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->''"There is one feature I will happily abase myself before: mid-boss checkpoints. This is a game where a boss can be the size of the moon and have eleven health bars. Chipping the first ten away only to be killed by a casual elbow to the face is frustrating enough without having to take it from the top."''
-->-- '''Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw''', ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'', on ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}''

Anti-Frustration Features are instances in a game where the established rules of the game are suspended/modified under certain circumstances, or a particular effect that happens when the game deliberately helps you out during a specific situation.

Usually an example of an ObviousRulePatch to prevent {{unwinnable}} situations from developing, such as if a given BossBattle mandates the use of one specific weapon with limited uses (be it BreakableWeapons, CastFromHitPoints, or a simple lack of BottomlessMagazines).

It can also occur in other situations, but those are fairly rare.

See also AcceptableBreaksFromReality for when it is the rules of reality that are changed, and PlayerNudge for when the game helps you out only in times where [[GuideDangIt the solution isn't obvious]]. Can sometimes lead to [[ItsEasySoItSucks some slight backlash]], and take the form of SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity. Not to be confused with MercyMode. Direct opposite of ClassicVideoGameScrewYous. MercyInvincibility is the subtrope where the player is immune to damage for a few seconds after getting injured.



[[folder:Action Adventure]]
* As mentioned in the page quote, ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' features mid-boss checkpoints so that the player doesn't have to fight the boss all over again if they die towards the end of the fight. It also puts a checkpoint right before every PressXToNotDie moment so that, even if you fail the quicktime event, you don't lose more than a few seconds of progress.
* The ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'' has a few.
** Several times in predator encounters, enemies that should notice Batman don't, either because he's too far away, or in the middle of a special takedown.
** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' and ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'', after using a gadget to create a platform in the water, Batman will automatically aim straight for it if you glide at it.
** ''City'' featured Riddler informants that could tell Batman where Riddler trophies were hidden, as long as the informant was the last enemy taken out in any encounter. This made battles with the informants frustrating, since the player would have to avoid targeting them until they were done. ''Origins'' fixed this problem by making the informants surrender when beaten as opposed to being knocked out, so the player no longer has to beat them last. Also, informants in ''City'' would respawn later if you screwed up and didn't interrogate them.
** Typically, if Batman falls into any pool of water, he'll just grapple gun right back to a safe platform. In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', even if Batman is too far away for the grapple gun to work, he'll instantly reappear back on a platform anyway.
** There's a sequence in ''Knight'' where you have to analyze security footage for the correct number sequence to open a door. Fail enough times, and Batman will just punch the number pad, causing the door to open anyways.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' one of the Lairs of Romulus requires you to cut down counterweights with a projectile. The counterweight you find at the end of a long platforming sequence has a few chests nearby which infinitely replenishes your throwing knives, crossbow bolts and bullets in case you got all the way up there with no ammo left, or have really ''atrocious'' aim -- they're the only such chests in the entire game!
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'', if you have several hostile ships around you, they'll stop firing at you when you board one to take it as a prize. Same goes for forts if you initiate a ship boarding mini-event near a hostile fort.
* When you die in ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil,'' you're usually sent back to a checkpoint near the start of the room or the area you're in. You'll have half your regular health, and any items you may have used in the interim will be gone. There are two exceptions, however: The Looter's Caverns and the FinalBoss. When you lose a Looter's Cavern, you're sent back to the start with whatever health you had when you entered (full, if you're smart) and any items you used during the challenge are returned to your inventory. Since the Looter's Caverns are... [[ThatOneSidequest annoying]], this is quite a boon. The FinalBoss has a checkpoint halfway that's the same way.
* If you die to a boss in ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', retrying that same boss will have the pre-fight cutscene's dialogue boxes scroll by instantly so you can get back to the fight faster. Also, the the exposition dialogue of the BrutalBonusLevel occurs only once when you pass it for the first time, so you don't have to hear the same thing every time you die.
* In ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' video game, the Catacombs levels have stages [[UnexpectedGameplayChange where you ride Yzma and Kronk's rollercoaster into their lab]]. The developers seemed to have anticipated that the levels would be [[ThatOneLevel difficult]] due to the high speed, [[InterfaceScrew frequently reversing your controls]], and lack of checkpoints, so the level doesn't have a health bar or count any falls into the BottomlessPit as deaths and take you from the top.
* ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' gives you a pre-made Resonance Reflector for your [[PlayingTennisWithTheBoss tennis date with the final boss]], just in case you didn't have one yet. More acceptable than usual, since otherwise it would be impossible to win on the hardest difficulty level.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs''
** Enemies won't detect your escorts during sneaking sessions, just you. Appropriately, they sneak around corners as well as you can, but if you're careful you may notice a few times when the bad guys ought to be noticing your escorts but don't. We are not complaining, though. The alternative would be insufferable.
** Whenever you've killed the last enemy in a combat section, Joel will say something along the lines of "Alright, that's all of them." Just so you know that you did, indeed, get them all.
** Similarly, when you're navigating through large areas, the characters will occasionally say things like, "Let's go through here," or "Can't go this way," to let the player know when they're on the right track or when they should turn around.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Whenever you die in ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'', you usually start at Zelda's palace, however, this doesn't apply to the Great Palace; die there and you just have to start at the beginning of the dungeon instead of trekking through the lava and lizardmen infested Valley of Death.
** In most post-NES Zelda games, if you need a particular weapon (such as bombs or arrows) to beat a boss battle, you can count on them being available during the boss fight in case you run out.
*** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'', the boss in the Shadow Temple drops arrows and magic jars every time you shoot its hands, since you need the Bow and Arrows and the Lens of Truth during the fight. If you happen to run out of magic and arrows at the same time, you can still use your Hookshot to attack the hands so they drop items for you.
*** King Dogongo in ''Ocarina of Time'' (Bomb flowers) or Odolwa in ''Majora's Mask'' (Arrows) - in fact, Odolwa has plants that drop arrows and hearts, and they regrow.
*** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'', the boss Gohdan can only be defeated with the use of arrows and bombs; if you run out of either, Gohdan will "sneeze" out a few extras to compensate. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that [[spoiler:this particular boss is not malevolent and is merely testing your ability to be a hero, which has nothing to do with how much you can carry]].
*** Trinexx, the boss of Turtle Rock in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'', can initially only be hurt by attacking his fire-and-ice-spewing heads with their opposite elements. If you run out of magic power to use the Fire and Ice Rods, however, his elemental breath attacks will have a chance of leaving a small magic container behind.
*** Subverted with Kholdstare. You need to use the Fire Rod or the Bombos medallion to thaw him and properly fight him. If you run out of magic before fully thawing him, there's no magic containers around, but that's where another AntiFrustrationFeature comes into play: At that point in the game you are bound to have the magic mirror. You can use it to return to the beginning of the dungeon (so you don't have to die). The Mirror not needing magic power may be such a feature in itself.
*** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'': While escorting Telma and Ilia to Kakariko you fight King Bulbin for the second time. You will need arrows for this round; every time you run out of them (or didn't have any to begin with) Telma will give you some.
** If there's any area that requires the use of bombs to continue in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'', you can bet that there will be a bomb flower or two nearby so you can replace the bombs you lose.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]]'', any and every item in the game either (A) runs off your Energy Gauge, which refills upon being left alone for a while, or (B) has no depletable source whatsoever.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]'', your train will magically flip in the direction you want to go when exiting a station or a portal.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap The Minish Cap]]'', fusing Kinstones result in a variety of new things, like treasure chests, gold enemies, opened passageways, etc., and there are 100 fusions to keep track of. Since you can't always drop what you're currently doing to run off and claim whatever new prize has been revealed (or you might not be able to reach it yet), the game places a marker on your map to remind you that it's there.
** If you get disconnected while playing ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTriForceHeroes Tri Force Heroes]]'', you at the very least get 60 "sympathy rupees". In online play you can also blacklist "false heroes" ({{griefer}}s) so that you don't get teamed up with them again.
* In ''VideoGame/AladdinVirginGames'', the last two bosses can be killed only if you throw apples at them, and more apples appear every time you run out. In addition, if you fail the [[ScrappyLevel Rug Ride level]] enough times, the game will automatically skip you, giving you a "Nice try" message.
** Similarly to the Rug Ride thing, losing all your lives to the inexplicable buzz-saws and acid pits (and the floor itself, if you fall off the trolley) in one of the early levels of VideoGame/MickeyMania will not earn you a GameOver, as the game will HandWave you to the next area with a message to the effect of "Mickey has broken all the trolleys so he walked instead". [[FridgeLogic Why didn't he just walk to begin with?]] It had the apple thing too, but with marbles.
** The same trolley level also has another one of these, though it can actually happen anywhere in the game; the trolley level is the easiest to perform it in. Throw a marble at a certain row of buzz saws causes a "Level Warp" screen to pop up, letting you go one level forward or backwards, whichever you choose. So why does this example fit this trope? The "Level Warp" is a very cleverly disguised Crash Handler. Whenever a GameBreakingBug is triggered, the game boots up a level warp as the crash screen, which is much more attractive to the players than the game simply freezing, or getting a screen about the game crashing. The trolley level is only an example of how to crash the game consistently: it can be done by accident elsewhere[[labelnote:another]]In the very first level there's a cat enemy that when jumped on falls through the deck and appears in a porthole. Jumping on it at the furtherest point of its patrol, beyond the row of portholes below, will "crash" to level skip thanks to the out-of-bounds animation[[/labelnote]]. ''VideoGame/Sonic3DBlast'' by the same developer also disguised its crash handler as a secret level warp.
* Fail enough times at any of the Oni Island races in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' and the game will start going easier on you. This can include changing the timing of the obstacles, slowing your opponent, or putting platforms over spikes. There is a reduction in the reward for winning each time, but it does help those that are less proficient at this sort of thing.
* In ''VideoGame/GoofTroop'', if you get a Game Over, the {{Password Save}} system will remember the last password you obtained, allowing for a quick continue.
* The TimeTravel powers in the ''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia'' Sands trilogy include Rewind, which allows the player to rewind time just enough to reverse a fatal mistake. It's also designed to prevent abuse, though, with the use of sand tanks and a timer that needs to recharged in-between time power usage.
* The first ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}'' game had a "Loser Button" in a room with a ''particularly'' difficult ice block puzzle. Pushing it instantly solved the puzzle for you, at the cost of changing the button to a hint panel that read "[[TakeThatAudience Here forever engraved is the name of the LOSER Django (Or whatever name you inputted)]]."
* If the player bounces the ball too many times off the paddle in ''DX-Ball 2'' without hitting a destructible block, all indestructible blocks on the field are changed into destructible blocks (since this is usually caused by indestructible blocks being a huge pain in the ass and keeping you from making the shot.)
* Likewise, ''VideoGame/WizOrb'' gives the player free MP if they bounce the ball off the paddle too many times without hitting a destructible block or enemy, so they can use a spell to progress further.

[[folder:Adventure Games]]
* A game based on the ''Connections'' TV show featured a hint book that told you how to solve certain puzzles. Said hint book also included a few "magic buttons" that, if you clicked on them, would instantly solve a puzzle or put you right at the screen you needed to be at. The game also included a small inventory system, with the objects used for certain puzzles or doors. You could only use these objects on the screen they were designed to be used on, though; attempting to use them at any other time netted you a "not yet!" message, so you didn't spend a lot of time pointless trying every object on every pixel of every screen.
* ''VideoGame/TheDameWasLoaded'' had a tuxedo needed at one point to get into the Blue Angel nightclub. If you miss it the first time, thereís an alternative route planned to save you from having to reload.
* On the Armor Games version of ''Don't Escape 3'', the AG quests corresponding to the in-game achievements were only added after the game had been up for a while and, as a result, a lot of players had gotten them already. To prevent players from having to do the same things twice, the quests were coded so that going to the achievements page in-game would trigger the completion of any quest whose corresponding achievement was already completed.
* ''VideoGame/GhostInTheSheet'' has two arcade sequences; you can use a command to skip them if they're too difficult for you (the rat one you should probably be able to get on your own; good luck with the fireflies though).
* Modern-day {{interactive fiction}} not uncommonly comes with an 'undo' command, allowing the player to simply take back moves if desired. (This is for example the default in games written with Inform 7 unless explicitly disabled by the designer.)

[[folder:Edutainment Games]]
* In the edutainment ''VideoGame/SuperSolvers'' game ''Treasure Cove!'', you use bubbles to attack things and move around the level. To obtain bubbles, you have to shine your flashlight at the bubble station a few times to pay for them, and bubbles could in turn be used to capture starfish, who reward correct answers to questions with more flashlight energy. Since you could, if you tried very hard, waste all of your bubbles and light, the game would place electric eels on the next screen you swam to to give you a free energy boost, rather than leave you to swim around a now-{{Unwinnable}} game.
** This also applies to all Super Solver games. ''Treasure Mountain!'' and ''Treasure Math Storm!'' have the same thing, if you swap flashlight for coins, and electric eels with coins laying on the ground.

[[folder:Fighting Games]]
* The otherwise insanely-powerful-even-for-an-SNKBoss of ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart 3'' score attack, Parace, starts with less life each time you continue. After losing to her a dozen times or so, she'll start with about a quarter of full health and can be taken out with a single blaze - if you can hit her.
* In ''VideoGame/BattleFantasia'''s story mode, continuing after defeat will start you with a full level on your MP bar. This continues up to level 3, after which you are given infinite MP.
* The campaign mode of ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' is set up almost like a board game. You move your character's piece around the various boards, expending one Destiny Point per move, interacting with {{Mook}}s, bosses, treasures, and the like. Story Points are the overall score at the end of the board, and are lost when the player loses a match or spends more Destiny Points than they have. The final boards of the game's final story mode have neither Destiny Points nor Story Points, meaning that the player can challenge the [[FinalBoss Final]] SNKBoss as many times as they need to without penalty. Nice of them.
* The ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series, starting with ''KOF 98'' allowed you to continue with a slight advantage upon losing (such as reducing the enemy's health to 1/3 its normal length or starting you off with a full Super Meter)... though that's little help against the [[SNKBoss final boss]].
** In the remakes of '98 and 2002, failing any combination of the challenge games 100 times unlocks everything in the game automatically.
* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' has the Infinite Prevention System, a feature that detects when a player is trapped in an infinite combo loop and lets them burst out of it in an instant.
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' has the AI in a particular fight become gradually easier with each loss, until it's practically handing you the win on a silver platter out of pity.
** Ditto for ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', whose AI will ease up on repeated losses even with final boss Shao Kahn (to the point where he'll mostly just taunt over and over).
* The Chronicles of the Sword mode in ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur III'', like the Ratchet & Clank example below, allows you to keep accumulated experience even if you fail a map, so you won't have to restart the campaign from scratch when you realize in the final level that your party is underlevelled or that your class composition doesn't allow for enough [[AIBreaker Anti-AI moves]] to beat the SNKBoss.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', when fighting a character to unlock them for the first time, their AI is set to high levels and can be difficult to beat. To make up for this, whenever you fail a character-unlock match, their AI will be set to a lower level each time you rematch them. Even more, you don't have to go through the method to unlock them to fight them again- just play a Smash match.
** In the fourth game, losing a match in Classic mode reduces the difficulty by .5 of the Intensity scale. However, this may be subverted depending on your playstyle: For those who genuinely need the step-down and are testing their ability against higher difficulty levels, this is a helpful way of meaning you don't have to re-make all your progress. On the other hand, those who can generally play on 9.0 Intensity but make occasional slips may feel penalised by the forced difficulty decrease. Also, for each integer of Intensity added the final boss gains an extra form - so if you want to see them all you have to set Intensity to as high as possible and then lose ''at most'' two matches against the hardest computer setting, including the final boss' various forms that all have very strong, very hard-to-dodge attacks.
** If someone is sufficiently far behind in the match from ''Brawl'' onwards, there's a chance that they might spawn with a Final Smash ready to use.

