Every now and then, we look for a challenge. Something that tests our brains and reflexes. Challenges can come from anywhere and there are some very difficult games on Android. In some cases, mobile games can be even tougher. After all, developers try all kinds of stuff to break into an already crowded mobile game market. Anyone looking for something hard should have their plates full with the most challenging games for Android!
Baldur’s Gate I and II are ports from the original PC versions of the games. These are both long, difficult games. Each one easily lasts more than 50 hours at minimum. Additionally, it has that old school RPG grind that many games just don’t have anymore. The developer has a couple other big, old RPGs as well. They include Planescape: Torment and Icewind Dale. All four games go for $9.99 each. They do have in-app purchases. However, it’s for cosmetic stuff like voice packs.
DroidFish is a chess game. Chess is one of those games that many people know how to play, but the masters would beat the snot out of most of us. This one uses the Stockfish chess engine. It can simulate some ridiculously difficult opponents. This game on high difficulty settings is definitely quite challenging. It’s gonna whip you a bunch of times. Plus, it’s completely free with no ads or in-app purchases.
Duet is an interesting puzzle game. You play as two orbs. You rotate the balls around various platforms. Each side of the screen controls the rotation of the balls. The game starts with some simple levels. It then ramps up the difficulty quite a bit. Getting through this one is fairly challenging. The main part of the game is free to play. The secondary and tertiary parts of the game require an in-app purchase.
Final Fantasy IV is actually one of the hardest JRPGs on any console. The normal version of the game is challenging on its own. This is not the same version of the game from the SNES days. The game also comes with a hard mode that just rips players to shreds. Even seasoned fans of the series have a hard time with hard mode. The game is less expensive than it was. It currently goes for $7.99 with no in-app purchases or advertisements.
Go received big international attention when Google’s Deepmind played. It beat a human player four times versus one loss. The game is available on mobile and this version is pretty good. This version comes with ten difficulty levels. The upper difficulty levels are going to mess even with many experience players. The game also includes three board sizes, various rules, and more. The free version has advertising. The paid version doesn’t. Otherwise, they both play the same.
Out There: Ω Edition is a very frustrating and very fun survival game. The premise of the game is you play the role of an astronaut who wakes up from cryonics in the deepest regions of space and you must survive the trip back to Earth. The developer made certain to bring into account how vast and harsh space can be and you’ll be dealing with friendly and unfriendly aliens, rushing to find an oxygen supply, and learning to use random technology to fix and improve your ship. This game is not for casual players, but it does have 59 achievements that you can try to earn!
Pandemic is a board game where you play as members of the CDC and you must squash diseases before they have a chance to become, well, a pandemic. Each player has a special ability to help with the cause and you’ll be allowed to construct bases to help you move around faster and cure disease. It’s not too bad on easy mode, but hard mode is an entirely different story. This is a game that can spiral out of control is just a single round and that’s what makes it so fun and so very challenging. The game also isn’t very expensive.
Pixel Dungeon is an open source dungeon crawler. Its noted for being free and also fairly difficult. The game features retro graphics, simple mechanics, difficult bad guys, and various items and gear to collect. There are also a variety of Pixel Dungeon remakes and spin-offs. We have Yet Another Pixel Dungeon linked above. Pixel Dungeon Remix is also quite popular. It doesn’t matter, though. They all keep the difficulty of the original.
Super Hexigon is an older game. It was one of the first truly difficult games that achieved popularity. The mechanics are simple enough. You steer a bunch of hexagons toward a center point. The speed, flashing lights, and weird rhythms keep things difficult. It even has harder difficulty settings in case the game is too easy at first. The game runs for $2.99. It is fairly old, though. It’s not a bad thing, but something to keep in mind.
XCOM: Enemy Within is a tactical shooter where you’ll need to move your pieces around the map similar to a game board. There are also RPG, simulation, and online multiplayer elements to give the game a well-balanced feeling. The bad guys in this game are unrepentant and too many mistakes or bad moves will result in you losing the level. There is a campaign mode to mow through and the online multiplayer that we mentioned a moment ago which means there is plenty of stuff for you to do. It’s a bit expensive, but it is a port of a relatively recent PC game so that’s to be expected.
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