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Like many video game terms, level is a hard-to-define term that refers to different meanings depending on the genre and even the timing of the game. In general, this word is used to describe a part of the game that is a separate whole from the point of view of the tasks that are set for the player, after which the player moves to the next (higher, and often more difficult) level.

The term is used interchangeably with the term stage. However, the level has a broader meaning and may consist of many stages, which also more closely corresponds to the complex characteristics of the game, e.g. in strategy games, tactical shooters or action-RPGs. Level – understood as a fragment of the game embedded in a separate space – can also be a synonym for such terms as level, board or map.