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Attempt The Impossible Games Rated PEGI 3 and Younger

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Collosus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.

This list includes 41 games from the last 32 years, with 229 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to take on a mountainous challenge.

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PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3+
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 229
 

 

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 06/11/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @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.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 18/08/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Developer: @AsoboStudio

Players: You can play this with 30 players online

Microsoft Flight Simulator (Microsoft Flight Sim 2020) is the latest flight simulator game in the long running series. Along with a huge range of aircraft you can learn to fly, the game recreates the entire Earth using textures and data from data Maps...

Freddy Spaghetti

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 15/12/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Simulation

Developer: @RatalaikaGames

Players: This is a single player game

Freddy Spaghetti is a running and jumping game. But you play a piece of spaghetti rather than a person. The game simulates the pasta’s physics as you use two trigger-buttons and a joystick to steer the main character across a wide variety of levels,...

Rocket League

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 28/08/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Sports

Developer: @PsyonixStudios

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online

Drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It’s another game that sounds ridiculous but is actually a huge amount of fun to play and requires a lot of expertise. What’s not obvious from the start is the level of control that...

Totally Reliable Delivery Service

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 24/06/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Open World, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @Werefivegames

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Totally Reliable Delivery Service is a package delivery game, where you use different means to get parcels to their rightful owners in the time limit.

Ibb and Obb

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/08/2013, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 3

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @Sparpweed

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Ibb & Obb is a puzzle game where you run, jump, land on enemies and solve momentum puzzles. The novelty is that it's a game designed for co-operation. One player controls the green creature, Ibb, and the other controls the pink creature, Obb. The world...

Conduct Together (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 06/12/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @HeyNorthplay

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

Conduct Together is a strategy game where you control toy trains along the overlapping train tracks. Each train can be started and stopped with a specific button. Other buttons change different points. The aim is to transport the people from one station...

Drink More Glurp

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 06/08/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @DrinkMoreGlurp

Players: You can play with 20 players in the same room and up to 1 player online

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....

Silly Walks

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 07/08/2017

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @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...

Geometry Dash

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 13/08/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Platform and Rhythm

Developer: @RobTopGames

Players: This is a single player game

Geometry Dash is a running, jumping and dashing game. It features over 20 stages where you play as a small cube, which you can customize, that attempts to dodge 2D obstacles to the rhythm of electronic music using a single button to control the cube....

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PEGI Rating 3+ for QWOPESRB Rating EVERYONE for QWOP

QWOP

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 21/12/2010

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @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...

Sim City (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 02/02/1989, updated in 2014

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @EA

Players: This is a single player game

SimCity is a series of city-building games, created by Will Wright. Since their inception as educational experiences in 1989, the games have enabled players to design ambitious cities. The attraction is the open-ness of play, where you can let your...

Minit

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 28/08/2018

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: @DevolverDigital

Players: This is a single player game

Minit is retro puzzle game where you complete small tasks in within a 60 second time frame. You must dodge or fight foes, cut through the undergrowth, explore your world and find keys and swords. You start from the same place for each of your 60 second...

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Ord

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 05/06/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Developer: @JoniTweetsGames

Players: This is a single player game

Ord is an unusual text adventure, rather than one grand story, you embark on a series of distinct quests. Whether it's defeating an evil warlock or creating your own world as a god, Ord tells stories through simple series of words and word associations...

Descenders

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/05/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @RageSquid

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Descenders is a downhill mountain biking game with a focus on skill. In each downhill run, your goal is to score as many points as possible by completing skill based challenges and executing as many tricks and flips as you can, all while you try to...

Dicey Dungeons

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 13/08/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @TerryCavanagh

Players: This is a single player game

Dicey Dungeons is video game adventure where you build a deck of cards to represent characters, attacks and weapons. Here the novelty is that these cards combine with dice rolls to determine who wins battles.

Cities Skylines

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 10/03/2015, updated in 2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @ColossalOrder

Players: This is a single player game

Cities: Skylines is a city-building simulation. It rekindled the attention to detail and ambitious city planning of the Sim City games. You zone buildings, place roads, set taxation, provide public services and public...

Subdefuge

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 07/03/2017

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Open World, Puzzle, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @RonCarmel

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 10 players online

Subterfuge is a strategy game played with human opponents. The game is designed to be played over a week or so, to give players time to talk between goes. This encourages players to team up, trick or double-cross other players to get them to make the...

Dirt Rally (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/07/1998, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Racing

Developer: @Codemasters

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Dirt Rally is a series of racing games, originally called Colin McRae Rally. They simulate the experience of dangerous and perilous rally stages. You drive from an in-car experience and are given spoken directions from your co-pilot. It's thrilling but...

Blind Spot

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/10/2019

Platforms: Android

Genres: Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: @BlindSpotGame

Players: This is a single player game

Blind Spot is a hidden target game. However you have to identify the location of the targets without any audio or visual clues. As you run your two fingers over the screen you are provided vibration feedback that increases as you home in on the two...

Jumpy Wall

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 03/09/2015

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @PimCoumans

Players: This is a single player game

Jumpy Wall is a game where you must climb up a shaft by jumping between two walls. As you progress you'll meet more obstacles that aim to kill your little pixel character. Wall jump from left to right to get higher and higher while avoiding spikes and...

