Map generator

Software theme

Uses (random) map/level generator to create most or all areas where the player can go to instead of shipping with regular human designed static levels or maps.


Alternate names: Random map generator, Procedural map generator
Name variations: level generator

These usually suffer from illogical structuring, and when they don't, they're usually awfully repetitive and/or unimaginative.

This usually improves replayability since the areas (likely) don't share the same layout with each playthrough, but tends to fall short in other aspects.
See also: randomly selected maps

* Roguelikes
* Shifting locale

Implied: (not enforceable)
* Tile-based

Related: (map/scenario creation)
* Custom scenarios
* Level editor

May also include:
* Preset Maps

The first Map generator video game was released in 1975.

Microprose, Blizzard and Klei Entertainment published most of these games.

Parent groups

Procedural content generation, Replayability

Child group

Live map generator


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