[[folder:First Person Shooters]]
* ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' and its ''Burial at Sea'' [=DLC=] always play a short violin {{Stinger}} when you've cleared an area of enemies. Given the sheer size and scope of some of the areas the fighting takes place in, this is very helpful.
* The ''{{Videogame/Borderlands}}'' games have ammo chests are weighted slightly to what you're low on.
** Running out of health puts you into a "Fight for your Life" mode that lets you get back on your feet if you manage to kill an enemy within a short time, undoubtedly a useful feature given the amounts of damage a lot of the enemies can dish out. However, this can arguably make the frustration worse in a few instances, for example if you managed to kill the only nearby enemy a nanosecond before you went down due to afterburn or something. Fortunately, DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist thanks to the [[RespawnPoint New-U stations]] scattered about.
** In a mid-game mandatory EscortMission where [[HoldTheLine you have to protect a beacon from Hyperion robots for a certain time]] the beacon cannot be permanently destroyed; its health depleting only halts the timer until you repair it. If you fail to do it and have to repair it enough times, the BigBad himself will remark on how much you're sucking at the job. Afterwards, the beacon becomes completely invulnerable. The DifficultySpike [[NintendoHard said mission]] presents in single-player means that, to a first-timer, it makes completing the mission ''possible''.
--> '''Handsome Jack:''' [[TakeThatAudience You're really bad at protecting that beacon, aren't you]]?
** Some quests give you specific weapons or items that you must take to complete them, or as a quest reward. Should you get a quest item or reward when your inventory is full, you'll still get the item anyway, with your inventory going over its maximum limit.
** Accidentally sell an item you didn't want to? Buy it back for the exact price you sold it for!
* If the player loses enough times in a ''VideoGame/BrothersInArms'' game, the player is given the option to replay last checkpoint with full health, instead of whatever health the player left off with. In the ''Road To Hill 30'' game, it even tells you "War isn't fair, but a game should be."
* During the boss fight against the Giant Venus Maneater in VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}, you never run out of PMC ammo. If you happen to run out, you instantly spawn another full clip.
* If you find an infinite ammo crate in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'', [[SuspiciousVideogameGenerosity expect to use it liberally]].
** Also in ''Half-Life 2'', TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon upgrades your suit to allow it to heal much faster and more energy (as well as HP) from the wall-mounted recharge stations.
** In the one battle that doesn't have an infinite crate for the one type of ammo you need, infinitely-respawning allies will provide you with the ammo you need.
** Cherish those times when the Combine takes away all of your normal weapons, because the process "accidentally" supercharges your Gravity Gun. Not only are its normal abilities much more effective, you can grab and throw ''other people like dolls.'' The raw power is... [[AGodAmI heady.]]
** A more minor example is the supplies dropped by crates. They're dependent on the player's current status, so someone low on ammo might get a few more rounds, while someone with low health could find a medkit. It's done subtly enough that it's not really noticeable in-game--you just know that you managed to find that crate at ''just'' the right time!
* When fighting the AnticlimaxBoss of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', Sgt. Johnson gives you a Spartan Laser, which at the time is [[EleventhHourSuperpower the only weapon capable of doing damage to said boss]]. It doesn't matter if you brought in a fully-loaded rocket launcher or fuel rod cannon, they're useless here. Luckily, the laser has infinite ammo, so you don't have to jump off the edge when you run out of charge.
** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' does this for [[HarderThanHard Legendary mode]] if you get caught into death loops at any point (i.e., if you die too fast after reloading your auto save point many times). Normally, such cases require reloading the entire level from the start, but Bungie throws a merciful bone to players who're stuck at any tricky section by reloading the game from ''two'' checkpoints ago.
** In ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', the space combat section can get disorientating because one might easily end up flying "upside down". Thus, the game automatically makes your Sabre right itself if you stop turning for a few seconds. Also, so that enemies don't become too difficult to shoot at such long range, the reticle for hitting them automatically adjusts based on distance and waypoints appear showing where the enemy fighters are when there's only five left.
* ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast]]'' and ''Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy'' make any enemies who are carrying key cards somewhat immune to certain Force powers (i.e. Push and Pull will still knock them over, but they won't actually change position) to prevent players from [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential accidentally throwing that key card down the nearest bottomless shaft]] and promptly locking themselves out from an item crate or the path out of the level.
* Developers' commentary for ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' states that it's a major feature of the Director AI: It will try to estimate the survivors' stress levels and give them breathers if they seem to be fatigued by constant combat. Conversely, it'll also spawn hordes of the Infected if they try to [[TakeYourTime Take Their Time]].
** When you go down, your survivor pulls out a Pistol to defend themselves until someone helps them up. In ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'', you can discard your Pistol or Magnum for a melee weapon. If you happen to go down while having a melee weapon, [[{{Hammerspace}} your character will pull out another pistol from nowhere]], allowing you to defend yourself until you get help. This lets players have less worry about incapacitation, knowing that they will have something to fight with even if they hold a melee weapon. This rule also applies to Chainsaws, which will be tossed away and traded for a Pistol once the Chainsaw runs out of gas.
*** The rule also applies for players in ''Left 4 Dead 2'' who have died, but are revived from a MagicalDefibrillator. Upon death, the player will drop all weapons and items they were carrying except for their secondary weapon (Pistols, Magnums, or a melee weapon) so that when they get revived on the spot, they will have a weapon to defend themselves with should their fellow survivors loot their body beforehand.
** ''Left 4 Dead 2'' has two finales that require the survivors to fill something with gasoline. Normally, you have to collect all the cans in the map, but if you are playing in single player mode, you need fewer cans to escape instead of having to collect all the cans. This is to compensate for the limitations of the survivor AI where they can't pick up or use gas cans at all.
* In ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor: Warfighter'' during the single-player portion, the player gets infinite secondary weapon magazines, and also has the option of holding the reload button near an allied NPC to get more primary weapon ammo from them.
* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'' has the Light, Dark, and Annihilator beams that require ammo to use. Some enemies are only vulnerable to certain beam weapons, and some doors only open with those weapons, too. Thus, you gain Dark ammo from enemies killed with the Light Beam, Light ammo from enemies killed with the Dark Beam, and both types from Annihilator. Even if you run out of ammo, you can still fire the beams by charging them up, but they shoot normal shots instead. And if you happen to run out of ammo while fighting the third form of the final boss Emperor Ing, he'll gracefully summon a bunch of cannon fodder mooks that drop health and ammo when killed.
* ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}'' (2012) has checkpoints during the Agent Tatsuo boss fight. Also, in the fight with Agent Tatsuo, there will be drones flying about that dispense guns when you Breach them, just in case you run out of ammo. On La Ballena, there's a part where you have to shoot down drones with the Swarm missile launcher, which has many ammo stock-up points for when you run out.
* Nearly any FPS game that has enemy gunfire will never have the player take extra damage from headshots so that they don't randomly get instant killed unfairly. Of course, don't assume this carries over into multiplayer.

[[folder:Hack and Slashers]]
* ''VideoGame/DantesInferno'' gives you health back slowly if failing repeatedly.
* The ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' series invokes this in later games. In the third game, dying a few times on normal mode unlocks easy mode; in the fourth, dying to a boss three times in a row automatically gives it a handicap in future fights.
** Which can actually feel pretty insulting to some players, especially since the fourth game doesn't tell you it's handicapping the boss until after you beat it and doesn't allow you to refuse. This can ironically frustrate some gamers even more.
* In ''VideoGame/DiabloII,'' when you die, you respawn in the nearest town with no equipped items or gold. To get your items back, you need to go back to where you were killed and recover your own corpse. This is often unfeasible, especially on higher difficulties, because the enemies that killed you are still hanging around your corpse and now you have no weapons to defeat them or armor to survive them. Thankfully, you can restart your game and your corpse will appear in town with all the items intact and only the gold gone.
** This was a consequence of not having this option in the first ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' in multiplayer mode. Imagine your prized gear on the floor surrounded by monsters right at the entrance of the level waiting to chomp down on you.
** In ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', some bosses spawn weak monsters whose sole purpose seems to be to drop health orbs when killed. This is so the game is not by definition over should you [[WhatAnIdiot run out of potions]] during the fight. The respawn rule is even more lenient: you just go back to the previous checkpoint. Inferno difficulty seems to be tuned with endless respawns in mind. Game also picks up gold when you walk over it, and you can now remove gems from their sockets, so they aren't LostForever as soon as you use them.
** ''Diablo II'' had optional dungeons, which could be multiple levels deep. Once you cleared them out you had a long walk back through empty rooms ahead of you. ''Diablo III'' puts a teleporter in the last room, which will take you back to the entrance.
* Any time you die in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}} 2'', you're allowed to keep whatever experience points and gold you acquired before dying -- the GameOver screen outright tells you "Select 'Yes' to retain your experience points."
* The ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' games will traditionally offer you a chance to drop down in difficulty if you're consistently dying in the same area again and again...which falls apart when the difficulty levels only change ''combat'' difficulty, and you're far more likely to die repeatedly on the ''platforming'' sections. If you continue from the same checkpoint enough times in a row with low health, it also begins respawning you with slightly more health each time.
* ''[[{{VideoGame/Magicka2}} Magicka 2]]'', in contrast to the [[{{VideoGame/Magicka}} predecessor]], allows the player to skip learning complicated Magicks and assign them to Quickslots, which are effectively macro buttons with a cooldown mechanic. Also, unlike the predecessor again, all checkpoints are automatic and persistent across reboots.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' often has rocket launchers conspicuously placed (even on the harder difficulties) right before encounters where they might make things a bit easier. [[SomeDexterityRequired Emphasis on '''might'''.]]
** Since the game as a whole lacks MookChivalry on any difficulty higher than normal, you're completely invincible while doing the Zandatsu animation and for long enough afterwards to leave you plenty of leeway to parry attacks enemies were already winding up.
** Most of the boss fights have something that makes them drop health or health packs, the only one that doesn't is Sundowner, and [[BreatherBoss you really shouldn't need healing for him.]][[note]]It's possible to Zandatsu the helicopters he summons, but they're floating over a bottomless pit, making this arguably more dangerous than doing without[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/WarriorsLegendsOfTroy'' gives your health back after three failures, or rather gives health back to the guy you have to protect in a mission when he acts as a suicidal coward.
* During the final boss in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'', you need to use your magic to counter his, so if you hit him with the opposite magic, it's meter (and your health) will refill immediately, so as to not leave you unable to fight him.
** This is true as well in the MidQuel ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadowMirrorOfFate''. This also has midway boss checkpoints, and ones before PressXToNotDie quicktime events.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} 64'', before the big boss fights, Sirius provides you with Remote Control bombs to make the fight easier.
** That's until you [[spoiler:get all 100 Gold Cards from the first five worlds, and Sirius reveals himself as the real villain]]. From that point on, in the earlier big boss fights you'll have to bomb open a little container to grab the Remote Bombs.
** In the first three Bomberman Land games if you lose in a minigame too many times the employee will eventually ask you if you want to skip the minigame and get your price instead.
* In the often maddeningly difficult Atari Lynx/computer game ''ChipsChallenge'', it's actually stated in the Windows version's Help file (not sure if it's stated anywhere else) that Melinda, the one giving Chip the titular challenge, likes persistence and will let him go to the next level if he fails enough times. Given that many of the game's levels require just the right combination of speed, skill, intelligence, and plain dumb luck, it's nice to have something to keep you from pulling out that last clump of hair. However, this feature is smart enough to know when a player is killing himself repeatedly to move to the next level. In order to get the offer to skip, Chip must die 10 times in a row, yet he must have played for at least 30 seconds each time. [[TheDeterminator Persistence]] indeed.
** There is also a level where you must build a bridge over a river by using blocks, which you need to navigate all through the level to get them to the water. However if you start with the blocks farthest from the water, you'll discover a pair of swimming fins underneath one of them; alleviating the need to build the bridge!

* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', the XP Debt that you accrue from dying is temporarily suspended during zone invasion events when an area of the gameworld is overrun by hordes of aliens, zombies, etc. Also deaths that occur inside the Rikti Warzone only give half as much debt as in any other zone.
** The addition of the [[SecretIdentity Patrol]] feature, where you gain a double XP bonus based on how long you are logged out, helps even more. Now, when you [[strike: die]] are defeated, some of that bonus is taken away instead. If the bonus runs out it's business as usual.
** There's also the streakbreaker feature, which prevents missing too many attacks in a row (if your tohit is high enough, it will kick in after one miss).
** The phone feature meant you could ''call in'' a quest when it was done, and get the new quest, rather than traveling back to the quest-giver and then back to the quest location for the next step.
* In the Korean-made MMO driving game ''Drift City'', if you fail a mission, trying it again slightly lowers the requirements. Failing again lowers them even more, and so on. Useful for those who aren't yet able to afford enhancements to their car to pass the time-limited missions.
* In ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsOnline'', each time you enter a new senario, you go back to guard rank which allows you to do the rank up quests again. On the chance you don't have a weapon that's level 2 or below (which you need the higher rank to be able to use), you get a spear the second you start up again, allowing you to use it until you can use the higher level weapons. Also, it will always provide you with a generic partner if you haven't requited one. ([[StopHelpingMe Although]], [[ArtificialStupidity some plays may see that as a problem]])
* The ''Website/GaiaOnline'' minigame Gaia Cards has you playing blackjack against different dealers. Each of them have their own cheat: one dealer can pull out an ace out of nowhere, one can redraw her hand, etc. Fortunately you, as the player, have a frustration meter that, when full, allows you to cheat by looking at the dealer's hand.
* In ''VideoGame/GrandChase'', even if you lose all of your lives and don't continue, you still get to keep your GP, EXP, and quest items (and complete quests).
* An extension of the Me and My Nemesis Quest in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has a fiendishly difficult volcano puzzle that requires a lot of patience and careful mapping to work out. Fortunately, there's an option to skip it for a loss of 10 adventures if you don't want to go through all that trouble, though you miss out on two of the quest rewards if you do that.
** The Twin Peak area, released with the revamped level 9 quest, has three [[spoiler:(actually four)]] puzzles that are atrociously hard to solve, and that may be impossible depending on what items and buffs you have available. Once you've spent fifty turns in there, however, an adventure will appear that finishes the entire area, though you miss out on the reward for clearing it the hard way.
** In the original version the [[FinalBoss naughty sorceress]] would be less likely to use her ability blocking talents each time she defeated you. Since she also [[LevelScaling scaled to your stats]] this could be the only way to defeat her, short of praying for help from the RandomNumberGod for some players who didn't know how her scaling worked and relied heavily on abilities.
* Especially in the newer quests, ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' has a tendency to have quest givers give you small items that you need to complete the quest. This is especially nice when you've trekked out ten minutes to the dungeon and only then realized that you forgot to grab a hammer or a chisel. Also, if they ask you to go to a location some distance away, they'll frequently offer to teleport you there, saving some teleport runes or the need to walk that whole distance.
** This was later expanded with the tool belt allowing your character to permanently carry most basic tools at all time without using up any inventory space.
** In the mid-to-high level quest Monkey Madness, the player has to solve an infuriating sliding puzzle early on - however, if sliding puzzles aren't your speed, you can bribe the former gnome glider commander to unlock the hangar remotely and save you the trouble.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' implemented a whole list of these in patch 1.2, including being able to access vehicles in certain areas, being able to jump right past orbital stations when returning to your ship, and in general cutting down on the FakeLongevity.
* ''VideoGame/MapleStory'' has a few in its new Black Heaven content. If you fail enough times at flying the airplane or escaping from a killer robot, you're given the option of outright skipping the segments.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has several of these:
** In the ''Burning Crusade'' expansion, Blizzard introduced a "dynamic respawn" system which scales respawn rates to the rate that mobs/items are killed or collected. This backfired somewhat as it often caused mobs to instantly respawn on top of players, especially in the first weeks of the expansion, preventing them from resting or looting and making crowded areas an exercise in AttackAttackRetreatRetreat. Still, it beats the old days when crowding made certain quests a matter of racing other players for infrequent spawns.
** One of the reasons that quest items cannot be sold to vendors is that they often look identical to VendorTrash items, and no one wants to try to complete a quest only to learn that they accidentally sold their "[[TwentyBearAsses Pristine Bear Tooth]]" and are trying to hand in an ordinary animal tooth.
** Dungeons. In the original game going to a dungeon involved finding five people on your server willing to go. Then every one of you would have to make your way to the dungeon, for the first forty levels by foot. This dungeon could be located on a different continent. If someone dropped out after you'd arrived, a lot of time was wasted. ''If'' you had a warlock only three people had to come themselves, and the others could be summoned. Many of the dungeons were also surrounded by labyrinthine tunnels, often full of elite units. Eventually meeting stones were introduced, located near to dungeons, and allowed two players to summon the rest. The newer dungeons also tended to be located in less inconvenient places, and the final boss was located near an alternate route to the exit so players didn't have to go all the way back through the often very large dungeons to leave. All of this pales beside the changes worked during the ''Wrath of the Lich King'' expansion. It introduced the "dungeon finder" system. A player puts their name on it as their character type, and the game automatically searches through everyone in the system on all servers in the same geographical area, enabling players to sign up and then carry on with other tasks until a group is found. Once that's done, it gives party members the temporary ability to ''teleport'' between the dungeon and wherever they were.
** Originally healing characters were completely worthless when not in a group, having no damage to speak of and taking signficiantly longer to destroy anything solo. Part of this was because their gear only boosted healing power, not damage, and even if they tried to get a set of damage boosting gear it would never be as powerful. This was fixed by merging +healing into +spell power stat, allowing healing gear to double as damage gear. Healers were still not able to dish out nearly the damage of DPS, but at least they weren't completely worthless!
*** This was particularly brutal since there were a number of solo class missions in early WoW which were required to get special skills or abilities. These solo missions were usually designed to be somewhat challenging to make one 'earn' the ability, however, they didn't always consider specialization when being designed. What was a 'slightly challenging' fight for a more solo-friendly spec could be brutal for a healer of equal gear. These solo missions were phased out after 'burning crusade'.
*** the Dual spec ability further addressed this issue. With the ability to switch between specalties healers could now have a seperate damage spec that was used for solo content. Some may choose to still not have a solo spec, for instance having a tank and healing spec, but at least they have more flexibility to run solo-capable specs if they choose.
** Several of these were implemented to cut down on the FakeDifficulty present in "Vanilla" and Burning Crusade, [[NostalgiaFilter Not that people who played during those times are willing to admit it]]:
*** Allowing people to purchase gear that can get them ready for the current raid everybody wants to run. Because we learned [[CantCatchUp the hard way the playerbase has a tendency to declare themselves "Done" with content regardless of whether or not their friends still needed something]], a lot of people would be stuck asking around to do the raids they needed when the people who were more than geared to do it wouldn't lift a finger to help because they were sick of it or didn't need the gear and having to get lucky and hope a group forms. Vanilla and Burning Crusade had a problem with this, when players would be accused of being TheLoad on Serpenshire Cavern or Black Temple because they weren't geared enough but nobody wanted to run Karazhan to help them get the gear they needed, resulting in them having to sit around cities asking for help or bribing guild-members to run.
*** Reducing the requirements for Heroics. In Burning Crusade, the heroics required you to run the dungeon enough so that you are revered with the appropriate faction and can purchase the heroic key. Sure enough, players declared themselves "done" with the Normals and decided that the people who still didn't have their heroic keys didn't need their help, resulting in them getting [[CantCatchUp stuck]], being unable to get gear that guilds would accept before letting them even step in Karazhan but requiring on random groups to be forming in trade chats or having to be rich enough to bribe people to run normals with them. Cataclysm brought back requirements for heroics, but even then, it was ''far'' more doable than in Burning Crusade, thanks to the addition of the Dungeon Finder. (That, and you can get qualified for heroics by simply running normals a few times)
*** Updating PvP Gear so newly made PvP Characters can purchase up-to-date PvP Gear.
*** Removing attunements. Surprise surprise...attunements were toned down or flat out removed so people wouldn't have to stand around cities for months asking for help or bribing people to go through as...surprise surprise, players declared themselves "Done" with them.
*** Reducing the number of people that are run by raids in general. Anyone who says they liked 40 man raids better has clearly never tried to corral 40 people through Molten Core and had 40 people living in different time zones syncing their weekly schedules up so they can all run at once.
** In patch 3.2, the [[RandomlyDrops drop rates]] of quest items were made dynamic so that players would be guaranteed to eventually find the items they're looking for.
** In patch 3.3, Blizzard finally caved to all the players who used addons that marked the map with the locations of quest givers and objectives by implementing a system for this into the core game. Never again was "[[MemeticMutation Where's Mankrik's wife?]]" heard in the Barrens...
** In patch 3.3.3, quest items in your bags/bank are highlighted with an orange-yellow border so you can find them among dozens of other items, some of which have the exact same icon.
** In the ''Cataclysm'' expansion, most new dungeons were given a ''teleporter'' that allowed you to skip to various points in the dungeon if you wipe and have to run back in, and this feature was also present in some raid dungeons. For example, in Grim Batol, once you defeat the second boss, the drakes near the entrance will fly you to the end of his hall, and after defeating the third boss, the drakes will take you to where you fought him.
*** In some Mists of Pandaria dungeons, if you wipe and re-enter the dungeon you will appear at the location of the last boss you defeated, obviating the need to have teleporters. On the other hand, that can be frustrating in and of itself, as there might not be an ''exit'' near where you come in, thus meaning you will have to teleport out if your gear is broken, no one is nearby to repair it, and the exit is far away.
** Many bosses in various dungeons have a mechanic to reset them. Normally, hostile {{NPC}}s in dungeons will pursue fleeing players until the players are dead or have left the dungeon. If a group gets wiped out to the last man by a tough boss, regrouping can be a slow, annoying process. Fortunately, some bosses will not pursue fleeing players to the ends of the earth. Instead, they'll despawn when pulled out of their throne room and reappear in their starting point a few minutes later, so any surviving players may have a few minutes to resurrect their fallen teammates in peace, saving a lot of time and aggravation. Note that some bosses don't do this, and some bosses trap players in with them when the encounter starts, meaning that there's ''no'' middle ground between victory or death, so this may be a GoodBadBug.
** The total lack of any anti-frustration features is why the archaeology secondary profession is so loathed. There is no ability to focus on digsites you want, save for an item that increases your chances of getting Mantid digsites after the Mantid archaeology branch was introduced. You only get 4 digsites a continent and what site you get after clearing one is determined purely by RNG, no relation to how many rares or commons you have completed of a race even if you have all of them it won't stop them from appearing just as frequently. The digsites you get on a continent are selected from a handful of preexisting sites so on a continent that is "balanced" toward a particular race this can be aggravating. There are only 4 continents and each continent has at least one race exclusive to them (Outland has Draenei and Orcs, Northrend has Vykrul and Nerubian digsites which exist off Northrend but are exceedingly rare, Kalimdor has Nightelves which again are exceedingly rare outside this continent and Tol'vir and Eastern Kingdoms has Dwarves) so you don't have an option to leave if you want a particular race. Also Troll digsites are common enough in Kalimdor, Eastern Kingdoms and Northrend that they just get in the way.
*** Archaeology has received several anti-frustration measures over time. Individual artifacts now give you between five and nine fragments instead of three to five, allowing you to complete projects quicker. Each dig site lets you dig up six artifacts at a time instead of three, meaning that you spend more time actually at the dig sites instead of flying between them. Completed Mists of Pandaria projects can be traded in for fragments for another race of your choosing. Most importantly, the chance of getting a dig site for a faction once you have already completed all of their projects is significantly reduced. However, since the chance of ''receiving'' a rare project is still low you can easily be stuck collecting Night Elf fragments from all over Kalimdor because it never gives you to last project that you need...
** In the Looking for Raid feature, starting with Patch 5.2, there's a "Determination" buff that gives you a stack that increases your damage dealt, healing and maximum health by five percent every time you die against a boss after fighting for at least two minutes, a feature intentionally designed to encourage players to persist. This can help in raids in which some players are undergeared, although many will quit in frustration before getting more than a few stacks.
** ''Mists of Pandaria'''s Siege of Orgrimmar expansion introduced 'flexible raids', which automatically scale bosses to allow raid groups containing anywhere from 10 to 25 members. This means that if 14 players from your guild want to raid then you don't have to exclude four of them due to an ArbitraryHeadcountLimit. This system will be expanded upon in the next expansion to become the default option for raids.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', failing instanced story battles will have your character blessed by the power of "Echo" which increases your health, damage, and healing while reducing the damage you take. Repeatedly failing will stack it more to the point where you eventually can flatten the event.
** If your character is at level 10 or lower, repairing your gear won't cost you any money, which is perfect for new players who probably don't have much money to begin with.
** Accidentally sold an item? You can buy it back at the same price you sold it for.
** A patch introduced an anti frustration feature for a Summoner's pets; any damage they take from an AOE attack will be lessened for the pet since they typically can't move out of the way fast enough.
* There are several in ''VideoGame/AuraKingdom''
** Failure to enhance a weapon does not drop the enhancement level at all nor will it break. Instead, you gain potential. Get enough and you'll be guaranteed to successfully enhance the weapon/armor by one level. Enchancement goes up to +20, with +10 being the limit for regular scrolls.
*** Although you can buy advanced scrolls to get past +10, they can be collected through some achievement quests and main quests. They are also shared through your character accounts. Though the success rate, as you might guess, is a bit on the low side...
** Additionally, if you buy 35 Eidolon packs of a certain eidolon and fail to get a fragment/key, then you will be guaranteed to get a fragment on the 36th pack opened. Still costs a lot of money, but at least there is a guarantee that you can get one.
** Instead of limiting dungeon runs per day like x-legend's other game ''VideoGame/EdenEternal'', they are limited to up to one-three times per specific hour (1, 2, 6, 12, 24).
** You no longer have to buy a cash shop item to reset your character's stats or envoy's path. You can freely reset your character's stats, while resetting envoy's path will cost gold to do so. Still, it is a lot better than paying real money.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'', the DesperationAttack in the form of downed skills is this, as it gives players a chance to recover after getting their HP depleted and avoid death.
** Also one of the personal story missions for those who chose to join the [[AdventurerArchaeologist Durmand Priory]] involves a mandatory jumping puzzle, which can be frustrating for those who don't enjoy that sort of thing, as normally jumping puzzles are entirely optional. Thankfully, your {{mentor}} highlights the path you need to jump, and if you take too long, she just opens a portal for you instead. Frustratingly, while the earlier and more challenging puzzle -- crossing a chasm via a narrow path with a side wind blowing -- can also be skipped, the way to do it is not obvious. ([[spoiler:When you fall, you are teleported to the entrance in a downed state. To skip the puzzle, instead of healing yourself from the downed state, you need to ''let yourself die'' and choose "Retry from a checkpoint", which will teleport you beyond the chasm.]])
* ''BillyVsSnakeman'' has Megamissions, which becomes available once you reach a certain rank: do a mission at 10x cost, but with 11x rewards. R00t has Megaactions, which work the same (10x/11x, as well as 50x/55x). Also, Pizzawitch deliveries are done in part to find the rare ryo coins you need for upgrading your gear, but there's very low chance of getting one on higher difficulties. However, once you've done 20 deliveries of a certain difficulty, you have the option to "work in the back" on another person's delivery, giving you a one-click option to earn tips and possibly coins (with the added option of bribing them to increase the chance of getting a coin). A few quest also become easier and/or less costly if you've done it a previous season (although a few others become harder instead).
** Once you've won eleven consecutive Glowslinging duels, you get the "Autosmash" function, which grants an automatic victory (though you forfeit the "perfect"/"nailbiter" bonuses) since you're obviously good enough to win anyway. Also, any turf you've conquered can be "multidueled", where you expend several duels at once and get an equal reward multiplier. You can also play multiple Retail shifts at once, and play multiple Mahjong and Hanafuda games. Saves time when you're grinding.

