The tendency for modern {{RPG}}s to have more than one world map: sometimes this is a DarkWorld or an AlternateUniverse, but sometimes it's another planet, or a different time period, or simply an AfterTheEnd scenario. A very common way to make DiscOneFinalDungeon less obvious (because you can have the entire world visited before you get to it).

Note: This isn't the case when they make minor changes to the map (like in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' when Diamond Weapon scars the world map) or in cases where there isn't really a world map or the worlds are just extensions of the same multi-world map. This is for if there's a world map and then, surprise, you've got another one.

A supertrope of DarkWorld. Usually a part of DualWorldGameplay.


* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance'' has the normal castle and the same castle in an alternate dimension. You travel between them using special portals.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series:
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'' has the Light World and the DarkWorld.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Ages]]'' both involve traveling between two time periods; in ''Ocarina of Time'', you travel to and from seven years in the future (with Link aging or deaging respectively), in ''Oracle of Ages'' you travel to and from several centuries in the past (with Link, obviously, ''not'' aging).
** ''Oracle of Seasons'' has an underworld and an overworld, and on the overworld features are changed by the passing of the seasons (which Link can accelerate).
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has The Sky and The Surface, [[spoiler:the latter being in either the past or the present.]]
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'' has Link traveling between Hyrule and Lorule. Lorule resembles the Dark World from ''A Link to the Past'' but it's an entirely different place altogether. [[spoiler:It's a counterpart of Hyrule complete with princess, hero and villain. But instead of sealing their version of the Triforce, they destroyed it, only to find that it was the CosmicKeystone holding their entire world together.]]

* ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand'' has both Halcandra and Pop Star.

* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' uses time periods.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' has an AlternateUniverse.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' has the floating continent and the surface world.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' has the main world, the underworld, and the Moon.
** ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears Final Fantasy IV: The After Years]]'' has ''another'' moon, in addition to the other 3 maps, although huge portions of it are identical to the first moon.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' has two planets, [[spoiler:and a third world map when they combine]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' had the World Of Balance and [[AfterTheEnd World Of Ruin]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' occasionally has several maps of the same locations in the different time periods (e.g. New Bodhum and Academia). Annoyingly, you have to explore 100% of each version of every location for the [[CartographySidequest Paradox Professor sidequest]], leading to situations when the QuestGiver refuses to accept the seemingly complete map of the area because you still haven't visited the area's alternate version in a different time period.
* ''VideoGame/{{The 7th Saga}}'' has the player character(s) sent to the past.
* ''VideoGame/OracleOfTao'' has Earth (a second version of it), and once done exploring that, there's another world called the Void [[spoiler: which is presumably based on the original Earth, but is barren and has some different rules, like that nothing can exist for very long outside its towns at night]].
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Makai Toshi SaGa}} The Final Fantasy Legend]]'' has four different main worlds, several minor ones, as well as the tower which connects them all.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{SaGa 2}} Final Fantasy Legend II]]'' has twelve different worlds all connected by a celestial-based hub.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{SaGa 3}} Final Fantasy Legend III]]'' went a bit nuts with this concept. It has three time periods, each with an overworld and an under(water)world. It also has a floating island and a separate dimension, the latter of which had its own underworld.
* The ''Franchise/StarOcean'' series: some of the games let you travel between worlds (like in ''[[StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime Till the End of Time]]''). ''[[VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory The Second Story]]'' [[spoiler: destroys the planet you're on at the end of Disc 1 during the DiscOneFinalDungeon. As a result this might actually be surprising in the PSP remake which is on one disc...]]
* Extremely common in the ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'':
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has the surface, referred to as the Outer Lands, and the subterranean Qliphoth. The two maps change dynamically as landmasses are lowered from the Outer Lands to the Qliphoth.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'' has the surface of the planet, called the Er'ther Lands, and the Aethersphere, a floating outer shell.
*** ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'' has time periods.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia'' has the worlds of Inferia and Celestia.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' has the planets of Ephinea and Fodra.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'' has the planet of Organica and its moon Gardenia.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'' has the exterior of the Legacy and the interior Quiet Lands.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' has time periods.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has the worlds of Sylvarant and Tethe'alla.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' and ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' have the worlds of Rieze Maxia and Elympios. ''Xillia 2'' additionally divides Elympios into three separate maps for the Trigleph, Duval, and Drellin regions.
* ''VideoGame/UltimaII'' had 5 time periods: Pangea, B.C., A.D., Aftermath, and Legends.
* ''VideoGame/UltimaIII'' had an alternate world, Ambrosia, accessible via a whirlpool, which was also pretty important as it was the only place to increase character stats.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' uses this often:
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'' has pre- and post-[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt cataclysm]] maps.
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'' has the normal world and the Abyss.
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' has pre- and post-conception maps much like the first game. However, you don't see the pre-conception map as much, since TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt happens very early on.
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'' has Mikado (which isn't so much a map as a menu), Tokyo, [[spoiler:Blasted Tokyo, and Infernal Tokyo]]. Depending on your choices, one or more of these may be [[PermanentlyMissableContent lost forever]].
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'', ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'' and ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' each have an overworld and [[DarkWorld underworld]].
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' too, although only one area has a Dark World map for it (Empychuu island). So, this is probably averted.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI'' has the dream world and real world. [[spoiler:[[DarkWorld The Dread Realm]] opens up after exploring both of those and aside from the fact that it's reached by air (specifically, by having Pegasus fly there), it's basically the equivalent to the underworld in the rest of the Zenithia trilogy (i.e. IV and V).]]
* Every game in the classic ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' series: ''{{VideoGame/Phantasy Star|I}}'' and ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'' both have 3 worlds, ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'' has two (one after the other, in perhaps the straightest example of this trope), and ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIII'' has a whopping ''eight worlds'' (if you count the underworld), though they're much smaller than the worlds of the other games.
* One could make an argument for ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic World of Xeen'', which has two separate 'worlds' connected mainly by a few scattered portals -- the reason being that ''World of Xeen'' is the combined version of ''IV'' and ''V'', with each game covering [[FlatWorld one side]] of Xeen (having both games unlocks the aforementioned connections between the sides, and adds a short questline to provide the ''real'' end of the game after you've beaten the main quests of both of the component games).
* ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', and its remakes, are the only games in the series to have two visitable regions (not counting ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue FireRed and LeafGreen]]'' with its Sevii Islands). The only way to get between Kanto and Johto in the original games is to either use the Abra at the Indigo Plateau, use travel on the S.S. Aqua, use the Magnet Train or travel on the waters between New Bark Town and Route 28. The remakes removed the ability to travel back to Kanto via the Abra at the Indigo Plateau, but added the ability for the player to fly between any Kanto and Johto location if they happen to be on Route 26, Route 27, Route 28 or the Indigo Plateau.

* Commonplace in the ''{{Driver}}'' series:
** The first game took place in Miami, then San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City.
** The second game started in Chicago, then moved to Havana, Las Vegas, and Rio de Janeiro.
** The third game started in Miami, then moved to Nice and Istanbul.
** The fourth game ''(Parallel Lines)'' took place in New York City of 1978, then [[TimeSkip 28 years passed]] and the game took place in New York of 2006.
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' has three distinct maps: The Overworld, where players start; the Nether, a dangerous LethalLavaLand; and the End, which is essentially the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon writ large.

* Bored with Website/{{Google}} Maps? Try Google Moon or Google Mars. In a major {{subversion}} of this trope, you can't actually go there (as of 2013).