Quite frequently, game developers do not want you to be able to save anywhere and everywhere, especially while in battle. It encourages Save Scumming, and can lead to a player getting stuck somewhere because their only save is in an area they can't proceed or escape from. On the other hand, some developers also want to let players leave the game at their leisure without the punishment of taking them back to the last Save Point.
How can they satisfy both requirements? The answer is implementing a Suspend Save system (sometimes called Quick Saves, instead, although that is also a term for keyboard mapped saving/loading in PC games). Suspend saves are a type of Save Game that has the following features:
- Only one can exist at a time.
- Saving in such a way always exits the game.
- Reloading a quick save deletes the save file—they are single use only.
- Reloading from a standard save file or starting a new game usually deletes the quick save file.
These are especially popular with handheld games, since a player may have to quit playing at a moment's notice and can't take the time to search for a Save Point. They are also popular as the only way to save in Roguelikes that have Perma Death implemented.
- This feature was added to the American and PAL releases of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. If the player doesn't want to go through the entire three-day timeline in one sitting, they have the option of saving and exiting at an owl statue, to resume later. The only way to save one's progress in the game permanently is to go back in time to the beginning of the "Groundhog Day" Loop. This was changed in the 3DS remake to make the owl statues permanent Save Points, and the only way to save the game.
- The iOS port of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney has this as a feature. If the app is closed during play, it will give you the option to resume from your suspend save the next time you open it. The GBA versions from Japan used it as well, but the DS versions took out the latter two restrictions, allowing players to save-scum.
- Pokémon Pinball uses a quicksave to prevent Save Scumming.
- The Game & Watch Gallery games would automatically perform a quicksave upon pausing and delete it when resuming or exiting, allowing the players to pause and then shut off the game at the pause menu, and still pick up where they left off.
- Implemented in many of Koei's Warriors type games. While many stages could be relatively short, with playtimes between 10 and 20 minutes, many others could be grueling slugfests, especially in big, complicated battles or some of the bonus levels. Time limits of up to 90 minutes were not unheard of. To avoid players being caught in the middle of a battle then needing to stop playing for some reason and risk losing all their work (especially for some of the harder bonus objectives required to unlock all manner of Infinity Plus One Swords), Koei added the Interim Save feature.
- Mari0 includes a quick-save feature.
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Super Mario Bros. 2, and New Super Mario Bros. U allow you to use these any time, but only allow full saves at castles and when star coins are spent. After you beat the game, however, you can save whenever you want.
- Some Castlevania games, including both Castlevania: Chronicles of Sorrow games and Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, include a suspend save feature. This also resets the enemies in an area when you restart, which in Portrait helps getting random drops in the Bonus Dungeon, as that area doesn't allow Backtracking.
- The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games do this if you save while inside a dungeon.
- Dungeons Of Dredmor's game saves are restricted to this when Permadeath is enabled.
- Dwarf Fortress has standard suspend saves for both game modes and adventurers can additionally retire, suspending their game over a longer period so a fortress or another adventurer can carry on from that history in the same world, then re-activated later. Eventually the ability to retire fortresses was added in the 2014 version of the game.
- The story mode for Dragon Fin Soup allows traditional saves that can be performed and loaded at whim, unless playing on Hardcore. But the other two modes more closely emulate the classic Roguelike structure, and thus only allow suspended saves.
- Etrian Odyssey games, starting with the second, feature this as the only way to save while in a dungeon. The player can hard-save in town, but can only use the suspended save while exploring.
- Survival Mode in Fallout 4 disables manual saving and only autosaves when you rest at a bed, but still keeps an exit save for when you quit the game. Loading the exit save does not delete it, it will just be inaccessible unless your game crashes—or you deliberately forced the program to close, if you want to cheat—and replaced by the next exit save you make.
- This feature was added to all of the handheld ports and remakes of the NES-era Final Fantasy games.
- Dragon Quest games also use this when you're in the field; you can only save properly in towns.
- In Nostalgia, you can chose to quick save. Then you are asked to turn the system off, and it deletes the save when you choose "Continue" instead of "Load".
- This was available in all versions but the PAL release of Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter.
- Resonance of Fate. Places to save properly are rare, but this and the ability to retry battles for a nominal fee prevent that from being too much of a problem.
- Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon allows you to quick-save during a battle.
- Fire Emblem introduced suspend saves when the series moved to the Gameboy Advance. For those three games only, the game updated the one quicksave any time you did anything of note, which was both very convenient and almost impervious to Save Scumming. Shadow Dragon has a variant with mid-chapter save points that can be reloaded indefinitely (but they can only be used once before disappearing). Suspend Saves can also be used at any time in Radiant Dawn in the hardest difficulty (on lower difficulties, they're just normal saves). The 3DS games use suspend saves in Classic Mode, and allow you to save whenever you want in Casual Mode.
- Luminous Arc 2 features an interesting version. The game allows a single save slot during battles, and it can be saved and reloaded at whim. At first, this would appear to allow Save Scumming, but only to a certain extent: hit percentage outcomes are determined by the RNG prior to the player even taking a turn, so if a given character misses a target, reloading the same turn will result in that character always missing that target. The player can still decide to take actions based on the results of that turn, though - but only if the player saves before every single turn.
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown has this feature enabled in certain difficulties. In Ironman mode, the game deletes the old and creates a new suspend save whenever you take an action as well as when you quit the game.
- This is how the Hibernate feature works on most computers, as well as the Safe Sleep in OS X. The OS makes a save state of the entire system and saves it to the hard disk, then powers off.
- Virtual Console for Wii can suspend some games. It can suspend NES and SNES games, but not N64 games. This feature is less than the save states in other emulators, because it prevents Save Scumming.