Originally Posted by Armakuni
Actually that was one thing I never liked, even back when it was normal... having to keep replaying the earlier stages over and over... I always found that got boring fast.
By the way, if you want a real 'old-school challenge', you should try out the Shadow of the Beast games for the Amiga (the two first ones anyway).
Those games have some obscure puzzles (they're sidescrolling 'platformer' games but they have some puzzles, especially the second one), you have to restart from scratch when you die (and you only have one life), and they have plenty of dead ends (again, mostly the second game)
Shadow of the Beast was a pretty good game, with especially fantastic music, but it was cryptic as heck! Making you go left at the start instead of right (the usual for side-scrollers, of course) really did throw you off, and that was just the very start!
Ah, old school games are so sadistic. Isn't it kind of odd that often we like old school games for being so cruel though? Plus, a game that's an actual challenge is nice when you're sick of the difficulty of newer games. I just never really understood what some old-school games considered a "puzzle", though. I guess more than anything, that put me off a lot of really old point & clicks.