Extra lives

Video game concept

Player character has multiple "lives".


Alternate names: Tries, Continues

Atari, Mastertronic 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


C64 802
ZX Spectrum 569
Amstrad CPC 521
MS-DOS 440
Amiga 385
Atari ST 267
NES 238
Tandy Coco 209
Arcade 187
MSX 165
Linux 151
Atari 400/800 128
Windows 112
GB 111
C16/Plus4 104
Memotech MTX 89
Mac OS Classic 84
BBC 65
VIC-20 62
Mega Drive 60
Apple II E 60
Master System 58
Atari 2600 57
Oric 56
GBC 46
Famicom Disk System 44
PCE 43
Atari 5200 40
Electron 38
GBA 30

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