Choke Points

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Areas in game worlds which can be used to block access to other areas.

This pattern is a still a stub.


Choke Points are used in maps for many multiplayer First-Person Shooters as they concentrate gameplay activity.

For Team Fortress 2, examples include the tunnel in the Gold Rush map and the blue team's initial exit points in the Dustbowl map.

Using the pattern

Diegetic Aspects

Interface Aspects

Narrative Aspects



Can Instantiate

Area Control Strategic Locations, Strongholds

with Enemies

Eliminate, Inaccessible Areas

Can Modulate

Combat, Enemies, Game Worlds, Guard, Levels, Stealth

Can Be Instantiated By

Can Be Modulated By

Possible Closure Effects

Potentially Conflicting With


New pattern created in this wiki. However, it was first introduced using another template by Hullett and Whitehead[1], and a more detailed description in this template is available[2].


  1. Hullett, K. & Whitehead, J. (2010). Design Patterns in FPS Levels, paper presentation at Foundations of Digital Games 2010, June 19-21, Monterey, CA, USA.
  2. Choke Point pattern by Kenneth Hullett.


Kennart Hullett, Jim Whitehead