The BIG List of Video Game Randomizers

Exhaustive list of all known video game randomizers.

LATEST UPDATE: 2019-10-12 - Changelog


New randomizers

This subset only shows recently added and updated entries from the past 3 months, with the most recent ones on top.


All randomizers

Adventure Island

Aerobiz

America's Army

Atlantis no Nazo

Axiom Verge

Azure Dreams

Baldur's Gate

Blade of Darkness

Blaster Master

Borderlands

Breath of Fire

Castlevania

Cave Story

Chex Quest

Chrono

Civilization

Contra

Crystalis

Dark Souls

Dead Rising

Digimon

Divinity

Donkey Kong

Doom

Dragon Quest

Duke Nukem

EarthBound

Environmental Station Alpha

Excitebike

Fallout

Faxanadu

Final Fantasy

Fire Emblem

Freeway

Game Dev Tycoon

Golden Sun

Golf

Gratuitous Space Battles

Half-Life

Heretic

Hollow Knight

Homeworld

Illusion of Gaia

James Bond

Jet Set Radio

Keitai Denjû Telefang

Kid Icarus

Kirby

La-Mulana

Left 4 Dead

Legacy of the Wizard

Lizard

Lost Kingdoms

Lufia

Mana

Mario

Mega Man

Metal Gear

Metroid

Need for Speed

Ori

Phantasy Star

Pokémon

Punch-Out!!

Quake

Rabi-Ribi

Rad Racer

Resident Evil

SaGa

Scourge of War

Shin Megami Tensei

Shining

Silent Hill

Slaves to Armok: God of Blood

Sonic the Hedgehog

Star Fox

Stardew Valley

State of Decay

Strife

Subnautica

Super Meat Boy

System Shock

Tecmo Bowl

Terraria

Tetris

The 7th Saga

The Elder Scrolls

The Goonies

The Guardian Legend

The Legend of Zelda

The Talos Principle

The Witness

Ultima

Unreal

Wario

Wolfenstein

X

XCOM

Yu-Gi-Oh!

Multi-series


What is this list?

Randomizers are hacks, mods and utilities that randomize video games in a way that significantly increase their replayability. Their randomization are applied before or when starting a new game in order to effectively generate many different games to experience based off the originals. They are also designed to prevent unwinnable states or introduce new potential softlocks as much as possible.

This list shows all randomizers known to me, regardless of their fun factor. They are listed by the games they randomize and grouped by game series, along with the randomizer's name in parentheses and additional documentation whenever necessary. I update the list frequently and try to keep it up-to-date to the best of my abilities.

In order to prevent the list from being polluted with randomizers that do not conform to the above definition, the following is not considered sufficient for inclusion:

The following rules are used to determine the game name showed in the list:

If you ever notice a video game randomizer valid for inclusion that is not already listed, please contact me so I can add it! Special thanks to the numerous contributors so far that have made this list what it is today!

I want more!

You can chat with other randomizer enthusiasts on the Randomizer Central Discord community.

You can look for the Randomizer tag on Twitch to easily find channels streaming live randomizer video content. In particular, the RandoMania channel almost exclusively streams such content, including speedrunning tournaments.

Many popular randomizers have progression trackers available. EmoTracker is a popular tool that hosts a large collection of them.

For those interested in creating randomizers, you can listen to the Making a Randomizer panel from Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 explaining the process in detail. ROMHacking.net is also a great resource with plenty of technical information and tools for hacking video games in general.

For those that perfer an original game experience but still want to experience a randomized challenge, Retro Bravery and Hitman Roulette can generate interesting rulesets with randomized goals for many classic video games.

Honorable mention: The Nintendo 64 version of Resident Evil 2 contains an unlockable Randomizer mode. As far as I'm aware, it is the very first item randomizer in a video game.

Dishonorable mention: The Genesis version of Action 52 contains a Randomizer mode, but all it does is pick a game at random. As far as I'm aware, it is the earliest use of the term "Randomizer" in a video game.