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The Most Insanely Unbeatable Videogame Bosses Ever

by Benzaemon
18 October 2013 29 Comments

Modern gamers are spoilt nowadays with regenerating health, mid-boss checkpoints and walkthrough guides. Here are some of the videogame bosses of yesteryear that made people fling their consoles out of windows.

These days when you want to beat a computer game, you just play it until you win. That or you get your 6 year old niece to download a cyber code from the matrix on her kindle or something. But it hasn’t always been like this…Beating a video game used to require an ability to focus purely for an entire day and be fully willing to kick your mum in the face if she tried to make you go outside.

The games were designed to beat you. In computer programmer culture, beating a game they’ve designed is the worst kind of insult which is why many early end-screens were just a pixelated picture of your family on fire.

Looks pretty cute doesn’t it? You’ll never ever get off this screen. I promise.

The difficulty level was off the scale. If any child completed a game on their first go then their computer sent a secret message to the government to kidnap and freeze them for the eventual future wars against machines.

Added to this, the programming was hopeless. In my first edition of OPERATION WOLF for the Commodore 64, you could get halfway into the game until you came across a communist wearing a bulletproof vest. Killing him required a headshot. Getting a headshot required him having a head, which he didn’t. Every time I’d play, I’d get halfway through and then a headless Russian would jump up and axe me to death. At the time it seemed unfair, though in hindsight I now understand that it’s amazing.

Getting through a level was a buzz, but facing off against the boss at the end of that level filled you with a cold, cold adrenaline fear that can only be replicated by initiating a break up conversation with somebody who thinks you’re going to marry them.

Some bosses were beatable. Some were just total wankers. This is my list of total wanker end of level bosses:

The Game
Mortal Kombat (Megadrive)

Men remember the date they first played Mortal Kombat in the same way they remember the day they lost their virginity. This is because for most males, the end result was much the same – screaming in shock, pain and pleasure while sex fluids exploded from your body. Everything about the game was hilarious and disgusting, which again ties in with the first time I had intercourse.

The Bosstard
Shao Khan

Shao Kahn was just a stone cold bastard. Everything he did, from his ham fisted punches to his arthritic kicks took off about a quarter of your energy. But at least he didn’t have a massive hammer that materialised from nowhere and exploded your head. Oh wait…

How To Win
The only way to beat him was to uppercut him, wait for the computer to start the animation of him standing up and uppercut him again while he was halfway up, and helpless. It was kind of cheating, but I’d have a hard time thinking of when I gave less of a shit.

The Game
Two Crude Dudes (Megadrive)

This was similar two Streets of Rage with two very important differences. One was that you could pick up almost all of the scenery and throw it. The other was that dogs constantly tried to shag you. Basically, one of those Japanese games that somehow slipped through the net, it was riddled with bizarre traits that made the player feel unhappy inside afterwards.

The Bosstard

There aren’t many pictures of this game around…

The end of level bosses for this game were really hard. One was a spider that flew down from beyond the top of the screen screaming. If you were under it, then you lost all your life. One hit, dead. It was just total bullshit in its purest early gaming form. There were seven levels, each with an end of level boss created from ruined Saturdays and broken children’s dreams.

The last level was a bit different because there wasn’t an end of level boss. There were seven. Every single fucking boss you’d already beaten, in a row, with no break and no power ups. And then after that, the final boss. What a joke.

How To Win
Just play it. I’d never kissed a girl at this point and somebody told me that vaginas looked like the Predator without it’s mask on, so I had nothing else to do.

The Game
Diddy Kong Racing (N64)


Diddy Kong Racing was Nintendo’s answer to Mario Kart. An odd answer, as it had already made Mario Kart. It was easy and colourful with cute characters and an adventure mode. Work your way through the different zones, beat the bosses, collect the coins and then you get to Wizpig. Basically a big running pink bastard. He was hard. Really hard. But hey, you’re 14, what else do you have on? With practice, he was beatable.
And that was the game done! Or was it? Drive down to the beach and beep at the old lighthouse, it turns into a rocket and blasts you into space to beat four more levels. Do THAT and you have the real showdown with Wizpig, who is now sitting on a rocket.

