Hardest Video Games


The Top Ten

1 Battletoads

I completed level 3 thinking that it will be easier later, WRONG, level 3 is only the welcome to the hell, the peak of the iceberg, each level is much more difficult than the previous one, I'm currently stuck at level 9

Impossible and frustrating! Lost my mind... almost play soccer with this game.

This game is so easy, it reminds me of new super Mario bros u deluxe as nabbit

Fortnite is still harder

2 Dark Souls

Extremely brutal but fun to play at the same time

It was pretty difficult to beat but fun

Not a hard game, I was able to beat it - dotexe

THIS IS THE BE ALL AND END ALL. Behind sekiro and battletoads.

3 Contra

You can have three lives one hit can kill you and the screen is overflowing with projectiles

I've never passed level 1 haha.

It isn't that bad. Beat it only dying once.

Remember the energy zone level-level 7

4 Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

If you think you are an expert at Mario then you never played the lost levels

I beat this game when I was 9. It was challenging but I never found it hard. Getting 100% (well it shows over 100% in the games) in the Donkey Kong games was way harder for me.

WHY IS THIS SO LOW ON THE LIST this was one of the only games here to not get an actual release in America because it was that hard but this game was in SUPER MARIO ALL STARS and you can download the game on the nintendo e shop or wiiware channel but this game is so hard I cannot even get past the 3rd level and now this game has included POISON MUSHROOMS WIND AND THE WORST OF ALL BACKWARD WARP ZONES and also to play all the levels you have to beat the game 8 TIMES on the original game if you play the all stars version you need to beat it once but still it is nearly impossible this should be number 1 NOT 29

This should be number 1 its the hardest Mario game ever made.
Calling this game hard is an understatement the Lost Levels included Poison Mushrooms that damage Mario, high winds that interfere with the timing of your jumps and if that wasn't enough the game also had reverse warp pipes that send you back to previous worlds even searching for secrets can be a pain, even veteran players will have a hard time surviving. - egnomac

5 Ghosts 'N' Goblins

When you think you have beaten it you have to beat it AGAIN

It's so awesome and amazing game but SUPER hard

It gets slightly easier once you figure out the enemy patterns, but OH MAN I died so many times!
Although the final boss was surprisingly easy


6 Bomberman: Act Zero

Worst game ever that is all

Complete rip off of the bomberman series.

7 Ninja Gaiden Black

As somebody who has beat both this and Darksouls, I can say with absolute confodence that Ninja Gaiden is far more difficult.

One of the Best Game out there

One of the most competitive games I have ever played in my life... God of war is next of course but Ninja Gaiden bruh you put this on hard its impossible to pass.

Hardest game I ever beat, Darksouls is a fantastic game but not nearly as challenging as Ninja Gaiden Black

8 Cuphead Cuphead

Okay I played this game with someone else and were not even done and our death count is 289

It is so fun- but my death count was ' 1400!

Grim Matchstick will make you want to rip your hair out and punch at least over 3 holes in the wall. Trust me on this.

Its not that hard

9 Gun

An easy game


What this game is so easy why is it in the list

This game is so easy I completed

10 Frogger

If you think the arcade version of this is hard well here's my first difficult game in my childhood folks. - htoutlaws2012

I play it online on my pc and I say it's DIFFICULT. I'm 149 in this

Frogger 3D don't even get me started...it took me a month to beat level TWO! LEVEL TWO! - Co0lk1d25

And 2d version is harder than 3d

The Contenders

11 F-Zero GX

Dark Sould is hard as heck but it pales in comparison with F-Zero GX.

This game is my favorite racing game ever. I spent so much time trying to beat everything and after trying and trying and tying. I would finally beat something and it felt so rewarding, especially because you also unlocked some new character too. This game is perfect

That game can go to hell for all I care. - ZZDOORAL

Think of Mario kart at 10 000 km an hour. The corners are twice as sharp and ramming an enemy results in you flying off the edge straight away. This game is impossible. - TheGrammarPolice

12 Ninja Gaiden

Once you complete the game and get a pattern sorted, it’s HELLA EASY.

Believe it or not I could actually speedrun through stage 1 2 and 3 whithout getting hit once

13 Sonic and the Secret Rings

Sonic The Hedgehog 2006 should be here and Sonic And The Secret Rings should be removed from this list, because Sonic And The Secret Rings is actually more balanced and more playable. - Gehenna

This game wasn't that hard.

OH, and I forgot the Sharktronic Shark boss. It is probably hard.

