Top 30 most challenging CS maps

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Tyler21

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on: May 19, 2015, 04:36:11 am
After playing I2edI3aron's latest map 'U283' (#2083) I had the idea to collect the most challenging maps ever made in Colonial Space. The list might be interesting for players who seek extreme challenge but haven't found / played these maps so far.

Although it has some limitations I think the score / download ratio is still the best way to determine the difficulty of a map quantitatively. Below you can find the list of CS maps that have a completion ratio lower than 5.1%* and that have at least 100 downloads. You can see the number of posted scores, downloads and the ratio in the brackets.
(*if you see a higher ratio, it was achieved after 19/05/2015)

Note that these are the raw statistics. Because some scores are obviously achieved by cheating (for example most scores by pajajezek), some maps are actually even more difficult than the list suggests... If someone is willing to do it, it would be nice to remove all suspicious scores from these maps.

Feel free to add your comments and suggestions to this list.


Most challenging maps in CS

Rank / map name / map ID / author (scores / downloads / completion ratio). Click on spoiler to read a short description and my subjective review of difficulty (1= more challenging than 95% of all maps, but can be solved with the regular strategies, 2= extremely challenging and requires a special strategy, 3= insanely difficult and requires combination of multiple strategies, 4= virtually impossible, only a few will ever make it...).
  • A moving target (#761) by warren (3 / 235 / 1.3%)
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  • MirrorImage [easy version]   (#299) by stewbasic (5 / 281 / 1.8%)
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  • Rocket (#88) by ThirdParty (8 / 400 / 2.0%)
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  • Pool (#486) by I2edI3aron (8 / 389 / 2.1%)
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  • An easy target (#523) by warren (5 / 216 / 2.3%)
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  • The Doomsday Device (#1914) by Tyler (9 / 327 / 2.8%)
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  • MirrorImage (#250) by stewbasic (7 / 253 / 2.8%)
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  • Fontane Castle (#1222) by warren (5 / 178 /   2.8%)
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  • Twin Peaks Castle (#1266) by warren (3 / 104 /   2.9%)
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  • FTL Final Battle   (#331) by MulaluMichael   (8 / 264 / 3.0%)
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  • Pocket (#173) by ThirdParty (19 / 512 / 3.7%)
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  • DeFuse (#478) by EddyPro (8 / 211 / 3.8%)
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  • Sacrifice (#1939) by Bill Kress (5 / 129 /   3.9%)
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  • Pass the map 2 (#212) by Community (18 / 436 / 4.1%)
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  • 4th times a charm (#1876) by Doogie (7 / 166 / 4.2%)
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  • Normandie-2 (#238) by First (8 / 185 / 4.3%)
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  • Armies (#449) by I2edI3aron (7 / 159 / 4.4%)
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  • U283 (#2083) by I2edI3aron (5 / 113 / 4.4%)
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  • Racquet (#50) by ThirdParty (19 / 427 / 4.4%)
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  • Riven Castle (#1205) by warren (9 / 199 / 4.5%)
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  • Amrakul (#60) by Clean0nion (18 / 398 / 4.5%)
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  • Trenched In (1.4) (#1124) by Jaxome (7 /  144 / 4.9%)
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  • The bowl (#1130) by warren (5 / 102 / 4.9% )
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  • Turkos Prime (#1173) by planetfall (14 / 279 /   5.0%)
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  • Bombardment (#586) by Potato (8 / 150 / 5.3%)
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  • La la la la. Weaponry! (#1517) by planetfall (14 / 261 / 5.4%)
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  • Heavyworlder Impossible (#1121) by warren (8/ 144 / 5.6%)
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  • Dog (#610) by Wander (6 / 107 / 5.6%)
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+ 3 maps that have less than 100 downloads but are worth to mention                              

Spin (#955) by Eketek (1 / 89 / 1.1%)
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Demon's Candy (#1712) by ShizuokaJPN (3 / 78 / 3.8%)
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AC Assault (#1511) by Dp (6 / 92 / 6.5%)
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*** Statistics last updated: May 24, 2015 **




Some interesting facts:
  • warren is the most productive author when it comes to extreme challenges (7 maps)
  • If we consider only vanilla maps then ThirdParty's Rocket is the most challenging one
  • stewbasic's MirrorImage [easy version] has actually a lower completion ratio than the original map.
« Last Edit: August 25, 2015, 03:58:45 am by Tyler21 »

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Reply #1 on: May 19, 2015, 04:28:26 pm
I'm not surprised than no-one has finished spin. It is a hard map as the terrain moves, destroying units as it goes. The emitters are fairly weak, but there are threads of digitalis all over the place. If you loose a CN, it takes a minute to get it back from orbit.