* IOS game ''VideoGame/{{Badland}}'' has liberal use of checkpoints and dying automatically reloads you back to the last checkpoint within a second. The death itself is also very relaxed: instead of showing gory splatter and playing "You Lose" tune, the game will simply FadeToBlack with a quite rustle of the leaves.
* ''VideoGame/BinaryBoy'' for PC. It's short, but has to be completed in one sitting. As such, there are checkpoints after virtually every obstacle in your path and when you die, your character simply drifts down from the screen like a falling leaf until he lands right before the current obstacle.
* Enemy bullets are ordinarily white in the classic NES version of ''{{VideoGame/Contra}}''. For the almost entirely-white Snow Field stage, enemy bullets are changed to red so the player can still see where they're coming from.
* In the first three ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' games, if you failed at a level a certain number of times, the game would give you a free Aku Aku mask (an extra hit point). Fail a few more times, and it would give you a golden one (two hit points). Fail a few more times ''after that'' and it would start you off with temporary invincibility.
** Continued failures also sometimes turned some of the '?' crates into checkpoints, or made new, steel checkpoint crates (so as to not mess with the 100%-boxes rewards).
* ''VideoGame/DistortedTravesty'' allows you to change the difficulty level whenever you die... unless you're playing on [[HarderThanHard Distorted]] difficulty, which locks you into it for the rest of the game.
* If you run out of ammo in ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'', the ammo will slowly refill, but only up to 100 shots, which translates to about a second or 2 of rapid fire, the only possible firing mode.
* In ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'', Mickey's reserves of Paint or Thinner will slowly refill to one-third of their maximum if they ever fall below the amount.
* In ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'' and its [[VideoGame/IWBTGFangames spinoffs]], it is usually very easy to accidentally save in an {{Unwinnable}} situation. Unless you regularly backup your savefiles or use the savefile editor program a fan eventually created, you're out of luck. However, one fangame--''VideoGame/{{Pickory}}''--automatically backs up your old saves and lets you undo a bad save just by pressing backspace.
** While not actually a game feature, the creator of the original ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'' will fix any {{unwinnable}} saves for you.
** ''I Wanna be the Boshy'' gives you an extra jump if you reload after saving in midair. This is actually needed to progress in some sections.
* ''VideoGame/KirbyAndTheRainbowCurse'' will let you skip ahead to the next stage if you die too many times in one level.
* In ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand'', if you die during the second phase of the FinalBoss or the second phase of the Metal General EX battle, you'll completely skip the first phase upon re-entering the boss room.
** This gets inverted while in the sub-stages marked by the star-shaped portals. Throughout this game (and the series in general) a door is usually a checkpoint, but not the ones that separate the obstacle course and mini-boss areas. If you lose to the mini-boss, you get kicked out of the sub-stage entirely.
** If you lose your [[PowerCopying copy ability]] and re-inhale it at the same time as you inhale a regular enemy that also contains a copy ability, you'll ''always'' regain your original ability when you swallow them. Unless the enemy you inhaled was a defeated mini-boss--then the mini-boss' power takes precedence. That's because mini-boss abilities are almost ''always'' required to get an item in the next area, and it's common to ditch the power you used to fight the boss to grab them.
* Most ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' games in general tend to bias RandomDrops items in favor of items that you need: If you're low on health, you'll see more health pickups. In fact, in some of them (such as ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid''), if you are full on a certain item such as missiles, it will no longer appear at all, allowing other items to fill its place. This was not the case for earlier games such as ''VideoGame/{{Metroid 1}}''.
** In ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'', missiles are required to kill a Core-X (everything else will go down to the Charge Beam eventually). Fortunately, just shooting a Core-X with a beam weapon will cause both health and missile X's to fly out of it like candy. This is near-essential in a [[MinimalistRun 1% Run]], as you only get one missile expansion.
* Realizing that "NintendoHard {{Platformer}}" is a frustrating enough formula, the developers of ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'' added completely unnecessary and impractical (for the enemy) visible-to-naked-eye laser sights to all enemy-wielded sniper rifles, giving the player at least a vague idea where they should run without being one-hit-killed by an enemy they could neither reach, nor even see.
* Mega Man starts with three items and Rush Search in ''VideoGame/Rockman4MinusInfinity''. In addition, dying three times on [[spoiler:the final EscapeSequence]] causes [[spoiler:the spikes to turn green and only do one damage, in addition to giving you more time]].
* Fail a mission in ''VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus'' enough times, and you'll start it with a 'lucky horseshoe', moving you from a OneHPWonder to a Two HP Wonder. Later games used a LifeMeter, making it unneeded, although at times if you died in a mission with a 'Do Something X Times' theme, it would let you keep the ones you did already. Sometimes.
** One case in particular: in [[VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves the second game]], there's a mission where you must steal blueprints from Raja by feeding him drugged melons and then picking his pocket. He has a ''really'' annoying habit of waking up just after you pick his pocket and catching you, making you fail the mission. However, the game ''always'' counts your successful attempt when it starts the mission over, which is probably the only reason anyone's finished the game. (That, and Bentley automatically escapes when he gets the last one.)
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'':
** The original SNES version disables the [[TimedMission time limit]] upon reaching the FinalBoss as the [[DramaticDisappearingDisplay status bar cannot be displayed during the battle]] due to technical restraints involving Mode 7, and the boss itself has multiple phases that can last a while. This technical limitation no longer exists in the GBA remake, but the game gives you 800 seconds in the final stage as opposed to the original's 400 to make up for it.
** When you complete a level in the ''VideoGame/{{Something}} series'', the game automatically brings up the save prompt. In the original game, the game only saves after a Ghost House, Castle or Fortess completion.
** Failing the same level seven times in the ''NewSuperMarioBros'' games will make a green box with an exclamation point appear. If you hit it, Luigi will beat the level for you, allowing you to skip it. Doing this a single time screws you out of a CosmeticAward though.
** Parodied in the fan-game ''UnfairMario'', one of the levels has you being pursued by a very large Boo. The level never ends and is physically impossible to complete; if you touch the Boo (and die) the game will admit that the level is too hard and allow you to skip it.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'':
** Since the Manta Ray boss at Sirena Beach splits into three every time you spray it, you can easily end up with the entire level swarming with tiny versions of the boss that, rather than actively chase you, just sort of meander around aimlessly. However once you've left but the smallest versions of the creature, they [[TurnRed turn pink]] and begin homing in on you so you don't have to run all around the stage trying to find the last few of them.
** The game also has the decency to hide at least one free and easy to obtain ExtraLife (provided you can find it) in every single one of the infamously difficult "Secret" sub-levels, since you typically have to complete a challenge to even ''start'' the sub-level. Since some of these challenges are as arduous as the sub-level itself (looking at ''you'', Secret of the Village Underside), you're at least given unlimited attempts at the sub-level itself.
* One of [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog's]] signature abilities, the Spin Dash, came about because of one of these. In [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog1 the original game]], the only way for Sonic to gain speed was to run forward, which made some stages frustrating, as the player would have to backtrack through the level if they didn't have enough speed to clear an obstacle. ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' fixed this by giving Sonic the Spin Dash, which allowed him to accelerate to full speed from a standstill. The Spin Dash has been used by almost every Sonic game since then.
* ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'': During some boss fights, the players can gain level 3 with one orb container.
* In the Game Gear/Sega Master System version of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog1'', the labyrinth boss battle takes place completely underwater, [[SuperNotDrowningSkills but you cannot drown on the stage]]. Instead there are no air bubbles and the drowning timer has been turned off.
* ''VideoGame/SonicErazor'' has the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Hard Part Skipper]], a device that's placed before especially difficult parts that will skip them, though you lose all your rings and power-ups in the process.
* ''[[VideoGame/MeatBoy Super Meat Boy]]'', being the NintendoHard twitch-platformer it is, has very quick, automatic respawns after death. No more "PRESS R TO TRY AGAIN", yay! The levels themselves are short, from 15 seconds to 90 seconds, so that after you die, you don't have to go through too much again.
** Various little side-quests when you get too frustrated with the main game, like beating past levels in record time, collecting bandages to unlock new playable characters, or playing through retro-styled "warp zones".
** When you finally do beat a level, the game then shows you a replay of all your past lives doing the level simultaneously, which is good for showing you where the hardest parts of the level were. It's also kinda hilarious to see a ton of Meat Boys get shredded to half their number by a giant saw.
* In ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfLomax'', the game is very generous in providing plenty of pots that pop out of the ground and contain either spare helmets (which work as a SingleUseShield and enable you to use several of the abilities) or additional uses of an ability. It helps in situations where lacking a helmet or an ability would make the level {{Unwinnable}}, and in crucial moments, these pots will keep infinitely reappearing if you run out of either.
* In ''VideoGame/TyTheTasmanianTiger'', if you already have 299 Opals in a level ([[LastLousyPoint leaving just one left]]) and grab an Opal Magnet, the last Opal will fly directly to you from wherever it is (unless it's in a crate).
* Several examples from ''VideoGame/CopyKitty'':
** If you keep losing to a boss (or some levels), Savant will pop in to give you a hint.
** You still win a mission (or unlock the next five waves in Endless mode) if your projectile destroys the last marked enemy, even after you disintegrated (but not before the result screen shows up).
** If you get hit after you destroy the last target, the damage isn't counted.

[[folder:Puzzle Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest'' has a hint book in the manor's library that can be used for any puzzle. The first two times you use it, you're given hints on how to beat the puzzle you last encountered. Using the book a third time simply solves the puzzle for you. All three times, the book will also transport you right back to the puzzle. While the game says that using the hint book too often could prove dangerous, you can use the hint book without penalty on every puzzle except the last one.
* There have been countless versions of ''{{Breakout}}'', a game in which you attempt to destroy a brick wall by bouncing a ball off your side-scrolling paddle against said wall, taking out a brick with each hit. One version will let a player try to get the ''very last'' brick on each level, but will eventually destroy the thing automatically and move on to the next level.
** One variant of ''Breakout'' is called ''Baku Baku Block''. There are many different versions of it, but the basic idea is, instead of having blocks, it has a picture, which you "destroy" to reveal a different picture behind it. (Naturally, this lends itself to [[HGame H-Games]].) Almost all versions automatically detect when a part of the scene is unchanged and consider those parts to be pre-destroyed, to prevent it from being impossible to see where certain blocks are.
** ''Hyperballoid'' makes a special bonus float repeatedly down if three or less blocks are left in the level; catching it instantly teleports you to the next one, so you don't have to repeatedly try to send the ball ''exactly'' right to hit the one remaining brick. There is a small points bonus if you avoid the teleport drops and break all the blocks anyway.
** ''Magic Orbz'' eventually zaps the last few blocks in a level with lightning if the player is unable to hit anything with the ball within one minute.
** ''VideoGame/AlphaBounce'' has the Javelin, a weapon that is normally accessible via a power-up that destroys an entire column of blocks. When you get down to the last few blocks, however, it becomes freely accessible after a charging period, which gets shorter as you get closer to zero blocks remaining.
* One ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' GameBoyColor game had a slider puzzle (the kind where you have to slide a bunch of tiles around to make a picture). After enough tries, you could ask another character to do it for you.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' makes use of [=AFFs=] throughout both games.
** Guiding you towards open floor portals that you'd otherwise slightly miss.
** Allowing you to move yourself out of an infinite fall in a way that would not be possible in real life.
** The main character is equipped with leg springs that protect her from fall damage
** You can't slice yourself in half by placing a new portal when you're half way through one
** Puzzle elements tend to fudge physics to reach the intended state, especially when it comes to attaching objects to other objects
** Portal positions and rotations are commonly snapped to the intended spot, especially when they have to align to a puzzle element
** [[VideoGame/{{Portal 2}} The second game]] has two specific instances near the end of the game where you only have one shot to place a portal. For these particular instances, if you accidentally fire the wrong colored portal, the other one will silently take its place.
** The game will bend thermal discouragement beams to account for portals that are just a little bit off, either between the source and the in-portal, or the out-portal and the target.
** In most cases, if you accidentally trap yourself, the AI in charge will let you out.
* ''Tetris Blast'''s Contest mode will give you a break if you managed to destroy almost the entire stack of blocks. If only a few blocks remain, the next several pieces you get will be made entirely of bomb blocks, enabling you to quickly make a big bomb and finish the level.
** In the ''VideoGame/TetrisTheGrandMaster'' series, the first piece of each game will never be an S, Z, or O, because an S or Z on the first piece forces an overhang, as well as an O followed by an S or Z. The games also heavily bias the randomizer against dealing a piece that has occurred in the last four pieces, so droughts of a single piece (such as the ever-crucial I) are rare. The second and third games also initialize the history to ZSZS, so that an S or Z in the first three pieces is also exceedingly rare. While the series is still very much hard, it's also very ''fair.''
* ''VideoGame/{{Antichamber}}'':
** Stuck on a puzzle? Stuck ''by'' a puzzle? Not sure what to do? Whack the Esc key and go back to the main map. One room you might run into near the "beginning" of the game traps you in a tiny, inescapable box, with only the advice "Sometimes, we make choices that don't lead anywhere at all." and a picture of a person's finger pressing the Escape key.
** In rooms with multiple paths, arrows will materialize on the walls to point you in the directions you haven't taken yet.
** Rooms on the map with enlarged squares indicate there's still paths from that room you haven't found yet, even if (like with [[spoiler:The Butterfly Effect]]) there aren't any other path indicators leading from it.
* ''VideoGame/TheTalosPrinciple''''
** If you get to a point where you cannot reasonably complete a puzzle, some text will pop up on screen saying "hold X to reset", which puts the whole puzzle back to how it was.
** If you take too long on a puzzle, Elohim will tell you to "save this mystery for another day."
** Lastly, you can use the services of a very limited number of messengers (you can get up to six in a game of 120+ puzzles), who provide vague clues on how to get through the puzzle.
* ''VideoGame/ElementalStory'':
** The loading screen converts the normally appearing as JST times for trials, souls collecting stages and battle arena to that of ''the phone's system time'', eliminating the need to manually calculate local time. This does not appear elsewhere, though.
** The heart costs of battling trial monsters is reduced to 0 when players battling them for the first time.
** Players whose internet connection drops during a battle arena match are treated as lost the match, which still gives rewards as opposed to quitting which does not give any rewards at all.

[[folder:Racing Games]]
* The rewind feature in ''Videogame/ForzaMotorsport 3'' takes this trope and runs with it. Are you getting to the end of a long endurance race, only to take a turn wide and crash into a wall? No problem! Just hit the back button, rewind, and take the turn again instead of restarting from scratch. It returns in later ''Forza'' games as an assist that can be [[HardModePerks turned off (before the race) for a larger credit bonus]]
* In ''VideoGame/GranTurismo 2'' and ''3'', if you fail a License Test requirement enough times in a row (and then get a result close to the Bronze time) they'll give you an unlisted prize called "Kiddie Prize" lower than Bronze that would let you technically pass that portion of the test, albeit with a horrendous score.
* The ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' games are quite well known for this. In general, better items are given to those at the back of the pack. First-place characters mostly receive Mushrooms and bananas, whereas 8th place characters mostly receive Stars, Boos, and the dreaded Blue Shells. However, this usually applies to human players much more strongly in order to help them catch up. A human in 8th place will likely receive a game-breaking item each time, but a CPU player probably will not.
* ''VideoGame/{{Carmageddon}}'' games let you Recover at the push of a button (and a small deduction of credits), which puts you back on your wheels at the last place you were "safe". This allows you to instantly recover from a missed jump, being stuck on your roof, or from falling off a ledge - it even kicks in automatically if you drop off the map. Especially useful in the N64 and PlayStation versions, which have notoriously horrible controls, levels built out of narrow paths and time limits that generally do not let you screw around.
** The Recover ability is disabled on opponents if you're within a certain range, so they cannot just teleport away as you charge in for the kill. Unless you're talking about [[TheComputerIsaCheatingBastard the PlayStation port]]...

[[folder:Rail Shooters]]
* The fourth ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'' game moves away from hard science fiction by including bioengineered monstrosities as opponents. The termite-like things rush at you in a line and are almost impossible to beat without using a machine gun, and the literal GoddamnBats appear in swarms and can only be handled with a shotgun. Fortunately, your NPC ally will give you his extra ammo if you run out during those fights.
* ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' has Sarumarine, a giant armored submarine boss with tough armor that can only be damaged by bomb for the first two-thirds of the battle. Throughout the rest of the game bombs are scarce, but Sarumarine spits out cannonballs that turn into bombs if shot at.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''MagicTheGathering'', playing lands and producing mana are both defined as Special Actions which operate outside of the normal timing rules so that they are impossible to interact with. This prevents players from disrupting them and slowing down the game.
* In any such game, especially games like TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons, resurrection. At lower levels, if your character dies, he's dead and you probably aren't all that attached so you roll up a new character. Once you've worked up to mid levels, you probably don't want your character to stay dead but fortunately by this point you usually have some means to get your character raised.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' added AntiFrustrationFeatures ''to'' Resurrection spells. In ''Dungeons and Dragons 3.5,'' all core resurrection abilities carried a fundamental drawback, causing permanent loss of either levels or stats to the resurrected character, or else costing the caster experience points. There was an exception printed in a splatbook called "Revivify," that a level lower than the lowest level core Resurrection spell. It's only drawbacks were that it cost 1000 gold up front (which was affordable for a 9th level party) and had to be used within 1 round of the character dying. In practice, this led to high level casters ''preferring'' Revivify to the higher level resurrections as it had much smaller strings attached. For Paizo Press' ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' revision of 3.5, the level losses were replaced with negative levels, which are a significant debuff but can be cured relatively easily, meaning that being resurrected is still a pain but no longer puts one party member behind the others.
** Negative Levels were a huge anti-frustration feature. Before third edition, monsters inflicted a permanent removal of one or more levels with an energy drain attack with ''every hit''. A vampire who tagged your character twice would rip four levels away immediately - and items and spells that could stop it were rarer than rare. Given that four levels could amount to months of adventuring, this would set a player back and likely make it so that character was nowhere near as capable as the other Player Characters. Negative levels replace this with a deadly but removable and temporary debuff.
** Speaking of ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', losing XP for casting spells and creating items was removed, as were wonky favored class XP penalties, which were replaced with a simple bonus for sticking to your favored class.
** Before 3rd edition, your chance to survive resurrection was based on your Constitution, and if you failed the roll, you were DeaderThanDead. The party could invest in bringing you back just for one bad roll to ensure you never came back and that their efforts were in vain.
** Being a cleric was often a dull and thankless task in older editions, and you spent many a fight simply running between your allies applying Cure spells one at a time. Pathfinder adds a "Channel Energy" class feature which simply cures everyone within a certain radius (a feat can allow exceptions, so you don't cure enemies), and doesn't waste spell slots.


