The Best Boss-fight Games

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Chicory: A Colorful Tale (2021)

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Xbox One Xbox Series X/s Xbox Series X Mac OS Nintendo Switch PC Windows Playstation 4 Playstation 5

Chicory: A Colorful Tale is a whimsical adventure game that lets you color your way through a black-and-white world as a plucky dog-character. With simple controls, fun puzzles, and no enemies in the main game, Chicory encourages exploration and creativity. Its beautiful art style and emotionally resonant story about self-discovery and overcoming self-doubt make it a work of art that everyone should experience.


What we like:
  • Fun puzzles
  • Simple controls
  • Beautiful art style
  • Emotionally resonant story
  • Encourages creative exploration
What could be improved:
  • Boss battles can be challenging

  • puzzle
  • zelda
  • boss-fight
  • adventure
  • top-down
  • cooperative
  • platform
  • boss
  • combat
  • cute
  • battle
  • controller-support
  • exploration
  • dungeon
  • narrative

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Metroid Dread (2021)

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Nintendo Switch

Metroid Dread is the fifth game in the Nintendo's iconic series, offering an engaging and challenging experience for both newcomers and veterans alike. Join Samus Aran as she investigates a suspicious planet ZDR that may be infected by a hostile shape-shifting organism. Use your arsenal of items and abilities to survive tense boss battles and explore dynamic environments with cinematic scenes.

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What we like:
  • Well-paced gameplay
  • Captivating from start to end
  • Unique challenges offered throughout
  • Dynamic environmental storytelling
  • Beautiful distinct areas on the global map
  • Fast load times after losing a boss battle
What could be improved:
  • No easy mode available
  • No Pulse Radar until late in the game to help reveal hidden breakable blocks
  • Some bosses can be repetitive

  • boss-fight
  • boss
  • robots
  • remake
  • exploration
  • side-scrolling
  • classic
  • combat
  • platform
  • stealth
  • adventure
  • battle
  • story
  • horror
  • narrative

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HUNTDOWN (2020)

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Android Linux Mac OS PC Windows Xbox One IOS iPhone

Join the action-packed world of HUNTDOWN, a hard-boiled arcade shooter set in a gritty, neon-soaked 80s cityscape ruled by criminal gangs. Take on the role of one of three legendary bounty hunters and lay waste to the underworld to collect your bounty. With unique boss fights and an arsenal of weapons to choose from, HUNTDOWN is a must-play for those who love fast-paced, co-op shooters.


What we like:
  • Pixel art, music, and gameplay are fantastic
  • Perfect gunplay and 80s vibe
  • Packed with addictive carnage
  • Well-designed levels
  • Memorable and funny boss fights.
What could be improved:
  • Bonus objectives are repetitive
  • Difficulty on some bosses can seem off
  • Characters can be hard to follow in intense fights
  • Comedy can go overboard and may disappoint those expecting a more serious tone.

  • cooperative
  • boss-fight
  • cover
  • shooter
  • retro
  • boss
  • cyberpunk
  • arcade
  • hockey
  • pixel
  • action
  • platform
  • dystopian
  • 2d
  • classic

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Cuphead (2017)

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IOS iPhone Nintendo Switch Mac OS PC Windows Xbox One

Step into the world of Cuphead and Mugman and experience a classic run and gun action game with visually stunning graphics and original jazz recordings. Take on multiple boss battles, traverse bizarre worlds, and uncover hidden secrets as you try to pay back your debt to the devil. With the option of single-player or local co-op, Cuphead is a game that brings back the nostalgia of the 1930s cartoons and promises countless hours of fun and adventure.


What we like:
  • Challenging gameplay
  • Plenty of content
What could be improved:
  • Difficulty could be a turn-off for some player

  • boss
  • boss-fight
  • run-and-gun
  • platform
  • cooperative
  • hand-drawn
  • side-scrolling
  • difficult
  • shooter
  • bullet-hell
  • fight
  • battle

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Remnant II (2023)

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PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 5

Step into the thrilling world of Remnant II, a unique blend of Soulslike and looter-shooter gameplay. Battle deadly creatures, explore diverse worlds, and unlock powerful abilities. With a responsive combat system, randomly generated maps, and a strong community, you'll be hooked for hours. Each playthrough offers a fresh challenge, making every victory feel earned.


