The most difficult video games in history and in the world

There are many video games that “adapt” to the user to avoid a frustrating experience. Candy Crush is an example of this, allowing there to always be a possible solution and a fair difficulty so that you don’t get bored because you can’t beat the game and make millions around the world, without be game lovers. , become addicted Like him, many others seek to get the user to the end without being frustrated to try, without abandoning it, without having to turn off the computer or the console several times to achieve it. In many cases, all it takes is patience.

most difficult video games

Choosing the most difficult games in history is not easy because each title is different, each title is a world. A puzzle may be completely simple for you but an RPG is impossible. Also, that’s not all: there are plenty of completely difficult video games that surely made you angry, but we try to collect all kinds of titles, from all possible genres, years and platforms.

Ghosts and Goblins

One of the great classic arcade video games is Ghosts and Goblins, an arcade game released decades ago that was, without a doubt, one of the “impossible” games for game lovers. . It is a Capcom arcade platform title released in 1985 and in which we control Sir Arthur, a knight who must face all kinds of creatures and zombies to save the princess. But when someone touches it, the character loses its armor. In addition, they will do their best to end our lives (three lives in total) in very difficult levels until they reach Astaroth, the big bad.

The video game has been available on several consoles since its release. It was originally created for Arcade but there were versions for Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Famicom/NES, PlayStation, sega Saturn, Game Boy Color, mobile phones, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo Switch Online…

dwarf fortress

The premise was simple: you have to build a city. A game for Windows, Linux and MacOS released in the early 2000s in which the player must support a group of dwarves to create an underground fortress. A construction of a unique world with which we can spend hours and hours Minecraft but almost twenty years before him.

And with a lot of difficulty or complexity due to the number of elements that the game offers but also the characteristics to take into account: not all terrains are created equal. Not all civilizations are the same, and consideration should be given to any adversity that may risk our strength: floods, landslides, animals…

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ninja gaiden

On NES we were able to play Ninja Gaiden, an action and reflex title released at the end of the eighties and which arrived in Europe with the name the shadow warriors. We have to use Ryu Hayabusa in an action game in which we have to kill and destroy the enemies that cross our path. To do this, of course, you have to fight and use ninja techniques, you have to make attacks, jump, fight. A title that gives us no rest and in which surviving is never easy.

Although the first game was born in the late eighties for NES or SNES, there are other titles that have continued the saga with the essence of the original.

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God’s hand

On PlayStation 2, we were able to play God Hand. God Hand is, for many, another of the most difficult video games of all time and that more headaches caused to different users. God Hand was a Clover Studios game for PS2 if we wanted combat, if we were looking for complicated combat with enemies that leveled up as we upgraded.

A game of beat ’em genre up which was not applauded by critics at its launch but which managed to hang many and which does not leave aside the humor between the blows, between the combos made and all kinds of movements against the enemies.

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Zelda II: Link’s Adventure

This title for NES was known to everyone at the time. A sequel for the NES which complicated the original and in which we returned to control the hero of Hyrule. There are secondary levels and there is an open world, but, in addition, Link is able to use magic or level up his different abilities: attack, magic, life… As you go he levels up, he will be more powerful and will be able to face all enemies.

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link was released in 1987 on the NES, although it also had a re-released version on the Gameboy Advance in 2004 or for game cubes.

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Super meat boy

Super Meat Boy cannot miss this ranking either. A title released in 2010 in which we have to face extremely complicated scenarios and platforms full of danger. A platform video game released in 2010 with multiple worlds and twenty levels for each of them. We have to use the cube-shaped player avoiding blocks, obstacles and all kinds of obstacles that make us die again and again without reaching the goal, until we reach the final boss that we have to unlock. There are over 350 levels in approximately seven chapters in all and is available for Xbox or PC.

Super meat boy

Light blue

Light blue is a platform and adventure game that may be among the most difficult in history. Created by Matt Made games and released in 2018, we use Medeline as a character. She must climb the Celestial Mountain in a platform video game where you have to avoid all kinds of deadly obstacles. You have to jump, climb, climb, fight but also face your demons, your personality, the thoughts that scare you.

Celeste is a video game that requires concentration and above all a lot of precision. It takes precision and experience to tackle each level. We can play on different platforms. It is available for Nintendo Switch, for Windows, for macOS, for Xbox One or for PlayStation.

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Eternal destiny

Doom is one of the legendary video games of all time. Created by ID Software in the 1990s, but with a sequel released by Bethesda in 2016 for all platforms. A sequel to the first-person shooter where blood is not lacking, survival. The demons have invaded a UAC installation.

Doom is, in itself, one of the most complicated games of decades and anyone who has played it knows that. But also, Doom Eternal It has all kinds of levels depending on the difficulty which interests us, but its superior mode is the Nightmare mode which offers us an experience full of adrenaline and survival.

complicated sagas

There are several sagas with titles that are among those that many users consider the most complicated, the most difficult. From some of the popular titles from Super Mario or the Souls saga.


The Souls series is one of the sagas whose video games sneak into any checklist if you’re looking for difficulty. The first was released in 2009. The last was released in 2020. Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, Dark Souls II and Dark Souls III.

Demon’s Souls for PlayStation 3 is a demanding and difficult game. A third person action RPG in which we create a character with which we will kill the different enemies. But Demon’s Souls is difficult and has been praised and criticized for it. Its difficulty made it addictive but that wasn’t the only one as Demon’s Souls has a 2020 remake for PS5 that revived one of the biggest challenges facing the console with an immersive experience without losing its essence.

soul of demons

For many, dark souls It is also another of the video games that can be considered particularly difficult. A dark action RPG with a higher difficulty than other games of the moment. Available today for PS4, Windows, Xbox or Nintendo Switch. A multi-title saga that many consider complicated although there is no consensus and many users say it’s no big deal.

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Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros has some of the most challenging games in history. Not all character sets, of course. For example, Super Mario: The Lost Levels, a platform game released by Nintendo in the 1980s. The second video game in the Mario saga was released as a sequel to Super Mario Bros in some countries such as the United States or Japan. Released for the NES, it’s a sequel to the original but with a lot more challenges and a lot more difficulty.

There are others : Super Mario Maker 2 It is, for many, the most difficult game in history. A video game released on Nintendo Switch that not only allows us to enjoy the plumber jumping and picking mushrooms, but also allows us to create levels. It is a platform video game that allows you to create levels and not settle for the ones that are already available by default. It was released in 2019 for the Nintendo Switch and has all kinds of tools to unleash your imagination and create levels that you can share with other players.

This possibility makes an almost impossible game depending on the level you use, from the imagination of millions of users around the world. You can replay as many times as you want but there will be all kinds of enemies, objects, themes, styles… The main thing of always but here it is not a group of developers who will will say how many times you will try to win but the users themselves will make the games more and more complete and complicated.

John C. Dent