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[[caption-width-right:304:Each one of these doors leads to a level, and this is just one of the many hub worlds in this game.]]
->''This is the Computer Intelligence Training and Enrichment Center Human Test Subject Research Center or [=SinTech=]. But why don't we all just agree to call it the hub?''
-->-- '''SelfDemonstrating/GLaDOS''', ''{{VideoGame/Portal 2}}''

In the beginning, levels were their own separate entities, completely disconnected from one another -- beat one, and you go straight to the next, no intervening events or backtracking. Later, games added the idea of a "world map" that connected the areas: you could now travel between worlds at will, perhaps unlocking shortcuts or alternate routes -- but the map was a bland, uninteresting area in and of itself, existing only to carry you from one location to the next.

This concept was fleshed out and improved with the invention of the Hub Level, in which the space between the levels became a sort of pseudolevel in and of itself, using the same engine as the rest of the game, with geography and secrets of its own. The Hub Level is usually larger than the other levels but lacks the dangers, detail, and unique features that characterize the more specialized areas. It is still essentially a gateway area, but more developed. In many cases, you'll find individual rooms which contain the entrances to each level, with the scenery in the room being similar to that of the level itself, as sort of a preview of what the level will be like.

A common tack when using this trope is that the Hub Level is the area where the plot is ''really'' happening -- the stages are "side areas" of sorts. The characters only need to go into the levels in order to collect the {{Plot Coupon}}s necessary to proceed further into the Hub Level, where the BigBad usually awaits. Events that take place in the stages usually have no effect on the Hub Level.

This is most frequently used in {{Platformer}}s. {{RPG}}s usually stick to the classic OverworldNotToScale device, or use the GlobalAirship to fill the same function. {{Adventure Game}}s usually connect distinct, separate stages through a full size [[TheOverworld Over World.]]

If you have to spend a lot of time [[TalkToEveryone Talking To Everyone]] in the Hub Level just to unlock the next stage, then you're looking at FakeLongevity.

PlayableMenu is this trope taken to the next ''(ahem)'' level.

The Hub Level may be presented in-story as a PortalCrossroadWorld.

Not to be confused with UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}, or the [[Creator/TheHub cable channel]].



* In ''Kao the Kangaroo: Round 2'', Dark Docks serves as the hub. There are, thankfully, ducats in them, making raising the bribe money that much easier.
* The hubs in the VideoGame/{{Lego Adaptation Game}}s are gradually populated with characters as they are unlocked... and you can even pick fights against them for the hell of it.
** In the first ''VideoGame/LEGOStarWars'', Dexter's Diner from ''Attack of the Clones'' served as the hub, while the next two installations had the famous [[BadGuyBar Mos Eisley Cantina]].
** In ''VideoGame/LEGOIndianaJones'', Barnett College, where Indy teaches archaeology, acts as the hub, with various classrooms serving various purposes, such as the Art Class housing the character creator and the Mail Room being where you could purchase cheat parcels acquired in the levels.
** In ''VideoGame/LEGOBatman'', the Hub is the [[ElaborateUndergroundBase Batcave]], where you can access settings and mini-games from the Bat-Computer, and explore the [[SuperheroTrophyShelf Trophy Room]]. Villain Mode comes with its own Hub: [[BedlamHouse Arkham Asylum]].
** ''LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean'' has the Port as its hub. Extra areas are opened up eventually, but the central area is where all the levels are accessed from.
** ''VideoGame/LEGOHarryPotter'' (both versions) has Hogwarts Castle as a big labyrinthine area with most of the collectibles in it, with the Leaky Cauldron and Diagon Alley as smaller hubs that hide all the bonus content, purchasables, and level replays.
** And in ''LEGO The Lord of the Rings'', this is taken to the ultimate extreme of having ''the entirety of Middle-Earth'' in the form of an open, contiguous landscape as the hub--well, the parts relevant to the movies anyway.
** ''LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes'' and ''LEGO Marvel Super Heroes'' have massive cities as their hubs (Gotham City and New York City, respectively). They're so full of stuff to do that there's as much, if not more content than the main story! Flying around is mandatory to get everything.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie Video Game'' has four mini-hubs (Brickburg, the Wild West, Cloud Cuckooland, and Octan Tower), each with a good amount of collectibles and characters in each one.
* ''Rayman Revolution'', the PS2 port of ''VideoGame/{{Rayman 2}}'', had a set of three large hubworlds as an upgrade from the previous versions.
* In ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', Mimiga Village (including Arthur's House) sort of fits this, though there are many plot-significant events which take place far from there.
* The Devil's castle in ''VideoGame/GraffitiKingdom''.
* ''Videogame/TazWanted'', a GCN game about Taz the Tazmanian Devil destroying wanted signs and trying to rescure the She-Devil from Yosemite Sam, has 3 hubs. One hub is for the 3 "zoo" levels, with various tutorial books. The second hub is for the 3 town level, and the third is for the 3 Wild West levels. While there is a 10th level, it hasn't a hub.
* Despite being by far the largest area of the game, Dracula's Castle in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin'' is a hub of sorts, because the meat of the game is in the worlds of the paintings scattered around the castle. ''Totally'' not a ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' ripoff.
* The castle in ''MazeOfGalious''. Uncharacteristically for this trope, it's a labyrinthine complex bigger than some of the actual worlds, the entrances to which can be a bit hard to locate.
* Thorntail Hollow in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' serves as the hub of the game world, with paths going to many places on the planet's surface, a Warpstone to send you to two of the other places, and the Arwing to take you to the chunks that are floating around out there (the planet was split into pieces before the game begins).
* Mean Street in ''VideoGame/EpicMickey''.
* DynastyWarriorsOnline has 6 different hubs, one for each faction as well as the peach garden. Since there's not always 5 factions fighting, not all of them are always available, and you're usually not allowed to go to any more than two of them at a time.
* Most ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games avert this trope because of how the overworld is structured.[[note]]By the standards of a traditional hub, the only real "levels" would be the dungeons, which usually take a long time to find[[/note]] The following games do play it straight:
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' has Hyrule Field. One big, wide, empty field with a few secrets to find while you're running between the other areas.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' has Termina Field. All four major regions of the game (Woodfall, Snowhead, Great Bay and Ikana Canyon) are accessed through the field, which in turn has Clock Town in its very center. Romani Ranch can be accessed from Termina Field as well. And these destinations aren't linked to each other at all, except for a river passageway from Ikana Canyon to Woodfall.
** The Sky in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' operates in a similar way to Termina Field. From there, Link can enter not only the three surface provinces of Hyrule (Faron Woods, Eldin Volcano and Lanayru Desert, and by extension all places that relate to them), but also several floating islands as in ''The Wind Waker''. One of those islands, Skyloft, serves as the main core location of the Sky.
* ''VideoGame/OnePieceUnlimitedWorldRed'': Trans Town, a sleepy little port town the Straw Hat pirates arrive in.
* It's a bit of a stretch, but in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'', Batman can fast travel via Batwing to the Batcave when not in the middle of a mission. From there, he can fast travel back into Gotham, retrieve new gadgets, access the training simulator, or just chat with [[BattleButler Alfred]].

