There are 13 file types use the .MAP file extension:
- Quake Engine Map File
- Terraria Map File
- Halo Map File
- Fallout Map File
- Furcadia Dream File
- Image Map
- Weather Defender Map
- Rigs of Rods Key Assignments File
- Leges Motus Map File
- Mapjects Server Webparts File
- TECkit Mapping File
- NAVIGON Map File
- Super Mario War Map File
1. Quake Engine Map File
A MAP file is a game map created for games developed with one of the Quake engines. It is saved in a human-readable text-based format. MAP files are uncompiled but can be compiled into a .BSP binary map file for use in games such as Half-Life, Quake, Quake 2, and Quake 3.
MAP files can be built using several map editors, including Valve Hammer Editor, which also compiles the map into the target BSP format. Another popular tool that uses MAP files is TorquePowered.com's Torque Constructor, which can transform maps into the .DIF format for development. The resulting map files are used for Torque games, which target PC, mobile, and console platforms.
Many game engines use the MAP format, including the Quake engines, Torque Engine, Goldsource Engine, Dark Engine, and Unreal Engine.
NOTE: Valve Hammer Editor 4, which is used for Half-Life, saves map files in the newer .VMF format. The program was previously called "Worldcraft," but is now commonly referred to as "Hammer."
Updated: April 13, 2016
2. Terraria Map File
A MAP file is a game data file used by Re-Logic Terraria, a 2D action-adventure and sandbox construction game. It contains a map of the area explored by a character for a certain world, which may include terrain, water, monsters, items, and other objects.
You will most likely only encounter a Terraria MAP file if you have Terraria installed on your computer and are navigating the data files for characters in the Steam\userdata directory. The MAP files are not meant to be manually opened by a user. Instead, they are referenced by Terraria to load information for a specific character that details the area the character has explored in a certain world.
Updated: November 30, 2019
3. Halo Map File
Game map used by Halo: Combat Evolved, the first game of the Halo first-person shooter series; also used by Halo: Custom Edition, an unsupported expansion to Halo: Combat Evolved; saves a game map and can include terrain, objects, spawn points, and other level information.
Some Halo maps can be edited with Halo Map Tools.
Updated: October 20, 2011
4. Fallout Map File
File used by Fallout 1 and 2, which are post-apocalyptic, futuristic role-playing video games; contains map data that describes the gameplay environment including grid boundaries, walls, scenery, animals, and objects.
The MAP file is made up of 5 sections:
- The MAP file header.
- The global and local variables used by the map scripts.
- The tile data that makes up the roof and floor.
- The MAP scripts that store information about scripts connected to the objects in the map.
- The MAP objects, which hold the walls, item, scenery, etc. that appear in the map.
Updated: January 27, 2015
5. Furcadia Dream File
Game map, referred to as a "Dream," used by Furcadia, a 2D multiplayer online game set in a fantasy world; saves the map width, height, effects such as rain, and objects such as trees, walls, buildings, and magical plants.
MAP files can be edited using the Furcadia Dream Editor (DreamEd.exe), which is included with the Furcadia installation. Custom maps can be used for playing with others online.
Updated: November 6, 2012
6. Image Map
Server-side text file that defines areas of a Web page image that link to different locations; allows users to click on different parts of an image to open different pages.
MAP files are referenced by an .HTML Web page, but processed by the Web server.
Updated: July 2, 2010
7. Weather Defender Map
Weather map format used by Weather Defender, a weather monitoring system designed specifically for Emergency Management Professionals and First Responders; may contain custom geographic and reference layers.
Weather Defender maps can be saved to store custom configurations for forecasting severe weather. These maps can be quickly loaded to view custom weather forecasts.
|SWIFT Weather Defender|
Updated: July 10, 2009
8. Rigs of Rods Key Assignments File
Key assignment file used by Rigs of Rods (RoR), a car, truck, airplane, and boat simulator; contains information that describes how the user's keyboard is mapped out and which keys correlate with specific actions in RoR.
The information is stored in plain text and appears in the following format: EVENT_NAME EVENT_TYPE MAPPING
input.map - The common name for the MAP file containing the key assignments for the simulator.
|Rigs of Rods||Open Source|
Updated: July 29, 2015
9. Leges Motus Map File
Game map used by Leges Motus, a 2D multiplayer shooting game set zero gravity; stores the layout for the map, including spawn points, walls, and the locations of map objects and corresponding sprites; located in the \data\maps\ directory of the game installation.
Updated: January 2, 2013
10. Mapjects Server Webparts File
File used by Mapjects GRYD, an operations visualization platform for energy management, security management, and logistics; stores a configuration of one or more "Webparts," which are widgets that can be mashed together to produce integrated visualizations; also includes the GIS metadata required to display the data.
MAP files are server-side data files, and they include both the data and program files for the software package. A corresponding .MAPX file is used to display the information in the MAP file to the user through a Web page.
NOTE: Mapject GRYD renders HTML5, Silverlight, Flash, and PHP, as well as code from the ASP.NET Razor view engine.
Updated: September 11, 2010
11. TECkit Mapping File
Text mapping file used by TECkit, a program used for text conversion; saved in a plain text format and contains rules that map from one character set to another; compiled into a .TEC file, which can be used to perform the conversion.
Updated: October 15, 2011
13. Super Mario War Map File
A MAP file is a game map used by Super Mario War, an open source Super Mario-like video game. It contains the layout of a level in the game, which includes the location of blocks, items, and sprites. MAP files are located in the "Maps" folder of the game installation directory.
MAP files are loaded by the game when a user selects the level. You can also create and modify MAP levels using the level editor tool (Leveleditor.exe) included with the Super Mario War download.
Super Mario War features many of the same elements as other Super Mario series games. The main element of gameplay is players jumping on the heads of other players to defeat them. Players can also use items placed throughout each level to defeat other players.
|Super Mario War||Free|
Updated: September 2, 2018