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You can play more or less perfectly, but whether you can win or not will come down to whether one or two isolated regions seal themselves off before they get infected. They usually do, and apart from trying again and hoping you start in one of these areas there's nothing you can do about it. The most isolated area, Madagascar, has achieved Memetic Mutation status.
The Kongregate-hosted version of this game acknowledges the fact with a President of Madagascar Badge. Averted with the Spiritual Sequel Plague Inc. One such way was with the parasite: The damage you take is high already, but even if you make it to the attack helicopter at the end of the section in that stage, it all boils down to whether or not the missiles, laser, and submarines fire anti-air shots hit you, and if you get hit once, the entire screen will be flooded with bullets and you'll die as your helicopter is such a large target.
This makes the only possible strategy for this boss be spray and pray, hoping that you will have a little energy left for the last section of the stage. The Russian indie game Hammerfight features the unfortunate addition of "siege bombs", which are an instant kill if they touch a character including youand even if they miss, they have an insanely huge blast radius and can easily take off half the players health from a half screen away.
Their power is balanced out by their high price making it Too Awesome to Use. The NPCs, however, have no such qualms about throwing one at you, especially when you are an inch from their face and cannot possibly dodge it in time.
It is especially infuriating in Arena, where at higher levels you must fight a constant stream of enemies, any one of which could end your game immediately through a single suicidal siege bomb toss. Cave Story has a corridor in the Bonus Level Of Hell where blocks, both large and small, rain down upon you dealing ten damage each completely randomly, and you have to kill or avoid small angels flying around too.
It's probably safer to take five damage from the angels and use the Booster 2. All it takes is a bad combination of blocks that the player could not possibly have forseen, and boom goes the protagonist. Broforce has a particular game mechanic where you are given a random series of characters to play a mission.
Given that the characters have vastly different mobility and firepower, spawning with the wrong series can make an otherwise normal level all but unbeatable, and conversely spawning with the right one can make it possible to end the level without losing a single life. Compare Cherry Broling to Snake Broskin: Cherry moves at a hobble and has the best upwards mobility at the cost of having the worst horizontal mobility while Snake moves as fast as a regular armed bro but has a hang glider that, when figured out, acts as the cape in Super Mario World granting Snake the ability to breeze through levels if used well.
In the final levels specifically against Satan's Deathfield form, Snake can easily leave it in the dust while Cherry Adventure Game Leisure Suit Larry: Particularly remarkable was a casino in Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizardswhere you were actually expected by the game designers to use Save Scumming to win enough money at the casino there is no other way to make progress in the game.
A similar situation occurs with a video poker machine in Leisure Suit Larry 5: Save Scumming is not required if you lose your money you can hit for a little more but definitely encouraged the total you need to advance is very high compared to your starting amount.
Aside from you being just as likely to lose money as to win, there's one special configuration which, when hit, makes the machine shoot a laser and kill you. You have to save scum to get past this part. There's a possibility the roaming vicious warg could be captured by the wood elf long before you get to the wood elf's dungeon.
And if said warg kills the only person capable of unlocking the jail door and you end up on the wrong side of that door, the game's unwinnable. Even worse, NPCs will sometimes randomly refuse to obey your orders for no good reason. Bard the bowman is the only one who can kill the dragon, but if you order him to do it and he says 'No', the dragon will kill you right away.
The lava pit in Broderbund's Mask of the Sun. At a certain point in what had previously been more or less an illustrated text adventure, the player is confronted with a pool of lava, with a stepping stone that rises and sinks into the lava rapidly.
You're given a choice between jumping to the stone, and then to the other side of the pit But even if you choose to jump, there's still a VERY good chance you'll end up with "splash and burn" and die. The stepping stone moves so rapidly much like rapid eye-blinking that timing doesn't even enter into it Furthermore, it became clear that it was the only way to proceed.
Just look what happened to this guy! Mordack randomly shows up in his castle to kill you, and if he appears you're dead, no matter what. In order to steal what you need from the museum, you have to wait until the guards leave.