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* In ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'' the player's souls is bound by the Nexus after dying, which is the game's hub level that connects the land of Boletaria through archstones.
* The ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'' games have many of these. Exemplifying with the first game: after saving the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, the heroes are relocated to Stark Tower, which serves as a hub until the Mandarin's Palace stage. After that, they are relocated to Sanctum Sanctorum, Dr. Strange's home. Then, after beating Mephisto's Realm, everyone heads off to Asgard (which seemingly works more like a hub than the others, since all other levels--except possibly for Niffleheim--ARE in Asgard), and from there to Attilan, when Uatu saves the heroes' bacon from Dr. Doom. After fetching the items necessary to beat him, they go back to Earth, as it is being modified by Doom, and stay at a Doom-themed Stark Tower before heading off to Latveria. In total, five hubs (or four if you count both iterations of Stark Tower as the same).
** Spiritual predecessor series ''VideoGame/XMenLegends'' used the X-mansion in the first game and various temporary bases in the second.
** ''Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2'' has an interesting twist on the hub levels. Since the game is about the Civil War, at the end of Act I you're forced to choose a side: Pro or Anti-Registration. Whichever side you choose determines the hub you're in for Act II: either Stark Tower, filled with SHIELD agents and Pro-Registration propaganda, or an old HYDRA base, re-purposed by Captain America as a base of operations for the Anti-Registration forces.
* ''VideoGame/{{Folklore}}'' uses the town of Doolin as a hub for getting into the various Netherworld realms and forwarding the plot in the world of the living.
* The sub-games of the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series like to use this trope: Castle Oblivion in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'', The Castle That Never Was in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'', and Disney Castle in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded''.
* The village in Arcanus Cella in ''VideoGame/ClaDun''.
* The original ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' had the town of Tristram, where you were given quests and sold loot. Also, every four or five dungeon levels, a portal directly to that level would open, making backtracking easier. The sequel gave us a hub in each of the four (five with the expansion) Acts: Rogue's Camp, Lut Gholein, Kurast Docks, Pandemonium Fortress, and Harrogath. They served the same purpose as Tristram, though the portal mechanic has been enhanced with Waypoints, which allowed you to go anywhere you already visited.
* The town of Redmont in ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} III: Wanderers from Ys'' and its remake ''The Oath in Felghana''.
* Most of the major areas in ''[[VideoGame/WonderBoyIIITheDragonsTrap WonderBoy III: The Dragon's Trap/Curse]]'' are directly connected to the starting town.
* The main plot of ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' revolves around rebuilding it using city cores that are picked up from various levels in the world map. The levels are not directly connected to the Bastion; rather, the hero flies to the levels from the titular Hub Level.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' has the Hound Pits Pub, where Corvo can discuss things with his allies and acquire upgrades before venturing into the next mission. It doesn't last the whole game, though, as one of the last missions sees the pub overrun with soldiers and Corvo trying to rescue his remaining allies.

* ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' uses the titular island as a sort of hub from which the protagonist travels to other odd locations.
** ''VideoGame/{{Riven}}'' (the sequel) similarly has a hub area from which any of the other areas can be quickly accessed, but in an inversion, reaching it is one of the main goals of the game.
** ''VideoGame/MystIIIExile'' also does it with J'nanin, and like Myst, it uses the other ages as PlotCoupon-retrieval levels.
** ''VideoGame/MystIVRevelation'' continues the theme with each of the three game worlds being connected only to the first world, Tomahna.
** In ''VideoGame/MystVEndOfAges'' the various game worlds are connected by interdimensional platform things to the first area, on K'veer.
** Finally, in ''VideoGame/{{Uru}}'', any area the player reaches can be quickly returned to from the hub world Relto, which in turn can be instantly reached from any area.

