Top 10 Hardest Video Games

The Top Ten
1 Battletoads Battletoads Product Image

I'm pretty sure most people have experienced the insane difficulty of the Turbo Tunnel. What most people probably don't know is that, aside from level 5, it doesn't get any easier than that. The last 4 levels of this game make the turbo tunnel look like a Kirby level. In fact, I'm almost certain that level 11 is impossible unless you either use an old CRT television, or use a pause trick at every corner.

I got the last level with my college roommate and only the last boss once. The last boss is so hard I gave up. It takes hours to make a perfect run only to get destroyed by the last boss. It takes months of playing everyday to perfect every level.

This is the one game where walkthroughs are ALLOWED... I've only played this on the NES.

I had a friend named Trevlyn Davis and he played it. He was on the Turbo Tunnel for so long and he eventually defeated it. He said if he was 1 pixel off at the end of the stage, he would've failed. After he defeated the Turbo Tunnel, he never played this game again. Never!

Seriously, it's insanely hard to beat the turbo tunnel and there's other really hard levels AFTER that!

And with 2 players, it's almost impossible to beat this game because you can attack player 2 and there's a level later that freezes player 2 (not in the EU version).

2 Dark Souls Dark Souls Product Image

I use to think games set on the hardest difficulties were... But then played dark souls... And my character took a ten foot arrow to the knee and launched off a cliff. Your move skyrim on expert. Oh and I only died 80 times to a duel boss battle Ornstein and enough, no really no exaggeration it took me 6 hours to beat them.

I have play battletoads and this game and this game took way more lives for me to get past 4 bosses than it took for me to beat battletoads. This game has made me rage quit to the point I felt like blowing my brains out for a few seconds then I smoke a cig and calm down.

There is nothing harder than Dark Souls, the back cover suggests it "PREPARE TO DIE". This game isn't for the faint of heart and not for casual gamers you really need skill and patience. Everything about this game is hard, no doubt.

I am quite surprised to see this game at number 2 spot. I have never been so disgusted to myself, even questioned myself of my existence. The most arduous thing I have ever laid my fingers on.

3 Contra Contra Product Image

I finished this without the hack of getting like 50 lives and man it took some work and getting used to. Nintendo needa stop making people rage.

Extremely broken AI. Oh, and if you get hit three times, it's game over (unless you're using the Konami code).

It took me like a week just to pass level one. That code though, what would I do without it?

The only way most people ever beat Contra was with the Konami Code.

4 Cuphead

This game is hard. Not only do some bosses take up to hours to beat, but the run-'n-gun levels bombard you with enemies, not to mention you have a limited number of HP, which means you have to try as hard as humanely possible to stay alive. And then there's the Expert difficulty, which is just plain torture.

Why is this just number 11? Cuphead consists of bossfights that are also damn hard - except the root pack and 2 other exceptions have all taken me a lot of time, primarily Grim Matchstick! I took two weeks to crack him! Just a legend the game

The first level took several tries, and after it was just madness. Don't even get me started on how hard the boss fights can be. Oh yeah, did I mention I'm still in the first world?

This game is both awesome but pretty hard. I've gotten to Isle 3 and beat the first boss but now I'm having intense struggles. I totally recommend playing this game, though.

5 Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Product Image

This should be number 1 it's 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.

Poison Mushrooms, 13 worlds, and warp zones that take you back to previous worlds. It pissed me off, I could barely even get to the first warp zone, and only got from World 1 to World 4 (not 1-4). The only way people could beat this game is with TAS, or Gaming skills (not by training in Call of Duty, but real games like Destiny, Mario LL, etc.).

This game is so hard! its not just about the items and wind it's the pipes that drive people nuts. iv completed this game after a year of playing and no youtube. after I was finished I got a new 3ds and destroyed the one with the game on it for good luck that no game will ever troll you that hard ever again.

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.

6 Ghosts 'N' Goblins Ghosts 'N' Goblins Product Image

This game is impossible I swear it's just impossible you can't beat this, and even if you get through the ending you have to replay the whole game twice to get to the "true" ending. No saves, only 2 hits before you die of enemies that spawn everywhere & randomly. I can't even get through stage 1. And I've beaten games like Mega Man and Super Mario Bros The Lost Levels.

