Hello fellow gamers:
Several years ago I started a poll asking interested players what they felt were the all-time hardest classic arcade games.
Here is the originating thread, and post #24 is the highest version of the results - http://www.twingalaxies.com/showthre...hlight=hardest
Just recently the following link was sent to my attention, and a good number of the titles appear on both lists, though not necessarily ranked the same - http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_de...?game_id=10283
No matter who participates, everyone's perspective of what constitutes "hardest" differs. My personal opinion is that there are three categories of "hardest"...
(A) - those titles which some still find hard even though many have since mastered it ("Donkey Kong")
(B) - those titles which are so hard that only a few people have mastered it ("Carnival")
(C) - those titles which are so incredibly hard that no one has ever truly mastered it (no one has ever cleared the 2nd stage of expert mode on "Turbo Sub", for example...compounded by the fact that there are only like 3 machines in existence)
Here are my current personal top 10 hardest titles from the classic arcade roster, in no particular order, based on what I have since learned about how hard some titles actually are...
You are probably wondering about that last title. This rare game was in NYC for about 2-3 months back in the day, and in all that time not one single person ever managed to clear stage 1. Granted not many people actually played the game, but of the few that did not one person reached stage 2.
However, as this title is so exceedingly rare and obscure, it is fair to mention that my alternative choice would be "Turbo Sub" based on what I stated a bit earlier.