But there's a chance that a guard will randomly walk in and kill you. There's no way to hide, and there's no warning that it's going to happen. And if he kills you during this sequence, it's 'Game Over', since at this point the player is out of the Dungeon Master's reach the Dungeon Master usually gives the player another chance when dying.
In the game's predecessor, Zork II, the game's antagonist, the Wizard of Frobozz, often randomly shows up to cast spells on the player. These spells are annoying, but harmless The exceptions to 'usually' are what turn this into a luck-based mission, as it's possible for the Wizard to cast 'Fall' causing you to fall or 'Float' causing you to float while you're in the hot-air balloon.
If he shows up at the wrong moment and casts these spells, the player will lose the hot-air balloon forever and be unable to complete the game. Not to mention that some spells in some situations are just plain instant death, like 'Fear' when you're on a cliff or 'Fierce' when you're in the same room with the dragon, and that no matter what if the Wizard happens to cast enough spells that hold you in place for too long 'Float', 'Freeze', etc.
The first Zork had two Downplayed examples - fighting the troll and fighting the thief. Fighting the troll is so early in the game that a restart if you fail is a relatively minor annoyance. The thief is a Nintendo Hard brutal boss fight, but the game is designed so that you have a better chance of confronting him and winning at the end of the game.
The death message even informs you, "there was nothing you can do; sometimes terrible things happen. Thankfully the chances of it happening are rather low. Restoring from before the last action that you were healthy won't cut it [unless you catch the disease right after leaving Brooklyn]. The bomb-disarming Mastermind puzzle in The Journeyman Project.
You have to solve three levels, with an extra color added each level. If you miss too many times, you go back to square one. If you take too long, the shield generator's radiation kills you. Ravenhearst, you need to collect seven keys hidden around the mansion and take them to the cellar. The keys are easy, there's one in every room, you just need to be able to find it. The difficulty is that the game will randomly select which rooms you may go into for the keys. If none of these randomly-selected rooms are in the basement, you have no way to get to the cellar.
The game auto-saves as you go along, so when you reach the end of the game after hours of playing and you can't win there's nothing to do but start over from zero and play all the way through again. The poker section from the original Police Quest. You do badly, it's game over. Fortunately, the VGA remake makes it skippable. In The Feeble Fileswhen Feeble tries to escape from a max security prison, he has to go back and forth a few times between several floors, and each of those floors has a guardian android periodically show up to check for any escapees.
He visits the different floors completely at random, so it's down to pure luck as to whether he just so happens to show up on a given floor while you're still on it. Driving Game The final mission leading to the best ending of the original Driver videogame involves driving The President across New York City while dozens of hitmen and corrupt cops in nigh-indestructible uber-fast cars try to ram your car off the road and reduce it to a wreck.
Since the hitmen cars are so much faster and tougher than yours, the only way to complete the mission is if you're lucky enough that the AI cars wreck themselves as you scream across town.
The mission is nearly impossible without an invincibility cheat and you can still die by flipping over with invincibility on. Every time-based mission requiring you to evade the cops while reaching your destination Read: The majority was luck-based.
If a cop spawns too close to your destination, you have to detour and will run out of time. Almost any street racing game where traffic motion is random. Particularly noticeable in the Burnout series, where a long vehicle like a bus pulls out in front of you, there's nothing you can do to prevent a crash. On time trials, this can make a track Unwinnable.
As of Burnout 3: Takedownhowever, all traffic in hotlap-based races is completely scripted every time, in career at least. You can still get pretty boned in other modes, though. Sometimes the Signature Takedowns that appeared in Takedown and Revenge are still an example of this, though.
Some of the ones involving crashing opponents into static bits of the environment are easy enough: Bingo, the game gives you credit for the Signature Takedown. Your weapon is timing-which you don't have when you're tasked with Signatures involving crashing opponents into, say, trams or buses. Both are moving, neither are alone in traffic, and both are interspersed in obstacles.