What we like:
  • Engaging gameplay with smooth gun mechanics
  • Randomly generated worlds for endless replayability
  • Strong learning systems for build making and boss fighting
  • Vibrant community for both solo and co-op play
  • Regular updates and fixes from developers
What could be improved:
  • Limited diversity in armor sets
  • Frustrating loadout management

  • boss
  • cooperative
  • shooter
  • boss-fight
  • tps
  • souls
  • dungeon
  • post-apocalyptic
  • loot
  • rpg
  • fight
  • combat
  • challenging
  • puzzle
  • narrative

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Death's Door (2021)

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Xbox One Nintendo Switch PC Windows

Death's Door is an action-adventure game that follows a crow reaping souls. You must explore the world of doors, find each one and battle enemies while unlocking new skills and magic powers. The game features smooth controls, great aesthetics and an in-depth story that will keep you engaged for hours.


What we like:
  • Challenging boss battles
  • Meaningful dialogue about life and death
  • Excellent exploration and hidden areas
  • Fluid and accessible combat
  • Beautiful art style and graphics
What could be improved:
  • Lack of a map can be frustrating
  • Can rely too much on obnoxious enemy waves
  • Linear

  • dungeon
  • boss
  • isometric
  • zelda
  • action-adventure
  • boss-fight
  • combat
  • exploration
  • souls
  • puzzle
  • adventure
  • platform
  • battle
  • challenging
  • fight

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Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion (2021)

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Nintendo Switch Android Playstation 4 IOS iPhone Xbox Series X Xbox One PC Windows Mac OS Linux

Play as an adorable yet trouble-making turnip. Avoid paying taxes, solve plantastic puzzles, harvest crops and battle massive beasts all in a journey to tear down a corrupt vegetable government!


  • zelda
  • dungeon
  • boss-fight
  • boss
  • cute
  • puzzle
  • veggie
  • adventure
  • food
  • past
  • 2d
  • pixel
  • fight
  • action-adventure
  • action

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Furi (2016)

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Xbox One PC Windows

The jailer is the key, kill him and you’ll be free.


  • boss-fight
  • boss
  • bullet-hell
  • fight
  • twin-stick
  • combat
  • battle
  • shooter
  • arena
  • rush

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Hollow Knight (2017)

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Xbox One Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Explore the depths of a forgotten kingdom teeming with cute but creepy creatures and epic adventure in the classic side-scrolling action game, Hollow Knight. Tightly tuned controls allow you to dash, dodge and slash your way through ferocious beasts and ancient knights. With over 130 enemies, 30 epic bosses and a vast interconnected world to explore, every playthrough is unique. Top it off with hauntingly beautiful visuals and an evocative soundtrack, and you've found your new go-to game.


What we like:
  • Beautiful and breathtaking visuals and soundtrack
  • Non-linear gameplay with exploration and challenging platforming
  • Rich lore and vast world with secrets
  • Difficulty offers a satisfying challenge
  • Remarkable amount of content for the price
What could be improved:
  • Difficulty, not for everyone

  • metroidvania
  • boss
  • boss-fight
  • platform
  • exploration
  • hand-drawn
  • difficult
  • cute
  • bug
  • action-adventure
  • 2d
  • frame-by-frame
  • souls
  • fight
  • difficult-to-pull-off

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Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty (2023)

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Playstation 5 PC Windows Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 4

A new dark fantasy Three Kingdoms action RPG from Team NINJA, the developers of Nioh.


  • boss
  • martial
  • boss-fight
  • historical
  • rpg
  • demons
  • souls
  • combat
  • action
  • fight
  • fantasy
  • battle
  • exploration
  • difficult
  • narrative

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