Created By: superkeijikunJuly 5, 2013 Last Edited By: superkeijikunMarch 12, 2014

Idiosyncratic Game Over

A Game Over screen that doesn't read

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Everyone is familiar with the traditional "Game Over" screen that appears when you lose the game. Some games, however, like to mix things up and use a different phrase from "Game Over" in these losing screens.

In function, an Idiosyncratic Game Over serves the exact same function as a standard Game Over screen: they let you know, upon losing all of your Hit Points or Video Game Lives, failing an Escort Mission, and so on, that you have lost the game. The main difference is that these screens say something, anything, aside from "Game Over". This may allow for a greater degree of immersion into the game, as an Idiosyncratic Game Over's phrase is more in line with a game's particular setting than just "Game Over". It's not the same as Its A Wonderful Failure or Have A Nice Death: an Idiosyncratic Game Over is short and to-the-point, whereas the former trope is more in line with a Bad Ending and the latter elaborates more on your failure (although there is some room for overlap with these tropes). Compare with Non Standard Game Over.

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Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • July 5, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    Game Over Synonym as a suggestion
  • July 5, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    The 3D Grand Theft Auto games have "You're Wasted!" (I actually think all of them do, but the early ones also have limited lives, so it is possible to get a typical Game Over.)
  • July 5, 2013
    Koveras
    Would games that call Game Over "Mission Failed" count?
  • July 5, 2013
    superkeijikun
    @Koveras I don't see why not. Since "Mission Failed" is a very common example, though, I decided to list other examples.
  • July 5, 2013
    m8e
    I think these needs more context. Descriptions of these screens...
  • July 6, 2013
    m8e
    • Escape Velocity Nova: The game returns to the start menu, but instead of showing the normal pilot/ship data it simply shows "[Pilot name] has been killed". This is usually preceded by a "Ship destroyed." in the bottom left corner.
  • July 6, 2013
    Koveras
    • "Mission Failed" is used instead of Game Over throughout the Ace Combat series. Played With in Ace Combat 3 Electrosphere, where apart from "Mission Failed" and "Mission Complete", you could get a "Mission Over" screen, which meant that you have beaten the essential objectives but failed some optional ones, which will have repercussions later on.
  • July 6, 2013
    CrankyStorming
  • July 6, 2013
    robinjohnson
    • Rogue showed you an ascii skull. Hack and Nethack show you an ascii tombstone.

    But... is this really tropeable? It's just gonna be a list of games with a game-over message other than "game over".
  • July 6, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    ^ I think it's valid. The idea is to create an ending screen that is somehow integrated with the setting of the game as opposed to "This is clearly a video game and now you must insert more quarters to start again."
  • July 8, 2013
    tachyonTrail
    • Secret Of Mana: "Sadly, no trace of them was ever found..." (if only one character is in the party, replace "them" with that character's name).
  • July 8, 2013
    TyeDyeWildebeest
  • July 8, 2013
    Koveras
    • Eversion: "Press Evert Button to Continue". As the game progresses, this message changes to much creepier variations.
  • March 11, 2014
    CassandraLeo
    • Chrono Trigger has "But... the future refused to change", although this only appears in certain circumstances (you lose to Lavos).
  • March 12, 2014
    DAN004
  • March 12, 2014
    DAN004
    In doujin game Rosenkreuz Stilette, the Game Over screen is different in each stage, and all of them contains Shout Out.
  • March 12, 2014
    crazysamaritan
    ^^^ That is Nonstandard Game Over.

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