The Best Trial-and-error Games

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Update : Paradox Error added at rank #1.
Here are our 10 Best Trial-and-error Games:

Paradox Error (2021)

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Playstation 4 Xbox One Nintendo Switch

Paradox Error is a surreal take on the scrolling platformer format, combining minimalistic black-and-white presentation with self-aware, fourth wall breaking design. Glitches are intentionally integrated, allowing the player to cheat death, open new areas by triggering bugs or leap off of UI elements as if theyre part of the stage. At its core, Paradox Error is an ever-changing environmental puzzle where youre expected to die repeatedly and use those failures to inform further attempts, until the goal is eventually within reach.


  • trial-and-error
  • surreal
  • scrolling
  • hardcore
  • platform
  • pixel


Mega Man Legacy Collection Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 (2018)

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Nintendo Switch

Tackle stage remixes in Challenge Mode and compete against your friends for the fastest completion times on the online leaderboards. A handy new Rewind feature gives players the option to instantly reverse gameplay, correcting unexpected pitfalls or deadly enemy encounters. The new Turbo CPU Speed feature also lets players take advantage of the performance power of Nintendo Switch to reduce slowdown when the action gets intense.


  • platform
  • trial-and-error
  • checkpoint
  • retro
  • pixel
  • recreation
  • western
  • classic
  • runner
  • vertical
  • reflexes
  • puzzling
  • boss
  • historical
  • remake

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