Even if you and your opponent are in the right position for a takedown, should another car or a lamp post or something get in the way and the car crashes into THAT? Regular takedown, back to square one. In Revenge, particularly, there was one involving crashing an opponent into a tram-a tram that liked moving into a little chute in between two narrow walls a lot. Finally, because their appearance isn't scripted they're just coded so that they appear down certain roads on certain tracks, not precisely where or when they might not show up with the main pack of cars at all.
This is a common criticism of the Mario Kart series. The Rubber Band A. City Trial in general can consist of this since power ups and vehicles pop up randomly, so there's no guarantee that you'll find a decent assortment of power ups or one of your preferred rides.
Rad Racera cross country racing game on the NES, falls under this due to when and where other cars spawn and if they swerve into your lane. Touching them from the side will send your car flying sideways and into an obstacle off road, costing you time. In Wip Eout Fusion, there is an elimination challenge where you have to destroy a large number of enemy ships on the racetrack.
The tools given to every ship to fight this battle: Weapon pads rarely provide a quake, but there are 15 ships rolling the dice so quakes will go off every few seconds, obliterating your opponents. After half a lap, the pack of 15 ships will have been reduced to about 2 or 3. Which would be nice, if you didn't have to kill 5 enemies to win this challenge. Your only chance is to get a quake from pretty much the first or second weapon pad, and happen to use it at the right moment so it finishes off 5 ships.
You get no second chance. A lot of the faster races in Ridge Racer 3D took advantage of fixing the much-maligned ancient collision mechanics of previous Ridge Racer titles, then took advantage of it way too much. Since everyone now loses very little speed when colliding with each other or not scraping walls for a very long time, even mid-game races can turn into outrageous three-or-four-machine melees wherein cars are overtaking one another, going far, far faster than they should - which you can't do in kind.
This means you may keep some nitrous for yourself to break away from the pack and win a race An interesting example in Gran Turismo. In some restricted events there can be a car far superior to the rest of the grid and your own.
In Gran Turismo 5, a lot of the seasonal challenges feature a single lap to a difficult track Nurburgring Nordschleife or Suzuka are the regulars in which you start last and have to finish first. This can become, either Unwinnable if the car starting first is a fast one or Easier Than Easy if it's a turtle, helding back all the others.
Edutainment Game The Oregon Trail is one whole luck-based game. Characters will randomly get sick, and may even die immediately, giving little time to allow for recovery. Crossing the rivers is luck-based, too; fording a river isn't, as you shouldn't really ford a river more than three feet.
Floating a wagon across carries the risk of tipping over, causing the loss of your items and some of your people! In other words, as in history, nothing is guaranteed in this game. In Oregon Trail II, if you're unlucky enough, the wagon can tip and drown a person in as little as a foot and a half of water. You can tip even on "not too steep" hills.
And hunting carries the risk of an sometimes instantly fatal accidental gunshot or animal attack for your leader. While frustrating, this is very much Truth In Video Gaming. A number of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan were drowned when Humvees flipped into shallow water. If you are underneath something extremely heavy like a wagon when it flips, you really will drown in 1 foot of water before they can get it off you. In The ClueFinders Search and Solve Adventures, one mini-game you find early on involves Trial-and-Error Gameplaysince that is after all, the entire point of the minigame.
You have to guess the rows and columns, represented by colors and shapes. The points on the grid are colored shapes And you have to get certain points so you can get past the game and get a reward to continue on. You'd also be surprised how hard the 9-guess levels can be. It has an arcade-styled minigame called Lost Luggage, where the goal is to get each correctly colored suitcase into its matching bin.
You would do this by taking control of conveyor belts and other mechanisms. The game's 99th and final level, being a developer-induced Kill Screenplays this trope straight. It has six chutes all of the same kind, where if you put a suitcase down a chute it could come out of any of the other five in any four directions.
