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A Difficult Game About Climbing is a physics-based climbing game inspired by Getting Over It. Read our review to see what it did well, what it didn't do well, and if it's worth your time and money.

A Difficult Game About Climbing Review Overview

What is A Difficult Game About Climbing?

A Difficult Game About Climbing(ADGAC) is primarily inspired by Bennett Foddy’s Getting Over It, a difficult physics-based game where you use a hammer to, with falling possibly setting you back to where you started. Instead of a hammer, ADGAC lets you take control of both your character’s hands, allowing you to reach out to grab something and pull up your body.

A Difficult Game About Climbing features:
 ⚫︎ Simple controls, difficult levels
 ⚫︎ Punishing physics-based gameplay
 ⚫︎ Moments that will probably ruin your day

For more gameplay details, read everything we know about A Difficult Game About Climbing's gameplay and story.

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A Difficult Game About Climbing Pros & Cons

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Pros Cons

A Difficult Game About Climbing Review | It Wasn't Lying|Game8 (3) Smart and Simple Controls

A Difficult Game About Climbing Review | It Wasn't Lying|Game8 (4) Challenging But Not Impossible

A Difficult Game About Climbing Review | It Wasn't Lying|Game8 (5) Will Probably Make You Rage Quit

A Difficult Game About Climbing Overall Score - 70/100

The game is exactly what it’s advertised as. It’s easy to learn with its simple controls but it’s definitely not easy to progress through or finish. It’s extremely tough, but not impossible, making it one of those games where you’d wanna keep trying to progress until you’re completely outraged. The game succeeds in its mission of providing its players with a difficult gaming experience about climbing.

A Difficult Game About Climbing Story - 7/10

There’s no real story in this game. You’re just some half-naked bald dude trying to climb as high as you can. Games like these don’t really need a story since their focus is solely on gameplay.

A Difficult Game About Climbing Gameplay - 8/10

The game, as the title suggests, really is difficult and is definitely about climbing. The controls are simple and very easy to learn. However, the gameplay is very challenging by design, and it’s one of the games where you’d undoubtedly grow frustrated. Level design is very challenging, but not impossible. Because of its difficulty, you’ll feel surreal just by getting through that one area you’ve been trying to clear for hours.

A Difficult Game About Climbing Visuals - 7/10

ADGAC’s visuals are simple but not by any means ugly. The levels, although somewhat random, are well-designed. There’s also a variety in the game’s map designs, with you starting off climbing what appears to be limestone rock formations over a body of water, to eventually progressing into areas with a waterfall, or more urban areas. That is if you get to them.

A Difficult Game About Climbing Audio - 6/10

ADGAC only has sound effects and no music or soundtrack. While this is a dealbreaker for some, I didn’t really mind and thought it works for a game like this. After a few hours and a lot of built-up frustration, I got annoyed with the sound of the waves down below (since I kept falling) so I completely turned the sound off and played my own Spotify playlist instead.

A Difficult Game About Climbing Value for Money - 7/10

ADGAC is only $9.99, making it really affordable. It’s really fun, but will definitely make you rage quit at some point, possibly to the degree where you’ll never touch the game again. If you like simple but tough puzzle/platform games then this is well worth your money. If not, look elsewhere.

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A Difficult Game About Climbing is exactly what it sounds like. You take control of this half-naked bald man’s two hands, which you’ll control with your mouse. Moving your mouse will control your character’s arms, and clicking the left and right mouse buttons will cause your character to grip with their respective hands. At first I thought the game was exhausting and physically demanding, but that was because I didn’t know that you could push the space bar or W key to climb. The climb button isn’t required to play the game effectively as you could always just drag your mouse, but it definitely reduces the risk of arm fatigue when playing.

You start off in the water, and you’ll climb your way through the rock formations above. You’ll have to carefully choose where you’ll place your grip, as a lot of the surfaces won’t do a good job of carrying your full weight. Go for dry and strong surfaces while avoiding wet, slippery, smooth, or unstable surfaces. It starts off pretty easy, but along the way you’ll encounter more difficult areas where you’ll probably fail more than a couple of times.

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Falling in this game is extremely punishing, especially if you’ve progressed far above sea level already. When you do, you’d often fall to the body of water below you, forcing you to re-climb whatever obstacles you’ve gotten through until you get to where you fell. If you’ve managed to get quite far, you’ll encounter another body of water high up, which serves as a checkpoint. You could fall on these instead of going back to square one, but these don’t span the entire map, and you could still fall to where you first started way below. This happened to me after several hours and that’s when I called it a day and closed the game.