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* Timber's Island in ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing''.
* ''VideoGame/ForzaHorizon'' has the Festival Hub, while the sequel is more decentralized.

* The titular bus in ''VideoGame/TheMagicSchoolBus'' video games generally gets you to the various planets/body parts/time periods/whatever in each individual game and lets you access all of the mini-games as well.

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* An interesting variant in ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'': You start the game playing as [[TheFaceless The]] [[FeaturelessProtagonist Rookie]]; during the combat-drop at the start of the game, the Rookie gets separated from the rest of the squad, and the landing knocks him unconscious for six hours. When he wakes up, he wanders the nighttime city streets (the hub) trying to find his squad. When you find a clue as to what happened to them, the game goes into a playable {{flashback}} where you control the squad member related to the clue you just found as the Rookie. When the flashback ends, you return to the Rookie, and go looking for another clue.
* Possibly the most surreal example is in ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'', where it even functions as a ''menu system'' and can be played as a ''deathmatch map''. This allowed for the hardest difficulty to be hidden ''within'' the hub. (The other three difficulties? They are the hub's ''entrances''.)
* ''Videogame/QuakeII'' has a hub level in almost all parts of the game, one exception is the Big Gun which is a map that stands on it's own.
* ''VideoGame/KingpinLifeOfCrime'' has a hub level for every general area the protagonist visits on his RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Skidrow, Poisonville, Shipyard, Steeltown, Trainyard, Radio City.
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'' had whatever themed enemies populated the next level begin infesting the Covenant estate as a [[NowWhereWasIGoingAgain hint of where to go next]].
* The faction-specific Sanctuary in ''VideoGame/{{PlanetSide}}''. The planet doesn't have a name, it's just NC/TR/VS Sanctuary. This is were platoons ready themselves to travel through a [[PortalNetwork warp gate]] for a vehicle/dropship assault or use the [[GlobalAirship HART Shuttle]]. Weapons and ramming damaged were disabled to prevent players from fragging each other. Sadly missing in the sequel, which instead has three separate Warpgates per continent that function like a miniature Sanctuary; enemies cannot enter (or even approach) and players cannot hurt each other.
* The first two ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}'' games had these. The one in the second game was even named ''The Hub''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein|2009}}'' (2009) has this in the form of the town of Isenstadt; all locations in the game are either in or around it, and can be accessed via its streets or sewers.
* ''VideoGame/{{Hexen}}'' introduced support for hub levels to the ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' FPS engine. Their presence both increased the areas players needed to search to find keys and triggers, and by ensuring the player would keep moving between them, allowed the side levels to be more strongly themed than would be the case if they were standalone levels as with the game's predecessor.
* ''VideoGame/TekWar'' was one of the first games to feature a Hub, in this case a subway station.
* The early ''VideoGame/CatacombApocalypse'' has one level in the middle of the otherwise linear progression of the game giving access to a few others. However, the game doesn't really have the technology to do it properly, so to speak. It works on the same "access a new level through a special door" basis as the more linear levels, meaning that both the hub and each of the other levels would be reset each time you entered one of them.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' [[GameMod total conversion]] ''Erodrome'' is one of the few mods of this engine to do this; it uses multiple copies of the Erodrome Station level with different entry points. Likewise for the Repository room in ''Tempus Irae'' and the Rozinante in the fan-made sequel ''Marathon Rubicon''.
* ''VideoGame/PathwaysIntoDarkness'': The Ground Floor.
* ''VideoGame/NosferatuTheWrathOfMalachi'': From the Courtyard, you can reach almost every area of the Castle, and most routes will take you back there eventually.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}: Spyro's Adventure'' has "The Ruins", the island where the Skylanders' base was until Kaos wrecked the place. In ''Skylanders: Giants'', the Hub is now Flynn's airship.

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* The HubLevel really came into its own with Princess Peach's Castle and the surrounding grounds in ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'', which is often cited as the TropeCodifier. The castle even has 15 stars of its own, some of which involve navigating through bonus levels.
* Delfino Plaza in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine''. It gives access to all the other levels, most of them via magical M-shaped paintings or red pipes. A grand total of 40 (out of 120) Shine Sprites can be collected here (though 24 of them can only be purchased with the blue coins scattered on all levels in the game).
* The Comet Observatory in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' is rather small with relatively little to explore, compared to the previous two examples. 12 stars can be gotten through the bonus galaxies accessible from here.
* [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] with the {{Faceship}} in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'', since the game returns to the world map format used in most 2-D games since ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3''. It's a sandbox where you can practice all your moves and get basic advice on how to play the game--more like the Castle Garden from ''64'' than the castle itself.
* On first glance, the level select area in ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' looks just like the simple maps with branching paths from the ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros'' games. But you are able to freely walk around the area like you can in all the pre-''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand'' 3D games in the series.
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'' uses Peach's Castle like in ''Super Mario 64'', with warps to the past, in a (fairly) rare RPG example.
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'' has Pi'illo Castle and its grounds.
* The ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' games have [[VideoGame/PaperMario64 Toad Town]], [[VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor Rogueport/Rogueport Sewers]], [[VideoGame/SuperPaperMario Flipside/Flopside]], and [[VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar Decalburg]].
* The ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' series has a few Hubs. ''Wario Land 4'' has the Golden Pyramid, and ''Wario Land: The Shake Dimension/Shake It!'' has his, erm... Garage.
* ''VideoGame/WarioWorld'' has Treasure Square.

* EpicGames' first ''VideoGame/JillOfTheJungle'' game uses this between levels. At first things are linear and it seems like a gimmick, but soon the same key-collecting and powerup-collecting mechanics from the levels themselves become necessary to progress ''between'' levels, and reaching the secret level requires some backtracking in the hub. Mercifully, the hub doesn't provide any enemies or ways for you to die. The second game had a purely linear progression while the third game adopted a top-down overworld.
* ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure'' may be the first game that used the same engine in the "between levels" segments as in the stages themselves.
** ''VideoGame/KirbyAndTheAmazingMirror'' has a MASSIVE hub level that had more and more accessible areas as you hit switches in the levels.
* Whoopie World in ''Rocket: Robot on Wheels''.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** Station Square, Egg Carrier, and Mystic Ruins in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure''.
** Soleanna in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' (split into three hubs), of the TalkToEveryone FakeLongevity variety.
** Each world in the 360 and [=PS3=] versions of ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' has its own hub; the Wii and [=PS2=] versions have to contend with static world maps instead.
** ''{{VideoGame/Sonic Advance|Trilogy}} 3'' features hubs for all seven zones.
** The 360/PS3/PC versions of ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' has one big TwoAndAHalfD WhiteVoidRoom hub that serves as an "interactive menu" for selecting levels/bosses, talking to Sonic's friends, accessing extra content, etc.
* ''VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus'' is the only game in its series that plays this trope straight. The [[VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves second]], [[VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves third]], and [[VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime fourth]] game actually made the hub location itself the main stage of the missions. There will be some few "mini-areas" in it, but generally a lot of the missions take place in the hub itself.
* The Gallery of Shame in ''Stretch Panic''.
* Whispering Rocks Camp in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' is a good example, since the actual levels are inside the brains of the residents.
** The Collective Unconscious serves as a mini-Hub of sorts, allowing you to access people's brains even when they are not present in the actual Hub.
* Many ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' and ''SpyroTheDragon'' games have a Hub to connect their different levels.
** Most ''Crash'' game hubs from ''Crash 2'' onwards were small rooms with a bunch of doors, but ''Videogame/CrashTeamRacing'' had a bigger hub akin to ''Diddy Kong Racing''. ''Videogame/CrashTwinsanity'' and ''Tag Team Racing'' have one hub per world.
** The GBA and main console Spyro games prior to the Legend reboot tended to play with this trope. The hub levels tended to be levels in their own right as regards collectables like gems, eggs, orbs, dragons, etc., but had no enemies to threaten you. All of them also had multiple hubs that you usually needed to get to by beating all prior levels then killing the boss on the way.
*** All Homes in ''Spyro the Dragon'' except the Gnorc Gnexus (the hub of Gnasty's World) slowly became levels in their own right with increasingly deadly enemies and challenging platforming, while the Gnorc Gnexus was a circle with level portals attached and had no enemies whatsoever. The Artisans Home straddled the line in that it had enemies, but those enemies couldn't hurt you and only ran away. It's also the only hubbed Spyro game that doesn't require you to beat a boss to go to the next hub.
*** ''Ripto's Rage![=/=]Gateway to Glimmer'' has Summer Forest, Autumn Plains, and Winter Tundra as its hub levels.
*** ''Year of the Dragon'' has Sunrise Spring, Midday Gardens, Evening Lake, and Midnight Mountain as its hub levels.
**** The Super Bonus World in ''Year of the Dragon'', while technically a Midnight Mountain level and not a homeworld of its own, returns to the style of the original ''Spyro the Dragon'' homeworlds in that the world is a level in its own right, but with portals to the various minigames.
*** ''Videogame/SpyroAHerosTail'' played the trope the way Spyro 1 did: all hubs had dangerous enemies along with the usual collectables. The trope ended up subverted when Stormy Beach was reached, however; that's the last supposed hub of the game and all the levels that come after it are done in a linear sequence.
* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'':
** Gruntilda's Lair in the first game.
** ''Banjo-Tooie'' has the Isle O' Hags, from which the other levels have to be accessed to formally. The game also has lots of secret connections between levels without needing to pass through the hub, but the provided access is generally limited unless the destination is a previous level.
** Showdown Town in ''Nuts & Bolts''. Rare claims it is the largest hub level it has ever created. It's only the size of a small city, apparently.
* DK Isles in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64''.
* The Windy region in ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay''.
* ''Chakan: The Forever Man'' on the Genesis/Mega Drive.
* Though most {{Metroidvania}} games avert this trope due to the way the zones and overall design style are presented, in the case of ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' there are some straight examples, namely in ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'', ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'', and ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' in the form of the Main Deck, Temple Grounds, and Main Sector respectively. It's also justified: in ''Fusion'' and ''Other M'' you're inside a space station so a hub is understandable, and in ''Echoes'' the Luminoth specifically built the great temple at the center of their other three dwelling areas on Aether, hence, the hub area.
* The ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series has the three incarnations of the LaResistance Base as a hub for missions: one is set in a city deep underground (1st game), the second is more elaborate with a harbor and turrets (2nd and 3rd), while the last is a two-truck trailer, with [[NewEden Area Zero]] just next door.
* All of the 3D ''VideoGame/{{Gex}}'' games have one of these. The second game has just one: The Media Dimension, the third has several that are also proper levels.
* Rainbow Cliffs in ''VideoGame/TyTheTasmanianTiger'' and The Outback in ''Bush Rescue''. Regarding the latter, instead of walking around it normally, you drive around it in a four-by-four.
* ''VideoGame/LodeRunner 2'' had one, aptly titled ''World Hub''. It was rather nice to look at, partially because one of the coolest of the game's seven tilesets (called ''Jump Station'') was dedicated to it exclusively. You couldn't even use it with the in-game LevelEditor unless you hacked your level files.
* ''VideoGame/{{Braid}}'' plays this straight with [[http://www.davidhellman.net/blog/the-art-of-braid-part-8/ Tim's house]], but uses it to shed some insight on the internal nature of his journey.
* An early example for platformers is ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' for the SNES. Entering the mansion leads to the [[ScoobyDoobyDoors Hall of Doors]]. Each one leads to a different series of rooms which in another game would count as a world. Some of these "worlds" even connect one another.
* ''VideoGame/JettRocket''[='s=] ship is a tiny version, with switches that lead to the level maps.
* ''VideoGame/{{Spelunky}}'' features the hub in which you unlock shortcuts to deeper levels by paying increasingly exorbitant prices which you will have to pay for within ''at least'' three playthroughs.
* The first ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'' has three hub worlds, each providing access to three different areas. Getting enough Power Cells in a world unlocks a fourth area which connects to the next hub world (or, in the case of the third, to the final level), giving the impression of traversing across one massive world instead of between a few disconnected areas. While the hub worlds themselves have no enemies, each one ''does'' have eight Power Cells of its own, though most are of the "bring X Precursor Orbs to Y person" variety.
** ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'' has [[ViceCity Haven City]], which has several gates scattered throughout that provide access to outlying areas which act more as levels in the traditional sense. However, unlike the first game's hub worlds, the vast majority of the game's plot occurs in Haven City, and the city itself houses quite a few of the game's missions as well.
** While ''VideoGame/{{Daxter}}'' also features Haven City as a hub world, in this game it's only a small section of the city, and it's a hub world in a much more traditional sense than the ''Jak II'' version.
* The pod in the first ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet''. In the third game, Manglewood, the Ziggurat, and Bunkum Lagoon each have one. They're full of prizes and the currency of the game, Collectabells, and have links to the main levels and some sidequests scattered about.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dustforce}}'' originally had a single massive hub level with stages scattered around it, clustered according to theme. This tended to confuse players as to where they should go, and as to the relative difficulty of stages, so early May 2012, coinciding with the release of the Mac version and the level editor, it was overhauled. Now, there's a small central hub containing the multiplayer, tutorial, level editor, and custom maps, as well as doors to the four areas or "themes." Within these, doors are arranged so that easier levels are easier to get to and usually closer to the door back to the main hub.
* Pinewood Heights from ''VideoGame/WithinADeepForest''.
* The ''VideoGame/DarkCastle'' games each featured hubs, with the hubs getting more complex as the series progressed:
** ''Dark Castle'' had the Great Hall, which provided a simple point-and-click choice between the 4 other areas.
** ''Beyond Dark Castle'' had the Ante Chamber, a more traditional hub room where you placed the orbs collected from the main levels in order to unlock the final level.
** ''Return to Dark Castle'' has a hub level connecting the hubs from the first two games as well as a hub for the new levels created for the game.
* Uberhub Zone in ''VideoGame/SonicErazor'' is a lot linear than most examples, basically being a straight shot to the ending, with each level accessed by falling down a hole (or, in the case of the two Special Places, giant rings). Progress is limited by doors that only open when their corresponding level is cleared. Finally, two giant rings on either side of the map access the options menu and the ending, respectively.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Flashback}}'', New Washington is laid out like this, in contrast to the other more linear levels.
* Pac's school in ''VideoGame/PacManAndTheGhostlyAdventures'' houses both the [[OverworldNotToScale overworld]], a screen tracking your collectibles, several characters to talk to, and finally some minigames to play.
* Conrad and Sally's house acts as the go-between in all of the levels in ''VideoGame/TheCatInTheHat''.
* The Hall of Stairs in the SNES game of ''TheAddamsFamily''.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Bonk}} Bonk's Revenge]]'''s final stage, the Moon Pyramid, has a central hub leading to its four sublevels, [[BossRush each ending with a boss rematch]]. After completing these, you fight the Round 6 boss followed by King Drool.

* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'''s co-op mode features a hub area that connects the mode's five test courses. What you can access is determined by the farthest test chamber you or your partner have made it to, with any test courses/chambers beyond that locked and inaccessible. This effectively means that a first-time co-op player can access every test chamber from the start if their partner has completed them all, but then may find later chambers locked if they later switch to a partner who hasn't progressed as far. It also allows players to skip test chambers or even entire courses if they want. Because of this, a first-time player can literally go from the calibration course to the final test chamber and see the credits in a whopping ten minutes if they have the right partner.
** In a rare example, you can literally kill your robot off by jumping into the BottomlessPit below while in the hub, which [=GLaDOS=] proceeds to mock you or even be confused at how you died in an area that wasn't a part of the test. Since your robot always respawns after death with no ill repercussions, this example is most likely PlayedForLaughs.
* ''{{Repton}} 2''. All levels except the last two are accessed via transporters on the first level. In the PC remake, additional scenarios often have more complex structures, but having one or more hub levels is still common.
* ''VideoGame/{{Antichamber}}'':
** The room you start in acts as a overworld map, a [[BreakingTheFourthWall settings page]], a place to [[CompletionMeter track all the quotes you've found so far]], and the place you can [[ResetButton escape to anytime when stuck]].
** Also, the two first rooms, "Leap of Faith" and "A Jump Too Far", are connected to lots of different rooms, more than any other room in the game. Together, the different branches allows fast access (if you know well the layout, that is) to pretty much every area of the game. This includes the top of TheTower (which contains the Red Matter Gun), shortcuts to the rooms with the Green and Yellow Matter Guns and the access to TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjmIW7Oe9hY This]] SpeedRun video shows it's possible to complete the game without getting too far from those two rooms, thanks to their connections.

