We’ve all had those moments where we rage quit a game that seems nearly impossible to beat and go back to casual games. Sometimes you just need more practice, and other times you might need to level up.
But there are some games that are undeniably difficult no matter how you slice it, and the internet is full of angry anecdotal evidence for it. Challenging gameplay is precisely what makes video games fun, but everybody has a different barometer for what’s acceptably hard and what’s complete and utter bullshit.
Whether you’re a hardcore gamer up for the challenge, and here’s a list of hard games for you if you are, or you just want to see a list of games to avoid, here’s our top 10 damn near impossible to beat video games.
1. Wizardry IV
The early games in the Wizardry franchise are notoriously hard to beat. Don’t believe us? Search a video game forum for posts mentioning “wizardry” and behold something rare indeed: all gamers agreeing on something.
Wizardry IV: The Return of Werdna, which was released in 1987 for home computers, was particularly hard to beat. Robert Sirotek of Sir-Tech Software admitted that Wizardry IV “was insanely difficult to win” in a 2014 interview.
“I felt that it went way beyond what was necessary in terms of complexity, but the people that developed it felt strongly to leave a mark in the industry that they had the hardest game to play — period, bar none,” Sirotek said.
Return of Werdna required players to have knowledge of the previous Wizardry games. The game was also unforgiving in that if offered no experience points and no way for players to strengthen at their own pace — you were at the mercy of insanely powerful enemies.
“Return of Werdna was the worst-selling product we ever launched,” Sirotek said. “People would buy it, and it was unplayable. So they’d put it down, and word spread around.”
2. Tetris: The Grand Master 3: Terror Instinct
Tetris: The Grand Master 3: Terror-Instinct is an arcade game exclusive to Japan, and it’s one of the most hardcore Tetris games out there. If you’d rather play the classic version, you can play Tetris for free on SilverGames.com,
This game is faster than its predecessors, and you need to play a perfect game to become a Tetris Grand Master. That’s not an easy task, and there are only a handful of people who have actually achieved the status of Grand Master, according to Polygon.
But it’s more than just the fast pace that makes this game difficult — after a while, the Tetris pieces will become invisible, forcing the player to remember where they’ve placed their pieces.
This isn’t your run-of-the-mill Tetris game.