This subgenre consists of rpgs where the player leads a party of adventurers in first-person perspective, typically through a dungeon or labyrinth in a grid-based environment. Examples include the aforementioned Wizardry, Might and Magic and Bard’s Tale series; as well as the Etrian Odyssey and Elminage series. Games of this type are also known as “blobbers”, since the player moves the entire party around the playing field as a single unit, or “blob”.
Most “blobbers” are turn-based, but some titles such as the Dungeon Master, Legend of Grimrock and Eye of the Beholder series are played in real-time. Early games in this genre lack an automap feature, forcing players to draw their own maps in order to keep track of their progress. Environmental and spatial puzzles are common, meaning players may need to, for instance, move a stone in one part of the level in order to open a gate in another part of the level.