It should be noted that clicking won’t guarantee your safety. If you move around or twist too much when latched, you’ll lose your grip. It’s also hard to get a grip when moving too fast, which is usually the case when you’re falling and desperately trying to grab ahold of something so you wouldn’t have to redo everything you’ve worked so hard for.
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The game’s difficulty is indeed very tough, but not impossible. You’re likely to get mad while playing it, which will cause you to rush back to where you started and fall because you got careless. I found it very helpful to take a 5-minute break every now and then to keep a good headspace while playing the game. Since it doesn’t have a soundtrack, I started playing my own music and turning down the game’s sound effects. This helped me get into a positive headspace and actually helped get me past the jump I kept failing at.

Overall, ADGAC is exactly what you and I expect it to be, based on the title and promotional content. It’s fun, challenging, rewarding, and infuriating all at the same time.

Pros of A Difficult Game About Climbing

Things A Difficult Game About Climbing Got Right

A Difficult Game About Climbing Review | It Wasn't Lying|Game8 (9) Smart and Simple Controls

A Difficult Game About Climbing Review | It Wasn't Lying|Game8 (10) Challenging But Not Impossible

Smart and Simple Controls

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Just like in Getting Over It, the controls of this game are very simple and easy to grasp. There aren’t any complex mechanics, complicated combos, or an overwhelming amount of buttons to press. This is a game that anybody can play due to how simple it is, be it a 7-year-old or your grandpa. I wouldn’t recommend this to the latter though as they might suffer from anger-related complications.

Challenging But Not Impossible

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It’s really tough, but this is by design and it just works for this game. Despite its difficulty, it’s not at all impossible. Since this is the case, it feels very very rewarding getting through the obstacle you spent hours trying to get through. I’m not a very vocal person when I play single-player games, but the difficulty had me audibly complaining to myself, and progressing beyond where I was stuck had me vocally celebrating alone.

Cons of A Difficult Game About Climbing

Things That A Difficult Game About Climbing Can Improve

A Difficult Game About Climbing Review | It Wasn't Lying|Game8 (13) Will Probably Make You Rage Quit

Will Probably Make You Rage Quit

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This game is bound to infuriate you, especially when you keep falling on the same part repeatedly, or if you’ve already cleared a level and you fall to where you first started the first level. This isn’t a game where you should stay in that angry headspace though, as you’re very likely to make careless mistakes trying to rush back to where you were before you fell. A tip I found to be helpful was to listen to my own music and to take short breaks when I’ve grown frustrated.

Is A Difficult Game About Climbing Worth It?

If You Think You Can Handle It

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The game will get on your nerves, which will probably illicit two reactions from you. You’ll either feel determined to try again and conquer the challenge, or you’ll rage quit and never touch the game again. If you think you’re prone to the latter, then avoid this game. If not, I think you got yourself a good deal for $9.99. You’ll get exactly what you expect– A Difficult Game About Climbing.

A Difficult Game About Climbing Release Date and Preorder Info

A Difficult Game About Climbing FAQ

Will you always start from the beginning?

There will be other bodies of water to fall on if you’ve progressed far enough. However, you could still miss these and fall to where you first started.

Is A Difficult Game About Climbing the sequel to Getting Over It?

No, the game is inspired by Getting Over It, but was made by a different developer.

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A Difficult Game About Climbing Product Information

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Title A DIFFICULT GAME ABOUT CLIMBING
Release Date March 6, 2024
Developer Pontypants
Publisher Pontypants
Supported Platforms PC(Steam)
Genre Puzzle, Simulation, Physics
Number of Players 1
Rating N/A
Official Website Pontypants Official Itch.io

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Steven V. SantosA big fan of video games in all its forms. Especially passionate about competitive esport titles (LoL, DOTA 2), shooters (COD, CS), and sports games (NBA 2K, EA FC, UFC). Self-proclaimed NBA 2K GOAT.
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FAQs

How long does it take to beat a difficult game about climbing? ›

Updated:
Single-PlayerPolledAverage
Main Story116h 54m
Main + Extras27h 10m
Completionist106h 57m
All PlayStyles236h 57m

Is a difficult game about climbing a sequel to Getting Over It? ›

From developer Pontypants, A Difficult Game About Climbing is designed as a deliberate homage to Getting Over It, and promises both “punishing but not impossible gameplay” and “endless suffering.” Since launching on Wednesday, March 6, A Difficult Game About Climbing has already earned a coveted 'very positive' rating ...

