You thought was Xeen hard? You obviosuly didn't play MM1 or 2. ;-)
the only thing that made them hard is that its hard to navigate trough. I had trouble with that game because i cant draw a map :(
Eh? Both MM1 and MM2 were brutal the first 5 or so levels. MM2 was even hard in the beginning with imported characters.
And later in MM2 you run into armies of enemies. Meeting 10 Sorcerors and 80 Rocs, or 15 Orc Gods is not easy to survive.
After I did everything I could on Cloudside, I crossed the portal to the Darkside, only to find it extremely easy at my level. It became a dull slog through trash mobs. Gone was the challenge of the Red Dwarf Mines that kept me on the edge of my seat for hours!
It picks up once you get further east and north, but it's never as challenging (or fun, IMO) as MM2.