[[folder:Real Time Strategy]]
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' reduces the gold an enemy gets for killing you when you are on a death streak so he stops getting even stronger and stomping you even harder.
** Season 4 brought a host of these features for support classes. The support job was to help protect and build up an initially-vulnerable Carry, [[MagikarpPower into a late game powerhouse]] Unfortunately this was done at the expense of the support, leaving them weak and under performing at end-game without the money to buy any interesting tools. Numerous changes were made to increase the fun level of supports. The biggest changes were the adding of items that significantly increased money income for supports, while being worthless to non-supports, and limiting the number of wards a support could carry, while giving limited use free wards to everyone, to encourage spreading out the responsibility of warding to the entire team rather then making the support do it entirely.
* ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' has a few cases of this kicking in. Forgot to evacuate your [=SCVs=] on Redstone during a lava surge? Raynor lets 5 new ones airdrop to get things running again. On a more general note, the defeat menu lets you easily restart a mission on a lower difficulty, and the game saves progress automatically quite often.
** The ''[[VideoGame/StarcraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm Heart of the Swarm]]'' singleplayer campaign tweaks the Zerg faction significantly to make it much more player-friendly. Injecting larvae is removed, instead letting them spawn much more quickly and numerously by themselves. HeroMustSurvive is averted except in special cases. Numerous passive powerups make base management less fidgety. While this leaves it pretty far disconnected from the multiplayer faction, [[RuleOfFun it's a lot of fun]].

[[folder:Rhythm Games]]
* In the single American version of ''VideoGame/{{Beatmania}} IIDX'', if you are playing on [[strike:Hard]] [[{{Woolseyism}} Challenge]] mode and your LifeMeter falls below 30%, the penalty for [=BADs=] and [=POORs=] will decrease.
** This has been used since 9th Style in the Japanese releases, and applies to Hard, Expert Courses, and [[KyuAndDanRanks Dan'inintei Mode]]. Of course, Konami seems to have used this as an excuse to make the Dan'inintei courses use harder songs.
* ''VideoGame/BeforeTheEcho'' allows the player to switch the game difficulty freely up until after the third floor. Useful for players that overestimate their abilities or pick the hardest difficulty setting, Spasmodic, on a whim and quickly find themselves overwhelmed.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{DJMAX}}'' series, beginning with ''DJMAX Portable Black Square'', if you hit the wrong key for a note, you will still get the full percentage for it, but only get 80% of the points. The inclusion of this has proven very controversial among fans, because now you can full-combo or get 100% on a song without even hitting the right buttons at all.
* Later ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' and ''VideoGame/RockBand'' games have a "no fail" feature, so you can finish the song no matter how badly you screw it up.
** ''VideoGame/DJHero'', unlike the other "Hero" games, never featured a meter showing the general quality of your performance, making failing a song impossible.
** ''[[LEGOAdaptationGame LEGO Rock Band]]'', a game meant to be inclusive to young kids, includes a "Super-Easy" mode where not only can you not fail out of a song, you don't even need to finger the correct buttons on the guitar, match vocal pitch, or hit the right drum pads (you only have to strum at the correct time, sing at the correct time, or use the kick pedal at the correct time).
* Many arcade {{Rhythm Game}}s with multiplayer will [[SocializationBonus allow all players in a multiplayer round to be "saved" from a GameOver if they fail as long as at least one player involved clears the song]]. This applies not only to games where all players share the same machine, but also games where multiple cabinets can be linked together as well as games that allow the player to battle with opponents over the Internet; examples include ''VideoGame/{{DanceDanceRevolution}}''[[labelnote:However...]]Some games have Challenge courses that do not offer this form of mercy; if you fail, you will get a Game Over on your side and will not be permitted to play the rest of the chart or subsequent stages even if the other player is still alive.[[/labelnote]] (shared machine), ''VideoGame/{{jubeat}}'' (LAN, online), ''VideoGame/{{maimai}}'' (LAN), amongst many, many other rhythm games.
* A new feature added in the sequel to ''VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan'' was the ability to continue a song once after failing, rather than having to start over from the beginning. However, this can only be done on the easiest difficulty, and not on the [[FinalBoss final song]].
* Newer releases of ''VideoGame/PopNMusic'' and ''VideoGame/PumpItUp'' will always give you a second stage even if you fail your first one[[note]]unless, in ''Pop'n'', you're playing in Cho-Challenge mode[[/note]]. This allows you to utilize the first stage to practice more difficult songs or songs that you are not confident that you will clear.
** This is also true for ''Drummania'', ''Guitar Freaks'' (as of V6, at least, but probably earlier) and IIDX (at least as of Sirius, and again, probably earlier).
** In ''VideoGame/{{DJMAX}} Technika'', you can run out of LifeMeter on the first stage of Pop Mixing and still get a second stage. On the second stage, running out of life won't end the game immediately, but you won't get a third stage. On stage 3, running out of life is an automatic GameOver. The same, however, cannot be said of ''Technika 2''.
** ''VideoGame/{{beatmania}} IIDX'', but only if you play on a Level 6 chart or below on your first stage.
** ''VideoGame/SoundVoltex'' if the song level is 7 or lower.
* If you fail a minigame in ''VideoGame/RhythmHeaven'' enough times, you can talk to the barista, who will let you skip that stage and go on to the next one. Nactually, you can't do this for the final Remix.
* ''VideoGame/ToneSphere'':
** If you play on an iPhone or iPod Touch rather than an iPad, the markers will be made slightly larger relative to the screen.
** The timing windows for slide notes are a little wider than for tap notes.
* ''VideoGame/SoundVoltex III -Gravity Wars-'' features an alternate version of the Excessive Rate gauge, the Alternative Rate gauge. It starts off as an Excessive Rate gauge but switches to an empty Effective Rate gauge instead of failing you out if you hit 0%. You can still fail if you can't get up to at least 70%, but at least you'll play the rest of the song.
* In ''VideoGame/TokyoSeventhSisters'', players are given a free roll every day as to give a small chance to get silver cards, which is stronger than regular bronze cards.

* ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' has deep pits, but doesnít let you fall into them: they just act like barriers, much like rocks, the difference being that they don't also stop projectiles. Speaking of rocks, you can fill these pits in by [[DevelopersForesight blowing apart adjacent rocks]].
** If you happen to be standing where the trap door to the next level is supposed to spawn at the end of a boss fight, it won't open until you move off of it, preventing you from falling through to the next level and missing whatever items spawned.
** The game actually ''avoids'' one very common anti-frustration feature: Normally when you [[ItemGet grab an item and hold it aloft dramatically]], enemies briefly stop moving and attacking you. Not so in this game! (''[[UpdatedRerelease Rebirth]]'' lets you move while holding an item, though).
* Despite its [[EverythingTryingToKillYou punishing difficulty]], ''VideoGame/DungeonCrawl'' will stop you from executing a staggering amount of foolish actions. The game will stop you from doing certain things that would otherwise outright kill you (walking into deep water, auto-moving while starving), and will ask for confirmation on potentially risky actions (moving adjacent to deep water while confused, stepping into dangerous traps while badly injured). You're still likely to die for a thousand other reasons, but at least the game is rooting for you.
* In ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight'', it is possible for your ship's teleporter to get disabled while the entirety of your crew is on board the enemy ship. Should this happen and your boarding team emerge victorious, your boarding team will take a shuttle back to your ship so as to prevent an {{Unwinnable}} state.
** If you die at the same time as the enemy flagship at the final battle, the game rules it a win (maybe it assumes you did a HeroicSacrifice?)
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon: Explorers of Time'', if your team or client is defeated or otherwise fails to clear a dungeon, their money and/or items in the team's Treasure Bag are lost, but any items stored with Kangaskhan and money deposited with Duskull are safe.

