Permanent death

Video game concept

Upon the protagonist's death, all game progress is lost and the player must start the game all over instead of loading a save or restarting at some checkpoint such as level start.

540
games
39
platforms

The first video game about Permanent death was released in 1971.

NEUC, EAG and Klei Entertainment has published most of these games

Contrast: permadeath, unlimited lives

Related:
* Quit save
* Single save
* No saves
* 1 life

Contrast:
* Deathless
Notes:
* Saves are deleted/invalidated if there were any.
* Player may have multiple lives/retries/etc. which need to be depleted before "actual" death occurs. This is the norm in arcade games.
* Likely uses suspend saves
* Does not affect player progression, as otherwise it's character progression rather than player.

Parent groups

Anti save scumming, Game saves, Hardcore elements

Platforms

Apple II E 230
Linux 113
Windows 76
Mac OS X 34
MS-DOS 21
BeOS 6
OS/2 5
Unix 5
Mac OS Classic 3
NeXT 3
Solaris 3
BSD 3
Internet Only 3
Flash 3
Android 2
DEC PDP-1 2
PS Vita 2
GamePark 32 2
Xbox One 2
PS4 2
GP2X 2
Pandora 1
Atari 400/800 1
Atari ST 1
PS3 1
C64 1
X360 1
iOS 1
3DS 1
WinCE 1

By year

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