Controllable helplessness

Other (objects, etc.) concept

Player can control the protagonist even in seemingly hopeless or helpless situation, regardless if the player can actually improve the situation.

112
games
33
platforms

The first video game about Controllable helplessness was released in 1983.

2K Games, LucasArts and Activision has published most of these games

The protagonist is usually tied up, locked up or seriously injured (broken bones and that kind of stuff) during these sequences.

These may simply be part of certain death sequences.

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Platforms

Windows 27
Linux 13
X360 12
Mac OS X 11
PS3 7
MS-DOS 5
Mac OS Classic 5
Amiga 3
C64 2
SNES 2
NES 2
PS2 2
ColecoVision 1
Xbox 1
Atari 5200 1
FM Towns 1
Apple II E 1
Mega-CD 1
Atari 400/800 1
VIC-20 1
Atari ST 1
GP2X 1
3DO 1
Jaguar 1
Apple IIGS 1
Coleco Adam 1
Tandy Coco 1
Switch 1
Atari 2600 1
PS4 1

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