* ''VideoGame/{{Makai Toshi SaGa}}'' (aka ''Final Fantasy Legend'') has The Tower, which fits this trope in spades. Each floor offers a door to another whole world.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' has (after a certain point in the plot) the [[PlaceBeyondTime End of Time]], where you can access all the gates you've been through, as well as where your extra party members wait for you to use them. It's also home to the Master of Magic, who can unlock four of your party members' magical power. Just stay away from the bucket unless you're prepared.
* Firelink Shrine in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', with most of the trainers and relatively quick and easy access to most of the rest of Lordran after you unlock the shortcuts.
** [[VideoGame/DarkSoulsII Its sequel]] has the surprisingly sunny coastal village of Majula serving this role. If nothing else, you'll be going back there a lot because you need to talk to a certain NPC to level up.
* The airship in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. As the game has no OverworldNotToScale like its predecessors, the airship is the only way to go around the world without travelling through every area in the game (in linear order).
* To a certain extent, Lumiose City in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''. It's slap bang in the middle of Kalos, and it marks the start of routes which lead to most places in the game. So before you get Fly, you're going to be there a ''lot''. Doesn't help that it features a Gym and [[spoiler:one Team Flare base]].

* ''VideoGame/EverQuest'' originally did not have a Hub Level, and instead let characters wander the entire world on foot to get to the various dungeons and adventure areas. With the release of the ''Shadows of Luclin'' expansion a Hub Level called "The Nexus" was created that had portals to and from 4 of the 5 continents in the world and merchants that would sell to any character (and was located on the moon, essentially a sixth continent for gameplay). With the release of the next expansion, ''Planes of Power'' a new Hub Level called the "Plane of Knowledge" was created: an extraplanar city with trainers for all classes, shops selling almost everything that Player Characters would ever need to buy at a store, and portals to every single city in the game (which seriously cut down on the game's NintendoHard travel element).
* One of the dungeons in the MMO AsheronsCall became known as the Hub because it contained within it portals to most of the games major towns and cities. As a direct result of this the large chamber at the start of the dungeon became the best place to meet other players and trade items. It ended up being the most populous place in the game.
* While rather small in comparison to some of the other examples, the Null Chamber from ''[[Website/GaiaOnline zOMG]]'' serves as both a respawn point, a transportation hub (provided you've attuned yourself to the relevant crystal), and the only place in the game world that allows you to power up and rearrange your rings.
* The Jita system in ''VideoGame/EVEOnline''.
* ''VideoGame/ToontownOnline'' has not one, but ''six'' hubs: the Playground in each of the six neighborhoods. These areas are Cog-free and slowly restore your HP. The central area of each Cog HQ could also qualify, as they lead to more areas within the HQ, but they are treated more like the streets are: if you lose your HP, you return to the last Playground you set foot in.
* This ended up happening ''inadvertently'' in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Wrath of the Lich King''. There was already Dalaran, a city with portals to all the other cities. Then that was combined with the ability to enter a queue for nearly any dungeon (within your level range) or PVP area in the entire game from the UI. It led to people never going out into the world for ''anything'' once they hit level cap except for the occasional raid (dungeons using a large number of people) or grinding professions. Blizzard has attempted to fix this by adding more daily quests and achievements that require travel, but they've also added a way to queue for raids from anywhere alongside the system for dungeons and PVP, which makes travel even less necessary.
* The city of Stormreach in ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'' is essentially this, though it was more prevalent in earlier versions of the game.
* ''{{Vindictus}}'' has the town of Colhen and the city of Rocheste, from where you travel to instances that make up the majority of the game's action.
* ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' has one in the town of Battleon, where everyone first spawns upon beginning a game session and where the latest content can be accessed.
* The Republic and Imperial Fleets in ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' are the Hubs for players instead of the capital planets Coruscant and Dromund Kaas, surprisingly. The fleets contain shops for everything you need in the game, skill trainers for class/crew and also the entrances to dungeon raids (Flashpoints and Operations) via shuttles.
* The more recent entries in the ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' series feature hubs. For example:
** ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline'': Pioneer 2
** ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse'' has four hub levels: The GUARDIAN's Colony, Holtes City on the planet Parum, Ohtoku City on Neudaiz, and Dagora City on Moatoob.
** ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarZero'': Dairon City
** ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' has the ARKS Ship, which is divided into a Gate Area where players select quests to undertake, a Shop Area with a variety of stores, and a Casino Area [[MinigameZone with minigames]]. The former two areas have monitors which advertise additions added to the game in patches, media that the game does cross-promotion with, and occasionally shows fan-made videos uploaded to NicoNicoDouga.

