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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 37 games from the last 32 years, with 149 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+ to PEGI 18+
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 149
 

 

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.

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.

Dandara: Trials of Fear

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 23/01/2018, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @LongHatHouse

Players: This is a single player game

Dandara: Trials of Fear is a running, jumping and puzzle solving game where you play Dandra, the Afro-Brazilian warrior of the colonial period of Brazil. You can defy gravity to jump from wall to wall and ceilings to ceiling. This combines the action of...

Through the Darkest of Times

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 27/05/2020

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

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: @Paintbucket_de

Players: This is a single player game

Through the Darkest of Times is a strategy game that conveys the sombre mood of the dark period of history between January 1933 and May 1945. With interactive drama, it tells the story and the struggles of average people living in the 3rd Reich.

Don't Starve

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

Developer: @Klei

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...

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...

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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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...

Hyper Light Drifter

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 31/03/2016, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Shooting

Developer: @HeartMachineZ

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

Hyper Light Drifter is a fast action role-play game that combines exploration and puzzles with arcade style shooting. You play a Drifter who can access technology in a post-technological world. This grants access to upgradable energy weapons to help you...

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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...

A Way To Slay

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 07/08/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Turn-Based

Developer: @NoTripleAGames1

Players: This is a single player game

A Way To Slay is a fighting game that channels bloody battles from brutal action movies. You play a sword-wielding hero outnumbered by enemies trying to kill you. So far, so video game. Here though, the game waits for your input so you can tap the next...

Barbearian

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 29/10/2020

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @Gimblll

Players: This is a single player game

Barbearian is a hectic action game where you fight through three-level missions by hacking and slashing hundreds of tiny enemies, collecting cash and rescuing minions to add to your army. It's a role play game you can take on in bite sized portions each...

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.

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...

Total War (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 13/06/2000, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @CAGames

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

The Total War series are strategic turn-based war games. Each game has a different historical or fanstasy setting where multiple armies battle and compete for terriotry. You can win by military force, religion, diplomacy, espionage and economics.

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...

Untold RPG

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 09/01/2020

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Developer: @Untold_RPG

Players: This is a single player game

Untold is an adventure game you play by reading text and choosing directions. It starts with you waking up on a beach and encounter a nomad who wants revenge on their enemies. Atmospheric sound and music extend the text experience further.

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.

Dead Cells

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 10/05/2017

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Role-Playing

Developer: @MotionTwin

Players: This is a single player game

Dead Cells is a running, jumping and fighting game where are escaping a prison. In a bright pixilated world you must accurately time attacks and dodges to defeat a wide range of enemies. It's intentionally hard, and you will die a lot. But each time you...

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: @AtooiLLC

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...

Mass Effect (Series)

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

Developer: @Bioware

Players: This is a single player game

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...

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...

Gunman Clive (Series)

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

Developer: @BertilHorberg

Players: This is a single player game

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,...

Reigns: Beyond (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 06/11/2020

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @Nerial

Players: This is a single player game

Reigns: Beyond is the next game in the Reigns series that puts you in charge of making important decisions. Rather than running a kingdom, this time you are in an intergalactic indie rock band trying to gain stardom and fame.

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...

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.

Canabalt

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 31/08/2009

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation Portable and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @Semisecret

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

Canabalt is a side-on running game where you press jump at the right time to keep a small character from falling off buildings or crashing into things. With minimalist visuals, you play the small suited man fleeing from an unknown threat. As the game...

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.

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...

Williams Pinball

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 09/10/2018

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Simulation

Developer: @FarSightStudios

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

Williams are a renowned designer and manufacturer of pinball machines. Its tables can be played on different systems through games that simulate the original games. This include the physics of the ball, pixel perfect recreation of the play tables and...

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...


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