In this modern era of video gaming where style is often preferred over substance, many tend to overlook quality titles that forego AAA gaming conventions. Most gamers think that the platformer genre is dead or stuck in the past, but that is far from the truth.
While platformers can be fun, some developers push it to the limit by introducing newer challenges, while other sadistic devs design borderline unbeatable stages that will surely shorten their fellow gamers’ lifespans. In fact, many of the most difficult games of all time are platformers.
What started as a browser-based flash game gained popularity in the mid-2010s, Happy Wheels was known for its ragdolls, gore, and rage-inducing moments.
Armed with only a sledgehammer inside a pot, players guide Diogenes up an increasingly-abstracted mountain. It is easier said than done, as one unfortunate mistake could result in restarting the whole game since there aren’t any checkpoints.
According to the developer, playtesters took five hours on average to complete the game, staying that the game was designed for “a certain kind of person, to hurt them.” It was originally inspired by a weird flash game titled Sexy Hiking.
The Lost Levels plays like the original game and utilizes the same sprites, except that the stage layouts are different. The game punishes players right from the beginning, as it requires trial and error to get things right. Mario and Luigi also have different attributes, with Luigi being more “slippery” and able to jump higher, which makes him prone to missteps. Some levels have invisible blocks and poison mushrooms which could kill or shrink the player. The fans refer to this game as the “black sheep” of the series.