There are several unchangeable conveyor belts that will lead it into a bin.
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If the wrong color lands in it, you have to restart the level. The problem is, you have no control over where it goes, and every odd is stacked against you in every possible way.
Didn't think this could get worse? You have to be this lucky four times. Even worse, if you do get past it somehow, you won't get a victory screen or anything new and exciting to celebrate beating the whole thing. Instead, you'll be sent back to Level 1, while being able to play any level you want since beating the penultimate level.
The player has a choice of which side to start building from: Central Pacific or Union Pacific. Central Pacific has a much shorter route, however the player is required to blast through mountainous terrain with dynamite to place the tracks.
Using said dynamite has a very high chance of injuring workers in the blast, and you have to make multiple blasts to cut through even one bit of terrain. It's entirely possible the player will lose all his workers and therefore lose the game in the first level, before even finishing one tunnel.
Odell Lake has the insects and insect larvae and the chub, if you can eat that. There is always a small chance that one of those items will conceal a hook. Fillet of mackinaw trout, anyone? Brawl, getting all the trophies requires you to use trophy stands on every kind of enemy in the adventure mode, including bosses.
Raising the difficulty level and using certain stickers will raise the chance of getting a stand, but it's still annoying when you hit a boss too hard, kill it, and you have to go through the whole level again for another chance, not to mention if the stupid bastards hit a conveniently-spawning Koopa Shell or a Blast Box with a stray attack of their own and thus end up suiciding without you being able to do a Goddamn thing about it.
Playing with a friend can greatly help: You know what's even more luck-based though? The Trophy Lottery, in which you spend coins to possibly obtain a new trophy.
Brawl does away with that annoying feature in favor of a shooter game that's just as addictive in order to get trophies and stickers. However, it is still random whether or not new trophies even show up.
The Mew Trophy is an especially bad case. It's bad enough you have to fight multiple characters at once while getting worn down, but the combinations are random and can range anywhere from easy peasy to downright lethal.
And then there's the stickers in Brawl. At least with the trophies you can aim for specific ones when using the stands or in the shooting mode; with stickers, apart from a few that you get for completing challenges, you have no way of knowing which sticker you'll get each time you grab one.
Thus, the only way to get them all is massive amounts of sticker grinding, and once you're near the end you could spend hours doing it and not get anything new. Items in general make some tasks this.
If a bomb spawns in front of your attack that's another multi-minute attempt at the man-melee down the drain. For this reason, competitive players and tournaments often shut off items. Gameplay itself devolves into this, with people needing to exploit the map hazards, map terrain, or item spawns in order to gain an advantage against their opponents. Melee has a minor one that can make That One Sidequest much easier to deal with.
Adventure Mode features one level patterned after The Legend of Zeldawhere the player needs to find the Triforce in order to clear it. There are five potential places for it to spawn, and a Dark Link fight is positioned at the four places where it didn't spawn.
Two of the locations are at places where the player can check them without triggering a possible fight which is shown by a Master Sword in a pedestal rather than the Triforce hovering over itwith the other three situated beyond one of the first two thus, if the Triforce is in one of those, you have to go through at least one Dark Link to get to it.
Some players will quit and restart Adventure Mode multiple times just for the chance at that bonus. Clearing the tutorial in Soul Calibur 3 requires the player to guard impact counter the instructors moves while he randomly switches between high and low attacks 5 times in a row getting hit makes you start over.
The problem is that the medium attacks he uses are too quick to guard after it starts so you need to guard before he starts and all but a handful of characters are too slow to get out of that block and counter in time when he DOES execute a low attack, meaning the mission requires the player to be lucky enough to make a correct "prediction".
To add insult to injury, the characters that ARE quick enough have this mission stupidly easy. Completing the tutorial with a character unlocks their Ancient weapon.
