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 6 games from the last 14 years, with 13 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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Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN
Release Date: 23/04/2013, updated in 2014
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 6 players online
This is an open-world survival game. Here it’s the environment and enemies, rather than other players, that you work with. You need to find and develop food, weapons and shelter to survive. It’s enjoyable because it’s hard, so repeat-plays to...
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE
Release Date: 26/06/2014
Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is a retro-style platform game where you play as a Knight who's primary weapon is a shovel. It can either be used to attack enemies head-on, dig up treasure, or aim below while jumping to bounce on enemies. You can get...
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
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...
Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+
Release Date: 20/11/2007
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting
Mass Effect is a sci-fi adventure where you role-play a soldier named Commander Shepard, who must save the galaxy from a race of powerful mechanical beings. The series started in 2007 and has fourth substantial instalments that take you from that first...
Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Release Date: 02/01/2012, updated in 2020
Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS
Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting
Gunman Clive is a platform game where you traverse through a hand drawn western landscape, negotiating moving platforms, traps and enemies. Shooting is a major part of the game, and the player can pick up specialized weapons such as a spread shot,...
Release Date: 01/12/2013
Platforms: Android, Nintendo Wii U and iOS
Genres: Puzzle and Simulation
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,...
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