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Top 10 Most Cruel Games Ever Made

Script written by Ty Richardson Whoever made these cruel games certainly wanted to ruin our day! For this list we'll be looking at some of the most unfair and toughest games out there. This is not for the weak of heart! Welcome to, and today, we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Most Cruel Games Ever Made! To have your ideas turned into a WatchMojo or MojoPlays video, head over to http://WatchMojo.comsuggest and get to it!

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Top 10 Most Cruel Games Ever Made

We’ve never rage quit so hard until we played these games. Welcome to, and today, we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Most Cruel Games Ever Made!

For this list, we’re looking at some of the most cruel games ever made, from the unreasonably difficult to the technically hampered and unplayable. However, we aren’t considering games like “Dark Souls” or “Celeste”, as difficult games of that calibur are tough, but fair.

#10: “Super Star Wars”

Why this was re-released for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita, we’ll never understand… “Super Star Wars” is one of those games that seems like it’s just another hard platformer, but you’ll quickly discover it’s one of the most unfair games on the whole damn planet. As you make your way through the first level, multiple enemies start spawning in the background. While they can be killed in just a couple of hits, they respawn almost half a second later and will be out to murder you. It isn’t an unplayable game, but trying to progress becomes an arduous chore. We’d rather take our chances surviving in a Sarlacc pit.

#9: “I Wanna Be the Guy: The Movie: The Game”

If you’re looking for a game that is the definition of “sadism”, then “I Wanna Be the Guy” might be what you’re looking for. Taking pages from the old days of difficult platformers, the game forces players to go through a constant trial-&-error process, avoiding death traps like spikes and apples. As if the explosion of blood isn’t humiliating enough, the “Game Over” screen is accompanied by a heavy metal score. (We won’t lie, it kind of kicks ass…) “I Wanna Be the Guy” is just one of those games that’s best enjoyed from watching others rage over its sadistic level design.

#8: “Silver Surfer”

There are many games where you can die in one hit, but they are still fair in some ways. (The “Contra” games are the first to come to mind.) But, if there was one game that seems to strictly abide by the “one-hit” rule, it’s “Silver Surfer” for the NES. You’re given very little time to react and avoid obstacles. Should we mention that even the walls are instant death? To add to our frustration, the graphics are so poor that it’s hard to tell what can and can’t kill you, let alone where bullets may be flying. In the end, “Silver Surfer” just expects too much from us.

#7: “Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels”

You know, in hindsight, maybe there was a good reason this wasn’t officially “Super Mario Bros. 2”... “Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels” wasn’t released outside of Japan until 1993 as a part of “Super Mario All-Stars”, and we can see why. “Lost Levels” wasn’t just a hard game; it was agonizing. Question blocks could spawn poison mushrooms that could take away a hit point or kill you, gusts of wind could mess up your jumps, and certain warp pipes could hinder your progress by sending you back a few levels. We can appreciate it as a piece of gaming history, but it’s also a prime example of how to make a game incredibly aggravating.

#6: “XCOM 2”

We understand the point of “XCOM 2” is to feel overwhelmed, but that doesn’t excuse some of the asinine stuff it pulls at the beginning of the game. For starters, no matter how close you are to the enemy, you’re never guaranteed to hit your targets. You are TWO SQUARES away from an enemy!! How is that NOT a one-hundred percent guaranteed hit?? To make matters worse, “XCOM 2” throws some of the most irritating enemies early on, such as the Sectoid, which can mind-control your soldiers or cause them to panic and refuse to take orders. It’s almost enough for us to let the aliens conquer the Earth.

#5: “Battletoads”

“Battletoads” has been known to be one of the most notoriously difficult games in the platforming genre. The game demands your full attention, so much so that it ends up becoming more reliant on memorization and quick reactions. Now, typically, adding in a second player would make games like this a little bit easier. On the contrary, it does the exact opposite, as you could accidentally end up killing your buddy just from trying to beat baddies. “Battletoads” is fondly remembered, but is the nostalgia really worth the migraines and frustration? With a new release slated for 2019, we wonder if the difficulty will make its way into this new title.

#4: “Ghosts ‘n Goblins”

With a name like “Ghosts ‘n Goblins”, we’d expect almost everything to try and kill us. This...this is taking it way too far! You’re constantly being bombarded with different kinds of enemies, each with their own specific attack patterns. Not only that, but you have no way of saving your progress. Checkpoints are non-existent. But, wait! There’s more! After you’ve completed your first run, you must go through the entire game a SECOND time to defeat the true final boss all while being on a higher difficulty. Good luck! You’ll need it!

#3: “Superman”

We could easily talk about how cruel “Superman 64” was in terms of decimating our hopes for a good game, but we’d be here all day. No, “Superman 64” is cruel in just how broken it truly is. You’ll find yourself fighting the terrible controls that are occasionally unresponsive, random encounters with a large assortment of glitches, and the god awful camera. And then there are the rings. The most useless and unrewarding task in all of gaming. Just when you think you’ve seen all the crap Superman 64 has to offer, it manages to surprise you with new, terrible experinces.

#2: “Trap Adventure 2”

Chances are you’ve seen this mobile game pop up on your social media feed at some point. “Trap Adventure 2” has been described as one of the most cruel games you could ever play. Each time you think you’ve figured out how to pass an obstacle, it throws something completely unexpected at you, like spontaneously spawning a wall of spikes. With its trial-&-error gameplay, “Trap Adventure 2” will crush your hopes and dreams the same way it crushes your character. Trust us, this is NOT for the easily irritated...unless you want a broken phone.

#1: “Dragon’s Lair”

The arcade version may feel a little frustrating at times, but it’s still a somewhat fair game. As for the NES version, the game is anything but fair. The controls are clunky as hell, and just about everything can kill you in just one hit! If things couldn’t possibly get any worse, the elevator portion of the game is a living nightmare. Should you choose to get off on the wrong floor, you could potentially be sent back to the beginning of the game! Getting past that first screen is already torture, and we’d rather play the other games on this list than go through this bullshit again.

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