This is the most difficult and frustrating game EVER! Enemies spawn everywhere and attack you from angles where you are incapable of hitting them. You even need to memorize parts of the game since jumps I'm certain areas will make an enemy spawn right where you are going to land.

If I said it once I've said it a million times, Nintendo is the greatest game company and makes the most frustrating and addictive games.

This will bring the rage out of you and sometimes, even your quarters. But that is in my opinion what makes a good game.

7 Ninja Gaiden Black Ninja Gaiden Black Product Image

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.

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

It's not that hard. I beat it in 3 days

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

8 F-Zero GX F-Zero GX Product Image

Contrary to popular belief, this game is actually NOT impossible...in fact, I just literally beat the Creators at their own game.

That's right; just to beat the mere STORY MODE of this game, you must literally beat the flipping GAME itself. How badass IS that?

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

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.

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

9 Bomberman: Act Zero Bomberman: Act Zero Product Image
10 Gun Gun Product Image
The Contenders
11 Super Meat Boy Super Meat Boy Product Image

Not long played the trail on Xbox 360 arcade... Damn it's hard

The levels start out easy but as you progress they get harder and harder, I can't tell you how many times I've quit to the map and gone to the next level and my personal hardest level is level 13

I think this game should be higher on the list, it's that hard

Just got A+ on every level and 106% completion (maximum achievable) and I have to say this was the hardest game I've played, having played a lot of games in my life. This game should be a solid top ten.

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!

This game is so hard! Not as hard as The Binding of Isaac (from the developer of this game) in my opinion, though.

12 Frogger Frogger Product Image

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

13 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Product Image

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

14 Ninja Gaiden Ninja Gaiden Product Image

Bruh ninja gaiden the first few stages were self explanatory it just gets way harder I raged a lot but hey. I'm one of the few who completed it. Now I am filled with lots of regret for completing it, wasting hours of my time.

15 Sonic and the Secret Rings Sonic and the Secret Rings Product Image

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

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

16 Solstice Solstice Product Image
17 Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts Product Image
18 Silver Surfer Silver Surfer Product Image

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

Should be at least 10 spots higher, I can't even get past the first stage.

Harder than Battletoads. One little tap and you're dead!

19 Mega Man 9 Mega Man 9 Product Image
20 World's Hardest Game 2.0

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.

I can't even get past level 4.

21 Devil May Cry 3 Devil May Cry 3 Product Image

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.

This game had to be released twice because of the diffaculty! This needs to be way higher this needs to be number one this is so hard!

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

I finished easy in 5 month and DMD for 1 years, actually not easy when face the demon.
The bosses are very easy

22 I Wanna Be the Guy

This is a terrible game and the developers should feel ashamed. It's free, though, so there's no use complaining there.

Not only does it require some insanely precise platforming with its awkward controls and threat of instant death, but there are traps everywhere that you will have no idea even exist until you've died to them. It's so disrespectful of the player that it isn't fun to play; you only do it because you want to tell people you've beaten it.

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.

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.

Me just when I am about to play this game for the first time: this can't be too hard... Can it? Me after playing this game for five minutes: D:

23 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Product Image

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.

It's easier if you read Nintendo Power's cheats and guides of Zelda 2.

I played this once and I didn't even get to the 1st dungeon. I died trying to get an item.

24 Geometry Dash

The hardest game, ever. You can make any level you want, so you could theoretically make a level with pixel-perfect jumps for 10 minutes, and upload it. Other levels like Slaughterhouse are basically 1 minute of pure satanity.

Should be in the top ten. Why is this so low on this list?! People,
watch the YouTube video of bloodbath. They should tru sonic wave which looks easy
but nah super hard and nearly impossible for a human. I am sure the level
yatagerasu will not be harder than bloodbath and end up being an impossible level.
There can not be a level harder than bloodbath and sonic wave.
Both of those are nearly impossible.

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...

Very difficult and strategic game, that confuses the crap out of you on stages 14, 15, 16, and 18. Also many custom levels and hard demon levels to complete. Very hard and amazing game

25 Bloodborne Bloodborne Product Image

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

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

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

Should be swapped with dark souls.

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