Created By: iansimsjam on January 9, 2014 Last Edited By: iansimsjam on January 11, 2014
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Rule of Eight Levels

When a game generally has eight levels or bosses that need to be explored before reaching the final boss.

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Needs More Examples, Seen It a Million Times, Up for Grabs.

A game with eight levels is one of the biggest gameplay cliches in video game history. So much that it deserves it's own trope. It can be eight levels, eight bosses, eight dungeons, eight Gym Leaders or etc. These levels have to be explored (most of the time) in order to reach the final boss.


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Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • January 9, 2014
    arbiter099
    Tagging something that does need to be explained to someone who isn't familiar with mega man as Captain Obvious?
  • January 9, 2014
    KantonKage
    In Tekken series, there are usually 8 battles except vs, Team battle, the endless Survival and in 5 and onwards note  Arcade Mode.
  • January 9, 2014
    iansimsjam
    To arbiter099: It's just a joke. Just For Fun. It's not supposed to be offensive. It also helps that there are only eight robot master names (_____ Man) on that image.
  • January 9, 2014
    arbiter099
    Not offended at all mate but it's misuse of the trope.
  • January 9, 2014
    Koveras
    I am not sure this is tropable, unless there are some very express reasons for games to have exactly eight challenges...

  • January 10, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    I don't think you know what cliche means.

    anyway, People Sit On Chairs. it doesn't have any story meaning, it's just something that happens.

    this is Trivia at best.
  • January 10, 2014
    iansimsjam
    One of the definitions from that site was "A trite or overused expression or idea". Eight Levels IS an "overused idea". What word should I use instead of "cliche"?
  • January 10, 2014
    DennisDunjinman
    If there's a Rule of Eight Levels, you could have a Rule of Three Levels, too. Or a Rule of Ten Levels. Or Fifteen.
  • January 10, 2014
    iansimsjam
    "Eight Levels" is one of the most common in video games. That's why I'm coming up with this YKTTW.
  • January 10, 2014
    DAN004
    Maybe add this for the description:

    Games like these can have more than 8 levels - to qualify for this trope, however, there must be a specialized, highlighted set of 8 levels.

    Mega Man for example doesn't just stop at defeating 8 bosses... There's the intro boss, too, most of the time.
  • January 10, 2014
    StarSword
    Zelda again:
  • January 10, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    iansimsjam i don't consider it an idea. nor is it overused. it's kinda dead now at this point. with next gen gen going for more and the only ones doing it do it by Grandfather Clause.
  • January 10, 2014
    TheTitan99
    It doesn't have to be popular now for it to be a trope. This was pretty common back in the day... though I'm not really sure why exactly.
  • January 10, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ i was talking about it being cliche.
  • January 11, 2014
    kjnoren
    This is trivia at best. One could just as easily go for 30 levels, or 40 levels.

    If there were some kind of meaning in-game to the different eight levels, then I think there would be a trope here, but I doubt it.
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