The Bosstard


HOLY. FUCK. They just went way WAY over the top with this one. He was unbeatable. You had to have a flawless race. If it wasn’t utterly flawless, down to every nudge of the joystick, you were done. I first got Diddy Kong Racer when I was 17. I beat Wizpig when I was 27. That’s a solid decade of not being able to win a game that was advertised as being for six year olds.

How To Win
Get dumped by your long-term girlfriend, move back in with your parents, wear an old hoody and shorts and play the game all day, everyday for two weeks while knowing that you need to win this… You really need to.  There might be other ways to do it, that’s just what I did.


The Game
Splatter House 2 (Sega Megadrive)

Look how awesome this box is. A man with an angry skull head is kicking the crap out of Alien and an octopus. They knew what to do…how could you not want that?
The game itself was IMPOSSIBLE. Every single second of it was totally nuts. Demons flying all over, pirahna maggots climbing out of the floor, deformed babies screaming in your face. There wasn’t a single safe place to stand on the screen, it was all designed to kill you. Look at the picture below, that’s the first end of level boss. It’s a plant that sprays acid at you while demons drop from the ceiling. There’s no pattern to be learned, no powerups, no shield, nothing. If you finally win and stand next to the plant, WHERE YOU HAVE TO BE TO HIT IT, then it splits open and acid pours out which instantly kills you. Thanks, dicks.

How To Win
Fuck knows.

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Our Jonf 9:45 am, 30-Oct-2012

I remember the Splatterhouse 2 boss, it was unfathomable. That pissed me right off as I loved the first game (I could do the enitre game with one credit at youth club). This guy manages to make it look easy though.

Bob 11:53 am, 30-Oct-2012

Another one was Mega Lo Mania. It turned out to be actually impossible to win. That was mega gay.

Ben 12:37 pm, 30-Oct-2012

Splatter House 2 made me cry once as I thought the game was defective as I literally died instantly - alone in my auntie's house on Boxing Day whilst all the older family were either at the pub or downstairs drinking, me just crying whilst wearing a festive waistcoat and bow tie.

le rouge 1:04 pm, 30-Oct-2012

Now this was a good article. Funny, informed, and well written. Nice one.

Tom Okker 1:30 pm, 30-Oct-2012

Viewtiful Joe on the GameCube was rock hard. Shinobi on the Game Gear was another one. It didn't help that I had to hold it perfectly still because the power socket was faulty.

Devious Soul 1:46 pm, 30-Oct-2012

There was a game on the first Playstation that starred Bruce Willis, called Apocolypse, where he'd shout 'cooooome get some' when he threw a grenade. That took about a thousand attempts to finish, sort of a mixture of skill, incessant jumping and blind luck. Also the Poison Ivy boss on the first Batman game for the PS3 was of a similar ilk, all jumping, shooting and luck. Airwolf on the Spectrum was borderline impossible (I've now seen on YouTube it was not), and I'm not sure Jet Set Willy was completable. Finishing Sabre Wulf was an absolute buzz though, that fucking thing chasing you round when you had the keys backwards due to eating the wrong orchid was intense!!

Nathan 3:06 pm, 30-Oct-2012

Not a boss, but the sidequest on FFX where you had to dodge the birds on a chocobo did actually lead me to throw my controller at the wall.

Phil 3:10 pm, 30-Oct-2012

Shao Khan wasn't in Mortal Kombat, Shang Tsung was. Shao Khan was the boss in Mortal Kombat II.

Caroline C 4:17 pm, 30-Oct-2012

So that's why I was never much good at playing early computer games, they were actually nearly impossible!

