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Fairies appear in many games, usually as a race that will assist players with magic. Fairies are almost exclusively female.
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.
Power Ups can be used to give the controlling character, or any other character, temporary or permanent upgrades.
Vertical scrolling is when the screen scrolls along the y-axis. In a vertical scrolling game the player usually starts from the bottom of the screen and moves up. They are also almost always presented in a top-down perspective.
The concept of lives in video games evolved to let the player get a second chance after failing once. The most recognizable symbol is the heart.
In many games there is a ranking system, the players with the highest point value are listed in a "high score" table.
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.
A powerful release of energy. This energy is usually expelled in all directions very quickly, typically giving off orange or red flames.
Game Over originally appeared in pinball machines, and later, arcade machines. When players lose at a game, it is game over.
A feature in many curtain fire games, the point where a character can be hit is a different size than the character itself. Whether this zone is visible or not (it varies from game to game), it allows players to dodge bullet patterns that would otherwise be impossible.
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