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Gameplay feature: Auto-mapping

Group Description

Games featuring a map that is drawn or updated automatically as the player explores or at least visits the immediate environment. The map should be previously unexplored and will open up as the player approaches unexplored regions or rooms. Maps may come in the form of an item or as a default in-game interface (sometimes located at the top right corner of the screen) or similar feature.

An explored region is usually represented by the identification of geographical terrain (mountains, forests, etc.), an outlined size of the explored room, permanent structures (towns, landmarks, etc.), important characters, or other similar points of interest. Some games may allow random encounters, events, and opponents to be viewed in these explored regions.

Limitations
  • Games where maps exist, however are by default explored should be excluded from this game group.

  • Games where maps exist, however do not provide distinction between explored or unexplored regions should be excluded from this game group.

  • Games where unexplored areas are gradually opened when the player explores them, however later returns to an unexplored state (similar to a fog of war feature) should be excluded from this game group.

  • Radar, sonar, or similar devices are not to be considered as maps by any definition.

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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Zork Zero: The Revenge of Megaboz1988Amiga, Apple II, DOS, MacintoshActivision Publishing, Inc.3.32
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate1988Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, PC-98Electronic Arts, Inc.3.55
Dragon Wars1989Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, PC-98, Sharp X68000Interplay Productions, Inc.3.76
The Dark Heart of Uukrul1989Apple II, DOSBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.81
King's Bounty1990Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, Genesis, Macintosh, PC-98Electronic Arts, Inc.3.53
Treasure Trap1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOSElectronic Zoo3.80
Might and Magic III: Isles of Terra1991Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, SEGA CD, SNES, TurboGrafx CDFCI3.97
Wizardry: The First Episode - Suffering of the Queen1991Game BoyASCII Corporation...
Might and Magic: Clouds of Xeen1992DOS, FM Towns, PC-98New World Computing, Inc.4.04
Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, WindowsSir-tech Software, Inc.3.91
Black Crypt1992AmigaElectronic Arts, Inc.4.11
Wizardry: Crusaders of the Dark Savant1992DOS, FM Towns, Linux, PC-98, PlayStation, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.4.02
Wizardry: The Second Episode - Curse of the Ancient Emperor1992Game BoyASCII Corporation...
Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss1992DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, PlayStation, Windows MobileORIGIN Systems, Inc.4.02
Might and Magic: Darkside of Xeen1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98New World Computing, Inc.4.01
Return to Zork19933DO, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, PC-FX, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsActivision, Inc.3.31
Dungeon Hack1993DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.32
DOOM19933DO, DOS, Game Boy Advance, Jaguar, Linux, PC-98, SEGA 32X, SNES, WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.3.66
ShadowCaster1993DOS, PC-98ORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.70
Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss and Labyrinth of Worlds1993DOS, Macintosh, WindowsORIGIN Systems, Inc.4.19
Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98ORIGIN Systems, Inc.4.00
Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold1993DOS, Macintosh, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.46
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, Windows 3.xVirgin Games, Inc.4.09
Rise of the Triad: Dark War1994DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFormGen, Inc.3.74
System Shock1994DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Electronic Arts, Inc.4.01
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Selected Covers

ShadowCaster DOS Front Cover
Front cover for ShadowCaster
Return to Zork DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Return to Zork
Dragon Wars DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Dragon Wars

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from ShadowCaster
Intro
Screenshot from Return to Zork
Title screen
Screenshot from Dragon Wars