When the player is hurt, whether by an enemy, a hurt event, a spike boll or platform, or another player’s weapon or special move, he will lose one or two hearts, depending on what the player hit. For example, touching a Norm Turtle will cause the player to lose one heart, while being hit with a powered-up seeker missile will make him lose two.
A player who loses all his hearts dies: he is roasted.
Hearts are displayed in the top-right corner of the game screen, on one line. Left hearts are lost first.
When the player is down to one heart, it will begin flickering to alert the player of his impending demise.
Eat your lima beans, Johnny.