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Gameplay feature: Permadeath / Permanent Death

Group Description

Permadeath (slang) is a game feature where the player controlled character is permanently erased after death. No load game options are available and all saved game(s) of that particular character/scenario/campaign are automatically deleted by the game.

Single-player games storing player's data locally (e.g. allowing to quit playing and to return to game-in-progress another day) open the possibility of player manually backing up critical files - this is called save scumming and is considered cheating. Multiplayer games store players' data on server to prevent this.

  • Games where permanent death is only a level/difficulty option e.g. exists only in hardcore/nightmare mode or where permanent death is optional and not the default mode, should be excluded from this game group. Hence, games such as Diablo should not be included in this game group.

  • Games that have a continue feature or multiple lives should be excluded from this game group. The permanent death feature must have the effect of the player losing all level progression, prompting the player to restart a new game, where the new game is indistinguishable from the first time the player played the game. Some games however, may have some minor achievements, scores, or other minor features recorded. Games that reward the player with additional lives during the game (e.g. via items) may be included in the game, as long as player starts with a single life.
Rogue variants may also be included in this game group. Though please note that that some variants out there may not have a permanent death feature or that feature is optional.

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Tower of Guns2014Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, WindowsGrip Digital, s.r.o.3.41
Full Mojo Rampage2014WindowsOver the Top Games S.L.3.92
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth2014Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, WindowsNicalis, Inc.4.10
Wings!: Remastered Edition2014WindowsCinemaware, Inc.3.80
Heavy Bullets2014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsDevolver Digital4.00
Our Darker Purpose2014WindowsAvidly Wild Games3.50
Don't Starve2013Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, WindowsKlei Entertainment Inc.2.83
Wayward2013Browser, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsUnlok4.20
Pixel Piracy2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsQuadro Delta...
Teleglitch: Die More Edition2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsParadox Interactive AB3.83
Angvik2013Macintosh, Windows...
Legend of Dungeon2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsRobotLovesKitty1.67
Risk of Rain2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsChucklefish Ltd.4.53
The Binding of Isaac: Wrath of the Lamb2012Macintosh, Windows3.72
FTL: Faster Than Light2012iPad, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsSubset Games 3.63
Teleglitch2012Linux, WindowsParadox Interactive AB3.33
Spelunky2012PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Windows, Xbox 360Mossmouth, LLC3.50
WazHack2012Android, Browser, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsWaz3.20
The Binding of Isaac2011Macintosh, Windows3.58
Epic Dungeon2010Xbox 360Eyehook Games3.14
Dungeon Adventure2010Xbox 360UberGeekGames...
Spelunky2009Macintosh, WindowsMossmouth, LLC3.82
Aliens: Roguelike2007Linux, Macintosh, Windows4.24
Doom, the Roguelike2002DOS, Linux, Windows4.01
Steel Battalion2002XboxCapcom Entertainment, Inc.4.06
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Selected Covers

The Binding of Isaac Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for The Binding of Isaac
Wayward Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Wayward
Doom, the Roguelike DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Doom, the Roguelike
Epic Dungeon Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Epic Dungeon
Don't Starve Linux Front Cover Steam release
Front cover for Don't Starve

Selected Screenshots

Loading screen
Screenshot from The Binding of Isaac
Main title.
Screenshot from Wayward
Title screen
Screenshot from Doom, the Roguelike
Main menu - This screen usually changes with each new update, sometimes signifying a graphical presentation of the latest major update and highlighted mod.
Screenshot from Don't Starve
Intro cutscene.
Screenshot from Spelunky