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Checkpoints
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Enemy 585 approaches a checkpoint at the start of level 6-2
Ability Respawns character
Game(s) Varies

Checkpoints are a recurring interactive object found in various Nitrome games. They allow players to retry a level from a certain area closer to the goal rather than the very start.

Appearances

Games with checkpoints will usually be determined by a specific object that players must first reach in order to activate it. Normally, these objects make a sound or display a particular visual effect to show that it has been activated.

In the case of games such as The Bucket and Mega Mash, checkpoints will not be shown as a specific object that players must reach but rather determined through "passing points". For instance, players in The Bucket will see "Checkpoint!" light up upon passing a particular area of the level, and this is not defined by a specific object but at the place the player is in at the time. Mega Mash, however, gives players no signal that a checkpoint is activated and is only discovered once all lives are lost.

Gallery

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A visual gallery of objects determining checkpoints in different games.

Function

A checkpoint's task is only carried out if the player fails to complete a task challenged in the level they are playing. This may occur if a hazard is touched, or the character the player is controlling is lost in the game or loses all their lives. When this happens, the player will be prompted to restart.

Instead of restarting from the very start of the level, the player will be able to try again from the last checkpoint activated. This generally makes gameplay easier and less frustrating for players to complete. These checkpoints remain activated until another one is triggered or the player quits the game.

Exceptions

Nitrome's Tiny Castle is the only game to allow players to restart from their last checkpoint after quitting, since they serve as the levels.

Checkpoints are determined by the tasks completed and will be signalled by text reading "Checkpoint!". If the player chooses to quit, they will have the option of starting from their last checkpoint activated or restarting the entire game as a whole.

List of checkpoints and games they are found in

Trivia

  • Checkpoints were a later addition to Enemy 585, included three days after the game's release. This was due to the volume of feedback from fans regarding the game's difficulty.[1]

See Also

Notes

  1. As seen on JayisGames: Enemy 585 Review comments (NitromeMat). The comment was made November 12, 2010.

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