Challenge accepted: 8 of the hardest Android and iPhone games

Old video games were better. There, we said it. Call it nostalgia if you will, but we're finding it sad that today's most popular titles on mobile are designed to be addictive above all – to manipulate weaknesses in the human brain so that players would keep playing (and paying) for as long as possible. They're not particularly challenging, original, or even fun to begin with. We're looking at you, Clash of Clans and Candy Crush Saga. What happened to beating a game with skill, not by spending real money on imaginary gems? What was wrong with having a storyline and a rewarding ending? And why are games in general not as difficult as they used to be?

Okay, we do realize that developers have to generate as much revenue as possible, and that making games accessible to a broad audience does the trick. However, a gamer who grew up with Mega Man, Ninja Gaiden, and The Legend of Zelda would only be challenged by finding a mobile game that doesn't walk you by the hand as you play it.

The games we have for you today don't follow trends. They're hard at first and they get even harder as you painfully progress. If you're looking for a truly difficult mobile game, chances are you'll find something below to satisfy your hunger for challenge. Just don't throw your phone against the wall, please.



1. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Sucks that almost all of those games cost more on iOS than on Android.

2. Valdomero

Posts: 677; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

You're more than welcome to join the Android community

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

It'll still be cheaper then a buying a new phone

4. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

What do you expect?

5. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

There are reasons behind that, namely the fact that most Android games are simply ports from iOS. Paying $2 for the original won't hurt you. Plus it's not like they wouldn't find a way to make you pay on Android either :D.

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well you all be bragging about how much money you got, so Apple has no issue taking it from you; which is why they have so much money. I mean I'm sure you have money to waste, I mean you bought an iPhone. What you complaining about?!

7. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

He was asking a legitimate question....and this is how you respond? Really guy? In the words of my friend Tommy Joyner: GET OFF MY SACK BRUH!!!!

8. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Owning an iPhone certainly doesn't mean you have money to blow, I should know.

9. cleatglitch

Posts: 165; Member since: May 25, 2013

i'm sorry but this is one of his best comments ever


Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

With Android you can try almost any paid app before you buy by side-loading the APK from the internet, this helps you make a more educated choice of which developers to support monetarily.

10. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

The That Level Again series is probably the best series I've played on android yet. It has unique level design and is as well mentally stimulating. I really wanted to donate to the developer but couldn't

11. aman5mathur

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Ooh dont say that some developer might hear you. *laughing hard* just joking btw. Its great to see someone really willing to pay for hard work

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