It says something about the human condition that we are prepared to pay good money to frighten ourselves half to death by being thrown around the breakneck curves and twists of a towering steel structure at high velocity while strapped into car shaped like an oversized bullet.

Rollercoaster fanatics live for the adrenalin rush that each trip provides, and with coaster designers becoming ever more ingenious in their perverse desire to scare the wits out of hard-core coaster riders, the stakes are raised just that little bit higher each time a new rollercoaster is unveiled.

Here then, in no particular order, are the world’s top ten scariest rollercoasters.

1 Silver Star

Europa Park, Rust, Germany

Distorting the faces of avid German rollercoaster fans since 2002, Silver Star is the tallest rollercoaster in Europe, using a chain-lift system to slowly draw riders up an initial rise of 239 feet before letting go and plunging them into the drop at reputed speeds of up to 130 kilometres per hour and 4G vertical forces.