Kolumno

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 15/11/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @DevilishGames

Players: This is a single player game

Kolumno is a puzzle game where you drop a ball down the side of a sphere aiming to reach the bottom without being blocked. Your task is to manipulate the ball so it fits the rotating elements with gaps in them.

Mutant Mudds

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 26/01/2012, updated in 2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @RenegadeKidLLC

Players: This is a single player game

Mutant Mudds is a retro platform video game. It's unusual because it Is unforgiving and hard to play so presents a substantial challenge. Also, playing to the 3D feature of the Nintendo 3DS console, the game allows you to jump into the background of the...

Switch 'N' Shoot

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 10/04/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @Crowbarska

Players: This is a single player game

Switch 'N' Shoot is a shooting game controlled by a single button. You pilot a star-fighter, each time you press to shot you change direction. It's a novel way to play but also can be good for players with motor impairment (and fast reactions).

Jump King

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 03/05/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @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...

Traffix

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/07/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @8InfinityGames

Players: This is a single player game

Traffix is a puzzle game that puts you in charge of traffic lights on different road systems. By changing the lights to red, orange and green you work to get traffic to flow on increasingly complex and busy roads. It sounds complex, but with simple...

Earth Analog

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 11/02/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Strategy

Developer: @lgnkm

Players: This is a single player game

Earth Analog is a flying adventure where you take control of the exploration vessel Eurisko XI in a quest through deep space to find our new home. Unlike other space games, the focus is on the experience of other worlds rather than battling death and...

Race the Sun

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 19/08/2013

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Action and Racing

Developer: @Flippfly

Players: This is a single player game

Race the Sun is an arcade-inspired racing game where you helm a solar-powered craft. Your objective is simple, hurdle towards the sun dodging obstacles for as long as possible before the sun sets.

Bring You Home

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/10/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @AlikeStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Bring You Home is a running and jumping game with a difference. You play a doddery Polo trying to get your pet back by completing various platform levels. Unusually, though, when you die the game rewinds so you can change the level by swiping the panels...

HackyZack

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 23/08/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Platform, Puzzle, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @SpaceboyGames

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Hack Zack is a running and jumping game where you also have to hit a ball through the level to win. Because the game simulates real physics this can be quite a challenge. It's an unusual game that requires planning as well as careful execution.

HyperDot

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 31/01/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative and Puzzle

Developer: @TribeGames

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

HyperDot is a dodging game, where you control a small circle and must move to avoid collisions with other shapes. It sounds too simple to be fun, but the cover design and variation in challenge make it a really enjoyable game.

Manifold Garden

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 18/10/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Open World, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @WilliamChyr

Players: This is a single player game

Manifold Garden is inspired by Escher drawings and the reality-bending moments in the film Inception. You play from a first-person perspective and explore a beautiful, and what seems to be an abstract world, bereft of colour. It takes time to master and...

Super One More Jump

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/01/2018

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @PremoGames

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Super One More Jump is a jumping platform game you control with a single tap or button press. You control the little character who automatically moves forward. Your task is to press jump at the right time so you can progress through the level.

Supermarket Shriek

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 09/06/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Racing and Simulation

Developer: @OfficialGoat

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room

Supermarket Shriek is a kart racing game where you control a shopping trolley with a goat co-pilot. You have to navigate through obstacles and challenges in a range of shops, boutiques and supermarkets.

Absolute Drift

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 16/08/2016

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @FunSelektor

Players: This is a single player game

Absolute Drift is a skill-based racing game where the focus is on accuracy and elegance rather than just speed. You aim is to use a controlled skid to get around corners with the perfect racing line and score more points.

Pianista: The Legendary Virtuoso

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/10/2018

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @Superbcorp

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

Pianista: The Legendary Virtuoso is a rhythm game where you play classical piano music by pressing buttons in time with each note. This starts easily buy builds up so you are playing complex pieces of music from a range of composers.

Ghost Grab

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 03/07/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

Ghost Grab is a puzzle game where you shoot a beam of light at ghosts to chain them together before popping them to score points. It's simple to start with but soon gives way to a frantic score-attack challenge with it's unique way to score points.

Universal Paperclips

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 09/10/2017

Platforms: Android, Web Browser and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @flantz

Players: This is a single player game

Universal Paperclips is an adventure game about making paperclips. It sounds simple, but behind the incremental process of clicking a button to create these paperclips is a story about how the desire to make paperclips (or anything) if fully realised...

Blek

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/12/2013

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Wii U and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @KunabiB

Players: This is a single player game

Blek is a puzzle game where you control the repeating motion of a moving line. Your challenge is to pass through coloured dots. However, you can only enter a short motion that repeats. In this way you have to draw in a motion that, as it repeats,...

Not Not, A Brain-Buster

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 20/04/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @QubicGames

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 4 players online

Not Not is a puzzle game about following simple instructions in limited time. All you have to do is read the instructions and then direct your character in one of four directions. It sounds simple but the instructions get increasingly convoluted and...

Seasons After Fall

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 02/09/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @SwingSwingSub

Players: This is a single player game

Seasons After Fall is a running and jumping game where you traverse through forests in search of the lost spirits of the four seasons. As you progress, you unlock the ability to change the season at will, altering the dynamic of the level and letting...


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