[[folder:[=Role Playing Games=]]]
* In the ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' games, dying to a boss will allow you to modify your decks and start the boss fight over from the beginning, as opposed to kicking you to the title screen like normal deaths do. You'll be thankful for it; bosses in these games are ''hard'' and tend to have long-winded {{Exposition Break}}s before the fight.
** In ''Origins'', the guardian spirit (that is, you, the player) has this power. The guardian spirit can manipulate the draws you get from your deck according to your needs. If you are setting up a combo, the spirit's effect helps you draw magnus to complete that combo. If a party member is at low health, the effect makes drawing healing magnus much more likely. The better the relationship Sagi has with his spirit, the more this effect kicks in.
** Also in ''Origins'', the final dungeon has 4 block puzzles where you must fly through several blocks without running into any wall or otherwise stopping as you go from one safe spot to the next. Failing results in you being sent to the start. Fail too much, and your party will add their power to yours, greatly increasing the amount of time you can fly in the area.
* In ''VideoGame/BloodBorne'' Picking up more items after you've reached the inventory limit sends those items to your storage chest in the Hunter's Dream.
** If you also have blood vials and quicksilver bullets in your storage, after dying (or transporting to the Hunter's Dream), you replenish your on-hand supply of your vials and bullets back in your inventory, just as long as you have such items in your storage.
** If you just lost a huge chunk of health, blood vials will restore more of your life bar.
** All of your equipment now scales to your stats. Attire/armor has a percentage based defense instead of a flat static rating, while attack items like Throwing Knives and Molotov Cocktails now have stat scaling to make them viable throughout the game.
* In the UpdatedRerelease of ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'' ([[RemadeForTheExport the only version the rest of the world got]]) you have Sleep Points, which allow you to use Bravely Second, which stop time in any battle at any time, even during enemy turns, and perform as much actions as you have Sleep Points. Not only that but using this feature allows you to surpass the damage/healing cap of 9999.
** You can also change the difficulty and encounter rate whenever you want.
** You can speed the game up, if the animations get too repetitive or slow for you. Summon animations are skipped entirely. Another addition to the UpdatedRerelease let's it go up to 4x the speed, which also makes it easier to make the most out of Special Move buffs. You can also pause the animation, making it easier to time Bravely Second, or take a screenshot through miiverse.
** No worries about having to go through a dungeon when you die from a boss again, or having to go all the way back to stock up. Before every single boss is The Adventurer, who is a glorified savepoint, a shop (sells the wares from Norende) and a helpful reminder of what's coming up (either a boss or just more stretch of dungeon, depending on what he says.) He even pops up where it wouldn't make sense, i.e. places that the party would have been the first to get to. The only time this isn't the case is right before the BonusBoss in the BonusDungeon, where it's justified, as [[spoiler:the BonusBoss is ''him''.]] He appears, instead, at the beginning of the dungeon, and another one of these is added for the bossfight: if you die, you don't get a GameOver. You're just exited out of the battle with only 1HP.
* In ''VideoGame/ChildOfLight'', you can run away from any battle in the game, including all the bosses. There is also a way to heal up health and mana for free via wishing plants, but only in Normal mode. The player can also change the difficulty level whenever they want.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', you can run away from literally any fight in the game. If you're losing to a boss, you can escape, and while some of them will just [[YouWillNotEvadeMe draw you back into the fight]], it'll at least reset your elements and give you a chance to heal.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''
** The first time you head to the prehistoric era, Crono has to beat Ayla in a drinking contest to get [[MacGuffin the Dreamstone to forge the Masamune]]. You win the contest by rapidly pressing a button faster than the [=AI=] can keep up. If you haven't beaten Ayla after four tries, Ayla says she's full and forfeits to Crono so the story can continue.
** Just after getting Frog and going to storm Magus' Castle, Frog will ask if you're using magic (even if you didn't use it in battle), with the game throwing down a none-too-subtle hint that you should bring Frog to Spekkio to have Frog learn his own magic. Since the dungeon ahead requires exploiting elemental weaknesses, and Frog is a required member of your party until you clear it, you're going to need him to know those spells.
** Both times you fight Ozzie, he's a PuzzleBoss. Just attacking him normally does almost no damage, and he hits with a strong counterattack each time. You have to hit a switch behind him to end the battles. If you still haven't figured it out after a while, the switch becomes the only thing you can target.
* ''VideoGame/Conception2ChildrenOfTheSevenStars'' does a lot of little things: Insta-wins against weaker enemies that give full Experience and Money, full team equipment optimization, a full-heal option at the top of the Skills menu, unlimited time, retaining gained Exp. on a game over, etc.
** If you're wondering why several of these relate to the whole party, a full team in ''Conception 2'' is a whopping '''eleven'' individuals, each with their own HP and equipment.
* ''VideoGame/CustomRobo'' lets you give your opponent an HP handicap if you lost to them repeatedly. If that's not enough, losing even more lets you give them even higher handicaps, up to taking away 75% of their health from the get-go.
** In the GCN game this overlaps with EasyModeMockery in the epilogue, as it lowers your score ''twice'' (you get penalties for losing and having to retry ''and'' for using a handicap, and beating the high score in each area unlocks some stuff).
* The first ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' is known for its extreme difficulty but still employs a few [=anti frustration features=].
** Accidentally made an NPC hostile towards you? Pay Oswald of Carim a visit so he can absolve your sins and make said [=NPC=]s peaceful again. ([[NiceJobBreakingItHero Unless you make Oswald hostile as well]], in which case you'll have to wait until your next playthrough.)
** Certain enemies in the game have especially rare and valuable drops. However, not all of these enemies respawn. The way to counter this is that any enemy of which there is a finite amount in the game will ''always'' have the very last one drop whatever you haven't gotten from the others yet, so you won't need to go through another playthrough.
** Fell off a ledge into a BottomlessPit? Thankfully, you'll still have a bloodstain, near the location you fell from.
** The Ring of Favor and Protection gives quite a few powerful bonuses [[TooAwesomeToUse at the expense of breaking should you ever remove it]]. Trying to switch it out causes a pop-up window to appear, warning that it will break and thus preventing players from ever accidentally removing it.
** If you defeat the Four Kings prior to obtaining the Lordvessel, you can still warp out of the Abyss using its bonfire.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII''
** Backtracking is even easier now that you can teleport between bonfires right from the start.
** Enemies will eventually depopulate in a zone if you kill enough of them, making repeated boss runs easier. You can also bring enemies back with an item if you want later.
** One covenant, Way of Blue, is available after the tutorial and sends you defenders when you're invaded.
** Phantom summons are easier, and Small Soapstone Sign Shades can be temporarily summoned even after defeating an area's boss.
** You can temporarily resurrect [=NPC=]s you've killed for fixed amount of souls.
** You can bypass the four Old Ones if your Soul Memory is over one million at the Shrine of Winter. [[note]]At least the first time. Subsequent playthroughs require an additional 1 million souls for each NG+ cycle.[[/note]]
** Soul Vessel items that let you [[SkillPointReset redistribute all your stat points]], and thus salvage a botched character build.
** The Ring of Life Protection saves your humanity and all souls obtained if you die, and can be repaired for a measly 3000 souls (which given the huge amount of souls you'll save by never losing your bloodstain, you'll pretty much always have).
** Human Effigies are far more common than Humanity in the first game. Making gradual loss of health from hollowing more manageable (although they don't heal you like Humanity).
** The Ring of Binding limits HP loss from hollowing to 75% of max, instead of 50%.
** Beating a boss as a Phantom or Shade sends you back to your world with fully restored health, spell uses, condition of unbroken equipment, and humanity.
** There is a shrine in a late game area which will restore the player's humanity if they don't have any human effigies in their inventory or too high a sin rating.
** After defeating the Last Giant, Melentia will have infinite Lifegems in stock and they go for a very cheap price.
** Adding magic / fire / etc. damage now only requires a single item, instead of an entire series of unique upgrade materials.
** The player no longer starts NewGamePlus automatically upon viewing the credits, but is instead dumped back at the Far Fire.
** From NewGamePlus and onwards, the 6 minute credits can be skipped.
** ''Scholar of the First Sin'''s Agape Ring will absorb souls earned in multiplayer as a means of controlling Soul Memory.
** Practically ''every'' boss has NPC summon signs now, often two of them. While this does increase the boss's health, having someone to draw their attention away from you is often worth it, especially given this game's prevalence of [[DuelBoss Duel Bosses]] compared the first game's giant monsters.
** Weapon durability is now restored at Bonfires (though broken ones will still need to be repaired).
** Titanite Slabs are now rare enemy drops instead of treasures you can only get 1-2 of per playthrough.
** Bonfire Ascetics can respawn the boss, allowing you to get all the boss soul weapons in one playthrough.
** Palestones can remove enchantments from weapons without also undoing all their previous upgrades.
** Divine Blessings are a more common item (though still pretty rare).
** There are many more healing items with the various Charms and Waters, though the animation is too slow to use them in battle.
* The original ''VideoGame/DeusEx''. A laser sensor blocking a section of the hallway in an underground tunnel: You could lockpick the hatch to the canal that bypasses it or... oh, hey, is that an EMP grenade in the sewage pipe? An army of military drones patrolling an airport cargo yard: You could just elegantly sneak past them or... oh, hey, is that a multi-shot guided missile launcher on the guard tower table? Long stretches of water: you're guaranteed to find rebreathers nearby. This made some of the more specialized nanopowers pretty useless, since you could always count on the designers to cut you some slack and provide helpful gear--to the point of being patronizing.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has an example in in Orzammar, which is widely seen as one of the toughest sections of the game. Since you will be attacked in the street, even in what would be a safe area in any other of the game's cities, the game autosaves every time you come out a doorway, so on the off chance you get wiped, you won't lose too much progress.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'' has an ''Iron Safe'', an item which can be obtained by Torneko during chapter 3. It prevents a regular 50% money loss when being wiped out during battles, but you can't carry it over to latter chapters: the reason it exists is due to the heavy emphasis on getting enough money to finish the chapter.
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' does not have such safe, but unlike other games, all four characters will be revived and completely healed after you've been beaten, making a game over less painful as you don't need to spend more money reviving them.
** Dragon Quest games in general tend to have banks, which take deposits of 1000 GP at a time. If you die, you don't lose any of the gold stored there. A definitely nice feature where deaths normally [[ContinuingIsPainful cost 1/2 of your total GP.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' you can go after the Elite Mark Yiazmat, who has '''fifty million HP'''. The battle can [[MarathonBoss take hours]]. But don't despair! Unlike every other battle, you can use a nearby Crystal to save your game. In addition, as long as it didn't cast Regen before you left (which would basically reset its health to max - unfortunate if you dropped it so far it TurnsRed), you could grind your heart out elsewhere and it would remain at the same HP it did as when you left. An easier boss Hell Wyrm works in the same way.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' allows you to retain all EXP earned since your last save (but not stat point increases from Espers) if you are defeated in battle; in all the other ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games, you just get kicked back to the title screen. This is actually somewhat necessary in this game to avoid an {{Unwinnable}} situation; some saves are in one-way locations, particularly the save before the Mag Roaders. The characters must hop on an unstoppable cart and kill six random encounters plus a boss in a row, with no way to save in between, and no random encounters to level up on in the save area. Low-level characters could be put in an unwinnable state if not for this situation which allows them to gain EXP on one of the cart enemies, die, then repeat.
** When you're infiltrating the Shinra Headquarters in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', you have to try and sneak past several patrols of armed soldiers. If they see you, you're forced into a fight. However, if you botch it four times, you'll have ended up killing all the guards and you can just continue on.
** Losing any fight in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyMysticQuest'' gives you the option to just start the fight over again right then and there. If you were killed in an ambush, it even turns it into a regular encounter for you. Furthermore, every single party member is capable of casting Life, even non-mages Tristam and Reuben.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', normally, a loss is a loss, whether the normal enemies or the bosses take you out. However, in certain boss battles ([[ThatOneBoss Xaldin]] being one of them), you're given an option to continue the battle with Mickey Mouse taking over for your party temporarily. He can't actually defeat the boss, though, as he lacks a combo finisher: instead the main purpose is to initiate an ActionCommand to revive Sora at full HP. If Mickey gets defeated, Sora will revive anyway but at partial HP. Mickey can intervene multiple times (even during the same boss battle), but the chance of him showing up decreases each time, with the fourth and beyond having the lowest probability.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' gives you to ability to switch party members almost anywhere, avoiding the need to return to your base.
* In ''VideoGame/LiveALive'', the Mecha chapter has Item Creation, which allows the player to ask a scientist to enhance certain components or equipment into better versions of themselves. However, this scientist has a tendency to mess up at this and the item will not enhance. Contrary to the other chapter that contains Item Creation, though, the scientist screwing up with ''not'' mean the item is lost and it can be retried over and over, until he succeeds. Helpful, as getting certain equipment in that scenario can be [[GuideDangIt difficult]].
* In ''LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'', [[NonLethalKO knocked-out]] party members are revived whenever you reach a checkpoint, which means they'll be back on their feet if [[PuzzleReset the Reset device]] is used. Since everyone (but Dekar) has unique abilities that can be required for solving puzzles, this prevents having to leave a dungeon and start over from the very beginning if you've run out of Miracles.
** If you get a GameOver, you can choose to try again with the levels of everyone in your party boosted by five.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', there are several weapons and upgrades that you can pick up during missions, as well as items required to complete minor [[FetchQuest Fetch Quests]]. If you miss the opportunities to get these items, then they become available to purchase on the Citadel, so they are not LostForever or UnwinnableByMistake (with the exception of a few secret weapons).
** Related to the above, you have a requisition officer on your ship who can get you the items from any shop you've visited at only 10% higher price. Of course in ''Mass Effect 3'', all the shops are on the Citadel so itís not that hard to visit them all anyway.
* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' features one of these for the ''story'', which is not only pretty complex on its own, but features 5 different protagonists who have to be played one at a time, with the chronology constantly jumping back and forth with lots of minor {{Time Skip}}s. The result is a massive JigsawPuzzlePlot that would be a nightmare to figure out how everything fits together, if it wasn't for the fact that the game also has a cutscene theater, with brief synopses for each cutscene, all sorted by character into a comprehensive timeline.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Okamiden}}'', ink doesn't regenerate over time, unlike [[VideoGame/{{Okami}} the previous game]]. Instead, they gave you twice as much ink, an item to restore three full bottles (Spirit Ink, and it restores more at larger sizes), and put things that drop ink restoring pickups everywhere, some of which respawn, as well as making bosses drop said pickups. It's still possible to get into an {{Unwinnable}} situation, so they gave you a redo option on the pause menu, which returns you to a nearby place.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'', if you fail to snag a Shadow Pokemon from an enemy trainer, you had to refight that trainer - in the case of bosses, with noticably improved teams. In the sequel, ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness'', a failure to snag resulted in said Shadow Pokemon being stolen by Miror B, a preferrable fight because a) his team was considerably weak throughout the entire game, save for what is essentially a BonusBoss fight for OneHundredPercentCompletion, and b) his battle music was one of the best tracks in the series.
* In ''VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate'', losing a battle gives you the choice of restoring your last save, restarting the battle over for a modest fee, or (where this trope kicks in) restarting the battle with a full Hero Gauge for ten times that fee. Ponying up that amount of money can smart, but when the alternative is running an entire dungeon again and hoping you don't lose as many bezels this time, you'll be happy the option is there.
* ''VideoGame/RivieraThePromisedLand'' allowed you to retry a boss again and again, cutting out some of their HP until they reached 25% of their original life. A family of PaletteSwap Bosses also blow you away if you anger them in the battle... And you can go back and engage them again after walking back to their screen, with the HP you whittled away from them never regenerating, and only your rank and reward suffering.
* Fail a (fairly simple) multiple-lights puzzle enough times in ''ShadowHearts: From The New World'', and Johnny will simply kick in the doors it was locking.
* The various ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' games have as a central mechanic the fact that you can fuse [[{{Mons}} demons/Personas]] together to get new, more powerful demons. However, in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' and the [[UpdatedReRelease Golden version]] of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', you can look up fusion combinations for certain demons instead of [[GuideDangIt working it out with a fusion chart and a guide]]. In both of these games, you can also choose inherited skills instead of leaving it up to the whims of the RandomNumberGod.
** In the GoldenEnding version of the second Kudlak/Kresnik battle, Kaido joins you as an NPC ally. However, you have to let Mari (also an NPC ally) deal the finishing blow to the boss, or he [[CameBackStrong Comes Back Strong]] and kills her in an unavoidable cutscene later. If Kaido would deal the finishing blow, he instead beats him down to 1 HP, making it ''very'' easy for Mari to finish him off.
** ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'' couples this with DevelopersForesight. Unless the player follows Daichi's route, one has to fight against Daichi and Io at one point. And Io has a OneWingedAngel form by channeling Lugh, which she will use partway through the battle, and the only way to unlock Lugh as a potential Fusion, is to defeat Io in this form. Fortunately, if the player or a party member accidentally ends up defeating Io before she channels Lugh, she gets back up and does so, anyway.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} Portable'' gave the player selectable difficulty levels, with a second one new to this version: There's still Easy for those familiar with the game who didn't want too much of a hassle, which gave you 10 items that revive your party and restore all your HP and SP upon death, and in addition to that, there's also EasierThanEasy Beginner, which gave you 30 of them.
*** Even without taking difficulty into consideration, ''Portable'' takes a load off the player in many ways, with the biggest two being that the player can now assign direct commands to the party, whereas before (and infamously), the party was strictly A.I-controlled, with the player's choice of tactics often unreliable, and in regards to the party's condition, they'd only get tired after a dungeon run (or if they were K.O'd within the dungeon and not revived on the spot), as opposed to having members get tired in the middle of a run. This basically adds to Tartarus guardian fights being ''much'' easier to deal with (their weaknesses cannot be analyzed) thanks to direct control, and you can do long Tartarus runs from the beginning of the game. Other examples of ease include the Police Station and the Antiques shop (both weapon and item shops) now being open at night, an area skipping menu during school/daytime segments (lifted from ''Persona 4''), and skill cards, which can be replicated for free at Naganaki Shrine. All of these are perhaps why the [[HarderThanHard Maniac]] difficulty was added to this game.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' added a quick-move option to allow a player to skip between areas on the map, abandoned the near ScrappyMechanic of [[YouLoseAtZeroTrust reversing Social Links]] on a major level, and allowed a player to assume direct control over party members, all features lacking in the previous game. P4 also abandons the Tired/Sick physical conditions of P3, making it much easier.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} [[UpdatedReRelease Golden]]'' adds a whole lot more to the original P4's features, though weirdly it removes the save points originally present outside of each boss chamber in dungeons. (This isn't here to nerf the game significantly, since it's a minor inconvenience at most; a Goho-M item, which is easily buyable, and a bit of walking easily will take you to the last save point.)
*** The ability to "skip through" both animated cutscenes and dialogue sequences, particularly handy when starting a NewGamePlus or facing [[ThatOneBoss Kunino-Sagiri]].
*** On a game over, restarting will allow the player to resume play on the same dungeon floor they died upon, rather than at their last save point.
*** Rather than needing to try and "catch" persona cards during Shuffle Time, which requires a combination of perception, memory and reflexes, all of the useful cards are immediately displayed for the player and the player can then manually select which one they choose. As part of this, Shuffle Time also lost the Blank Cards (nothing, but chance of getting an Arcana Card in either the upright or reverse position) and X-cards (lose all items, experience and cash received from the fight) and regained the Minor Arcana Cards[[note]]EXP-boosting Wand, health & {{mana}}-restoring Cup, Skill Card-granting Sword and money-boosting Coin[[/note]] from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''.
*** In a NewGamePlus on Golden, you can select ''anytime'' what the difficulty is going to be like. As in going to Settings and manually change how much or little you get EXP, money, how badly you take damage, etc.
*** The aforementioned "fast travel" method now allows a player to immediately skip up or down a level once they have found the stairs in a dungeon, making it easier to get around.
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'' has several features designed to ease new players in:
*** Unlike past games, you can now save anywhere so long as you can open up the Burroughs menu.
*** In the event that you haven't saved in a while and you fall in battle, [[GameOverMan Charon]] can revive you for a fee of either Macca or 3DS Play Coins. If you don't have enough of either, Charon himself has an AFF: He'll revive you anyway, and simply put you on a tab and charge you once you have enough Macca--just don't die again before you do, or you'll get a NonstandardGameOver.
*** If you die a second time, [[MercyMode the easier difficulty level "Fellow" is unlocked]].
** The 3DS rerelease of ''VideoGame/SoulHackers'' has the Hack menu, which is essentially a set of sanctioned cheats: You can lower the difficulty level ([[InvertedTrope or increase it]]), lift the alignment requirement for recruiting demons, give yourself full Analyze data for every demon, and give yourself full map data for every area.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' you have a limited inventory--it is loosely based on the amount of stuff your character could feasibly carry, divided into units--so your character starts with a capacity of 300 units, and gold ingots "weigh" one unit, a heavy armor helmet weighs maybe five units, so on and so forth. Every item in the game you can put into your inventory has a weight--including bees, flowers, and ''butterfly wings'' (thus making Skyrim a place where steel ingots and five butterflies weigh the same). There are only four exceptions to the weight rule: Lockpicks, of which you'll burn five or more per high-level lock, easy. Arrows are also weightless, so being a bad shot isn't so painful. Thirdly notes, maps and other single paper objects are weightless as well though books do have weight. And lastly, the game's currency is also weightless. Thank Divines.
** Most quest items also weigh nothing despite having a weight value (particularly helpful as quest items cannot be dropped), although some quest items can lead to problems. If you pick up a common item that's also used in a current quest, you can't drop any of them until the quest item is removed by the game (for example, returning the item to its owner). It is quite possible to end up with 200 heavy Giant Toes in your inventory with no way to get rid of any of them short of using the console and little hint as to how to remove their quest item status.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' all EXP gained before death is retained to cut down on LevelGrinding, but everything else is reverted to their original states since your last save.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' has you retain all exp and money earned on gameovers while bringing you to the intermission screen with a few variations in parts depending on the game. One of which is a possible penality of missing out the SR Point/Battle Mastery for the level, with games without such things, you can retry all you want until you finally beat the level. It's also well-known some players intentionally abuse it to do some LevelGrinding.
** 2nd Original Generations has one level where you can literally max out your money and the level of Fighter Roar by destroying [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK5LTfFxFd0 Jinrai]] clones. They will respawn as soon as all of them are scrapped.
* ''Franchise/TalesSeries'':
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'' has several "light up all panels in a 4x4 grid by walking on them at the right order" puzzles you need to do in a row. If you take too long to solve any of them, your party members will offer to do them for you. They'll be happy to demonstrate that they're smarter than the protagonist for the first 2 times, but from the 3rd time onwards, they'll mutter angrily about your incompetence while solving it.
** Similarly, ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' has a puzzle that challenges you to hit a series of switches at the same time as your computer controlled ally, who just refuses to walk straight at a consistent pace and keeps stopping, speeding up and slowing down randomly. If you, playing as Cless, fail to hit the switches with Arche enough times, your other two party members will take over, hitting all the switches in record time.
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'', the party comes across many puzzle chambers where they must make use of the Sorcerer's Ring to solve them. Whenever they feel like it, the player can ask a party member to solve it for them. Doing so at any single puzzle room locks a Title away from you, however, but otherwise carries no penalty. Moses offers similar help in a forest maze, but getting the help loses you a different title for Senel.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' featured a short segment where you must sneak through a forest without being spotted by enemy guards. If you're spotted, you fight a random encounter, but get sent back to the beginning of the area. Getting spotted enough times will have the game give you the option of forgoing the stealth and just wiping the guards out.
*** There is also the short "re-draw the fonic glyph" minigame, where Tear will do it for you if you fail. Unlike the above example, however, you rob yourself of HundredPercentCompletion this way (at least unless you do it right [[NewGamePlus the next time]]).
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' you have to do an ice puzzle to cross a geyser. If you mess up, the character with the highest affection will save Lloyd, and then Kratos will do the puzzle for you.
* In ''VideoGame/TaskMaker'', you can invoke a hidden spell to toggle certain options, such as the stepping sound your player makes when moving, the "ooph" sound for running into a wall, and the appearance of random monsters. You can also toggle whether or not the game automatically saves whenever you enter or exit a dungeon or town, which can be helpful for a quick revert if you die. ''VideoGame/TheTombOfTheTaskMaker'' makes those options more easily accessible, and adds a further feature in that you can buy hint scrolls to help you if you're stuck on any task in the game's FetchQuest.
* ''Videogame/VagrantStory'' has some rather fiendish {{Block Puzzle}}s in the late-game areas and the BonusDungeon. Fortunately, the game includes an item called Faerie Wing which, when used, boosts Ashley's running speed and jump height, allowing some of the puzzles to be made easier or bypassed entirely.
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has difficulty levels that unlock as the game progresses, and that you can switch between whenever you're out of battle. Great for if you're just trying to beat the game, but switching between different difficulty levels is also necessary to get some of those {{Rare Random Drop}}s. Additionally, if you get a GameOver, you have the option to retry on Easy so you can complete the battles easily without the punishment of escaping (which results in a drop in Sync Rate if done consecutively) or going back to the title screen (which erases any unsaved progress).
* ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'' has a segment called the Cave of Memories, in which you must visit the rooms containing Kyrie's memories of the adventure in reverse order that they happened. This can be problematic, as not every plot point is touched upon (particularly if you had to visit a certain city twice; only one visit is actually counted), and if you had put the game aside for a while, you may wonder NowWhereWasIGoingAgain If you mess up, Kyrie will helpfully remind you what he did before and where you should go next.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''
** If you die while facing Mettaton EX, the game will let you skip the first part of the boss battle (which is basically an interactive cutscene) in favor of going straight to the meat of the fight when you retry. This applies across all future playthroughs, too, so you don't have to see the cutscene if you already know what's coming.
** Temmie will give you the option to buy "Temmie Armor" if you pay for her college degree. The armor is prohibitively expensive, and Temmie openly admits it's a GameBreaker. However, the price of the Temmie Armor will drop every time you die, so if you need it as a last resort, it's there.

