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It Really Is That Hard, Embrace Frustration

Some games hold your hand and lead you forward with respect for your time and ability. This is lovely. There are some other games, though, that intentionally make the going tough.

These tough masters aren't afraid to let us lose progress, waste our time, or feel frustrated. In fact, they revel in their ability to take us to the very edge of throwing something.

This list includes 19 games from the last 12 years, with 236 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to deal with frustration.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 16
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: G to MA 15+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Role-Play, Simulation, Sports and Stealth
Total Likes: 236
 

 

Elden Ring

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/02/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Play and Simulation

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Elden Ring (@EldenRing)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

Elden Ring is a role-play game set in a fictional world created by fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin, with a focus on combat similar to Demon's Souls and an open world with real time and weather like Zelda Breath of the Wild.

Drink More Glurp

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/08/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: Catastrophic OL (@Catastrophic_OL)

Players: You can play with 1 to 20 players in the same room or as a 1-player online game

Drink More Glurp is a wacky sports game where you take turns to play athletic challenges. The twist is that you have to control your over-long arms with a separate joystick and your body is a wheel you can roll along on if you lift your arms right up....

Chariot

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

Release Date: 30/09/2014, updated in 2018

Platforms: PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Frima Studios (@FrimaStudios)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game

Chariot is a co-op platform game where you haul around a wheeled Chariot, to the end of each level. Pushing, pulling or dragging with ropes, you need to use the real physics of the game to solve puzzles and time jumps to get the heavy object to the...

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/11/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Bfod (@Bfod)

Players: This is a single-player game

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy is a strange game about movement and momentum. You are tasked with climbing a mountain. However, your only means of locomotion is a hammer that can stick to objects and drag you forwards.

There Is No Game

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 06/10/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: There Is No Game (@ThereIsNoGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension is a comedic adventure with a strange twist. From the outset the game’s narrator insists that there is no game to play. As you inevitably ignore his instruction you go on a journey through silly and unexpected video...

Jump King

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 03/05/2019

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: Nexile Games (@NexileGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Jump King is a high stakes jumping game, where you control a character ascending a series of increasingly spread out platforms. You can control how high each jump is by the length of your button press. This enables you to judge difficult and long jumps...

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 30/01/2014, updated in 2017

Price: 75% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Young Horses (@YoungHorses)

Players: This is a single-player game

Most games design their controls to be easy and accessible. Octodad: Dadliest Catch takes a different approach. Using a combination of sticks and buttons, it creates an awkward, stomach-churning feeling of having too many limbs that you can’t directly...

Silly Walks

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 07/08/2017

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Parttime Monkey (@ParttimeMonkey)

Players: This is a single-player game

Silly Walks is an adventure where you control household-objects by tapping the screen to get them to walk. Each tap switches legs so you can control their direction as well as their speed. It sounds simple but takes some considerable skill. The...

QWOP

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 21/12/2010

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Bfod (@Bfod)

Players: This is a single-player game

QWOP is a sports game with a difference. You have to control each limb of your virtual athlete. This changes it from a challenge of hitting buttons to using the touch screen or keyboard to deftly co-ordinate movement to gain forward motion. It's really...

Demon's Souls (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 04/10/2011

Platforms: PS3 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: From Software PR (@FromSoftware_PR)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 6-player online game

Demons Souls is first a series of fighting and exploration games recently re-released on PlayStation 5. From third-person perspective you navigate interconnected locations while fighting enemies with weapons and magic. Larger boss enemy encounters...

Biped

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/07/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Next Studios (@NextStudios)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Biped is an adventure game where two players closely collaboration to walk through levels, solve problems. It has unusual controls and friendly cute characters that make it great to share in the family.

Phogs

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/06/2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Coatsink (@Coatsink)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game

Phogs is a game where you control a stretchy dog that has a head at both ends of its body. It sounds a little strange, but is actually an endearing adventure where, on your own or with another person, you control each end of the dog separately to...

Pony Island

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 04/01/2016

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative, Platform, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: D Mullins Games (@DMullinsGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Pony Island is an adventure game where you are trapped in a computer by the Devil. You need to crash the computer to escape and stumble upon the Pony Island game that appears unstable. As you hack away at the game you uncover its corrupted code and your...

Exhausted Man

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Candleman Games (@CandlemanGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Exhausted Man is a puzzle game where you play an ordinary, but clinically exhausted, person who must complete everyday challenges, and earn a better life. The twist is that you have to do all this with your character lying down.

Tied Together

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 19/10/2018

Price: 85% off

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Headup Games (@HeadupGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Tied Together is a platform game for two to four players tied together. Like a three-legged-race you have to co-ordinate how you move. But here you are negotiating jumps and enemies too. Any player can grab the ground and act as a fixed point for...

Spooky Chase

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 23/10/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Qu Byte Games (@QuByteGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Spooky Chase is a running, jumping game where you play a ghost collecting a series of flags. However, each route you take to a flag is then followed by enemies when you go after the next one. You play each level multiple times to collect each flag, but...

Super Pole Riders

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 11/06/2013

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3 and PS4

Genres: Fighting and Sports

Developer: Bfod (@Bfod)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

A cross between the high jump, jousting and basketball, Super Pole Riders is a simple game where four players must get a ball hanging from a wire to the opponent’s goal using long poles. It’s the controls that make this game so much of a giggle to...

Robotry

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Lock Pickle (@LockPickle)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 8-player online game

Robotry is an unusual platform game where you don't have a jump button. Instead you use two analog sticks to control each leg of your robot and in this way you take on a range of puzzles and challenges.

Goop Loop

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11-13 year-olds

Release Date: 21/07/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform and Simulation

Developer: Jitspoe (@Jitspoe)

Players: This is a single-player game

Goop Loop is a traversal game where you control a sticky lump of goo stuck inside a concrete loop. You can use the momentum of your goo and the world's gravity to get the loop to roll through the level. In this way you face all sorts of physics...

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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