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20. Battletoads "Turbo Tunnel"

Composer: David Wise
System: Nintendo Entertainment System
Date: 1991

The developers clearly didn't want anyone to beat this game. Even with a Game Genie, Battletoads was virtually impossible thanks to the Turbo Tunnel, which redefined frustration. You were on a jet bike, with mere frames of animation separating you from glory or certain death. A relentless rhythm scored this level – a thudding synth bass that never let up and shredded your nerves. The beat was timed perfectly, synching with every wall, every ramp jump, and every rat on a rocket. For most players, the Turbo Tunnel was the level they lost all their lives on, but what a way to go.

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