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Instant death

Video game concept

The player dies from single damaging hit of any kind, the equivalent of having never more than one life/hit point.

1374
games
105
platforms

Alternate name: 1 hitpoint

The first video game about Instant death was released in 1978.

Mastertronic, Atari and Elite has published most of these games

This can be pushed to the extreme with permanent death, no saves and no lives.

This often extends to enemies as well, but some games torment players by having enemies (outside bosses) that can survive more or being even completely immune to any amount of shooting.

Can be considered for games without death as well, as some form of instant loss at slightest mistake (games like Tetris wouldn't count, as such).

Parent groups

Artificial difficulty, Game-like elements, Hardcore elements, Health

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Platforms

ZX Spectrum 146
C64 135
Linux 124
Amstrad CPC 87
NES 81
MS-DOS 62
MSX 58
Windows 54
C16/Plus4 48
Arcade 43
Atari 400/800 34
Memotech MTX 32
Amiga 31
Mac OS X 29
Mac OS Classic 26
Atari ST 22
VIC-20 21
BeOS 18
BBC 17
Famicom Disk System 15
Atari 2600 13
Apple II E 12
Atari 5200 12
Master System 9
Electron 9
Tandy Coco 9
Sharp X1 7
NEC PC8801 7
Atari 7800 7
Tatung Einstein 7

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