I Wanna Be The Guy

I Wanna Be The Guy! - This is very likely the most difficult-yet-well-designed game in the world. I have no idea how I didn't find it sooner, as it is the greatest in frustrating fun (one of my favorite kinds of fun). It's a 2D platformer where you play as THE KID on his journey to defeat and then become THE GUY. He wants to be THE GUY! The game is absolutely devious, completely unforgiving, relentlessly sadistic, and I think it even has a black heart beating deep within the source code that hungers for the souls of the weak. The difference between this game and others that are horrifyingly difficult is that this game is actually very well designed. A lot of thought and time clearly went into creating each challenge. You will die at least once in EVERY room the game throws at you, and in some you will die dozens of times, but it is never the fault of the game mechanics - It's YOUR fault, you just aren't good enough (yet).

IWBTG also uses tons of sprites, music, and references from classic games, mostly NES titles. So far I have beaten 2 of the game's 9 bosses... Mike Tyson (of Punch-Out!) and Mecha Birdo (of Mario fame). I'm currently working on taking down Dracula (Symphony of the Night version). It's nostalgic, it's difficult, it's made with a sadistic sort of love at every step, and it will make you laugh, cry, scream, and cheer. Check it out if you want a fun challenge, or if you prefer to be more passive there are plenty of Youtube videos of other people trying to become THE GUY.