Quite frequently, game developers do not want you to be able to save anywhere and everywhere, especially while in battle. It encourages Save Scumming, and can lead to a player getting stuck somewhere because their only save is in an area they can't proceed or escape from. If a developer wants to avoid Checkpoint Starvation but still define where a player can save permanently, he can implement a Suspend Save system (sometimes called Quick Saves, instead, although that is also a term for something else entirely). Suspend saves are a type of Save Game that has the following features:
- Only one can exist at a time.
- Saving in such a way always exits the game.
- Reloading a quick save deletes the save file - they are single use only.
- Reloading from a standard save file or starting a new game usually deletes the quick save file.
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- This feature was added to the American release of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. If the player doesn't want to go through the entire three-day timeline in one sitting, they have the option of saving and exiting at an owl statue, to resume later. The only way to save one's progress in the game permanently is to go back in time to the beginning of the "Groundhog Day" Loop.
- The iOS port of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney has this as a feature. If the app is closed during play, it will give you the option to resume from your suspend save the next time you open it.
- This feature was added to all of the handheld ports and remakes of the NES-era Final Fantasy games.
- Dragon Quest/Dragon Warrior games also use this when you're in the field, you can only save properly in towns.
- Final Fantasy Origins, the PlaystationOne compilation of Final Fantasy I and Final Fantasy II, did this.
- Mari0 includes a quick-save feature.
- New Super Mario Bros. and New Super Mario Bros. Wii allow you to use these any time, but only allow full saves at castles and when star coins are spent.
- The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games do this if you save while inside a dungeon.
- This is the standard for PC Roguelikes, including NetHack.
- Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon allows you to quick-save during a battle.
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