Trying to create a list of short modern video games. Any suggestions?

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Edited by:"Pink_Yoshi_Rebel_Army"Found 22nd Oct 2017
Not so worried about game difficulty but any suggestions for short modern video games I could add to the list? I have been searching individually at How Long To Beat

One Hour
  • Refunct (26 Mins)
  • Knight Squad (1½ Hours)
  • Three Fourths Home (1½ Hours)
  • 6180 the moon (1½ Hours)
  • Late Shift (1½ Hours)
  • D (1½ Hours)
  • The Park (1½ Hours)

Two Hours
  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch (2½ Hours)
  • Rise & Shine (2½ Hours)
  • Cubot (2½ Hours)
  • Maldita Castilla (2½ Hours)
  • ABZU (2 Hours)
  • Manual Samuel (2 Hours)
  • Sixty Second Shooter Prime (2 Hours)
  • Another World: 20th Anniversary (2 Hours - 2½ Hours)
  • What Remains of Edith Finch (2½ Hours)
  • Virginia (2 Hours)
  • Beyond Eyes (2 Hours)
  • Uncanny Valley (2½ Hours)
  • The Bunker (2 Hours)
  • Among the Sleep (2½ Hours)
  • Journey (2 Hours)
  • Slender: The Arrival (2 Hours)
  • Gone Home (2 Hours)
  • Dear Esther (1½ Hours - 3 Hours)

Three Hours
  • Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers (3½ Hours)
  • Emily Wants to Play (3½ Hours)
  • Layers of Fear (3½ Hours)
  • Pneuma: Breath of Life (3 Hours)
  • Pang Adventures (3 Hours)
  • Blue Estate: The Game (3½ Hours)
  • Blues and Bullets (2 Hours - 3 Hours)
  • Typoman (3 Hours)
  • N.E.R.O.: Nothing Ever Remains Obscure (3 Hours)
  • Level 22: Gary's Misadventures (3½ Hours)
  • Q*bert: Rebooted (3 Hours)
  • Spy Chameleon (3 Hours)
  • The Fall (3½ Hours)
  • Quest of Dungeons (3 Hours)
  • Ultratron (3½ Hours)
  • Tower of Guns (3½ Hours)
  • Leo's Fortune (3 Hours)
  • The Bug Butcher (3½ Hours)
  • 10 Second Ninja X (3½ Hours)
  • I Am Bread (3½ Hours)
  • Eventide: Slavic Fable (3½ Hours)
  • Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink (3½ Hours)
  • Q.U.B.E.: Director's Cut (3½ Hours)
  • Thomas Was Alone (3½ Hours)
  • Unmechanical (3 Hours)
  • Never Alone (3½ Hours)
  • Little Nightmares (3½ Hours)
  • Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons (3 Hours)
  • Portal: Still Alive (3½ Hours)
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (3 Hours)
  • Contrast (3½ Hours)
  • NiGHTS into dreams... (3½ Hours)
  • No Time To Explain (3 Hours)

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Four Hours
Draw a Stickman: EPIC (4 Hours)
The Deer God (4 Hours)
Guns, Gore & Cannoli (4 Hours)
Super Toy Cars (4 Hours)
Grow Home (4 Hours)
Clustertruck (4½ Hours)
Electronic Super Joy (4 Hours)
The Final Station (4½ Hours)
HUE (4½ Hours)
Enigmatis 3: The Shadow of Karkhala (4 Hours)
Nutjitsu (4½ Hours)
Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart (4½ Hours)
Submerged (4 Hours)
Limbo (4 Hours)
Inside (4 Hours)
Firewatch (4 Hours)
Deadlight (4½ Hours)
Goat Simulator (4½ Hours)

Five Hours
Oxenfree (5 Hours)
Funk of Titans (5 Hours)
Mighty No. 9 (5½ Hours)
LocoCycle (5 Hours)
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap (5½ Hours)
Jotun (5 Hours)
Lumo (5 Hours)
Runbow (5½ Hours)
Bard's Gold (5 Hours)
The Swapper (5 Hours)
Oxenfree (5 Hours)
Enigmatis: The Mists of Ravenwood (5 Hours)
Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek (5 Hours)
Stick it to The Man! (5 Hours)
Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones (5 Hours)
Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren's Call (5 Hours)
Candleman (5 Hours)
The Turing Test (5½ Hours)
White Night (5½ Hours)
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (5½ Hours)
Braid (5½ Hours)
Outlast (5½ Hours)
Lifeless Planet (5 Hours)

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Six Hours
Kona (6 Hours)
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India (6½ Hours)
Shadow Complex: Remastered (6½ Hours)
Tembo the Badass Elephant (6 Hours)
D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die (6 Hours)
Super Time Force (6 Hours)
Ziggurat (6 Hours)
Bedlam (6 Hours)
OlliOlli (6 Hours)
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (6 Hours)
Not A Hero (6½ Hours)
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride (6 Hours)
Rime (6 Hours)
Mirror's Edge (6½ Hours)
SteamWorld Dig (6 Hours)
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (6 Hours)

Seven Hours
Unbox (7½ Hours)
Anarcute (7 Hours)
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China (7½ Hours)
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia (7 Hours)
Valiant Hearts: The Great War (7 Hours)
Zheros (7½ Hours)
World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap (7½ Hours)
Crimson Dragon (7 Hours)
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (7 Hours)
Shovel Knight (7½ Hours)
Unravel (7 Hours)
Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime (7½ Hours)
Grow Up (7 Hours)
JumpJet Rex (7 Hours)
Party Hard (7½ Hours)
Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders (7 Hours)
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (7½ Hours)
Stuntman: Ignition (7½ Hours)

