Death pits

Other (objects, etc.) entity

Includes pits where once you fall, you're never coming back. Either you die during the fall, hitting the bottom or there's just no way out of them and the game doesn't have the grace to call it a game over.


Alternate name: Bottomless pits

* Deadly water
* Rope swinging
* Chasms - some death pits are these.
Extremely common in platformers. Occasionally filled with water to doom the protagonist that can't swim (see: deadly water), other times they have no perceivable bottom and you only fall off screen, and the rest have sharp pointy things ready to jab you.

Note that this is NOT for the non-fatal kind that only drops your health a bit but does not really prevent progressing in the game.

The first Death pits video game was released in 1984.

Sega, Capcom and Titus published most of these games.

Parent groups

Environmental hazards, Tropes


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