What’s the best frustrating game you’ve ever played?

I’ve played my fair share of frustrating games. You know the type. It’s the sort of game that has you tugging at your hair, punching doors and throwing your controller across the room. I’m talking about Flappy Bird, Dark Souls 1 – 3, N+, Super Meat Boy and, of course, Battle Toads.

There’s a fine line between a bad game because it’s frustrating, and a good game that’s frustrating enough to keep you both hooked, and in a perpetual state of ‘ragequit’. I feel like the classics are still the hardest. Games like Battle Toads almost left me in tears as a child. I still shudder at the thought of playing it again – despite how much I loved the game. The same can be said for Crash Bandicoot, and occasional levels on Mario. Even some of the new games (some of which have been made to look like classics) like Volgarr the Viking, N+ and Dark Souls, still make my blood boil. But I’ll play them anyway.

But which of all of those annoying, aggravating, hair tuggingly, rage inducing video games is the best? Well, I may have stumbled onto a potential winner in 10 Second Ninja. The game has everything you could ask for. A decent soundtrack, charming characters, simple but addictive gameplay mechanics. And, of course, the pure rage that comes with any game based around the concept of time trials, reaction jumping and course running. For every well times leap, slice of your katana or throw of a shiroken, you work towards completing the run in less than 10 seconds. The quicker you do it, the more stars you’ll earn for the level (out of 3). It’s simple in concept, but almost impossible in practice.

But, for some reason, I keep coming back for more. Even though I’ve tried it ten or twenty times, I still think that I can best the game. It’s probably one of the best frustrating games I’ve ever played. But that’s a trait I seem to have for many games. In Super Meat Boy, N+, and the Dark Souls series, I can never get enough of the heart-ache, stress and anger.

How about you? Are you a fan of frustrating games? Let me know in the comments below!

  • Brandon

    Two come to mind for me. Ninja Gaiden on the NES. I played it over and over, memorizing all the traps, but never got tired of it. It always felt like if I’d just made that jump a second earlier, then I would have made it. That kept me pressing on. The second is The Wonderful 101 on the WiiU. It was not an easy game, by any means, but was so much fun that I couldn’t help but to keep coming back to it.

    • Ninja Gaiden was a nightmare at times – that’s a good shout.

  • Brandon

    Two come to mind for me. Ninja Gaiden on the NES. I played it over and over, memorizing all the traps, but never got tired of it. It always felt like if I’d just made that jump a second earlier, then I would have made it. That kept me pressing on. The second is The Wonderful 101 on the WiiU. It was not an easy game, by any means, but was so much fun that I couldn’t help but to keep coming back to it.

    • Ninja Gaiden was a nightmare at times – that’s a good shout.