[[folder:Shoot 'Em Ups]]
* ''VideoGame/BubbleTanks'' had LevelDrain as a mechanic- when you killed enemies, you collected their bubbles as experience points. However, if you took any form of damage, you would ''lose'' experience points depending on how strong the attack was. Thankfully, if you get hit one too many times in an area, the next unexplored area will usually contain harmless [[PinataEnemy Pinata Enemies]] who cannot attack and tend to drop a lot of experience bubbles.
* ''VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun'' lets you keep your weapon upgrades when you die or continue. Saturn mode in the SegaSaturn version will even keep your old weapon upgrades when you start a new game.
* In ''VideoGame/StarFox64'', the boss of the planet Zoness can only be beaten with Nova Bombs. Ran out of bombs on your flight through the level? No problem - the missiles the boss shoots at you each produce a bomb when shot.
** Likewise, in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'', the boss on Filchina can only be destroyed by shooting a bomb into it. The tons of enemies it spits out drop bombs more often than not.
* The Scarlet and Netherworld teams in VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'s ''Imperishable Night'' have special abilities that help prevent wasted bombs: Scarlet drops an extra bomb item if you die while still holding one or more, and Netherworld gives you an extra bomb if you finish the stage with fewer than the starting three. Normally, bombs held at death are just lost.
** ''Undefined Fantastic Object'' and ''Ten Desires'' from the same series do something similar for all characters: if you die with more than the starting two bombs, you keep the extras (including pieces).
* If you lose your last life in ''VideoGame/JudgementSilversword'' while a OneUp is on the screen, the 1-up ''turns into your next life.''

[[folder:Simulation Games]]
* Several examples in the ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' series:
** In the original game, in order to change the tool you're using, you have to open up the inventory screen and manually unequip and re-equip your equipment. Later games allow you to quickly switch between tools by using the D-Pad.
** Also in the original game, watering all of your flowers can be difficult if you have a lot and can easily lose track of which you've already watered; the later games have flowers sparkle after they've been watered.
** Again in the original game, fruit isn't stackable. Since you can harvest a ''lot'' of fruit at once, this means that you'll be making a lot of trips to and from the shop. Later games allow you to have up to 9 pieces of fruit in one slot.
** Three of the four town ordinances in ''New Leaf'' are anti-frustration features, allowing the player to slightly modify the game in order to make it more convenient for them (note that you can only have one ordinance in effect at a time, to prevent the game from becoming [[GameBreaker completely broken]]):
*** The "Keep Your Town Beautiful" ordinance makes your town "decay" more slowly when it's not being played (flowers don't wilt, weeds appear less often, no cockroaches, etc.), lessening the pressure to PlayEveryDay.
*** The "Early Bird" ordinance has stores open and villagers wake up earlier (e.g., Re-Tail opens at 6 AM instead of 9 AM) for players who can only play or who prefer to play early in the morning.
*** The "Night Owl" ordinance has stores close and villagers go to bed later (e.g., Re-Tail closes at 2 AM instead of 11 PM) for players who can only play or who prefer to play late at night.
*** The "Bell Boom" ordinance is the only one which doesn't fall into this category; it increases buying and selling prices by 20%, allowing a player to make more Bells more quickly.
* In ''CrimsonSkies'', if you fail a mission repeatedly, you get the option to skip it.
* In ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonANewBeginning'' the player unlocks the Multiplayer/Wi-Fi feature of the game. This allows the player to trade items and interact with other players' animals while there. This is not only a great (and fast) way to obtain animal produce from animals you have not unlocked yet, but also a way to obtain items that you won't unlock until much later in the game, like the infamously necessary Yam Seeds.
* In the browser-based nation sim ''VideoGame/PoliticsAndWar'', if you lose a war against another player, the game would puts you in "beige mode". In beige your nation can't be attacked by other nation, but you will receive some income penalty.
* In the original ''VideoGame/TheSims'', advancing up one's career ladder requires your Sim to have a certain number of friends. For example, reaching the level ten job in the politics career track, Mayor of Sim City, requires a whopping seventeen friends. This is made even more difficult by the fact that relationships degrade by a few points every day regardless of what you do, and once the relationship score falls below a certain threshold, the friendship ends and must be restored. It's very difficult for a working Sim to have enough time to form and maintain so many friendships. However, the friends requirement is actually ''household'' friends, not personal friends, meaning that the friends of all the people in the working sim's household count toward his friend total. A classic strategy is to have one Sim work and a second to do all the socializing.
** In The Sims 3, fulfilling your Sim's daily wishes earns you Lifetime Happiness points which can basically be used to buy anti-frustration features. You can make it so that your friendships decrease much more slowly over time, or various other needs of your Sim do not decline or decline much more slowly, among numerous other perks. Essentially, you are rewarded for keeping your Sim happy by making it easier to keep them happy in the future.
* During one mission in the first ''Videogame/TraumaCenter'' that requires you to work on ''five'' Kyriaki patients, if you've got at least three of them done and run out of time, the backup team takes over and you move on... so long as the patient who you were working on when time expired survives. If that patient dies, you don't get this relief and [[HaveANiceDeath the Medical Board will be notified]].
** Also when you to work on a Pempti patient, you're given a special laser that is justified as being higher powered than normal. Gameplay-wise, this means the laser never breaks or needs to cool down, you can fire it for as long as you like. Given how much you need to use the laser on Pempti, this definitely qualifies.

[[folder:Sports Games]]
* ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' for Wii features an interesting rule: if Little Mac loses 100 matches, he is allowed to fight with protective headgear. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, this rule applies to ''all'' boxers--and after KO'ing the 1-99 Glass Joe for your first fight, he's your first opponent when you're defending your title, and he's got the same headgear.]]
* In [[VideoGame/MarioTennis Mario Tennis Ultra Smash]] you can use Coins you earn after playing Matches to Unlock Star Stats, Characters, Courts, Harder COM Difficulty & Amiibo Training Mode if you find any of the Achievements to earn them hard.

[[folder:Survival Horror]]
* In ''VideoGame/ColdFear'', saving takes the form of scripted checkpoints that occur right before a DifficultySpike or ThatOneLevel. Chances are that if the player gets a Game Over, it's never too far away from the last save.
** Tom gets half of his health back before the FinalBoss so that the arduous fight is not rendered {{Unwinnable}} by arriving with low health.
* In boss battles of ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'', the DutchAngle is the only [[InterfaceScrew sanity effect]] that will trigger. Everything else, which would very likely interrupt your chances of survival, won't start triggering again unitl the boss has been defeated.
* ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2'': During most of the Phone Guy's call on the first night, the music box won't wind down at all until after he's explained its significance in order to keep unsuspecting players from getting jumped by the Marionette before they know why.
** The game also gives you unlimited electricity in order to alleviate the game's [[SequelDifficultySpike cranked-up difficulty.]] You'll still have to worry about the flashlight, but if it runs out of battery juice, it doesn't translate to [[YouAreAlreadyDead sudden death]] like in the first game.
* It's impossible to lose on the first night of ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3'', which was done as a way to show players that not every jump scare causes an instant game over anymore.
* ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtVault5'':
** The game autosaves every in-game hour. In addition, the game will wait with autosaving if you are currently in immediate danger.
** The doors are modified to allow you to close them also by aiming at the empty space, not just the tangible bits (something that can't be done with any other doors in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'').
** Your radiation is always cleared at the start and at the end of the night.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' has Sherry Birkin, a 12 year old girl that has only a [[HealingPotion First-Aid Spray]] and nothing else to defend herself with against zombies and zombified dogs. On the plus side, Sherry has the most health out of all the playable characters to compensate for her lack of weaponry and slow running speed.
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' features different difficulty levels, and the game will change this difficulty depending on how well you're doing. If you consistently die in the same area, the game will get easier until you pass it. Conversely, doing well in these areas without much trouble makes the game harder. It's designed so you'll eventually find a difficulty that's not too easy, and not too hard.
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' has QuickTimeEvents become easier if you fail them. For example, a button mashing sequence can turn into a simple one time button press.
** If you messed up a QuickTimeEvent enough times in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' by pressing the wrong buttons, it will silently accept the wrong button press so long as it's pressed in time. Easy mode ''always'' does this for you.
* In ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'', if you run out of bullets at most times, you're in trouble, but if you run out of bullets in the last boss fight (or simply enter with none in the first place) the boss keels over dead straight away.
** Ditto for ''VideoGame/SilentHill2''. Upon entering the boss without any ammo, the game then becomes a timed battle, with the boss dropping dead upon the timer running out.
* ''Franchise/DeadSpace'': When your health meter is glowing red, killing the necromorph that's trying to pull your face off will usually cause it to drop a health pickup (although whether or not you survive that long, especially if it brought friends, is another matter).
* In ''VideoGame/FatalFrame 2'', the InfiniteFlashlight [[ElectromagneticGhosts fails when you enter the]] [[spoiler:[[ElectromagneticGhosts Kurosawa]]]] [[ElectromagneticGhosts house]], to indicate that the place is by far the most warped by TheCorruption that overtook the village. It also happens to be far and wide the most well-lit location in the game.
* Several recent titles such as ''VideoGame/AlienIsolation'' and ''VideoGame/TheEvilWithin'' offer the ability to decrease the difficulty level mid-campaign. So if you're feeling overconfident and take a harder difficulty on your first playthrough only to get the floor wiped with your mangled corpse over and over, you can drop the difficulty down to normal for the rest of the game (you cannot, however, raise the difficulty midway through.).