SP 5:38 pm, 30-Oct-2012

I gave up when I couldn't beat the rockhead boss in Alex The Kid on the Master System. Nice article.

Max 10:03 pm, 30-Oct-2012

This article is bringing on painful flashbacks. Shao Khan took me soooo long to defeat.

Jason 11:25 pm, 30-Oct-2012

Great article!

Milt 12:15 am, 31-Oct-2012

Jet Set Willy I think had a bug in it that made the early version impossible to complete. I was also convinced that Manic Miner was rigged. The 18th level, Solar Power Generator, was the closest I ever came to twatting a machine with a hammer. Still remember POKE 35136,0 for infinite lives on the spec. Never used it. Always wanted to. If I ever get dumped, I will die alone.

Owen Blackhurst 1:01 pm, 31-Oct-2012

Fucking funny, and also made me want to self harm. Shao Khan made me start drinking brandy, the bastard.

Lili 12:43 am, 1-Nov-2012

Awesome post, thoroughly enjoyed all the asshole bosses, if it weren't for not showering for two weeks i would never have passed splatter house!

Mark 12:37 am, 3-Nov-2012

Brilliant read...when I was younger I never swore infront of my mother...the day I played Two Crude Dudes she said it was like watching the Exocist movie...I was no longer her favorite son from that day forward!

pshhhhh 3:44 pm, 5-Nov-2012

anyone remember jet force gemini on the N64 - i still haven't beaten that final boss to this day :(

Ryan 3:17 pm, 7-Dec-2012

Not a boss, but "Booty" on the Speccy 48k was impossible to complete. Still trying 25+ years later...

Steve 8:19 pm, 7-Dec-2012

There were a few right bastards on Mega Man 3 as well.

Ryan 5:53 am, 25-Dec-2012

Oh and Cadaver:The Next Generation or whatever it was called. I couldn't get out of the first room, which given you only had one thing to hand....Dino Crisis is hard work as well. Maybe I'm just getting crap at games as I get older x

Tarded 8:57 am, 25-Dec-2012

Diddy Kong racing was Nintendo's answer to Mario Kart? I think the person who wrote this article has never played a video game, considering every gamer knows Nintendo made Mario Kart as well.

basti 5:54 pm, 10-Jan-2013

nice writing i nearly pissed in my pants reading it and laughing my ass off.

john 5:26 pm, 15-Jan-2013

@tarded read the article.....'Diddy Kong Racing was Nintendo’s answer to Mario Kart. An odd answer, as it had already made Mario Kart'

IrkTheGamer 5:32 pm, 20-Jan-2013

Nintendo didn't make Diddy Kong Racing, Rare did. Also, I beat Wizpig in about half an hour. Sorry.

DominicJ 10:42 am, 11-Mar-2013

Bob You had to put some of your dudes in suspended animation on levels 7 and 8 so you could use them in level 9

Carl 3:39 am, 13-Jun-2013

I actually have played two Crude Dudes although for some reason here in the US its called Crude Buster. Fortunately its on the Data East collection for Wii with unlimited continues. Unfortunately that dosent help as much as you would think.

Schnoozer 4:12 pm, 13-Jun-2013

Shin Akuma in Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo - if you're ever lucky enough to inflict dizziness on him, it lasts 2 microseconds. Jade in (Ultimate?) Mortal Kombat 3 - won't even acknowlege your hits while she combos you. Amakusa in Samurai Shodown - teleporting scumbag!

rallen 4:04 pm, 30-Jun-2013

Rugal Bernestain in the King Of Fighters series was really hard to kill.

Roger 10:03 pm, 19-Oct-2013

Hmm...I don't remember Splatterhouse 2 being that hard. In fact, I pawned the game after getting bored over how easy it was to finish. Maybe us Yanks got an easier version stateside on the Sega Genesis? It's possible. You overseas blokes always get the cool stuff while us Yanks are stuck with shite!

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