The errazor jinn is so hard I cannot beat it

14 Solstice
15 Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts

This is waaay harder then the original and that's probably the 6th hardest

16 Mega Man 9

The best one I can do is the splash woman stage

I found it difficult to even jump:(

You have 3 lives to doge so many bosses that do a lot of damage. you have no health because if you get hit 10 times your dead.

17 Silver Surfer

The 7 points Why this game is hard LOL!

Why this game is hard:

1. There are countless enemies on the screen at once, all trying to kill you.

2. Some enemies must be hit dozens of times to be killed.

3. One hit kills you.

4. You can die from touching walls, floors, ceilings, and even rubber ducks, basically anything that's not a power up, (which one can distinguish by the fact that power ups appear only once certain enemies are killed).

5. Power ups do not exist just to make the game easier; many levels are actually impossible to beat without them.

6. Enemies will take you by surprise, coming from the back of the screen, so levels require memorization to tell when you should expect an attack from behind.

7. You may think that checkpoints make the game easier, but they often do the opposite; you will have to obtain all the necessary power ups to beat the level while missing out on all of those available before the checkpoint.

I've probably missed some points, but those ...more

Definitely the hardest. The thing about games like dark souls is that they are indeed hard, but also fair. This game is straight up unfair, instakill on almost everything, while enemies can take multiple. It’s just unfair, but super satisfying upon a win

If you beat this then that means you came from hell

18 World's Hardest Game 2.0

So hard but fun I got to level 8 or 9 but it was so hard but if you're looking for a challenge play this game

I can't even get past level 4.

It's the hardest game ever, but also the best and most fun!
I spend hours playing this game and voting for it in this site instead of doing my work.

This is too easy. Not hard at all. 2/10. - noo7na7

19 Devil May Cry 3

Laugh out loud. I finished this game when I was in 6th grade. You know how long it took me to finish it?... ONE YEAR and 6 months on easy.

Vergil was a nightmare

This game is hard from an mature gamers point of view this game is very much fun.

I'm still on the level 4 even though I bought this game 2 years ago on my ps2

20 Sinistar

Best game ever

Anyone remember this? No? Nothing? Okay...

21 I Wanna Be the Guy

Am I the only one here that hates I Wanna Be The Guy and all of its variants? To me, it's a game that's designed to be hard first and good second just so dumb, gullible idiots will go "You wanna play a REALLY hard game? Check out this hardcore game! " and steals music, sprites, and levels from other, more popular games to exploit your nostalgia and make you think it's a better game than it actually is.

Why is this game so hard! Why do you want to be the guy! You're only 15! Why can't you just eat a donut. don't risk your life. Just Eat a donut. New game, I wanna eat a donut. Much better! Why am I asking so many questions. WHY IS THIS GAME SO HARD

With how dangerous his world is, the donut would probably kill him.

Its hard for all the wrong reasons. its just trial n error. ENOUGH SAID. - tranhotwheel04

This game is stupid, and it pains me to put it on my list, but it's proper place is in the top 10. The impossible difficulty it has to offer has no forgiveness, and you have many regrets. - GrumpGamerPS3

22 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

This game was kinda hard I guess, but not THAT hard in my opinion - CocoBird

Brutal... unless played on Wii-U eshop with save state function

Destroyed me for video games. It was the first video game I ever played. Put hours and hours (and hours) of time into it and gave up after about 50 attempts at Great Palace.

I've never played an adventure game since.

How the heck is this number 36, it should be number 1! Adventure of Link is the hardest game I've played... took me a long time to finish level 1, don't get me started on the Great Palace.

23 Dragon Spirit

I had a friend who beat this game easily. I saw him do it several times. It was amazing. I couldn't last but few seconds.

24 Super Meatboy

I beat the game but it is still crazy hard.

Harder than I wanna be the guy

Please put this way higher, please just please! Make it for me, or I will cry

Harder than cuphead

25 A Monster Ate My Homework


26 Geometry Dash

The demon levels should make this higher.

All I can say is that whenever I play this, it could get REALLY hard with some levels, especialy demon levels

I was looking for this to be the hardest

Believe me guys for all who voted for most of the games above haven't played this game yet...i bet you all play that game and try beating all levels then I'll consider you as a damn fine player...

