10 Times Video Games Brutally Trolled You

9. Second Time's The Charm - Ghosts 'N Goblins

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Ghosts ‘N Goblins is one of the toughest titles on the NES, as every location is plagued by respawning enemies and puzzling routes. Plus, protagonist Sir Arthur can only be hit twice before dying and being forced to restart the level.

Thus, virtually every moment of his laughably difficult quest to rescue Princess Prin Prin requires tireless concentration and patience.

That fact alone shows the lengths to which Capcom went to frustrate and mock audiences. That said, it’s what happens after Sir Arthur bests his ultimate foe – the Devil – that truly reveals the developer’s malevolence.

Once Satan is defeated, a title card appears: “This room is an illusion and is a trap devised by Satan. Go ahead dauntlessly! Make rapid progress!” In other words, everything Sir Arthur just did was a dream and he needs to restart the entire journey again.

At least the final prize is worthwhile, right? Wrong.

Simply put, Sir Arthur and Princess Prin Prin embrace as another poorly translated message tries to provide closure: “Congraturation. This story is happen end. Thank you. Being the wise and courageous knight that you are you feel strength welling in your body. Return to starting point. Challenge again!”

Gee, thanks.

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