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*** There is also, the ''Hurry, He's Hungry'' Star in the Sea Slide Galaxy as well as the Shrinking Satellite star in the Hurry Scurry Galaxy, which features a planetoid constructed completely out of disappearing tiles with a Black Hole in the center. Mario must grab an item from each tile, at which point the black hole turns into a Star.

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*** There is also, also the ''Hurry, He's Hungry'' Star in the Sea Slide Galaxy as well as the Shrinking Satellite star in the Hurry Scurry Galaxy, which features a planetoid constructed completely out of disappearing tiles with a Black Hole in the center. Mario must grab an item from each tile, at which point the black hole turns into a Star.


*** You can see the Safe Room in the Barns chapter of Dark Carnival about halfway through the level (and you can throw [[EscortMission Gnome]] [[HundredPercentCompletion Chompski]] over the fence if you have him). However, to get to it, the Survivors must continue past said fence, turn around and fight through some barns running alongside the area they just navigated, climb on top of and traverse the roofs of those same barns to reach the other side of the fence, and then fight through a continuous onslaught of zombies.

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*** You can see the Safe Room in the Barns chapter of Dark Carnival about halfway through the level (and you can throw [[EscortMission Gnome]] [[HundredPercentCompletion Chompski]] over the fence if you have him). However, to get to it, the Survivors must continue past said fence, turn around and fight through some barns running alongside the area they just navigated, then climb on top of said barns and traverse the roofs of those same barns to reach the other side of the fence. Then it becomes an Intestinal Tract when you open the gate on the fence, as doing so triggers a Gauntlet Crescendo where Infected just don't stop coming, and then fight the players have to carve their way through a continuous onslaught of zombies.the hordes to reach the stadium itself.


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* The final map of the "Suicide Blitz 2" [[GameMod custom campaign]] features a long run through the entryway of a stadium, up the stairs to the top floor, down a level and into the field, then out the other side to the parking lot. All the while a Gauntlet Crescendo is rolling.


** Service Games typically require the shortest paths from A to B, to prevent customers from becoming bored and leaving your facility. However in some cases - especially prison-building games - a very long, twisting passageway can be essential to keeping the denizens from leaving _too quickly_.

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** Service Games typically require the shortest paths from A to B, to prevent customers from becoming bored and leaving your facility. However in some cases - especially prison-building games - a very long, twisting passageway can be essential to keeping the denizens from leaving _too quickly_.''too quickly''.


* As their name suggests, all SpaceManagementGames demand their players to make the absolute most of a limited building area. Most games in this genre encourage players to design their facility so that characters can always take the ''shortest'' path possible between any two points; but there are several notable exceptions to this depending on the exact subgenre in question.

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* As their name suggests, all SpaceManagementGames {{Space Management Game}}s demand their players to make the absolute most of a limited building area. Most games in this genre encourage players to design their facility so that characters can always take the ''shortest'' path possible between any two points; but there are several notable exceptions to this depending on the exact subgenre in question.

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* As their name suggests, all SpaceManagementGames demand their players to make the absolute most of a limited building area. Most games in this genre encourage players to design their facility so that characters can always take the ''shortest'' path possible between any two points; but there are several notable exceptions to this depending on the exact subgenre in question.
** In the case of Lair-type games, long, labyrinthine passageways can be used to slow down approaching enemies, giving the defenders more time to prepare and more opportunities to attack. Lining the longest-possible passageway with enough traps to kill most approaching enemies is sometimes the only way to survive at all.
** Service Games typically require the shortest paths from A to B, to prevent customers from becoming bored and leaving your facility. However in some cases - especially prison-building games - a very long, twisting passageway can be essential to keeping the denizens from leaving _too quickly_.
* Both ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' and ''VideoGame/{{Rimworld}}'' attempt to avert the trope by introducing [[DemonicSpiders Digging-type enemies]], who will simply burrow through sheer rock and other obstacles to make a beeline for your colony - rendering any labyrinth useless.
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* ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' 1 and 3 both have examples of this trope. In the first game, there's tentacles trying to get you while in the third game, there literally is an Intestinal Tract.

