Extra lives

Video game concept

Player character has multiple "lives".


Alternate names: Tries, Continues

Mastertronic, Atari and Sega has published most of these games

These usually don't have any mechanism to save your game progress as they originate from systems (arcade) where such things were impossible (and undesirable).

Continues are treated as lives in terms of this.

By default it can be assumed that depletion of lives forces player to restart the current level, except in case of arcade games where we can assume permadeath is the case. Otherwise permadeath tag should be used as appropriate to distinguish cases.

Parent group

Game-like elements

Child group

Shared lives


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Linux 152
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