Other (objects, etc.) theme

The protagonist is nearing death with each passing moment and must actively circumvent it or to finish their task before they run out of time.


The first video game about Dying was released in 1985.

Capcom, Wolfire Games and Activision has published most of these games

Most obviously this appears as the protagonist's health ticking down without anything actually harming them.
See also: time limit

Not to be confused with actual death of the protagonist as decreed by the plot, as it is not mandatory part of the fight to stay alive (though it may happen as part of the plot too eventually).