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* ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' 1 and 3 both have examples of this trope. In the first game, there's tentacles trying to get you while in the third game, there literally is an Intestinal Tract.


* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' had short Ping Pong Paths between some rooms to mask the DynamicLoading.
* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2: Echoes'' has a number of rooms where there are two doors, one of which is always blocked by a rotating barrier. To rotate the barrier so you can access the other door, all you have to do is place a Morph Ball Bomb in the slot. Of course, now the barrier is on the first door, so you have to do it AGAIN in order to get back. This gets really, really tedious as the rooms are otherwise completely pointless, and you will generally visit them several times.

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* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' had has short Ping Pong Paths between some rooms to mask the DynamicLoading.
* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2: Echoes'' ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'' has a number of rooms where there are two doors, one of which is always blocked by a rotating barrier. To rotate the barrier so you can access the other door, all you have to do is place a Morph Ball Bomb in the slot. Of course, now the barrier is on the first door, so you have to do it AGAIN in order to get back. This gets really, really tedious as the rooms are otherwise completely pointless, and you will generally visit them several times.



* The Q*Bert Floor is used extensively as puzzles in later handheld ''Zelda'' games.
* The 2-D ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games usually have at least one dungeon with a Q*Bert Floor room. Some even have ping-pong paths, but usually averted as getting the Roc's Feather allows you to jump quickly across the path. In particular, the overworld of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' has plenty of tree clusters, fences and one way ledge jump off points, among other things, that limit travel pathway options, forcing roundabout routes to nearby destinations.

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* The Q*Bert Floor is used extensively as puzzles in later handheld ''Zelda'' games.
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The 2-D ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games usually have at least one dungeon with a Q*Bert Floor room. Some even have ping-pong paths, but usually averted as getting the Roc's Feather allows you to jump quickly across the path. In particular, the overworld of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' (and, to a lesser extent, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'') has plenty of tree clusters, fences and one way ledge jump off points, among other things, that limit travel pathway options, forcing roundabout routes to nearby destinations.destinations.
** This is one of the reasons [[ThatOneLevel the Water Temple]] from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' gets a lot of hate. Not only do you have to submerge yourself and run (rather slowly at that) through underwater tunnels and resurface, but you also have to constantly [[StockVideoGamePuzzle switch water levels]] at designated checkpoints, each one corresponding to a particular tier. Much BackTracking abounds, especially if you alter the water level incorrectly for the current situation. ''And'' you have to keep going into the item menu to take the Iron Boots on and off. Fortunately, a lot of the things that made the Water Temple so notorious were fixed in the UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS remake.



*** The Eyeglass Library has books giving directions through the invisible maze to the next book. Until you read the book, there is no path forward, and once you read the book, the path behind you disappears. The final book has nine instructions, which, if you forget them, can be replaced by the Cane of Somaria as above.
* This is one of the reasons [[ThatOneLevel the Water Temple]] from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' gets a lot of hate. Not only do you have to submerge yourself and run (rather slowly at that) through underwater tunnels and resurface, but you also have to constantly [[StockVideoGamePuzzle switch water levels]] at designated checkpoints, each one corresponding to a particular tier. Much BackTracking abounds, especially if you alter the water level incorrectly for the current situation. ''And'' you have to keep going into the item menu to take the Iron Boots on and off. Fortunately, a lot of the things that made the Water Temple so notorious were fixed in the UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS remake.