What is the new difficult game about climbing? ›

A Difficult Game About Climbing is a 2024 indie climbing video game and rage game produced by solo developer Pontypants in the Unity engine and inspired by the gameplay of Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy.

How to jump a difficult game about climbing? ›

The cheat is to hold on with your left hand, press and hold W to lift up full height, then swing mouse left and then swing it back to the right. if you time this right, your guy should bob down and left and then rise up to right and upwards. at that point just let go with the momentum and you'll make the leap.

Does the difficult game about climbing have checkpoints? ›

A Difficult Game About Climbing

there are check points, each time you hit a different section.

What is the hardest game ever to beat? ›

Top 20 Most Difficult Video Games of All Time
  • #7: “Dark Souls” (2011) ...
  • #6: “Castlevania” (1986) ...
  • #5: “Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels” (1993) ...
  • #4: “Celeste” (2018) ...
  • #3: “I Wanna Be the Guy: The Movie: The Game” (2007) ...
  • #2: “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” (2019) ...
  • #1: “Battletoads” (1991)

How many people are playing A Difficult Game About Climbing? ›

A Difficult Game About Climbing
MonthAvg. PlayersPeak Players
Last 30 Days76.7154
May 2024105.7229
April 2024279.6548
March 2024789.71,578

What is the story of the game Getting Over It? ›

The player-controlled character ascends a mountain using only a hammer. Getting Over It revolves around the player-controlled character, residing in a large metal cauldron and named Diogenes in reference to the pot-dwelling philosopher. He wields a Yosemite hammer, which he can use to grip objects and move himself.

Is A Difficult Game About Climbing worth it? ›

A Difficult Game About Climbing Value for Money - 7/10

It's really fun, but will definitely make you rage quit at some point, possibly to the degree where you'll never touch the game again. If you like simple but tough puzzle/platform games then this is well worth your money. If not, look elsewhere.

How much will A Difficult Game About Climbing cost? ›

Steam price history
CurrencyCurrent PriceConverted Price
U.S. Dollar$9.99$9.99
Russian Ruble385 ₽$4.28
South African RandR 100.00$5.39
South Asia - USD$5.49$5.49
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Is A Difficult Game About Climbing coming to console? ›

Game and Legal Info

Let's see who's the fastest climber in the world. This game is the easiest and fastest about climbing. To play this game on PS5, your system may need to be updated to the latest system software. Although this game is playable on PS5, some features available on PS4 may be absent.

How to get past wheel a difficult game about climbing? ›

Grab one red end with both hands and then swing left and right. Then release one hand and reach for the sail. It works 1 out of 10 times for me. Also don't forget to release the other hand or the wheel will drag you down again.

How do I become more explosive in climbing? ›

6 Ways to Increase Explosive Power to Improve Your Climbing
  1. Aim for a short, high-intensity workout. ...
  2. Try a single-arm hang. ...
  3. Burst up while doing pull-ups. ...
  4. Add in upper body pulls. ...
  5. Engage in regular campus board training.
Jul 1, 2020

How long does it take to beat a short hike game? ›

When focusing on the main objectives, A Short Hike is about 1½ Hours in length. If you're a gamer that strives to see all aspects of the game, you are likely to spend around 4½ Hours to obtain 100% completion.

How much money is a difficult game about climbing? ›

Steam price history
CurrencyCurrent PriceConverted Price
U.S. Dollar$9.99$9.99
Russian Ruble385 ₽$4.30
South African RandR 100.00$5.28
South Asia - USD$5.49$5.49
37 more rows

What is the most hardest game to run? ›

The Most Demanding PC Games
  • Red Dead Redemption 2.
  • Cyberpunk 2077.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Next-Gen.
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem.
  • Forspoken.
  • HYPERPC computers. for the most demanding games.

What is the hardest sport climbing grade? ›

As of May 2024, the hardest single-pitch redpoint was at the grade of 9c (5.15d) for men and 9b (5.15b) for women. The hardest onsight was at the grade of 9a+ (5.15a) for men and 8c (5.14b) for women. The hardest boulder solved was at the boulder grade of V17 (9A) for men and V15/V16 (8C/8C+) for women.

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