* In ''VideoGame/UltimaUnderworld'' II, Britannia acts as something of a hub for the various worlds you must visit.
* Depending on the chapter, ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'' demonstrates this in variations or averts it completely. The Prologue has no clear Hub, the first and fourth chapters are too wide open a sandbox to identify a Hub. The second chapter has an [[ViceCity entire city district]] as a Hub, in the third chapter when the [[HubCity range of exploration expands]], the Hub contracts to a single tower. The [[AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield war-torn battlefield]] in the fifth chapter appears to be a Hub at first, but it's really the [[BubblegloopSwamp swamplands.]] The Epilogue is a [[NoSidepathsNoExplorationNoFreedom linear rail]] of No Return.
* Creator/BioWare games since ''Throne of Bhaal'' often have this:
** ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II: [[ExpansionPack Throne of Bhaal]]'' gave the protagonist a personal PocketDimension where he/she could escape to with their party from almost any location and come right back. Notable for the fact that neither of the original games had anything similar.
** ''Videogame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' gives you the ''Ebon Hawk'', a CoolStarship to which you always return before traveling to another world. ''[[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords The Sith Lords]]'' recycles the ''Ebon Hawk'', despite replacing most of the main cast including the protagonist. Additionally, it serves as the residence of the party members who are not on your [[ArbitraryHeadcountLimit current strike team]].
** The SSV ''Normandy'' plays the same role in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' and is [[SoLastSeason replaced with]] ''Normandy'' SR-2 in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
** The Warden's Party Camp in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is, perhaps the straightest example: it is a (for the most part) perfectly safe location where you can travel to whenever you have access to the global map to heal, sell loot, and talk with your companions. It is implied that the camp is set up anew when you enter a major location (which is why you never have to travel far to reach it) but the layout is ''always'' the same. Also, [[spoiler:Arl Eamon's Estate]] becomes your hub in Denerim late in the game (though the Party Camp is still accessible).
*** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'', your own castle-fortress Vigil's Keep quite naturally acts as your hub, though the city of Amaranthine is just a frequented. In the endgame, [[spoiler:you are [[SadisticChoice forced to defend just one of them]] against the Darkspawn, though you can [[GoldenEnding save both with enough foresight and investment]]]].
*** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' doesn't have a single designated hub, as each companion, as well as Hawke, has their own HomeBase across Kirkwall. However, you will likely be visiting the Hanged Man tavern very often, considering how it is a) a mostly safe location, b) the HomeBase for two characters at once, and contains c) a merchant (Act II onwards) and d) an item for changing your active party roster.
* ''VideoGame/DungeonSiege'' has a teleporter system in its Utraen Peninsula multiplayer maps. The actual central location is just a small platform floating in blackness with a fountain and a bunch of teleport pads. It was called the "Helios Utrae Basilicus," or "H.U.B." for short.
* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' has safehouses in each city (Moscow, Rome, Taipei) which serve as hubs between missions.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' has the Sunken Flagon inn for the first two-thirds of the game, then Crossroad Keep for the remainder.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' {{expansion pack}} ''Mothership Zeta'', the Engineering Core has this function for [[PointOfNoReturn the first half of the quest line]].
** The ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' DLC ''Dead Money'' has two hub areas; the Villa, which connects to all of the outdoor quest areas, and the Sierra Madre Casino itself.
* ''The Frozen Throne'' expansion to ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' makes a dramatic break from tradition with the Orc campaign. Instead of a long 6-9 chapter linear Real-Time Strategy campaign like the others, this one has three chapters in the form of an RPG, each consisting of multiple areas. The first one has a large main area, with pathways leading to remote valleys and caves that must all be visited at one point (sometimes multiple times too). The second one has a main area with various dungeons and side quests, and several equally large areas where the main quests take place. Some of these aren't seen again after your first visit. The last chapter only consists of two areas: a search and destroy mission and a massive MultiplayerOnlineBattleArena-style battle.

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* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' takes place in the city of [[ViceCity Santa Destroy]], which may seem like a WideOpenSandbox to the untrained eye, but is in practice more of an extremely elaborate hubworld where the player can take menial part-time jobs and low-paying assassination gigs between tackling the game's boss levels.

* The guild and the surrounding town in the ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon Pokémon Mystery Dungeon]]'' games.
* Your home base in ''VideoGame/ZettaiHeroProject''.

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* ''VideoGame/SheepDogNWolf'' has a game show studio of the same name.

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* A trope in horror games is to have the hub level become less safe every time you return to it. Since the hub level is usually a safe area, it can be a good way of invading the player's sense of security.
** The Roivas Mansion in ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness: Sanity's Requiem'' was one of the first to do this.
** It may have been perfected in ''VideoGame/SilentHill4: The Room'', in which the titular room is the Hub [[spoiler:until the Hub ''itself'' begins attacking you.]]
** ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'' has multiple hub levels. As you complete the levels within them, weird bloody growths come out of the walls and fountains fill with blood, but you're always safe from monsters.
* ''VideoGame/LakeviewCabinCollection'' uses its hub as a FramingDevice: It's a movie theatre that's holding a late night Horrorfest. Before selecting which episode you want to play, you can fool around with the patrons and employees for a while.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'':
** Inkopolis Plaza serves as the game's main hub, from where one can access all modes and stores. It is filled with the Inklings of other players, and with Miiverse drawings appearing as graffiti on the walls.
** Octo Valley serves as the single player hub. It is divided into five areas, all of them filled with hidden kettles that are used to transport to the single player levels.

