Over the three decades I’ve been playing video games, I have played through a great variety of levels of varying difficulty. Some levels have been so easy I wondered what the point of them was, a vast proportion got them just right and a few were difficult. Now, these difficult video game levels were not just difficult they were so frustratingly difficult that many a pad ended up being smashed into a wall in frustration.
Specifically, these are my top ten most annoyingly difficult video game levels.
10. Can’t Wait to be King (The Lion King)
Surely there can’t be anything annoyingly difficult about a Disney move spin-off game. Surely not? Everything has to be all happy songs, and cute cuddly adorable characters, right? Well yes and no, despite all of those being throughout the 16Bit Sega Genesis Lion King there was one level in particular that stressed even the most relaxed ten year old. The second Level ‘Just Can’t Wait to Be King’ has you being thrown by monkeys, jumping on moving giraffes, and swinging on Hippo tails. Most of the level you’re either moving fast or being thrown about. Choose the wrong monkey and you’re thrown in the wrong place and you fall and die. In short you have to memorise the whole level and do it quickly. No small feat for a ten year old.
9. Jumping the Hawk (Fantasy World Dizzy)
Way back when you were lucky to have more than 16 colours on the screen at once there was a puzzle game series by Codemasters, about a plucky young egg called Dizzy and all the Yolkfolk. In one particular adventure, Fantasy World Dizzy there was a bird pathing from side to side, and you had to time it just right to jump passed him, otherwise he would swoop down and kill you. The timing was insanely difficult to master, plus you only had three lives and no save function. Screw it up three times and you’re starting the game from the beginning again.