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Information provided to players that extends beyond the observational abilities provided by simply observing game elements.

This pattern is a still a stub.


Example: Most racing games, e. g., Mario Kart Double Dash!! and the Monkey Race party games in the Super Monkey Ball series, provide a small overhead map that shows the location of other players on the track.



Using the pattern

Diegetic Aspects

Interface Aspects

Game State Overviews is an Interface Pattern.

Narration Aspects



cbmb Alarms Turn Taking

cbib Cutscenes, Dedicated Game Facilitators, Game State Indicators

Game Worlds with God Views or Third-Person Views

cm Units Levels Tactical Planning Multiplayer Games

ci Stimulated Planning

with Game Worlds


with Multiplayer Games and Turn-Based Games

Analysis Paralysis


Game Worlds Collaborative Actions Memorizing Mini-maps Balancing Effects Strategic Knowledge Movement Privileged Movement Sniper Locations Bookkeeping Tokens Score Tracks Spawning Camping Third-Person Views God Views Cameras Game World Exploration Game World Navigation Races Traverse Split-Screen Views Auxiliary Game Screens Picture-in-Picture Views Speedending Near Miss Indicators Outcome Indicators Progress Indicators

Instantiates: Cognitive Engrossment, Disruption of Focused Attention

Modulates: Attention Swapping, Perceivable Margins, Reconnaissance, Puzzle Solving, Negotiation, Player Defined Goals, Preventing Goals, Public Information, Identification, Narrative Structures

Instantiated by: Disruption of Focused Attention, Score

Modulated by: Spectators, Status Indicators, Fog of War, Perfect Information, Area Control, Extra-Game Actions

Potentially conflicting with: Attention Swapping, Surprises, Limited Foresight, Leaps of Faith, Reconnaissance

Can Instantiate


with ...

Can Modulate


Can Be Instantiated By

Goal Indicators,

Can Be Modulated By


Possible Closure Effects


Potentially Conflicting With



An updated version of the pattern Game State Overview that was part of the original collection in the book Patterns in Game Design[1].


  1. Björk, S. & Holopainen, J. (2004) Patterns in Game Design. Charles River Media. ISBN1-58450-354-8.