I Wanna Be The Guy
is a game so hard it
is outright masochism – hilarious, frustrating, glitchy masochism. One brave man, known only as Cloud8745, recorded himself playing the entire game, and documented his descent from frustration into incoherent gibbering madness. To get a feel for IWBTG, you may wish to start at the notorious Ghosts & Goblins
section, which is particularly difficult, or, if you'd like a taste of its depraved sense of humor, this
is among the game's funniest rooms. (The punchline comes two minutes later
, but you can only truly appreciate it by watching Cloud struggle through it over and over again – generally, IWBTG gets funnier the longer you watch it be played.) If you'd like to watch the whole thing, there's
a convenient index presented here, for your convenience!
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
But wait, there's more! Let me also introduce you to Syobon Action
, a devilish reinterpretation of Mario that turns nearly everything in the world into a trap, often by breaking design conventions to do so. Not nearly as hard as I Wanna Be The Guy, and far less fingertwitchy, so even if you're not a hardcore gamer you might enjoy the heck out of this game yourself. There are playthroughs, of course – I prefer this one
by chonnygame (2 3 4 5
), though be warned, there is a lot
of casual racism/misogyny. Here's
the start of a less problematic playthrough, though it's less engaged and emotionally overwrought.