Extra lives

Video game concept

Player character has multiple "lives".


Alternate names: Tries, Continues

Mastertronic, Atari and Firebird 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 792
ZX Spectrum 558
Amstrad CPC 513
MS-DOS 429
Amiga 371
Atari ST 250
NES 227
Tandy Coco 209
Arcade 176
MSX 153
Linux 151
Atari 400/800 124
Windows 112
GB 104
C16/Plus4 104
Memotech MTX 89
Mac OS Classic 84
BBC 65
VIC-20 62
Master System 58
Apple II E 58
Atari 2600 56
Oric 56
Mega Drive 52
GBC 46
Famicom Disk System 43
Atari 5200 40
Electron 38
PCE 37
GBA 30

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