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*** ** The Eyeglass Library in ''Oracle of Ages'' has books giving directions through the invisible maze to the next book. Until you read the book, there is no path forward, and once you read the book, the path behind you disappears. The final book has nine instructions, which, if you forget them, can be replaced by the Cane of Somaria as above.
* This is one of the reasons [[ThatOneLevel the Water Temple]] from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' gets a lot of hate. Not only do you have to submerge yourself and run (rather slowly at that) through underwater tunnels and resurface, but you also have to constantly [[StockVideoGamePuzzle switch water levels]] at designated checkpoints, each one corresponding to a particular tier. Much BackTracking abounds, especially if you alter the water level incorrectly for the current situation. ''And'' you have to keep going into the item menu to take the Iron Boots on and off. Fortunately, a lot of the things that made the Water Temple so notorious were fixed in the UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS remake.
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* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' has this with the block trains/snakes in some of the castles in Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros and quite a few Mario World hacks, which have Mario riding a moving train of blocks that pretty much goes the long way round a huge room past a ton of obstacles. New Super Mario Bros even had one in one of the tower levels which went right, up one block, left, up another block, ad nauseam for a while before moving on upwards.

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* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** The series
has this with the block trains/snakes in some of the castles in Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'', all ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros'' games and quite a few Mario World hacks, which have Mario riding a moving train of blocks that pretty much goes the long way round a huge room past a ton of obstacles. New Super Mario Bros ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros1'' even had has one in one of the tower levels which went goes right, up one block, left, up another block, ad nauseam for a while before moving on upwards.upwards.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'':
*** [[ThatOneLevel Luigi's Purple Coins]] becomes a Q*bert Floor, as every platform that it is safe to stand on either disappears or starts rotating and becomes unstable after touching them.
*** There is also, the ''Hurry, He's Hungry'' Star in the Sea Slide Galaxy as well as the Shrinking Satellite star in the Hurry Scurry Galaxy, which features a planetoid constructed completely out of disappearing tiles with a Black Hole in the center. Mario must grab an item from each tile, at which point the black hole turns into a Star.
** In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'', the Cosmic Clones are a Q*bert Floor mechanic to an extent, because you to have to run from infinite numbers of Mario clones that copy your every move and crossing your path leads to being hurt via CollisionDamage. This gets applied then to Luigi's Purple Coins from the first game. This time, though, you have Co-Star Luma (if you have friends) to stop the green tiles from disappearing.



** The first GBA title, ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCircleOfTheMoon, was pretty obnoxious as well. In any room that was more than one screen wide or tall, it was virtually guaranteed that you'd move through every possible screen to get from one corner to the other.
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' was notorious for all of this. Thankfully by Aria of Sorrow, IGA and company wisely started consolidating the castle designs and expand the number of warp spots from then on to reduce all of that needless backtracking.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'':
** [[ThatOneLevel Luigi's Purple Coins]] becomes a Q*bert Floor, as every platform that it is safe to stand on either disappears or starts rotating and becomes unstable after touching them.
** There is also, the ''Hurry, He's Hungry'' Star in the Sea Slide Galaxy as well as the Shrinking Satellite star in the Hurry Scurry Galaxy, which features a planetoid constructed completely out of disappearing tiles with a Black Hole in the center. Mario must grab an item from each tile, at which point the black hole turns into a Star.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'', the Cosmic Clones are a Q*bert Floor mechanic to an extent, because you to have to run from infinite numbers of Mario clones that copy your every move and crossing your path leads to being hurt via CollisionDamage. This gets applied then to Luigi's Purple Coins from the first game. This time, though, you have Co-Star Luma (if you have friends) to stop the green tiles from disappearing.

