You'll be seeing this a lot, but very briefly.
"Here is The Map! Where do you wish to go?"
A variety of interactive video game maps where the player doesn't steer the player character across the map
but only has to click on the destination location to instantly go there
. (Older games that have no mouse functionality, or console games, often use the directional keys instead of a cursor to make a selection, but they still count in the spirit of the trope.) Essentially, it functions like another game menu, albeit stylized and pretty
. Optionally, it will have smaller-scale maps to act as sub-menus.
Accessing the global map often requires either reaching the edge of the current location or interacting with a special transporter item or character, overlapping with Warp Whistle
(though not all Warp Whistles
present themselves as world maps). When "traveling", the path may be tracked on the map to conceal the level loading sequence
. En route, the player can be optionally interrupted by a single Random Encounter
At the beginning of the game, only a couple of destinations will be available, but more will be added to the map later, either by exploration (finding hidden exits from known locations), by accepting quests that lead you there, or by exploration and
completing certain quests on site. If the destination has several entrance points, your original location will often determine which of them you will teleport to.
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- Antichamber: One of the walls in the main room has a map of all the areas you have visited, as well as their connections to every other room. Can be useful for restarting puzzles or moving to different puzzles when stuck.
RPG — Eastern
- Unlike many earlier installments, Final Fantasy X and its sequel utilize a map selection-screen for traveling by your Global Airship.
- Pokémon franchise:
- In all of the titles in the main series, the Fly ability uses this interface to transport you to your chosen destination.
- Pokémon Colosseum and its sequel, unlike most Pokemon games, use a world map selection screen for travelling between locations.
- The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series also uses a world map to move between destinations, although the only destinations aside from the home town/base are dungeons. A few dungeons require one party member knowing an HM move (like Fly, Surf, or Dive) to access.
- This is how you get around in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Gameboy game.
- Legend of Mana: You get to place destinations on the map as you go, which has an effect on the monster difficulty in that area.
- Legaia II: Duel Saga features a map selection screen for picking which town or dungeon you wish to visit. Once you acquire your pirate ship you can select destinations across water. Later in the game you also acquire a flying dragon, and any time you select a non-adjacent destination, the game shows the dragon flying between destinations rather than your party leader running across the map.
- Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World also features this.
- Xenoblade gives players the option to travel between maps, via its quick travel function. Which is a good thing, because there's 20 maps and they're friggin' huge! Of course, if players prefer, they can take the scenic route.
- In Dubloon, sailing is done by talking to Timber and picking a location on the Treasure Map, assuming the player found a map where it was drawn.
- This is how you moved ashore in the original Uncharted Waters: clicking on one of up to nine buildings on the port map took you there immediately. This was removed from the sequel in favor of navigable Three-Quarters View maps.
- Rogue Galaxy: While you can use save points to warp between locations within the same planet, interplanetary travel is controlled via a map screen.
- Breath of Fire IV: You travel across the map using fixed routes; Random Encounters occur as a "?" appearing above the player's head, allowing the player to enter a generic field to fight monsters and/or locate items (but are otherwise not mandatory).
- Super Mario RPG: The map is divided into several screens progressing in a circular fashion, and you can travel between any available destination at any time.
- The Ogre Battle series has a map then minimap with the point and click interface.
- Final Fantasy Tactics used this for the main map, but you could actually still wind up in Random Encounters when crossing green (monster-filled) locations. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance had you build a map in this fashion, with the random encounters replaced by wandering ones, and Final Fantasy Tactics A2 had another predefined map.
- Lunar Legend replaces the overworld with a simple map selection screen. Lunar: Dragon Song does this to towns as well.
- Child of Light features an overworld, but the Map of Lemuria allows you to travel to any visited place (excluding a few dungeons) by clicking their icon on the world map.
RPG — MMO
- The planetary maps function as this trope in Star Wars: The Old Republic for the purpose of fast travel and taxi destination section. Though, of course, you have to unlock individual travel destinations on foot before you can co there. Also, the galactic map, accessible once you get your own starship, works like this.
RPG — Western
- All Infinity Engine games featured this in some form:
- The Baldur's Gate series had the maps of the Sword Coast and Amn (I and II, respectively). The first game's map had a rather obvious square grid structure, where if you wanted to unlock the location east of you, you had to reach the east edge of your current location, etc.. Also, the travel times were tracked on the In-Universe Game Clock: further destinations resulted in longer travel.
- Planescape: Torment uses it to let you move around Sigil, with more locations unlocked as you figure out ways to move around the Chaos Architecture of the city.
- Ditto the Icewind Dale series, with the maps of the eponymous region.
- Like Baldur's Gate, which some of its devs worked on, Neverwinter Nights 2 and its first expansion Mask of the Betrayer use this model. Contrast with the first game which had you hoof it from place to place, and the second expansion Storm of Zehir which uses an overworld map.
- In the Dragon Age series:
- Mass Effect 1 has several layers of these, going from a map of the clusters in the galaxy, to the stars in the cluster, to the planets in the star system. In the sequels, only the top Portal Network level of the galaxy map is point-and-click; to move within star systems and from star to star, you have to manually navigate the ship.
- Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines had the map of Los Angeles, accessible by speaking to a cabbie. The four major hubs (Santa Monica, Downtown, Hollywood, and Chinatown) were unlocked as the main quest progressed, while additional quest locations were added to it as you picked them up. There were no random encounters while traveling.
- In The Elder Scrolls series:
- Daggerfall opened up the sandbox with all cities and dungeons marked on the province map. However, you had to acquire corresponding quests to know where to go next. Travel was only possible from outdoors locations.
- Although Oblivion is an (almost) seamless Wide Open Sandbox, its in-game map of Cyrodiil functions like this for those who don't have time to enjoy the Scenery Porn. Apart from the main cities, you had to visit a place to be able to quick travel to it (although it was possible to get a given location marked on your map to make it easier to find).
- Ditto Skyrim, although the main cities were only marked on the map and had to be visited before quick travel became available to them. There were also cart drivers who could be paid to take you to a given city you hadn't been to yet.
- Fallout 3 (which used the same engine as the Elder Scrolls games mentioned above) had a similar system (you had to visit a place to quick travel to it), however the map started off with no markers whatsoever.
- Evil Islands features multiple locations connected only via travel points. Accessing them summons the world map, where you can choose to travel either to the adjacent area's travel points or any area you have previously unlocked by completing quests there.
- In another Russian RPG, GoldenLand (a.k.a. Heath: The Unchosen Path), the world map is accessed on reaching the edge of the location. From there one can travel to any available location, from permanent hubs to temporary quest locations. The progress is tracked on the map and you can be ambushed along the way.
- Bloodnet's is a map of New York with several markers on it, with more appearing as the game progresses; clicking on a marker brings up a list of all the locations in that area.
- Although all levels in Path of Exile are randomly generated, their position on the map of Wraeclast is static, allowing your progress to be tracked on it. The world map helpfully shows you which levels feature Waypoints and which of them you have already activated, and, when called from a Waypoint, allows you to instantly travel to any other activated Waypoint.
- The Master-level Town Portal spell in Might and Magic VI to IX uses this. With the exception of VI, you have to have visited the target towns before teleporting to them, though thankfully the game tracks that even before you get the spell.