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Backtracking is the act of navigating through previously explored areas, usually for the purpose of progressing in an objective-based adventure game. Players who are lost may also backtrack to reorient themselves.
A boss fight is a culminating challenge that pits the player against one or more enemies representing a greater threat and/or difficulty than those previously faced. These scenarios typically feature unique antagonists.
Video game bosses are usually the main antagonist, and arch nemesis of the main protagonist. In most cases the end of a game is when the main character defeats the final boss.
Business Scrubs are Deku Scrubs that try to sell certain items to Link.
Collectibles are items such as coins, rings, gems, packages etc. that can be gathered, usually for some kind of reward, or sometimes to simply beat a level. Often (almost too often) the source of earning achievements and trophies on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Environments cycle between day and night, often with effects on other aspects of the game.
These spooky entities are the spirits of the dead, returned from beyond their graves for generally sinister purposes. There's generally about even odds whether a particular ghost will be helpful or malevolent towards the living, but some ghosts just want to be left alone entirely.
A heads-up display is a graphical overlay of vital information used in most modern games.
Health is a value that gauges how much damage players can take in a game before they die or pass out. Also known as life in some games. Health is usually represented by a bar or a percentage instead of an exact amount. Found in most non sport games
Horse riding is mostly used in games to get around from one place to another quicker than you could on foot. They can also sometimes be used in combat or racing.
The concept of affecting the universe through supernatural methods, breaking the fundamental laws of science.
Animals that can be ridden by players to get around faster.
The Poe Sisters are the four Poes who Link encounters in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Their names are Joelle, Beth, Amy, and Meg.
Quests that aren't necessary for game completion. They typically offer side-stories or specific rewards.
Stalfos are skeletal enemies in the Legend of Zelda series, commonly wielding swords with surprising skill, and wishing for nothing else than to murder the living. Ocarina of Time implied that adults who enter the Lost Woods are transformed into Stalfos.
The concept of a character leaping forwards or backwards in time.
A castle that is upside-down, appears in multiple games.
Zombies, more accurately called the walking dead, are reanimated corpses who feed on the living, and have become a ubiquitous video game enemy. They often move slowly, but can be deadly in large numbers, which is unfortunately how they tend to travel. Shotgun time!
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