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** The first GBA title, ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCircleOfTheMoon, was pretty obnoxious as well. ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCircleOfTheMoon. In any room that was is more than one screen wide or tall, it was virtually guaranteed that you'd iyou have to move through every possible screen to get from one corner to the other.
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' was notorious for all of this. Thankfully by Aria of Sorrow, IGA and company wisely started consolidating the castle designs and expand the number of warp spots from then on to reduce all of that needless backtracking.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'':
** [[ThatOneLevel Luigi's Purple Coins]] becomes a Q*bert Floor, as every platform that it is safe to stand on either disappears or starts rotating and becomes unstable after touching them.
** There is also, the ''Hurry, He's Hungry'' Star in the Sea Slide Galaxy as well as the Shrinking Satellite star in the Hurry Scurry Galaxy, which features a planetoid constructed completely out of disappearing tiles with a Black Hole in the center. Mario must grab an item from each tile, at which point the black hole turns into a Star.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'', the Cosmic Clones are a Q*bert Floor mechanic to an extent, because you to have to run from infinite numbers of Mario clones that copy your every move and crossing your path leads to being hurt via CollisionDamage. This gets applied then to Luigi's Purple Coins from the first game. This time, though, you have Co-Star Luma (if you have friends) to stop the green tiles from disappearing.
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* ''VideoGame/{{ZZT}}'' games from the earlier years of the program made by first-time designers suffered from the presence of Ping Pong Paths so often that they have appeared in "help" games describing and depicting what not to do in a ''ZZT'' game.
** ''ZZT Syndromes'' did it particularly memorably, effectively forcing the player to step on most of the tiles on the screen - [[spoiler: or it would have if the narrator didn't let you off the hook by carving a tunnel while you were doing it.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{ZZT}}'' games from the earlier years of the program made by first-time designers suffered from the presence of Ping Pong Paths so often that they have appeared in "help" games describing and depicting what not to do in a ''ZZT'' game.
**
game. ''ZZT Syndromes'' did it particularly memorably, effectively forcing forces the player to step on most of the tiles on the screen - [[spoiler: or it would have if the narrator didn't let you off the hook by carving a tunnel while you were doing it.]]



* This is the sole purpose of the genre of web games known as TowerDefense games - you defend a SpaceFillingPath from a stream of oncoming {{Mooks}} by building defence towers to shoot them. In some instances, you must also ''create'' the SFP, which is an added problem/puzzle. Usually, you must create it while the enemies are flowing, which is even more difficult.
** There seems to have been a trend away from this in recent years, possibly brought on by the hugely successful ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies'', which ditched this mechanic and instead had the zombies walk towards the player in straight lines.

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* This is the sole purpose of the genre of web games known as TowerDefense games - you defend a SpaceFillingPath from a stream of oncoming {{Mooks}} by building defence towers to shoot them. In some instances, you must also ''create'' the SFP, which is an added problem/puzzle. Usually, you must create it while the enemies are flowing, which is even more difficult.
** There seems to have been a trend away from this in recent years, possibly brought on by the hugely successful ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies'', which
difficult. ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies'' ditched this mechanic and instead had the zombies walk towards the player in straight lines.



* Some cathedrals have a space-filling path marked on the floor, apparently so that pilgrims can walk a long distance inside the cathedral without retracing their steps.
** "Walking the Labyrinth" is part of Lenten devotionals in many denominations, sometimes associated with the Stations of the Cross.

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* Some cathedrals have a space-filling path marked on the floor, apparently so that pilgrims can walk a long distance inside the cathedral without retracing their steps.
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steps. "Walking the Labyrinth" is part of Lenten devotionals in many denominations, sometimes associated with the Stations of the Cross.



** A few streets in especially hilly cities do the same thing for the same reason, such as one block of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lombard_Street_(San_Francisco) Lombard Street in San Francisco]].

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** * A few streets in especially hilly cities do the same thing for the same reason, such as one block of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lombard_Street_(San_Francisco) Lombard Street in San Francisco]].



* IKEA stores are structured like this, as a single winding path with helpfully placed arrows that take visitors through the furniture showroom, house appliances store, warehouse and cash registers, in that order. It serves two purposes: making the store appear larger than it actually is, and forcing visitors to walk past goods that they wouldn't have otherwise considered, in the hope that they'd be interested in something beyond what they came for.
** Fortunately, there are also shortcuts tucked away that allow knowledgeable patrons, and employees, to quickly jump from one part of the path to another "distant" part.

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* IKEA stores are structured like this, as a single winding path with helpfully placed arrows that take visitors through the furniture showroom, house appliances store, warehouse and cash registers, in that order. It serves two purposes: making the store appear larger than it actually is, and forcing visitors to walk past goods that they wouldn't have otherwise considered, in the hope that they'd be interested in something beyond what they came for.
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for. Fortunately, there are also shortcuts tucked away that allow knowledgeable patrons, and employees, to quickly jump from one part of the path to another "distant" part.


