Videogames are a new form of entertainment and with each year it has only gotten bigger. With games like Call of Duty, GTA and the Mario franchise, which are played by almost by everyone from old people to young, everyone has a game they can enjoy. But some games are made for the hardcore gamer, games that are so hard that most players find them unfair or cheap. These games often don’t have a difficulty and therefore there is no other way to play them except in their original brutal difficulty.
A point and click adventure game, normally these games are not the hardest but sometimes have tricky puzzles and set pieces. Shadowgate is a point and click entirely based on traps. Something as simple as inserting a wrong key on a door can lead you to your death or touching a painting only for it to shoot arrows at you. Most items you find will probably kill you if you attempt to use them; the descriptions of the item’s will help you figure out their proper use. The game was originally made for the Macintosh but was later released on the NES. In some countries where the translation was poorly done, the game became even more difficult because of the obscure definitions and descriptions. At least each time you died you heard the death theme, which was a wonderfully composed bit of music. The game is being remade after more than 10 years of abscence, it’s your chance to enter Shadowgate.
This game is a roguelike, which means a lot of the game is random but one thing that is sure is that you only have one life. Once you die you start back at the beginning because there are no checkpoints or save options. Also it is one of the first roguelikes ever and that has evolved a lot since its inception. You start as a thief character you might even say a rogue like character. So unlike the usual hero in games you start of with a character who has to fight unfair to win and use lots of cheap tactics. The goal of the game is to find an amulet that is at the lowest level of the dungeon and give it your god. The hard part is that there are 50 levels all completely random and if you die you start over with another completely random map. The game can take a decade to fully discover, there are still to this day new abilities and options being discovered. These are usually discussed and shared in forums. Death is so common that there is an acronym for it, “YASD” which stands for yet another stupid death. People who have finished it, have most often done it with the help of the game’s incredible community which consistently share tricks and tactics. Those who have never read a guide and claim to finish it, are often questioned. This game might take forever to finish or not even but it still is a great exercise of puzzle solving and patience. Also it is completely free and if the ASCII graphics annoy you there is graphical redesign called Vulture which is a lot prettier.
I Wanna Be The Guy
This game is probably the hardest out of all these games. The only problem is that it’s not much of a game as it is a death fest. The easiest level in this game is nigh impossible. There are people who have finished it but only because the game offers you one chance and that is infinite lives. You might think that would make it easier but it’s even more frustrating to being stuck in the same level for hours despite unlimited retries. The game is a platformer which is a tribute to the old Nintendo platformers which were also stupidly hard. Most levels are just a bunch of spikes except the tile you start on and you have to get to the end somehow. Well at least the game is free, so when you give up it won’t feel like you wasted your money.
This is one of the few examples in the modern era of gaming. This action rpg is about you, just an ordinary warrior trying to rid the world of evil demons. The classes and abilities work like any other rpg. The interesting part of the game is how it deals with death. Death isn’t just as simple as dieing and reloading a checkpoint. When you die you lose all your souls which are the in game currency for items and also used to level up. Then you start back the start of the area and have a chance to regain all your souls back by going back up to where you died. Well unfortunately for you all the monsters you previously killed are all back except main bosses and if you die along the way you lose those souls permanently. Although many people claim the game is too hard, anyone who has played for a decent amount of time will tell you it’s more of a learning experience, something most modern games don’t have. And if you finish the game you can play it again but every enemy is stronger, this happens eachtime you finish the game so you could eventually have enemies 10 times stronger than the original start. Also difficulty and complexity are a trend in From Software(developers of Demon’s Souls).
This game is the pinnacle of pain and frustration, its difficulty is unmatched even now. I Wanna Be The Guy comes close but it’s cheap level design and lack of skill make it worse for it. Battle Toads doesn’t use any cheap designs but just pure chaos. The game is a sidescroller similar to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The game has so many different layouts, one level is a race filled with enemies and obstacles, that is only the 3rd level. Each level brings new types of enemies and annoyance with while keeping old enemies too. The game is just unbeatable on a regular run, many players use the infinite life option so they don’t kill themselves. Even with cheats this game is harder than any game. There is a second player option, you would think this would make things easier, unfortunately not. The two players can hit each other which makes the fighting even more harder. More people have seen volcanos erupt under water than the ending of this game.
There are many other games that make you want to break your controller in half. A few honorable mentions would be the Ninja Gaiden series on the nes, Super Metroid, Fire Emblem and there are others which I probably avoided.