[[folder:Third Person Shooters]]
* In ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar 2'', there are parts where you have to use your lancer's chainsaw bayonet to cut through obstacles blocking your path. No worries if you drop your lancer to pick up another gun, though, as there is always a lancer on the ground somewhere near the obstacle.
** Also found in the first ''GearsOfWar'' game, where any time you absolutely need a [[KillSat Hammer of Dawn]] to progress, one will be found somewhere nearby. This is made even more obvious by the fact that ''two'' will be found ''side by side''. This is even more required to avoid headaches than the obstacles in the sequel. The Lancer actually has some motivation for you to keep it, but the Hammer of Dawn is a worthless piece of trash when you're out a boss fight that needed it, since the satellites always seemed to be out of alignment shortly after completion (or you had to go indoors).
** On the other hand, when you ''do'' get the chance to use the Hammer on ordinary Mooks (for example, when a Seeder is protected by a Mook Rush) ''[[DeathFromAbove it is awesome]]''.
* In ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'', if you die in a level, hearts put into the fiend's cauldron will spill out, lowering the difficulty by a single level. However, this also means that the items you find or have found in treasure boxes get weaker and less useful. It also means that if you want to beat a stage on the highest difficulty, you have to do so without dying.
* The final scene of ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' is unwinnable without a GrenadeLauncher (or any other explosive) and a sniper rifle. And ''just in case'' you run out of ammo, the final group of {{Mooks}} has two guys who wield just those two weapons. You'd wonder what use are they in THAT situation...
** In the third game, in some cases your health will reset to full if you die and need to go back to a checkpoint, even if you were on the verge of death when you trigger it. Keep dying and you'll get additional painkillers and ammo, just in case ammo shortages are the problem. Also, for '''most''' of the Achievements/Trophies where you have to kill a certain number of people during a scripted BulletTime sequence, there will be a checkpoint immediately beforehand, allowing you to retry immediately rather than slog through part of the level first. Said sequences will also give you BottomlessMagazines with no need to reload, but rate of fire remains the same so you're out of luck if you only have a slow-firing handgun.
*** Also during the third game, Last Man Standing ignores body armor or ammo straps. You can shoot at an enemy anywhere to get back up, as opposed to needing a [[BoomHeadshot headshot]] as Max is falling.
* In the tanker chapter of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', if you have 4 out of the 5 photos Otacon needs, but the timer is nearly expired, Otacon tells you to forget about the last photo and get out.
** Also, on some difficulties, [[spoiler:Snake will offer to shoot down the drones that are attacking Emma while she makes her way across the water, as long as you have them in your rifle sights.]]
** There's also an anti-frustration feature built into the guards' AI. When an enemy spots you they will run off to take cover and call for backup, at which point Alert Mode is activated and reinforcements arrive. Running into a loading screen (like transitioning between maps) before the enemy finishes his call to HQ resets the map as if nothing happened. Since the game grades your sneakiness on the number of times you enter alert mode, and not the number of times you are caught, some speed-runners use this as a shortcut. However, getting caught by a CYPHER or surveillance camera would instantly activate Alert Mode.
*** Unfortunately, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' changed it; enemies will instantly go into Alert Mode if they spot you and delaying the call to HQ only affects when backup will arrive.
** Throughout the entire series, starting from the first ''[[VideoGame/MetalGear1 Metal Gear]]'', you can always get unlimited ammo by getting said ammo, leaving that part of the map and go back in for more. You never really run out of ammo unless you decide to just keep going.
** Reflex Mode in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Ground Zeroes]]'' was designed as this, granting Snake BulletTime when noticed by an enemy guard so the player can take out the guard before he triggers Combat Phase. This doesn't work against anything that sees you running around in plain sight, however.[[note]]An enemy with a white "!" notices Snake while he's sneaking, and Reflex Mode can be used. An enemy with a red "!" sees Snake while he's in plain sight and plays the [[ScareChord proper sound]].[[/note]] This can be also be turned off for extra points.
*** When aiming, Snake will track an enemy in his sights if it's within 30~ meters. This can also be turned off, but there's no bonus for doing so.
* The ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series lets you retain all the experience for your weapons and maximum HP if you die. Plus, you've got an infinite number of lives, so dogged persistence will eventually get you through any part of the game.
** ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime A Crack In Time]]'' features puzzles that make you use several versions of Clank to stand on multiple switches to open the door to the next section. If you fail enough times, the game will give you the option to skip the puzzle, but you won't get any bolts.
* Whenever a situation arises in ''VideoGame/SniperEliteV2'' that requires a lot of bullets to solve, you will always have nearby a box with a full refill for your sniper rifle, just in case you've managed to run out to get to that point.
* In the first ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' game, the final step of the final level requires you to snipe the BigBad with a head shot. Fortunately, there is a magazine of rifle ammunition conveniently placed on the railing of the balcony from where you need to take that sniper shot, and his may be the only body the player doesn't have to worry about hiding.
** In ''Conviction'' Sam has infinite pistol magazines, and picked-up weapons "magically" gain any upgrades that the player's already bought for them.
** While Sam may only have one Mark and Execute token (granted by performing a melee takedown) at any given time, in several areas with multiple enemies there's often a lone enemy guard in the vicinity or earlier in the level whose position is relatively isolated, allowing for a stealthy takedown before having to deal with those remaining guards. For example, the second level practically frontloads them: a guard in the nearest corner of a low wall surrounding the mansion may be taken down from above without the two guards at the front door noticing, while soon afterward a guard looking out of an open window can be [[DisneyVillainDeath dragged out to his death]] without the guards in the adjoining rooms overhearing the kill... and quietly opening the door nearest to the middle of the room reveals ''another'' lone guard leaning over a railing with his back to the door, who can be taken down quietly without any of the guards downstairs or in the adjoining rooms noticing.
*** Finally, the Persistent Elite Challenges do not have a difficulty requirement, so for example there's no in-game penalty for attempting a "no detection" run or a "no firearms use" run on the lowest difficulty setting instead of a higher one, and there are only two co-op challenges but while other challenges are mode-agnostic.
*** At the very end of the single-player story, if you actually want to hear the BigBad give a MotiveRant, he'll walk into melee range least three times and strongly hint on the third one that he's about to wrap it up and execute Sam if you don't take that last chance.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'', if you fall into a {{Bottomless Pit|s}}, you will be automatically brought back up with no penalty[[note]]aside from losing any buffs or abilities you had active on your frame when you fell, such as Rhino's Iron Skin[[/note]].
* In ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine'', when your game autosaves it doesn't save your health. If you die with a sliver of health left after the autosave, you revive with full health.
* The final boss in ''VideoGame/TheWarriors'' can only be defeated by throwing a knife at him after you get his health down a certain amount. If you managed to fudge it up, the boss will send mooks after you with knives.
* ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' makes liberal use of checkpoints, especially in platforming sequences and gunfights. Typically if you do a "milestone" of sorts, the game will mark it as a checkpoint. Unfortunately, gunfights are likely to kill you more often than the platforming sequences. Also, during the segments where you have to shoot while hanging from something, if you run out of ammo, the game will give you enough for another clip. This way, you're never helpless.
** The second game, ''[[VideoGame/Uncharted2AmongThieves Among Thieves]]'' played this rather oddly at times. Sometimes it was inverted (arbitrarily losing your gun after a chapter transition, despite having no reason for your character to do so), sometimes it was accidental (skipping ahead to another checkpoint after death even if you hadn't quite reached it) and sometimes it was unnecessarily played straight ([[spoiler:like in the part where you have to fend off the first Yeti/Guardian and your gun has unlimited ammo for no apparent reason]]).
* ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' has a subtle version of this in matchmaking. According to WordOfGod, the servers try to match players who like to paint more together, and players who like to kill more together, allowing players who are focused more on painting up the level some degree of relief from those who are just out for a good K/D ratio.

[[folder: Turn-based Strategy]]
* The seishin search menu, first added in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsGaiden'', lets you select multiple pilots with the same seishin and activate them all at once in ''VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars''. This is a big improvement over past SRW games where you could only activate one seishin at a time.

[[folder:Visual Novel]]
* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' has your partner give advice if you keep screwing up a cross examination and they may even flat out tell you which part of the testimony is false, but you still have to use your own brain to figure out what piece of evidence contradicts the testimony. If you happen to lose a trial, you can opt to try again on the part you screwed up with a fully restored life bar, which helps curb on SaveScumming.
* [[VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}} both]] [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2 installments]] of the ''Franchise/{{Danganronpa}}'' series let the player continue from wherever they left off in the trial upon running out of influence, to prevent them from having to go through all the other deductions that they've already solved (with the main penalty going to their score more than anything else). ''WebVideo/DanganronpaParody'' [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on this.
-->'''Makoto''': Kind of takes the edge off it though when you realize that no matter how many times you lose, Monokuma will just let you carry on.

[[folder:Wide Open Sandboxes]]
* ''VideoGame/LANoire'' has an option to let you skip an action sequence if you fail it three times in a row, along with letting your partner drive to a destination you set to avoid bad driver penalties, or as a form of fast travel.
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' is quite open-handed with its autosaving, automatically securing any sidequest you may have completed. Finish a Stranger mission and then get mauled by a cougar on the way back to town? When you respawn, you'll see that the mission is still complete. As a bonus, if you don't like what happened (for example, if you unwittingly made a really bad moral choice), the autosave is on a different file in the HD than your manual save.
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', if you fail to complete a multiple-ending mission with the ending you wanted (e.g.'The Epsilon Program'), you can go back and do it properly. This is particularly useful because said mission deliberately tricks you into not doing it properly.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheLostAndDamned'' added mid-mission checkpoints for the first time in the series. This meant that players no longer had to replay entire missions, which often began with a long driving sequence.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' has the mission "Death Row", which is unique as it is the only mission in the game that gives no monetary reward for completion. As compensation however, the enemies drop significantly larger sums of cash than normal when killed, ensuring that you will at least get something out of the mission.
* The ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' series has a "Warp to Shore" feature when in the water, to prevent the player from having to look for a way out of the water. The series is also good about teleporting the player when they find themselves trapped.
** In the "Veteran Child" mission in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'', you have to use flashbangs to separate the eponymous boss from his human shield Shaundi. Don't have enough? Well VC was kind enough to leave some lying around.
** Also, when ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' has you re-live that fight in Shaundi's simulation, they just let you shoot them with a taser to separate them.
** In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', in the one mission Oleg (who can't ride in most cars) joins you that involves vehicular travel, the game is very generous in spawning utility trucks. Even then, it will waive the normal failure condition of abandoning followers, having him [[OffscreenTeleportation catch up and rejoin you]] at the next objective without penalty.
** ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' has the Warden fights. These end in a minigame where you have to repeatedly hammer one of the buttons to move up the progress bar while the system tries to push it back down. While the push-back speeds up as the game goes on, if you lose and get spat out, it will slow right down for your second attempt.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsHitAndRun'' and ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsRoadRage'', if you fail a mission five times, it lets you skip it. However, ''Hit and Run'' doesn't allow it for the final missions though, [[ThatOneLevel preventing many from finishing the game]]. Unfortunately, doing so also skips ''the cutscenes'' you see after completing the mission, resulting in some confusion (for instance skipping the last mission of the first stage of ''Hit and Run'' will make you have no clue why everyone stopped suspecting Mr. Burns or the black vans).
* In ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'', when Wei Shen is at less than half of his original Health/a quarter of his maximum possible Health after using all Health Shrines) and not taking damage, he will [[RegeneratingHealth regenerate Health until it reaches half of his original Health/a quarter of his maximum possible Health]]. Filling the Face Meter in combat and/or consuming foods can regenerate his Health past that point, while entering one of Wei's apartments will immediately break off combat and sleeping will immediately restore Wei to full Health.

* A common feature in many computerized {{pinball}} games is the "ball saver", where the game will automatically load or launch another ball at no cost if your original one drains soon after launch. This feature can sometimes be abused by attempting to score as many points as you can before the ball saver timeout expires, but some programs will negate any score you might have received during a saved ball.
** ''[[Pinball/F14Tomcat F-14 Tomcat]]'' was the first pinball game to have this feature, called "Flight Insurance".
* After multiball ends in Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''Pinball/{{Earthshaker}}'', the player can shoot the ball into the Shelter within 15 seconds to start Aftershock, giving another chance to score the jackpot.
* In ''Pinball/ElviraAndThePartyMonsters'', if you score poorly on the first two balls, the Extra Ball light will be activated at the start of the third ball.
** This is also used in many of Creator/SegaPinball's games, such as ''Pinball/StarshipTroopers''
* The ball saver in ''VideoGame/PokemonPinball'' is activated at the beginning of a new ball and for the first 60 seconds of the Catch 'Em and Evolution Modes.
* In ''Pinball/NoGoodGofers'', the bumpers on the left side of the table will occasionally direct the ball(s) toward the left outlane. Thankfully, there's a kickback that will propel the ball back to the playing field, even when it's not lit.
* ''Pinball/SpaceShuttle'' has the "Airlock", a gate on the right outlane that opens to redirect balls to the flippers, and the "Heat Shield", a pop-up post between the flippers to prevent drains.
* The original release of ''Pinball/StarWarsDataEast'' didn't have a ball saver at all, but one was added in a 2012 software update.
* In Creator/{{Sega}}'s ''Pinball/StarWarsTrilogy'', if you start X-Wing Multiball but drain two balls without even one attempt at shooting for the Jackpot, the ramp and the X-Wing saucer will light for 15 seconds; hit either one, and the game will automatically launch a ball to resume multiball.
* In general, Creator/ZenStudios' [[DigitalPinballTables digital pinball]] games (''VideoGame/ZenPinball'' and ''VideoGame/PinballFX'') tend to have very generous ball save timers, sometimes up to a minute after a ball is launched.
* ''Pinball/TheatreOfMagic'' not only has a ball saver, but hitting the "Hocus Pocus" target enables two magnetic ball savers near the outlanes, which automatically catch any wayward balls.
* In addition to a ball saver, Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/{{Gladiators}}'' lets a player stop the pop bumpers by holding down both flipper buttons. This is useful if the ball is in the pop bumpers when a TimedMission starts and he wants to quickly get the ball to the flippers.
** Related to this, many pinball games freeze mode timers when the ball is in the bumpers.
* ''Pinball/AirborneAvenger'' has a ball save gate in the rightmost outlane to return potential drains to the launcher.
* In ''VideoGame/ThreeDUltraPinball'', if you launch a ball and fail to score before it drains, the game gives you a "bozo ball" for another go.
* In ''VideoGame/KirbysPinballLand'', getting a Maxim Tomato will temporarily block the gap between the flippers.
* ''Pinball/SilverballMania'' has the Disappearing Kicker, a device that is normally recessed between the flippers. Raising it will cause drained balls to get kicked back onto the playfield.
* In Creator/SternPinball's ''Pinball/HarleyDavidson'' games, the player can press a button on the right side of the cabinet, causing a headlight between the flippers to pop up for a second and block any balls from draining down the middle.
* Most pinball games have drains on either side of the flippers, which you have ''no'' way to escape from and which immediately ends the ball. Some games will actually give you points when this happens, as a sort of apology. For example, ''Pinball/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon'' calls this the "FOCUS!" bonus.

[[folder:Non-Gaming examples]]
* The Google Chrome browser will mark tabs playing sound with a speaker icon, so you can quickly pinpoint and silence tabs that are suddenly playing music.
** Firefox also does this as of November 2015, and further allows users to mute the tab directly by clicking the speaker icon there.
** Many browser improvements over the years have been designed to avert frustration. Gone, for example, are the days when accidentally closing your browser or tab meant that you lost a huge post you were writing in an input field, and Chrome's practice of separating each browser component and tab into its own individual process means that one misbehaving component probably won't crash your entire browser. Now, if only browser makers would disable the Backspace key as a navigation button...
* In the book ''Literature/HeirApparent'', there's a 'cheat' in the [[ShowWithinAShow game]] that makes the game easier to play, and the characters act out of character to help the main character if the main character [[spoiler:starts to cry]].
* Some {{Friending Network}}s like Website/{{Facebook}} and Website/{{Twitter}} will prevent you from making the same post in a short amount of time, so as to prevent one from double-posting by accident.
* The "Restore Previous Session" in ''UsefulNotes/MozillaFirefox'' allows you to re-open the tabs in your previous sessions, in case you want to read them again or accidentally exit the browser.
* In baseball, runners are allowed to run past first base and still be considered safe, as long as they come back to the base fairly quickly. This means batters can run at full speed and try to beat the throw, without worrying about being called out or slowing down to stop exactly on the base. However, since this only applies to first base -- more specifically, to tagging first base without "rounding" it (i.e. turning to run towards second base, as opposed to continuing to run straight ahead) -- runners have to be careful when trying to go to second or third.
* In many email clients, if you type "attached is/are..." in the body of the email without actually attaching a file and then hit "Send," the client will point this out, then ask if you want to attach anything before the message is sent.
* Windows 9x will force a restart if you press CTRL+ALT+DEL twice. Windows NT-based versions instead bring up a menu of choices and no longer force-restarts your PC if you mash CTRL+ALT+DEL, in the event that your machine is stuck.
* Some SMS apps on Android, such as [[https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.klinker.android.evolve_sms Evolve SMS]], allow you to include a delay when sending a message so that you can cancel sending the message if you catch a typo in your message.
* With some models of iPod, if your headphones are unplugged, whatever song is playing will automatically pause, so you won't miss any of the song if they're unplugged accidentally.
* ''WebVideo/AwesomeGamesDoneQuick'': Runners are allowed to use savestates for tricks that could result in the game crashing, softlocking, or otherwise cause a massive loss in time that could kill the run.