Recently I have noticed that my brother is swearing more than usual; I’m not just talking a little f word here or there I am talking a full on torrent of verbal abuse.
The target of all this swearing a video game, but not just any video game this is the hardest game in the world…
The game in question is called “I wanna be the guy” and it is hard.
I’m not talking “wow wasn’t that a tough game of Halo” or “man taking down the Lich King was hard” I am talking gouge your own eyes out in frustration hard.
There is no learning curve in this game, none – if you suck you die tough luck.
Boy will you die; you know how sometimes you are reading a book and the author will say that death was the protagonists only companion? Well gues what you get to experience that first hand! Death will need to take a holiday when he has finished with you.
So what is IWBTG about? Well it is fiendishly simple the game itself is a throwback to the halcyon days of the 8 bit platformer… think Mario, but with the difficulty on steroids and possibly PCP.
You run, you jump, you dive from platform to platform etc etc but something is missing, oh yes the parts where you die… a lot.
There are different difficulty settings on IWBTG but they don’t make the game easier in the conventional sense, nope that would be too kind, all the lesser difficulty levels do is increase the frequency of save points.
When I told one of my co-workers about this I was asked why I would choose to play a game that is so mind rendingly difficult?
My answer to him?
IT IS FUN!!!
Sure you die, a lot. Sure it is hard, almost too hard in places, sure some of the obstacles made me want to ram pencils up my nose and bang my head on the desk but it is FUN.
I loved just playing a platformer without any bells and whistles; it took me back to the innocence of my childhood back when all I looked for in a game was the ability to jump from group of blocky pixels to group of blocky pixels.
I can’t recommend this game enough, particularly if you like a challenge, an impossible, maddening challenge