27 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

You don't know what the hell you're doing at all in this game not even the nerd can beat it

28 RuneScape
29 Ninja Gaiden (2004)

I usually don't say this but F! @$# that game, this is perhaps one of the most brutally hard games you will ever play even playing on normal mode still feels like your playing on hard mode. - egnomac

Ninja Gaiden definitely made itself one of the signature high difficulty games. Not only is is game hard, but you have to be a literal ninja to beat very hard mode. - Mcgillacuddy

Why ninja gaiden is hardest game, because all the boss make me raging in the front of my T.V.(especially that hard -ass whore)

30 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Overall, this is actually one of the EASIEST games of all time. - xandermartin98

Pretty easy compared to lots of others castlevania games, with the only really difficult boss being galamoth

How did this even make the list? Alucard is an overpowered playable and some bosses go down in 6 seconds. Well, Belzebub, Galamoth and Dracula aren't that easy but I don't have problems with them either. I'd rather SotN is really easy, and there are several spots to have a good luck. (Forbidden Library - Crissaegrim)

31 Catherine

Immediately progresses in difficulty as the game continues

My dad actually beat this game, so it can't be that hard. - MaxPap

Come on. only scientists, cheaters, hackers, crazy people or very patient people beat this game

32 Demon's Souls

Hardest game I've ever played

Way way way harder than dark souls. Should be #2.

33 Super Meat Boy

Already on the list - Ar0nT0pTeNz05

So hard that it's on the list twice.

With freakishly hard levels in the game, it's impossible to beat. And there's 250+ levels in that game which makes it a total nightmare!

I actually beat it! It took me like 3 months of rage quitting to beat it.

34 Donkey Kong Country Returns

Steven Universe

Donkey Kong wasn't that hard besides the last level

Donkey Kong Country Returns Is The Hardest Game Better Than Disney Infinity Inside Out Playset

Only a few levels are hard, like the KONG levels and the last level. The game is only moderately hard in general.

35 Gunstar Heroes
36 Bloodborne

A better game (just opinion), but also a harder game. Should be WAY higher.

This is very underrated. This is WAY harder than Dark Souls! Should be swapped.

I played Dark Souls and this game. I can absolutely grantee that Bloodborne is even harder than Dark Souls!

I could beat Bloodborne and Dark Souls but could not beat DSIII or Sekiro.

37 Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure

I got this game when I was like 7, and me and my brother died like a billion times to Kaos, however it is my favorite game in the Skylanders franchise

Skylanders is a complete rip off the spyro franchise

Ok. The final boss is the HARDEST PART! But I still liked it. At least the final bosses in later installments were easier.

? This game is balogni why isn't a more legit game taking this spot like megaman or ddr

38 Pikmin 2

Pikmin 2 is the hardest game in the world

39 Sky Kid
40 Castlevania

Not that hard

41 Call of Duty 4 : Modern Warfare

Why the heck is this game hard I'm 11 and I beat it easily

€�One shot one kill,” enough said. - Not_A_Weeaboo

42 Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse

It should be higher than Castlevania


Pretty hard.

This game is SO frustrating. However, th music does make up for it!

This game is easy, not hard

44 Touhou Koumakyou: Embodiment of Scarlet Devil

The only thing that makes this game harder is that you can't save.

How can this be so low? Seriously, I beat Super Mario Brothers and I can't beat this game on Easy. Come on.

Try beating Lunatic on any Touhou game. Yeah, that's what I thought.

Try playing on Lunatic mode and tell me what happens.

45 Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin

Hard Expansion of an already hard enough game! - B1ueNew

46 SpongeBob's Boating Bash

What the hey

There are at least a hundred billion games that need to take this games spot on his list

47 Super Mario Bros

Easy, I rented it from my local library and beat it by the time I returned it. - myusernameisthis

How is this on the list? I beat the game for the first time when I was 5.

This is actually an easy game though it is really awesome game

Seriously? I really hope whoever else voted for this entry mistook it for Lost Levels. - Entranced98

48 Jak II

One of the best games ever. But insanely hard.

Honestly, I find Jak 2 harder than Dark Souls!

Just the main game is fairly difficult, but getting all the orbs makes this one of the hardest game to platinum. - djh101

Worst checkpoint placement ever!

49 Rock Band
50 Final Fantasy X

100 Hours to Beat it.

Challenging puzzle, bosses, and side quests.

EXTREMELY hard to meet the requirements for getting the ultimate weapons.

Awesome game, though

Never passed got stuck with the big dragon during the marriage and never played the game again ill just wait till 2014 for the hd remake - SexySiren666


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List StatsCreated 30 Aug 2010
Updated 17 Sep 2019

2,000 votes
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9 years, 78 days old

Top Remixes (18)

1. Bomberman: Act Zero
2. Gun
3. Frogger
1. Dragon Spirit
2. World's Hardest Game 2.0
3. RuneScape
1. Super Meatboy
2. Call of Duty 4 : Modern Warfare
3. Rock Band

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