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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.

Limitations
  • 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 losing all level progression is still in effect.
Note
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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Roundguard2020iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, tvOS, Windows, Xbox OneQuantum Astrophysicists Guild Inc., The...
Steambirds Alliance2019Macintosh, WindowsSpry Fox LLC...
Below2018PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneCapybara Games Inc....
Dead Ground2018Linux, WindowsShotX Studio...
One Hour One Life2018Windows...
Leap of Fate2016PlayStation 4, WindowsClever-Plays Studio, Inc....
Lost Castle2016Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, WindowsAnotherIndie LLC...
Flamebreak2016Linux, Macintosh, WindowsNimbly Games, LLC...
Deathstate2015Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, WindowsBread Machine Games...
MidBoss2015Linux, Macintosh, WindowsKitsune Games LLC...
StarBreak2015Browser, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsCrunchy Games...
Full Mojo Rampage2014PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneNicalis, Inc....
Tower of Guns2014Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneGrip Digital, s.r.o.3.43
Our Darker Purpose2014WindowsAvidly Wild Games...
Heavy Bullets2014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsDevolver Digital, Inc....
Wings!: Remastered Edition2014Macintosh, WindowsCinemaware, Inc.3.76
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth2014Linux, Macintosh, New Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneNicalis, Inc.4.30
Ziggurat2014Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Tomahawk F1, Wii U, Windows, Xbox OneMilkstone Studios S.L....
NEO Scavenger2014Android, Browser, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBlue Bottle Games, LLC...
How to Survive: One Shot Escape2014Windows505 Games S.R.L....
STWALT2014Browser...
Ghostship Aftermath2014WindowsMAG Studios...
Miscreated2014WindowsEntrada Interactive LLC...
Wasteland Kings2013WindowsVlambeer...
Pixel Piracy2013Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One505 Games (U.S.), Inc....
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Selected Covers

Roundguard Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Roundguard
Miscreated Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Miscreated
One Hour One Life Windows Front Cover
Front cover for One Hour One Life
Steambirds Alliance Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Steambirds Alliance

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Roundguard
Main menu
Screenshot from Tower of Guns
Introduction sequence
Screenshot from Ziggurat
A scene from the introduction sequence, written in verse.
Screenshot from Flamebreak
Game group created by Alaka (70825), additional games added to group by Rola (8290), Patrick Bregger (250636), Stefan Lindberg (18), Rwolf (17478), chirinea (46525), Evolyzer (18865), Sciere (646055), dowding (13102), Игги Друге (46367), JudgeDeadd (26821), Parf (7786), Indra was here (20905) and MAT (212342)