The only other way to unlock the weapon involves reaching and beating Olcadan with that character. Which means you'll fight Night Terror. Mortal Kombat 9 has a mode called "Test Your Luck", where a slot machine determines what additional stipulations are added to a match. These extra rules range from inconsequential rainbow blood, Zombie Kombat to game-changing no arms, poisoned health, disabled super meters.
These missions appear at regular intervals in the Challenge Tower, where they also determine your opponent. Additionally, fighting Reptile in the original Mortal Kombat and the reboot as well not only requires a double flawless victory followed by a fatality, but the player must "Look to la Luna"; there's a random chance of seeing objects fly across the moon.
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The player can only challenge Reptile if the this occurs. Although luck isn't strictly required to win the fights against Shao Kahn or Kintaro it certainly helps.
Both have tremendously powerful and versatile movesets that can allow them to hit you for massive damage from all the way across the arena with very limited ability to dodge or block. They both also have a tendency to stop and taunt in the middle of combat. If you're lucky they'll stand around taunting like idiots the whole battle, allowing you to slowly chip away at their health bar with ranged attacks. If you're unlucky they'll charge in immediately and spam their most powerful moves at lightning speed until you die.
Final Fantasy has some of these, mostly relating to the Battlegen system. However, battlegen is never guaranteed—you only ever have a chance of generating the item when performing the above actions. That's the luck-based, here's the mission: In campaign mode, there are enemies who demand, if the player wants the highest score possible, that the player cause battlegen to occur within ten seconds of starting the match. Not even factoring in the Spiteful A.
Much like the above example, there's an achievement for battlegen-ing five items in one match—and you can only ever generate one of each individual item per match. Thank God for the Stiltzkin opponents and their unusually long list of possible battlegen items, as they turn this achievement from "nigh impossible" to merely "hugely aggravating.
If the player is deep in the Lunar Whale or Blackjack course, that is to say, running gauntlets of random enemies 20 to 50 levels above the level cap, the player's survival can quickly wind up luck-based: Did the computer give the opponent the best equipment in the game, or merely a motley assortment? Do they have accessories that complement their strengths, or worthless ones?
Is their summon godly, or horrible? Is their CPU-behavior set to a playstyle the player can counter reliably? There's no way of knowing unless you fully commit yourself to fighting the opponent. The fight with Jinpachi in Tekken 5 comes down to this. Jinpachi has an attack that comes out almost too fast to block, interrupts any attack you perform, stuns you, and forces you to stand.
He also has a fireball that takes off massive amounts of your health and which he can use multiple times in a row. Super Saiyans have unlimited Ki so they can spam Ultimate Attacks, during which they're mostly invincible; for players this is balanced by making Super Saiyan a temporary transformation, but computer opponents often have it as a permanent statusso the fight becomes a question of "will the computer decide to let me damage it, or will it stunlock me with nonstop Kamehamehas?
For the best chance at items and skills dropping, you must complete optional tasks in order to get an Ultimate Finish. Prior to that day TJ had came by the box to scope it out, Goose was there to greet him. We were hoping he would give it a chance and grow to love it, and fortunate for us he did. TJ competed in the CrossFit Open in There was a workout that had burpee lateral jumps, heavy overhead squats, and then muscle-ups. TJ got his first muscle-ups during the open WOD, which looked like a chest fly while suspended in the air.
It was pretty amusing. TJ went on to compete for the team at the Northeast Regional in June of that year. He showed up with his American flag bandana on looking cool and confident.
The thruster ladder was on Friday and he put on a show. That year they had one male and one female make their way through the Thruster Ladder for the teams, and the individuals did the same. TJ out-lifted all the teams by about 30 pounds and beat all of the individual men other than Rob Orlando who he tied. He did this with a little swoosh of the hands after each lift. Everyone that was at the Reebok headquarters wanted to talk it up with him, he accomplished celebrity status by the end of the weekend.
CrossFit Southie had only been open for about 7 months at the time of the Regional and TJ definitely brought a lot of positive attention to the gym.
As he became more interested in CrossFit he became a better coach.