The Internet is absolutely obsessed with Trap Adventure 2. This brand new platformer has been dubbed as possibly one of the most difficult games of all time. Trap Adventure 2 is a game in the "masocore" genre, which is a type of intentionally impossible platformer along the lines of titles like Super Meat Boy and I Wanna Be The Guy. In this retro-style 2D game, your goal is to traverse spike pits and falling blocks without getting caught by one of this Trap Adventure's many sneaky snares.
Trap Adventure 2's head developer, Hiroyoshi Oshiba, has stated that his creation is "the most hardest, irritating, frustrating game EVER." Oshiba, who also goes by the pseudonym "hiro!!" goes on to say that he "can’t take any responsibilities for the displeasure this game may cause." This claim is obviously similar to comments made by Bennett Foddy about the purpose of Getting Over It, the Sisyphean climbing game that struck blind rage into the hearts of gamers everywhere. It's unclear if Oshiba/hiro!!'s intent is to "hurt" gamers in the way that Foddy's game sets out to do, but after watching several prominent streamers attempt to tackle the challenges of Trap Adventure 2, it seems that regardless of intention, the outcome is the same.
Trap Adventure 2 is not alone in the category of games whose sole purpose is to irritate players. Intentionally difficult games are currently all the rage. The roaring successes of nightmare-mode indie darlings, like Cuphead and Dark Souls III, have paved the way for more experimental titles to see mainstream audiences. As you can see in the gameplay footage, Trap Adventure 2 intentionally sets cruel and unfair traps to ensnare unsuspecting players.
Trap Adventure 2 is obviously not going to be for everyone. This is a game that intentionally sets itself out to frustrate and upset it's players. If you're the kind of gamer who just wants to relax and unwind at the end of a long day, this might not be the title for you. If you have a history of hypertension, or just don't want to smash your phone on the ground, it might be a better idea to stick to something like Stardew Valley.
Trap Adventure 2 is currently free to download for iOS users on the iTunes store, but it costs 99 cents to unlock the full version of this game. Shelling out a dollar for the full version of the game is highly recommended, as the free demo version only gives you one life at a time, and displays an ad every time you fail. Ultimately, Trap Adventure 2 is kind of like those specialty hot sauces that are designed to burn your mouth past the point of feeling anything. If you're a good-humored gamer who's up for a challenge (or for a lesson in humility) be sure to check out this title before Oshiba/hiro!! is sent to The Hague for crimes against humanity.