There may be a cunning feature that I didn't notice, like a slower rate of terrain movement near the centre which makes the map possible.



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Reply #2 on: May 19, 2015, 07:04:12 pm
MirrorImage [easy version] is probably a bit easier than the original, but since most of the good players who can beat it played the hard version and the [easy version] attracts newbies who still can't beat it, it looks harder.

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Reply #3 on: May 20, 2015, 02:34:33 am
Simply making a hard map won't get you in that list, you need a way to get a lot of downloads.


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Reply #4 on: May 20, 2015, 03:42:02 am
Simply making a hard map won't get you in that list, you need a way to get a lot of downloads.

True, there is a tendency that people download vanilla, small and quick maps more likely compared to crpl, large and time consuming maps, all else being equal (this is purely observational, I don't have any data on this). So it is more likely that you will end up in this list if you design a quick and small but challenging map compared to a long and elaborate crpl fight. Anyways, if you make it extremely difficult, you will end up in this list (large and 1+ hour maps are well represented too).

MirrorImage [easy version] is probably a bit easier than the original, but since most of the good players who can beat it played the hard version and the [easy version] attracts newbies who still can't beat it, it looks harder.

I completed the "easy" version in both ways (standard + speedrun), haven't completed the "hard" version but it seems that there is no way to speedrun there (the Forge starts to mirror faster). Apart from that I don't see why it would be more difficult. Maybe it takes more time because of the increased emitter AMTs, but emitters are not the main issue on these maps :) Anyways, both are among the most challenging ones I have ever played and have a very cool concept.
« Last Edit: May 20, 2015, 03:01:39 pm by Tyler21 »

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Reply #5 on: June 20, 2015, 01:51:06 pm
Really loving this list, it is a humbling experience but also great to find some amazing maps I have missed out on.

Just spent a while on 'spin' and nullified quite a lot but eventually the creep just got too much to deal with due to limited resources. Quite a challenge!



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Reply #6 on: June 29, 2015, 04:53:17 pm
Just completed Spin after numerous attempts, what a nightmare but very relieved!

There is a technique but no hidden mechanics, as far as I could see the whole map moved at the same pace and no unit was safe.

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Reply #7 on: June 30, 2015, 04:07:00 am
Just completed Spin after numerous attempts, what a nightmare but very relieved!

There is a technique but no hidden mechanics, as far as I could see the whole map moved at the same pace and no unit was safe.

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Congrats, I didn't have the patience to beat it :)

“Enjoyment appears at the boundary between boredom and anxiety, when the challenges are just balanced with the person's capacity to act.”
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Check my collection of the 30 most difficult and challenging maps in Colonial Space!


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Reply #8 on: July 03, 2015, 08:47:29 am
 Aaaand... bookmark. Absolutely great list. I will be working through this. :D



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Reply #9 on: July 03, 2015, 02:46:36 pm
Same here Warren, it's kind of a bucket list for the game! Your maps are especially challenging, really enjoying them as I missed a lot of them. I came incredibly close to a completing a moving target but miss by a whisker each time! Keep me bust for a while!



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Reply #10 on: February 09, 2018, 03:34:23 pm
I'm finally getting around to playing through this list now that I have a laptop that can reasonably run most maps. I plan to make videos for many of them too, in case anyone else is still masochistic enough to give these maps a shot after all these years. 

Same here Warren, it's kind of a bucket list for the game! Your maps are especially challenging, really enjoying them as I missed a lot of them. I came incredibly close to a completing a moving target but miss by a whisker each time! Keep me bust for a while!


