- Running out of Hit Points or Video Game Lives. In a game with Final Death, this occurs if the main character or a plot-important character dies.
- Failing critical mission objectives (such as letting the target of an Escort Mission die)
- Certain circumstances (covered in Unwinnable) don't technically result in a game over, but prevent you from continuing further into the game.
- Games that are too lazy to give you a special victory screen will simply show you the standard game over screen if you just beat the game. Because of course, your game is over in that situation, too. Can be rather jarring to see a screen associated with failure being used to indicate success, especially if the music is still there...
hit points. You lost your last life. The character you're supposed to protect has stumbled off a cliff face. Your mons have all fainted. It's Game Over for you. So now what? The nicest games might just let you off with a warning, less forgiving games might make it so that Continuing Is Painful or send you back to a checkpoint. If you're really unlucky, then it's back to the start of level for you... or even the entire game. Of course, if you're really lucky, the game over screen will simply read Fission Mailed or the game will let you continue anyway. This is, at its most basic, the condition of having lost the game. Some text or animation appears to let you know you've lost, and there's nothing left to do but start over. You can achieve Game Over by: