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Games centred around Barbarians. A barbarian is usually recognised by his/her long flowy hair, loincloth and animal skins, lack of clothes and sword (not the same as cavemen).
Bats are small, very social flying mammals. They may frequent caves or haunted houses.
A term for a humanoid creature with animalistic features which can comprehend everything from slightly feral humans to savage monsters with trace amounts of anthropomorphism.
Necessary to sustain life in organic creatures, the crimson fluid known as blood tends to make appearances when the body's structure is compromised in some way, a very, very common occurrence in videogames.
When blood will splash textures on walls or floors and even roofs.
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.
Boulders that one has to escape are often implemented in games as a homage to Indiana Jones.
Centaurs have the upper half of a man, and the lower half of a horse. Typically they are hunters.
A concept in games with multiple characters, a screen with pictures of all playable characters with the possibility of stat listings.
Climbing is a common tradition in games, particularly platformers. There is often a particular type of surface that can be climbed, and it has a recognizably different look than other surfaces in the game. Climbing ladders or stairs doesn't count.
The continue is a classic gaming concept, and usually arises when the player "dies" or fails in the game. Usually some loss is tied to a continue, in a form of a "life" or something of other value.
Demons are generally creatures of evil, usually from Hell, who are often totally untrustworthy even when they're not murdering everyone and destroying everything in their path.
Dragons were originally messengers from heaven, according to early Buddhist texts. In games, they can be among the most fearsome of adversaries, but there are some exceptions.
Falling Debris, rocks, or other items that may possibly cause damage to the player character.
That bad guy looks awfully familiar... probably because it's you. This is for games where you fight yourself or an evil version of yourself
The last boss you face in a game, usually representing the final climax of the game.
In games, fire can be an obstacle, a tool, a weapon, or a solution. Just don't play with it...unless you really want to.
Cold-blooded aquatic animals that have scales and breathe through gills.
Enemies that prefer to keep a distance to the ground, and swoop down occasionally to do some damage.
Game Over originally appeared in pinball machines, and later, arcade machines. When players lose at a game, it is game over.
Commonly seen in brawlers, typically with the word "go" next to it, this is an indicator in side-scrolling games of which way to go, and usually an indicator that all of the enemies in an area have been defeated.
A term that can be used to refer to RPGs that focus more on the action, or brawler action games which focus on hack & slash gameplay.
A winged creature from Greek mythology with the body of a bird and the head of a woman. Generally depicted as a winged woman with grotesque features with a mind full of bad habits.
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
In many games there is a ranking system, the players with the highest point value are listed in a "high score" table.
According to greek mythology, Hydra was a many-headed serpent; the offspring of Typhon and Echidna. For each head that got cut off, two new heads would grow in its place. It was eventually slain by Hercules.
Games with this concept focus on diversifying items for different play styles and classes, usually found on hack and slash games and MMOs.
It's arguably the one move that symbolizes the medium to those outside it. The ability to jump, be it onto a building, a platform, or a skull, is one of the all time most important abilities ever put in a video game.
A common type of stage based around the fire and/or lava element. Often platforming heavy and inhabited by fire-based enemies.
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