The Best Perma-death Games

Update : StarCrawlers Chimera added at rank #31.
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Hell is Others (2022)

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PC Windows

Dive into the chilling world of 'Hell is Others', where you navigate the eerie Century City, fight off terrifying foes, and keep your blood-thirsty bonsai tree healthy. With the clock ticking, your choices decide your fate. Will you survive the spectral town and uncover its secrets?

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What we like:
  • Unique multiplayer experience
  • Adrenaline-pumping gameplay
  • Solid and polished design
  • Interesting customization options
  • Helpful game tips and strategies
What could be improved:
  • Limited exploration time
  • Small inventory size

  • top-down
  • gun
  • philosophical
  • perma-death
  • twin-stick
  • survival-horror
  • shooter
  • loot
  • shoot-em-up
  • pve
  • thriller
  • customization
  • dystopian
  • fast-paced
  • stealth

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eaaae (2024)

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PC Windows

You encountered a storm at sea and unexpectedly arrived at this small island. On this island, you can start a new life through activities like planting, construction, fishing, and more. Experience the storyline with various NPCs as you join the team to build and develop the small island!

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  • rogue-like
  • sandbox
  • 3d
  • rpg
  • perma-death
  • dating-sim
  • party
  • character
  • choices
  • flight
  • 2d
  • space
  • farming
  • agriculture
  • survival

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Soulforged (2022)

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IOS iPhone Android PC Windows

Join our community on a fantastic journey across a vast, unique world. Discover new technologies, build infrastructure and brave new frontiers. All that with no fees or in-game purchases. Please note: This is a slow-paced game limited by Action Points that regenerate very slowly in real time!


  • perma-death
  • mmo
  • pve
  • character
  • multiplayer
  • sandbox
  • rpg
  • choices
  • customization
  • exploration
  • cartoony
  • 2d
  • open-world
  • turn-based
  • crafting

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The Witch's House (2018)

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PC Windows

A young girl, Viola, is drawn inexorably to a mysterious manor that seems to change behind her back. It is a place of pain, turmoil and death. Plumb its detestable depths and abominable history. Untangle riddles that bar your perilous path. And flee the hellish halls of The Witch’s House.


  • horror
  • 2d
  • rpgmaker
  • perma-death
  • rhythm
  • survival-horror
  • atmospheric
  • pixel
  • rpg
  • puzzle
  • platform

5

Rift Wizard (2021)

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PC Windows

Rift Wizard is a tough as nails fantasy roguelike featuring challenging turn based combat and deep open ended character building. Craft your spellbook from over 100 unique spells and abilities and fight your way through a series of procedurally generated challenges to defeat your nemesis.

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  • rogue-like
  • character
  • perma-death
  • turn-based
  • magic
  • dungeon-crawler
  • customization
  • traditional
  • procedural
  • 2d
  • minimalist
  • fantasy
  • top-down
  • rouge
  • pixel

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Lunar Lander: Beyond (2024)

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Guide a roster of colorful pilots, eclectic advisors and state-of-the-art landers through a taxing series of missions. Deliver cargo, retrieve resources, and rescue stranded pilots as you navigate a mysterious universe of moons and planets.

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  • psychological
  • space
  • perma-death
  • comic
  • flight
  • book
  • hand-drawn
  • sci-fi
  • exploration
  • economy
  • horror
  • grunt
  • story
  • 2d
  • anime

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We who are about to Die (2022)

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early access PC Windows

Fight & strategize your way through spectacles and arenas -- rise from lowly slave to Grand Champion and earn your freedom. Or... die trying. This Gladiator RPG Roguelite features in-depth career management and a unique physics simulated combat system. To those who are about to die, I salute you!


  • rogue-like
  • physics
  • character
  • perma-death
  • hack-and-slash
  • customization
  • swordplay
  • historical
  • medieval
  • rpg
  • rome
  • pve
  • gore
  • replay-value
  • arena

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Baldi's Basics Plus (2020)

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early access Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Baldi's Basics Plus is like the original game, but PLUS! The same cruddy edutainment horror type parody theme is back, but with hugely expanded gameplay features, including procedurally generated levels, field trip minigames, crazy random events, PLUS more characters, more items, and more chaos!

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  • parody
  • rogue-like
  • procedural
  • horror
  • perma-death
  • stealth
  • 1990s
  • satire
  • 3d
  • surreal
  • first-person
  • survival-horror
  • retro
  • funny
  • exploration

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Rick Henderson (2020)

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Rick Henderson is an endless horizontal-scrolling shoot 'em up with infinite replayability, a true homage to 16-bit shooters wrapped in graphics we all loved. Twitch your fingers through five enemy factions and their bosses, upgrade your ship and try to survive through unpredictable space events.

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  • perma-death
  • scroller
  • shoot-em-up
  • arcade
  • procedural
  • choices
  • space
  • boss
  • shooter
  • 2d
  • artillery
  • pixel
  • retro
  • multiball
  • sniper

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ELDERBORN (2020)

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PC Windows

ELDERBORN - a Metal AF* Slasher with brutal FPP melee combat and souls-like/RPG character progression. In the times of legend, barbarian tribes need a new dark messiah. Be that merciless slayer. Uncover ancient secrets in the city of doom. Forge your own destiny! *Action Fantasy.


  • dark
  • souls
  • swordplay
  • perma-death
  • fantasy
  • pve
  • comic
  • hack-and-slash
  • dungeon-crawler
  • fight
  • 3d
  • sci-fi
  • book
  • first-person
  • atmospheric

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