Extra lives

Video game concept

Player character has multiple "lives", that are basically how many tries a player has before a Game Over.


Alternate names: Tries, Continues

The first video game about Extra lives was released in 1969.

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

compare with these groups


C64 880
ZX Spectrum 619
Amstrad CPC 558
MS-DOS 492
Amiga 434
Atari ST 315
NES 263
Arcade 221
Tandy Coco 210
MSX 190
Linux 154
Atari 400/800 152
GB 125
Windows 114
C16/Plus4 113
Apple II E 110
BBC 99
Memotech MTX 89
Mac OS Classic 87
Mega Drive 83
VIC-20 68
PCE 63
Master System 61
Atari 2600 60
Oric 56
GBC 46
Famicom Disk System 45
Electron 44
Atari 5200 41
Commodore PET 37

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