5 games that are almost impossible to beat

Ninja Gaiden

With the popularity of games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne increasing over the years, gamers have rediscovered the joy of difficult games which punish you for making mistakes.

However, compared to some of the games that have been created over the years, modern challenging titles seem like a cakewalk.

If you really want to put your gaming skills to the test, try completing one of the games below.


The Contra games are famed for being exceptionally difficult, with fast, dangerous enemies and unpredictable bosses able to easily kill you instantly.

As side-scrolling, 2D shooters go, Contra is one of the most difficult games ever created.

Ninja Gaiden

Ninja Gaiden is another series which is known for its punishing gameplay.

While it is barely manageable at lower difficulty levels, ramping up the difficulty to the highest setting makes the game almost impossible to beat.


Stuntman is an action-adventure racing game sees the character take on the role of a film stuntman who has to perform various dangerous stunts.

The game’s stunts are difficult and almost impossible to complete perfectly.

Devil Daggers

The only modern game to make it on this list, Devil Daggers was released in February 2016, and is purposefully punishing toward the player.

Players are simply tasked with surviving as long as possible against hordes of grotesque demonic enemies.

The ability to fire daggers at enemies allows you to clear out some of the monsters, but the difficulty of the game increases constantly the longer you are alive.


Battletoads is a classic co-op platformer for the NES which was well-known for its difficult levels.

The game is praised by critics, but players should be warned of its punishing difficulty and subsequent ability to cause frustration.

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  • Brendon Bosch

    Contra, ninja garden 2 and battetoads on my completed list. No small feet I might add

  • Lucien Pierce

    Battletoads! Loved it. If I got past the snake/tunnel stage I was good to get to the end… But that was a tough one!

  • Hraffnir

    Ghosts ‘n Goblins?

  • Jose

    Incredibly difficult to beat, but I did beat it in the arcades. Many 20 cent coins went into that machine ! I feel old now 🙁

  • Hraffnir

    Hahah! I’ve yet to try my hand at it.

  • Helldriver Phoenix

    I finally beat Battletoads a couple of years ago using an emulator on my PSP with a quick load, quick save option. Even with that, it was nearly impossible and frustrating ヽ( ・∀・)ノ as hell, but well worth it at the end (─ ͜ʖ─)

  • iandoug

    That started off hard and got harder… 🙂
    Also difficult to finish: Wonderboy.
    Also started off hard and got worse: Asteroids DeLuxe. (Original Asteroids was frequently clocked).

  • Grim

    The Video of battetoads bring back memories. I never got past that stage.

  • The Dave

    I thought 1000 Spikes and Meatboy was quite difficult.

  • Norman Victor

    Dark Souls 3?

  • Xileer

    I prefer the other version of Contra – With the guys in the Red and Blue pants.

    Almost impossible? Try Super Meat Boy – Dark World

  • Xileer

    Google TAS videos – You might enjoy them 🙂

  • Mbuso Nhleko

    “Having large feet is not nice. Makes finding shoes that fit quite the feat.”

    See how that works?

  • Helldriver Phoenix

    Thanks I’ll have a look see 🙂

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