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.


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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