* Many ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' and ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' multiplayer maps feature a long, twisty route from one end of the battlefield. Generally, air-heavy strategies are more practical on these maps, since the greater mobility of aircraft helps cancel out the increased time to get to them in the TechTree. On map from [=SC2=] in particular is the epitome of this trope in [=RTSes=] - the players' starting locations are on separate plateaus arranged in a circle, with ramps down to a ring around the exterior of the map - the only ground route available.

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* Many ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' and ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' multiplayer maps feature a long, twisty route from one end of the battlefield. Generally, air-heavy strategies are more practical on these maps, since the greater mobility of aircraft helps cancel out the increased time to get to them in the TechTree. On One map from [=SC2=] in particular is the epitome of this trope in [=RTSes=] - [=RTSes=]: the players' starting locations are on separate plateaus arranged in a circle, with ramps down to a ring around the exterior of the map - serving as the only ground route available.



* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'': The third-to-last area is basically nothing more than a large room, with flimsy wooden walls set up to create a labyrinth. There are also several nasty monsters who will shoot at you with flaming arrows. Oh, and there are traps set right in front of the monsters, too. And said monsters are resistant to most ranged weapons. [[ThatOneLevel Yeah.]]

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* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'': The third-to-last area is basically nothing little more than a large room, with flimsy wooden walls set up to create a labyrinth. There are also several nasty monsters who will shoot at you with flaming arrows. Oh, and there are traps set right in front of the monsters, too. And said monsters are resistant to most ranged weapons. [[ThatOneLevel Yeah.]]Yeah]].



** In the 8th gym the floor is made of ice and to open the door to the next room you need to crack all the tiles in the current one, but if you step on the same tile twice, you fall through the floor to the lower level, full of trainers. And the further you got onto the upper floor, the more trainers you had to fight on your way out.
** Another example is in the Sky Pillar, this time you need to use the Mach Bike to go over the cracked tiles before they break completely. The bike is pretty fast but hard to steer and if you stop (such as from a collision), you fall down.

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** In the 8th gym gym, the floor is made of ice ice, and to open the door to the next room you need to crack all the tiles in the current one, but if you step on the same tile twice, you fall through the floor to the lower level, full of trainers. And the further you got onto the upper floor, the more trainers you had have to fight on your way out.
out. And you have to do the previous rooms ''again'' when you get back up, which is annoying if you're going for the Gym's trainers on purpose.
** Another example is in the Sky Pillar, except this time you need to use the [[TooFastToStop barely-controllable]] Mach Bike to go over the cracked tiles before they break completely. The bike Mach Bike is pretty fast but hard to steer steer, especially in close quarters, and if you stop (such as from a collision), collision with a wall), the tile you're on gives out and you fall down.


* '''Intestinal Tract:''' A Ping Pong or Velvet Rope path with a twist: Instead of just making you walk farther, it also hurts you in some way. How about the occasional RandomEncounter as you're trekking through the path? Or perhaps the floor damages you with every step? Sounds fun, doesn't it?

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* '''Intestinal Tract:''' A Ping Pong or Velvet Rope path with a twist: Instead instead of just making you walk farther, it also hurts you in some way. How about the occasional RandomEncounter as you're trekking through the path? Or perhaps the floor damages you with every step? Sounds fun, doesn't it?



*** The Crescendo event in the the "Park" map of "The Parish" has the players running through what used to be a waiting queue; as such, it is a little less subtle.
*** In "Quarter", the following part, you can very often see areas you've been before or have to pass through from behind a fance or a gate. The map itself is surprisingly compact regarding dimensions.

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*** The Crescendo event in the the "Park" map of "The Parish" has the players survivors running through what used to be a waiting queue; queue to a safe zone; as such, it is a little less subtle.
*** In "Quarter", the following part, also in "The Parish", you can very often see areas you've been to before or have to pass through through, from behind a fance fence, a barricade or a gate. The map itself is surprisingly compact regarding dimensions.dimension-wise, but the Velvet Rope makes it just as long as any other map.


