards, which are used to summon Personas and teach them skills.
* ''ResonanceOfFate'' has a hex grid system for an overworld map, with hexes being used to unlock them which are dropped by enemies in combat. Players can see the whole map and can unlock a direct path to each necessary destination, but certain hexes off the beaten path can be unlocked which contain items. Unlocking all hexes on a given level will let energy stations constructed on that level give the player access to the home base, bypassing the cumbersome and time-wasting [[ScrappyMechanic core lift elevators]]. And unlocking all the hexes in the game gives each character a [[AndYourRewardIsClothes bonus costume]].
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'', a Dantalion in Sector Eridanus will reward you for mapping specific floors. He gives you five of every type of [[RareCandy incense]] if you step on every tile in the game (and you get an achievement for it), but between hazard floors, dark areas, and the excruciatingly boring TrialAndErrorGameplay pitfall maze in the NewGamePlus area of Sector Grus, most players conclude that [[ThatOneSidequest it isn't worth it]].
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[[folder:First-Person Shooter]]
* A compulsory objective on some ''{{VideoGame/Marathon}}'' levels [[spoiler:aboard the Pfhor starship]] where your mission is reconnaissance.
* In ''{{VideoGame/Deus Ex}}'' finding locations in the world typically rewards the player with experience points. These range from small amounts with finding quest locations, to larger amounts for finding hidden entrances and secret areas.
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[[folder:Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game]]
* You get titles for exploring the map in ''GuildWars'' -- there's a series of titles, so you'll get a "reward" for considerably less than every pixel, but they're given for mapping out the entire game rather than one area, so it'll take a while anyways.
* ''RetroMud'' gives bonuses to gaining certain levels if the player explores a certain percent of the world(s).
* ''WorldOfWarcraft'' actually does this for each zone, giving a lesser achievement for each, and then an overall achievement for getting ALL of them, which also grants a title ('The Explorer'). You don't have to cover every inch of the map, though, just visit each named sub-zonal area; there are about 10-30 per zone on average. You also get a tiny bit of experience each time you discover a new sub-area.
* ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsOnline'' has dozens of deeds for visiting key points in every single area, anything from all the farms in the Shire to all the dungeons of Moria.
* Most adventure areas in ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'' have an Explorer quest which awards experience for finding various checkpoints and a bonus for finding all the checkpoints in a single area.
* The explorable zones of ''GuildWars2'' contain features (including skill challenges, waypoints and points of interest) which can be discovered by the player, and an achievement and title are awarded when the player finds all of these. There is also a separate set of achievements which tracks the discovery of sub-zonal areas in each region.
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[[folder:Platform]]
* In ''[[ToejamAndEarl ToeJam & Earl]]'', each square on the map screen that you uncover adds a point to your score, and increasing your score is the main method of [[RPGElements increasing your ranking]]. Squares that are made semi-visible by picking up telephones don't count; you have to actually visit the square. Fortunately, just visiting the very corner of the square makes the whole thing appear, so you can often get credit for a square that's mostly empty space if there's a tiny outcropping of land poking from an adjacent square.
* The ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series is fond of this trope.
** In ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaCircleOfTheMoon Castlevania: Circle of the Moon]]'', a couple of the DSS card combinations increase your stats based on how much of the map you've uncovered.
** In ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin]]'' had one quest requiring you to have explored 888% of the map. Yes, that number is correct. Doing so opens up the BonusLevelOfHell.
** ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Castlevania: Symphony of the Night]]'' had the Walk Armor which increased its power by how much of the map you had explored, becoming the strongest armor in the game when both maps are completely filled. Percentage of the map explored also affected which of the MultipleEndings you received.
** The shop in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence Lament of Innocence]]'' has improved varieties of armor that become available when you hit certain thresholds of map exploration.
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[[folder:Simulation]]
* ''VideoGame/TestDrive Unlimited'' has an [[CosmeticAward Achievement]] for finding all the roads on Oahu.
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[[folder:Western RPG]]
* ''UltimaUnderworld'' awarded experience points for exploring the Abyss.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', Reilly, a mercenary leader, will ask you to map out the Capital Wasteland in exchange for caps after you save her squad.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' has a couple small-scale cartography quests in Vault City: one is exploring the eight map squares surrounding Gecko; the other one is finding a route to the capital of the NCR.
** And all the 3-D Fallout games award a small amount of experience per visited landmark. ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has an achievement for finding 75 landmarks, which gives you even more experience upon completion.
* ''VideoGame/SuperheroLeagueOfHoboken'' gives you a small "Exploration Bonus" XP reward for uncovering every space in a sector.
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[[folder:Other]]
* The bicycle tour game in ''{{Wii Fit}}+'' allows you to enter more areas of Wuhu Island every time a new difficulty level is unlocked (by completing the current highest level within a certain maximum distance). After covering every cartographic square on the island (each about twenty or thirty feet across, many of which involve [[ViolationOfCommonSense pedaling straight off of a cliff or into the ocean]] and [[DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist being returned to the last]] CheckPoint), the player unlocks a mountain bike.
* In the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series, visiting each and every Synchronization Point and renovating every shop, stable, tunnel, etc. is required for OneHundredPercentCompletion.
** Furthermore, in the more recent titles, there are other ways of revealing the map: in ''AssassinsCreedIII'', merely moving around the map reveals it, which is useful in areas not covered by viewpoints; in ''AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'', conquering naval forts reveals entire regions of the overworld.
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