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Sure, these days have almost every game sporting the newfangled 3D, but way back when, everyone had to live with plain old 2D. 2D, or two dimensions, limit the game to scrolling backgrounds, but some games even now make use of this basic concept.
Games that feature stages in which the player is forced to continually progress, chased by a relentless and lethal threat that covers the entire height/width of the screen.
A protagonist who lacks some or all of the qualities traditionally seen as heroic.
Levels that progress forward by themselves at a fixed rate.
Games that contain levels/missions/chapters where the player starts off in immediate danger.
Hiding items, rooms, and all kinds of things behind waterfalls is one of the oldest concepts in the history of games.
Winged, usually flying creatures, many of which enjoy perching on branches and defecating on unfortunate victims below.
Originally the Brown Sugar Pirates, the Black Sugar Gang is the nefarious group lead by Captain Syrup.
Bonus levels, rounds, or stages give players a chance to gain extra points, powerups, or lives. Occasionally bonus stages will play completely different than the rest of the game, like as a slot machine or pinball minigame.
Not all bosses can handle the player by themselves. Many use waves of lesser enemies to fight for them while they rest, and some even let these minions do all the work.
A point within the game whereby the game saves its current state whether it be for the purpose of a more convenient respawn point or a gameplay design (such as in racing).
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.
When a game takes it's collectible objects (coins, rings, etc.) and arranges them to form an arrow. Usually used to tell players where to go next.
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.
The ultimate pressure feature. Players have to complete the task at hand, be it defeating opponents or cutting the right wire, in the allotted time.
An order of large reptiles that encompases the Alligator, Gharial, Caiman and Crocodile families.
While dangerous on land, they're pure killing machines in the wet element.
A non-interactive sequence within a game most often used for plot advancement.
Digital Distribution is the concept of purchasing digital media via the internet and having it sent to the user directly via the internet. No physical representation of this content is given but the content resides on the users hard drive and is legally owned by them.
This concept deals with platforms that phase in and out of existence as time passes. It is used to create tricky platforming situations requiring excellent timing to overcome.
An aquatic flying bird that is sometimes hunted.
Ducks appear in numerous games, some named after them (Duck Hunt), and as part of the scenery of other games (Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal).
Why are bad guys on so many game covers? Perhaps the developers secretly think they're cooler than the good guys.
When a game lets you grab enemies and throw them as projectiles. Commonly found in platformers, but also sometimes found in over-the-top 3rd person action games.
A dark version of a game's hero, featuring many of the same powers. Usually wears black. Male evil twins often have goatees.
A door that players must go through to exit the level
A powerful release of energy. This energy is usually expelled in all directions very quickly, typically giving off orange or red flames.
Games that feature an antagonist--someone who opposes the game's protagonist--that is a woman.
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.
Enemies that prefer to keep a distance to the ground, and swoop down occasionally to do some damage.
Games that have a (usually) unique title, but then identifies that it is a sequel, spin-off, or other affiliation to a pre-existing franchise via its subtitle.
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