* ROM hacks (especially of ''[[SuperMarioBros Super Mario World]]'') and NintendoHard platform games are the kings of this, utilizing both the ping pong path and the velvet rope path to near ridiculous degrees to make sure every possible part of each room is filled with more and more narrow jumps and instant death spikes. And in some even worse cases, you have to go right back through said maze with an item or after an action is taken the other side.
* ''SuperMarioBros'' has this with the block trains/snakes in some of the castles in Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros and quite a few Mario World hacks, which have Mario riding a moving train of blocks that pretty much goes the long way round a huge room past a ton of obstacles. New Super Mario Bros even had one in one of the tower levels which went right, up one block, left, up another block, ad nauseum for a while before moving on upwards.

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* ROM hacks (especially of ''[[SuperMarioBros ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Super Mario World]]'') and NintendoHard platform games are the kings of this, utilizing both the ping pong path and the velvet rope path to near ridiculous degrees to make sure every possible part of each room is filled with more and more narrow jumps and instant death spikes. And in some even worse cases, you have to go right back through said maze with an item or after an action is taken the other side.
* ''SuperMarioBros'' ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' has this with the block trains/snakes in some of the castles in Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros and quite a few Mario World hacks, which have Mario riding a moving train of blocks that pretty much goes the long way round a huge room past a ton of obstacles. New Super Mario Bros even had one in one of the tower levels which went right, up one block, left, up another block, ad nauseum nauseam for a while before moving on upwards.



* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'': The third-to-last area is basically nothing more than a large room, with flimsy wooden walls set up to create a labyrinth. There are also several nasty monters who will shoot at you with flaming arrows. Oh, and there are traps set right in front of the monsters, too. And said monsters are resistant to most ranged weapons. [[ScrappyLevel Yeah.]]

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* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'': The third-to-last area is basically nothing more than a large room, with flimsy wooden walls set up to create a labyrinth. There are also several nasty monters monsters who will shoot at you with flaming arrows. Oh, and there are traps set right in front of the monsters, too. And said monsters are resistant to most ranged weapons. [[ScrappyLevel [[ThatOneLevel Yeah.]]



* In ''VideoGame/SwordOfVermilion'', the paths towards both the last town and TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon are examples of this trope, the first being a long spiral and the second a long back and forth winding path. One villager even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it, saying that the BigBad made it that way to "discourage you".

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* In ''VideoGame/SwordOfVermilion'', the paths towards both the last town and TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon are examples of this trope, the first being a long spiral and the second a long back and forth winding path. One villager even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it, saying that the BigBad made it that way to "discourage you".



* ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireI'' has a major one. The path ''appears'' to be simple--just a bridge with a few extra paths veering off of it... until you step on the button that spins the screen and the characters until you don't know which way is up. And since its nothing but blackness all around, you can't even use landmarks. Even on the straight stretches you can find yourself turned around and going back the way you came.
* While most of ''VideoGAme/DragonAgeOrigins'' is railroading at its finest, the most annoying part is the Gauntlet, where you have to keep moving characters in a certain sequence in order to unlock the next part of the puzzle to get [[spoiler: The Sacred Ashes of Andraste.]]

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* ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireI'' has a major one. The path ''appears'' to be simple--just a bridge with a few extra paths veering off of it... until you step on the button that spins the screen and the characters until you don't know which way is up. And since its it's nothing but blackness all around, you can't even use landmarks. Even on the straight stretches you can find yourself turned around and going back the way you came.
* While most of ''VideoGAme/DragonAgeOrigins'' ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is railroading at its finest, the most annoying part is the Gauntlet, where you have to keep moving characters in a certain sequence in order to unlock the next part of the puzzle to get [[spoiler: The Sacred Ashes of Andraste.]]Andraste]].