You may be particularly interested in my next video, d0m0nik.. It may inspire you to give your white whale another shot  ;)



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Reply #11 on: April 25, 2018, 10:25:14 pm
--- Top 30! Least Beaten Maps! ---
  • #4106 puzzle(fix) by HornlessTheCharizard (1 / 159 = 0.63%)
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  • #4730 Ancient Temple by JoaoPistori (2 / 276 : 0.76%)
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  • #4712 The Fallen Civilization by JoaoPistori (7 / 394 = 1.78%)
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  • #299 MirrorImage (Easy version) by stewbasic (7 / 376 = 1.86%) Old Position: #2
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  • #3124 A New Dawn by JoaoPistori (7 / 320 = 2.19%)
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  • #761 A moving Target by warren (9 / 409 = 2.20%) Old Position: #1
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  • #88 Rocket by ThirdParty (15 / 660 = 2.27%) Old Position: #3

  • #5207 2 long way by baba (3 / 130 : 2.31%)

  • #955 Spin by Eketek (4 / 168 : 2.38%)

  • #1914 The Doomsday Device by Tyler (15 / 619 = 2.42%) Old Position: #6

  • #4201 N433. HecQ2 by PastorHealer (4 / 148 = 2.70%)

  • #331 FTL Final Boss by MulaluMichael (9 / 323 = 2.79%) Old Position: #10

  • #5548 Field of Glory by Sorrontis (3 / 107 : 2.80%)

  • #1939 Sacrifice by Bill Kress (6 / 203 = 2.96%)

  • #523 An Easy Target by warren (9 / 303 = 2.97%) Old Position: #5

  • #3613 Thats too Easy by Sorrontis (5 / 166 = 3.01%)

  • #3219 Tesla by J (5 / 157 = 3.18%)

  • #3145 map10 by Nilar (8 / 251 = 3.19%)

  • #3636 Thats too Easy 2 by Sorrontis (4 / 125 = 3.20%)

  • #3178 creeper sleeper by creeper destroyer (10 / 292 = 3.41%)

  • #3125 Real Nightmare - "Nightmare edition" by JoaoPistori (10 / 292 = 3.42%)

  • #250 MirrorImage by stewbasic (11 / 321 = 3.43%) Old Position: #7

  • #2404 Central Power by Operation Thank You (3.57%)
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  • #1266 Twin Peak Castle by warren (7 / 193 = 3.63%) Old Position: #9

  • #3889 Shields Up by Berman Post (6 / 164 = 3.66%)

  • #1121 Heavyworlder Impossible by warren (9 / 245 = 3.67%) Old Position: #27

  • #3369 Luna by Vin (4 / 104 : 3.85%)

  • #4968 Broken Heard by Sorrontis (4 / 101 = 3.96%)

  • #2291 2 Lanes by baba (6 / 151 = 3.97%)

  • #5496 Caves by Markucjo (5 / 123 = 4.07%)

Top Map Authors in the top 30! ... *Drum roll*
It's a three way tie!!!

JoaoPistori, warren, and Sorrontis each produced 4 of the top 30 unbeaten maps!

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More than 100 downloads, and less than 15 completed score.
If it's red, it's a legacy map... Definition? They remained on the list since 2015!


(Edit: In hind sight, I should have asked V to pull out the database, would have been faster...)
« Last Edit: May 02, 2018, 10:55:42 pm by Sorrontis »

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Reply #12 on: April 28, 2018, 03:56:58 pm
And what about top from opposite side (maximum %% finished/downloaded, but downloaded more than 200 or 500)?  ;)

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Reply #13 on: April 28, 2018, 09:48:16 pm
you can do it if you want :)

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Reply #14 on: April 29, 2018, 11:00:53 am
Sorrontis, AWESOME update!

It's refreshing to see that there are so many new challenging maps, which suggests that some mapmakers keep designing maps for hardcore players as well, instead of aiming for 'fame' (i.e., good ratings). This is what I always liked about V's games: customization allows both casual and hardcore players (and mapmakers) to enjoy the game in their own ways. I wish I had the time to test these new maps...

A few comments:
I think #486 (18-560) and #173 (35/919) are missing from the updated list. These are both extremely challenging (#486 is HELL), and were featured in the original list. Also, this is very self-serving, but #1914 is also a 'legacy' map, so a little bit of red wouldn't hurt there :)

Again, thanks for putting your effort into creating this update! I'm sure a lot of players will have a new bucket list!

“Enjoyment appears at the boundary between boredom and anxiety, when the challenges are just balanced with the person's capacity to act.”
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Check my collection of the 30 most difficult and challenging maps in Colonial Space!