Hardest Video Games

The Top Ten Hardest Video Games

1 Battletoads

Battle toads is hard but I actually think that there are video games that are even harder

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 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

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

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

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.

That's my favorite game of all times but a "Hardest Games List" should have at least 10 NES games in the Top Ten - MetalGurja

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.

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?

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

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

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.

6 Bomberman: Act Zero

Worst game ever that is all

Complete rip off of the bomberman series.

7 Cuphead

Wait, if that game is one of the hardest, and that I was able to beat it, does that mean I am a pro gamer? That's nice! - Eclipsmon

If you want to break your remote/keyboard then play this. My death count was about 1500 times!

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

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.

8 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 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.

One of the Best Game out there

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

9 Gun

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

This game is so easy I completed

An easy game


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 Newcomers

? Mario Strikers Charged
? Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

The Contenders

11 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

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

12 Ninja Gaiden

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

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

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:(

This Game is Just Hard.

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

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

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.

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 Sinistar

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

Best game ever

20 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

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 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

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

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.

24 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.

25 Geometry Dash

If people saw levels like Bloodlust, Crimson Planet, Zodiac and Arctic Lights this would be instant #1!

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

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...

Holy... It's terrible. I died on Electrodyamix 94% and I was LIVID! The levels people make are EVEN WORSE.

26 A Monster Ate My Homework


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

It's unplayable

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 Catherine

Immediately progresses in difficulty as the game continues

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

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

The hardest puzzle game out there

31 Demon's Souls

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

Hardest game I've ever played

32 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)

33 Donkey Kong Country Returns

I remember being super stuck on some levels when I was younger. It's not that hard though. I also definitely recommend playing this game, 2-d platforming perfection.

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

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

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

34 Super Meat Boy

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.

Already on the list - Ar0nT0pTeNz05

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

43 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.

Definitely not the hardest Touhou game, but this still needs to be higher


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

This game is easy, not hard

Pretty hard.

45 Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin

Hard Expansion of an already hard enough game! - B1ueNew

46 SpongeBob's Boating Bash

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

What the hey

47 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!

One of the best games ever. But insanely hard.

48 Super Mario Bros

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

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

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

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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