Hardest Video Games


The Top Ten

1 Battletoads

This is the hardest game I ever played!
if someone pass from the 3rd mission is the man!

i don't know no one that passed this game

You thought that level was hard? It doesn't get any easier after that. - LarryLarrington

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 have voted on this cause I see a lot of people saying its hard, I never played, One day I'll play it and finish '-'

The other games, I didn't find any hard game to vote, most of the games here I had finished easily... So, I'll Try Battletoads

The last three levels of this game are an endurance that will demand the most excellent gaming skills; only those who are willing to push through and learn from their mistakes will desert this game.

V 22 Comments
2 Dark Souls

I have never died so many times in a video game and loved it before. This game is not only hard, but it's fair. You don't feel cheated when a dragon comes out of no where and burns your ass... Because it's a dragon :P

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.

Honestly I find this game to not even be in the top ten, I think people just say it is the hardest game because the low difficulty games have these day with save slots, dlc and the internet etc so that's my opinion on this game now it's a difficult game just not the top ten for me

Ornstein and smog though are super hard

V 17 Comments
3 Contra

I've never passed level 1 haha.

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

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

Reached level 5 in 1 day could not beat it further

V 5 Comments
4 Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

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

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.

In Super Mario the lost levels
Mario dies for a Thousand Times when he got hit by an enemy or a obstacle or a death pit

V 11 Comments
5 Ghosts 'N' Goblins

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. - MaxPap

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.

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

Should be number one so much harder then battle toads and contra

V 5 Comments
6 Ninja Gaiden Black

You gotta have REAL ninja skills to play this game. - Sage_Naruto

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

On hard dif is the hell


V 1 Comment
7 Bomberman: Act Zero

Complete rip off of the bomberman series.

V 1 Comment
8 Gun

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

This game is so easy I completed

9 Silver Surfer

You will see the game over screen so many times the image will burn into your T.V.

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!

Harder than iwbtg, contra, castlevania, ninja Gaiden, ghosts n goblins, and even battletoads

V 3 Comments
10 Ninja Gaiden

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

The Contenders

11 Frogger

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

12 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.

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

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:

V 6 Comments
13 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

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? - xandermartin98

V 1 Comment
14 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.

Such easy game

V 5 Comments
15 Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts
16 Solstice
17 Sonic and the Secret Rings

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

Okay. The comments that have nothing to do with Sonic are by me. Sorry for that. I can't add an item. But I would like to say that Neon Mixtape Tour, Wild West, Jurrasic Marsh, and Far Future have officially been completed, and I am now on MD Day 30 and BWB Day 28.

V 2 Comments
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 Jak II

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!

I wanna cry

V 5 Comments
20 Sinistar

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

21 Cuphead Cuphead

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?

It would be a lot easier if you had more health or if the game didn't start you back at the beginning of the level and had checkpoints or something

You're kidding right? There's no way that people think this is one of the hardest games of all time!

By far the hardest game

V 3 Comments
22 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.

23 A Monster Ate My Homework
24 Super Meatboy

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.

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

For sure the hardest game from this list - wojciech

V 5 Comments
25 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

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.

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

It’s not hard at all, why is it on here? It’s just a game that requires a walkthrough

V 1 Comment
26 RuneScape
27 Demon's Souls

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

28 Catherine

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

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

V 1 Comment
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 Donkey Kong Country Returns

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

New super Mario bros is the hardest game better than angry birds pop

Donkey Kong country returns is the hardest game in the world

Dr. Mario Miracle Cure is harder

V 6 Comments
32 Gunstar Heroes
33 Castlevania
34 Robotron: 2084
35 Sky Kid
36 NetHack
37 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.

38 Pikmin 2

Pikmin 2 is the hardest game in the world

39 Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure

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

40 Super Meat Boy

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!

So hard that it's on the list twice.

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

41 Touhou Koumakyou: Embodiment of Scarlet Devil

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.

This has to be #1 this has been considered the hardest game by many people - ChibiRainbow

V 6 Comments
42 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

V 1 Comment
43 Call of Duty 4 : Modern Warfare

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

V 1 Comment
45 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
46 Metal Slug 5
47 SpongeBob's Boating Bash

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

48 Geometry Dash

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

Play level 20: Deadlocked, most impossible thing ever, I best theory of everything 2 and clubstep and this one took me 2,000 attempts to beat it in PRACTICE MODE!

Very difficult game but rewards you with good a good soundtrack and very nice graphics

Deadlocked took me 1,800 attempts

V 4 Comments
49 Super Mario Bros

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

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

You must be a video game nerd to claim any video game is easy.

I beat this easily like a pro. - Mariomaster63

V 6 Comments
50 Flappy Bird

This game belongs in the Top Ten. I have played many of the games here and beaten them. This one I have never beaten. It is very difficult just to get ten points - TEN POINTS.

Many people would not vote this up because of the Facebook version, which was made quite easier. If this is, however, considering the originally. Then it certainly belongs up there.

Flappy Bird is a stupid game! I don't know how such a poorly programmed game got so popular in the first place. I played it for 5 minutes, then stopped. It's evident that little effort was put into the game.

Why is this games so low down on the list?! 47 really? It should be in the top ten, I played this game and I cannot even make it past the first pillar

I'm speechless about how so many things are in front of this.

V 7 Comments
PSearch List

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Hardest Video Game Bosses Hardest Video Game Levels Top 10 Hardest Video Games of the 21st Century Top 10 Video Games that are the Hardest Ones of Their Series Top 10 Hardest Decisions to Make About Certain Video Games

List Stats

1,000 votes
269 listings
7 years, 202 days old

Top Remixes (15)

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

View All 15

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.