* Many outdoor locations in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' are like this -- see [[http://gamebanshee.com/neverwinternights2/walkthrough/mountgalardrym.php this map]] for an {{egregious}} example.

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* Many outdoor locations in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' are like this -- see [[http://gamebanshee.com/neverwinternights2/walkthrough/mountgalardrym.php this map]] for an {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} example.



* A pet peeve of many ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' players is long, twisty paths in areas of cyberspace where there's no reason for it. Or rather, there ''is'' a reason -- the designers are forcing more random encounters. It's especially annoying the way each game's final boss has a long enough runup that you'll get attacked at least once, and this is after the no-save point. In the sixth game, Green Area is an {{egregious}} form of intestinal tract. The stage of the Green Town boss, Judgeman, is also a good example of the Q-Bert Floor.

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* A pet peeve of many ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' players is long, twisty paths in areas of cyberspace where there's no reason for it. Or rather, there ''is'' a reason -- the designers are forcing more random encounters. It's especially annoying the way each game's final boss has a long enough runup that you'll get attacked at least once, and this is after the no-save point. In the sixth game, Green Area is an {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} form of intestinal tract. The stage of the Green Town boss, Judgeman, is also a good example of the Q-Bert Floor.

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* In ''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia'', the Velvet Path approach is used very frequently. When first entering a room, a lot of the time the first thing the player must do is figure out where the start of the path to get out is, which will invariably use every column, ledge and architectural detail in the room [[BenevolentArchitecture that's still standing]].


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* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction'' cleverly uses the Velvet Rope approach with the opening Metropolis level. While it might appear to be a long, sprawling path, it actually winds over, under and around itself to disguise how small the level itself is. If the player keeps a close eye out, they can spot earlier and later parts of the level as they go through it.


* Unlike many areas in the base game, in the ''Heavensward'' expansion (and some parts of Stormblood) for ''FinalFantasyXIV'', most of the areas past Foundation will have a velvet-rope series of paths, requiring a player go to ''way'' out of their way in order to reach their destinations. Once a player has all of the Aetheryte points in an area unlocked, however (something which, naturally, requires the completion of most of the area), they can simply fly everywhere.

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* Unlike many areas in the base game, in the ''Heavensward'' expansion (and some parts of Stormblood) for ''FinalFantasyXIV'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', most of the areas past Foundation will have a velvet-rope series of paths, requiring a player go to ''way'' out of their way in order to reach their destinations. Once a player has all of the Aetheryte points in an area unlocked, however (something which, naturally, requires the completion of most of the area), they can simply fly everywhere.


** In ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'', [[ZombieApocalypse Ravenholm]] seems a lot larger than it really is, as the player must traverse the streets, building interiors AND roofs.

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** In ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'', ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', [[ZombieApocalypse Ravenholm]] seems a lot larger than it really is, as the player must traverse the streets, building interiors AND roofs.


* This is one of the reasons [[ThatOneLevel the Water Temple]] from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' gets a lot of hate. Not only do you have to submerge yourself and run (rather slowly at that) through underwater tunnels and resurface, but you also have to constantly [[StockVideoGamePuzzle switch water levels]] at designated checkpoints, each one corresponding to a particular tier. Much BackTracking abounds, especially if you alter the water level incorrectly for the current situation. ''And'' you have to keep going into the item menu to take the Iron Boots on and off. Fortunately, a lot of the things that made the Water Temple so notorious were fixed in the Nintendo3DS remake.

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* This is one of the reasons [[ThatOneLevel the Water Temple]] from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' gets a lot of hate. Not only do you have to submerge yourself and run (rather slowly at that) through underwater tunnels and resurface, but you also have to constantly [[StockVideoGamePuzzle switch water levels]] at designated checkpoints, each one corresponding to a particular tier. Much BackTracking abounds, especially if you alter the water level incorrectly for the current situation. ''And'' you have to keep going into the item menu to take the Iron Boots on and off. Fortunately, a lot of the things that made the Water Temple so notorious were fixed in the Nintendo3DS UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS remake.

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