Most Confusing Video Games in the History of Mankind

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If you were a gamer, especially back in the day, you know that there were a ton of video games that were so confusing they were nearly impossible to play. I’m going to outline some of those video games that plagued our childhood in the list below. Of course, I could comprise this whole list of nothing but Atari games, but I feel as if that would be rather cheap and too easy. However, I have included one Atari game and you can probably guess right now which one I included. Scroll down to see if you’re right!

Before we get started, I want to clarify that I’m not listing games that have confusing story lines, even though I’m sure some of the games below have confusing story lines. Instead, I’ve chosen these games, because they were confusing to actually play, which made them very difficult. So, let’s get started with this list of the 5 most confusing video games of all time.

Friday the 13th (NES)

Friday the 13thThis is a game that’s considered to be one of the most difficult and worst games of all time. I’m a pretty big horror movie fan, so I had to have this game when I was a kid. Unfortunately, it was pretty tough and pretty confusing. In my adult life, I’ve talked with adults that remember this game and were never able to beat it.

Basically, you have a cast of counselors that you can choose from to play at any time. The ultimate goal of the game is to kill Jason Voorhees and prevent him from killing a set number of children. While trying to protect the kids from Jason’s numerous attacks, you also have to try and collect more powerful weapons, travel to numerous cabins to collect clues and light the fireplaces inside of the cabins.

Also, Jason Voorhees isn’t the only thing you have to worry about in this game. You have to avoid zombies, birds, wolves and even Mrs. Voorhees if you manage to find a hidden area inside the caves. Most people were confused by this game, because the map system is horrible, navigating the caves is nearly impossible and you’ll probably find yourself lost inside the cabins, as well. There’s nothing worse than being stuck in the caves while Jason is about to attack some of the children, either. Bottom line, you’re going to get confused and die a lot. This is a tough game to say the least.

E.T. (Atari)

ET-AtariDid you guess that this was the Atari game I was going to include on the list? I honestly don’t know how you couldn’t. This game is known by many as the worst video game ever created. What makes matters even worse is the fact that this game was hyped up so much. Apparently, there was over 20 million bucks spent on developing this game, which makes me wonder how the hell they spent that much on this game.

The game is said to have been developed in only 5 weeks, so it would be on shelves in time for Christmas, which doesn’t come as a surprise. Apparently, this game was so bad that unsold copies of this game were actually dumped into a landfill in an undisclosed location in New Mexico and no, I’m not kidding. You can look it up, if you care enough. I’ve never met anyone that can tell you what this game is about or how to play it.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Super Nintendo)

T2This is one of the most rage worthy video games I have ever played. I personally do not know anyone that ever beat this game, which comes as absolutely no surprise to me as it was confusing and extremely difficult all at the same time. Just thinking about this game sends shivers down my spine.

The storyline is typical if you’ve watched Terminator 2. You start off as Arnold at the bar and you have to fight your way out. After that, you’re pretty much playing every relevant scene from the movie. Unfortunately, the enemies in this game are basically limitless, which is what confused a lot of people. In most games, you have to kill all the enemies on a level in order to proceed. If you attempt that with this game, you’ll literally find yourself playing for an eternity, because the object of the game is to complete menial tasks and collect “hidden objects.”

Shortly into the game, you’ll find yourself at a driving stage on Arnold’s motorcycle. Let me tell you, this stage is known as being one of the hardest driving stages in video game history. The controls are awful and if you run into anything at a decent amount of speed, you’re going to blow up. A lot of people I know couldn’t even make it past this stage due to the controls being so confusing. I bet this game is responsible for a lot of broken Super Nintendo controllers. If you value your sanity, you should stay far away from this game.

Steven Estep

Steven Estep

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