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* Creator/NipponIchi strategy games frequently use these:
** The ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' games have relatively small hubs with a gate and a "Dimensional Guide" to help you through to each of the levels. In the [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness first game]], it's the Overlord's Castle. In the [[VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories second game]], it's Adell's hometown. The [[VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice third]]'s is the lobby of Maritsu Evil Academy, and the [[VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten fourth]]'s is the lobby of the Hades prison facility (Though it can later be any map that you've cleared/made).
** ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'' uses the island Marona lives on.
** ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'' uses Zetta's little pad in the void.
** ''VideoGame/ZettaiHeroProject'' uses the main character's secret base. You can even customize the facilities.

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* In ''VideoGame/YumeNikki'', the strange world outside your dream home serves as a HubLevel, called the Nexus. It featured a weird Aztec silhouette floating in a black background, with bizarre doors, all of which were unique, floating the in the abyss as your gateways.
* Your home planet/colonies in the Space phase of ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}''.
* The ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' games starting with ''Terran Conflict'' have the "Gate Hub". It's a large BigDumbObject that fills the entire sector, which allows you to modify the [[PortalNetwork jump gate network]]. The Hub has 3 sets of jump gates, which upon your command, will link "between" two sets of gates, allowing you to link the edges of the X-Universe together. You could for example, set the HUB to link a race's homeworld to their distant colonies, so that only one jump is needed instead of say, twenty jumps. A popular location for the PlayerHeadquarters, as the sector rarely has enemies in it (unless you link it to a [[AIIsACrapshoot Xenon]] or [[SpacePirate Pirate]] sector), and is one jump away from the rest of the sectors in the universe.
* The cities in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' and the rest of the Ezio Trilogy serve this role, though it's not an entirely straight example. Since ''AC'' revolves less around distinct levels and more around "memories", some of the latter can take place entirely within the hub with minimal differences, some impose major changes onto the hub (e.g. all guards on permanent alarm), while yet others transfer you to entirely separate levels.

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* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Ponyville]] takes the place of the WhiteVoidRoom from [[VideoGame/SonicGenerations the original game]] in ''[[FanFic/SonicGenerationsFriendshipIsTimeless Sonic Generations: Friendship is Timeless]]''. The portal to the FinalBoss is located in Canterlot, though.
* In ''FanFic/TheCaptainOfTheVirtualConsole'', Selene's domain has portals to the video game worlds.


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* The ring of trees with holiday-themed doors performs this function for the various holiday realms in ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''.


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* The Wood Between Worlds in ''The Magician's Nephew'', the (chronologically) first book of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''. Diggory's Uncle Andrew invents rings that transport you to different worlds - he intends the yellow one to send you away, and the green one to return you to Earth, but in fact the yellow one sends you to the Wood and the green one can send you from the Wood to anywhere else (including Earth).


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Hikari Photo Studio in ''Series/KamenRiderDecade''. However, the way Tsukasa and company go to different worlds relies on pulling some chains, though sometimes other methods are used, for example, the way they entered Den-O's world was that Tsukasa and Yuusuke gave each other a high five.
** Plus, they can't really select a world it seems, as random chains open different worlds, the same chains used to open some worlds open others (making them inconsistent) and also, the different methods as mentioned above.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* Most ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' settings have the Astral Plane and sometimes the city of Sigil (or an {{Expy}}) work as this. The Astral Plane is filled with portals that--in theory--connect to every other plane in the multiverse, no matter how minor or remote. Sigil is also known as the City of Doors for similar reasons. The Astral Plane also meets the common Hub Level qualities of being the largest plane (as much as something can be larger than "infinite"), and being pretty much empty aside from white nebulous sight, the aforementioned portals, and the occasional traveller.


[[folder: Theme Parks ]]

* Ride/DisneyThemeParks: Central Plaza, located at the end of Main Street, USA in both Disneyland and Disney World, connects directly to the four major themed "lands"--[[JungleJapes Adventureland]], [[TheWildWest Frontierland]], [[{{Magicant}} Fantasyland]], and {{Tomorrowland}}. It even has The Hub as an alternate name.
** The novel ''Utopia'' has the titular theme park being very similar to this.
* Ride/UniversalStudios:
** In the same vein as the Disneyland example, the Port of Entry at Islands of Adventure (part of Universal Orlando Resort) originally functioned as a Hub of sorts. Seuss Landing and Marvel Superhero Island were easily accessed, while the other islands could be accessed quickly by boat. The boat service is now defunct, however.
** Citywalk, also at Universal Orlando, is a straight example, connecting all the hotels, parks, and attractions. It even features scenery shifts when someone is approaching one of the theme parks. The area closer to Islands of Adventure begins to resemble the Port of Entry, while the entrance for Universal Studios contains its iconic globe fountain and giant arc entrance.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Real life cities are usually like this, especially in sparsely populated areas such as the Midwest US and eastern Russia; the spread of railroads in fact turned nowheresvilles like Worcester, Massachusetts into major hubs by virtue of being convenient transfer points. It's subverted in the case of Bielefeld, Germany, where the "Bielefeld Conspiracy" (the meme that Bielefeld doesn't actually exist despite having a population of 300,000) has to do with the fact that a) Bielefeld is a major city essentially in the middle of nowhere (at least by European standards) and b) the nearest major railroad trunk never goes anywhere near the city center.