The Game Over Screen is a gameplay element that appears throughout most video games.
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Whenever the player loses all of his/her three lives, he/she is given an option to continue within 10 seconds (20 in Metal Slug 6) as long as they have any credits left.
If the player has failed to continue after the timer has passed out, the screen will fade into the color of blood red along with "Game Over" written on their Status screen then which leads to the actual Game Over screen. The Game Over screen also appears after the credits screen in some games of the series.
In some games, the player is given an option to continue or return to the main menu.
Game Over Screen
Prior to Metal Slug 5. When the player fails to continue after 10 seconds, they are led to the original Game Over screen. The screen consists of the words "GAME OVER" drawn on the ground next to tank treads and alongside a military helmet on the top right.
Metal Slug 5
The Game Over screen in Metal Slug 5 is same as the previous ones, however the fade transition is black rather than red and the military helmet on the top right is missing. The missing helmet could be explained as the player's main enemies in the game are the Ptolemaic Army rather than the Rebels.
Metal Slug 6
When the player fails to continue after 20 seconds, they are suddenly (there's no red transition) led to Metal Slug 6's Game Over screen, where there are several rifles and bullets stacked over. A Mars People's skull can be seen also on the right side. After that the screen fades into static.
Metal Slug 7/XX
The Game Over screen of Metal Slug 7/XX is much unique than its predecessors. Whenever the player fails to continue after the 10 seconds timer, the player is led to a horde of Rebel Infantries cheering up along with a few more minor enemies. Then the Game Over text appears with great effect. The location and the type of enemies cheering depends on which mission the player fails.
The Game Over screen is a close recreation of the arcade version. The player is then given the option to continue (if they have any retries left), make a temporary save, or end their game.
Metal Slug Advance
The game over screen in Metal Slug Advance is same as the original main series' one, but the words "Game Over" is replaced with "Mission Failed". The player is given the option to continue or return to main menu.
When the player's base has been completely destroyed by the enemy's units, the words "Mission Failed" will appear while the opposing units do their victory pose. If this happens during Attack!, Extra Ops, or Another Story, the player is given a chance to restart by paying 30 medals which they are given a max AP. In Battle or Team Battle, Guild Raid, and POW Rescue, the player returns to menu.