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Eight Hours
TRON RUN/r (8 Hours)
Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations (8 Hours - 8½ Hours)
Outlast 2 (8 Hours)
Murdered: Soul Suspect (8½ Hours)
Costume Quest 2 (8 Hours)
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! (8 Hours)
Voodoo Vince (8½ Hours)
Song of the Deep (8½ Hours)
Riptide GP2 (8 Hours)
Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut (8 Hours)
Bastion (8 Hours)
Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour (8 Hours)
Human: Fall Flat (8 Hours)
BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition (8½ Hours)
Guacamelee!: Super Turbo Championship Edition (8½ Hours)

Nine Hours
Hyper Light Drifter (9½ Hours)
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (9½ Hours)
Snake Pass (9½ Hours)
The Wolf Among Us (8½ Hours - 10½ Hours)
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (9 Hours)

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fanpages7 m ago

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I can put D on the list as it is only 1½ Hours (Sega Saturn, PS1 and PC) but I see what you were going for!

fanpages10 m ago

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That's not... Ah... Ughh... I guess...

Some of these times are off a bit. 'Abzu', while you could possibly do it in 2.5 is easily closer to 4 first time through. Same with 'Virginia' if you do any exploring at all. Your first run through 'Outlast' would probably see you hiding for 5 hours and 'Nights' is notorious for wasting player time by not telling them what to do next.

But you can speed run\road runner anything so I don't understand the point in this.

Journey for example you can do in Less then 1 hour.
Nights journey of dreams for example can be done in about 4 or 3 hours including cutscenes and about 2 hours if that skipping them.
Thomas was alone is another one you can nip thru very fast if you skip the enitre point of the game
Edited by: "Segata-Sanshiro" 23rd Oct 2017

You could add about 1 million flash games out there, or big fish games, HOG games etc... they are all 1-2 hours.

Segata-Sanshiro1 h, 50 m ago

But you can speed run\road runner anything so I don't understand the point …But you can speed run\road runner anything so I don't understand the point in this.Journey for example you can do in Less then 1 hour. Nights journey of dreams for example can be done in about 4 or 3 hours including cutscenes and about 2 hours if that skipping them.Thomas was alone is another one you can nip thru very fast if you skip the enitre point of the game



Yeah, why anyone want to compile a list like this is beyond me

chocci1 h, 4 m ago

Yeah, why anyone want to compile a list like this is beyond me


Exactly how long a game takes to complete is entirely up to you really, god i must have put in at least 500 hours on BOTW now, still missing a korok seed

Krooner6 h, 43 m ago

Some of these times are off a bit. 'Abzu', while you could possibly do it …Some of these times are off a bit. 'Abzu', while you could possibly do it in 2.5 is easily closer to 4 first time through. Same with 'Virginia' if you do any exploring at all. Your first run through 'Outlast' would probably see you hiding for 5 hours and 'Nights' is notorious for wasting player time by not telling them what to do next.


I timed my first Abzu run. It was 2 hours 23 minutes with me getting rather lost in the middle.

I agree with your point though, overall times don't mean much.

You could add lots of VR games to your list OP. I mostly play short games, so my list would be long, but I'm not quite sure what purpose this serves.

Surely it will just end up being a lost of indie games with time estimates? I think Segata has a point, if you play a game to time it ruins it. And it will likely never be 100%ed.

The thing that makes these games interesting to me is not the length, but the fact they are different. More imaginative.

Edit: wrong name.
Edited by: "MSK." 23rd Oct 2017

The last three Vita games I've finished have all been round about the two hour mark - 36 Fragments of Midnight, Twin Robots and Semispheres

MSK.34 m ago

I timed my first Abzu run. It was 2 hours 23 minutes with me getting …I timed my first Abzu run. It was 2 hours 23 minutes with me getting rather lost in the middle.I agree with your point though, overall times don't mean much.You could add lots of VR games to your list OP. I mostly play short games, so my list would be long, but I'm not quite sure what purpose this serves. Surely it will just end up being a lost of indie games with time estimates? I think Segata has a point, if you play a game to time it ruins it. And it will likely never be 100%ed.The thing that makes these games interesting to me is not the length, but the fact they are different. More imaginative.Edit: wrong name.

It's a while since I went through it. I seem to remember it being about three and a half, that said, I was only missing 2 urns so, i maybe went a bit further with my exploring than most.

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Segata-Sanshiro7 h, 21 m ago

Exactly how long a game takes to complete is entirely up to you really, …Exactly how long a game takes to complete is entirely up to you really, god i must have put in at least 500 hours on BOTW now, still missing a korok seed



MSK.5 h, 22 m ago

I timed my first Abzu run. It was 2 hours 23 minutes with me getting …I timed my first Abzu run. It was 2 hours 23 minutes with me getting rather lost in the middle.I agree with your point though, overall times don't mean much.You could add lots of VR games to your list OP. I mostly play short games, so my list would be long, but I'm not quite sure what purpose this serves. Surely it will just end up being a lost of indie games with time estimates? I think Segata has a point, if you play a game to time it ruins it. And it will likely never be 100%ed.The thing that makes these games interesting to me is not the length, but the fact they are different. More imaginative.Edit: wrong name.



Krooner12 h, 3 m ago

Some of these times are off a bit. 'Abzu', while you could possibly do it …Some of these times are off a bit. 'Abzu', while you could possibly do it in 2.5 is easily closer to 4 first time through. Same with 'Virginia' if you do any exploring at all. Your first run through 'Outlast' would probably see you hiding for 5 hours and 'Nights' is notorious for wasting player time by not telling them what to do next.



Segata-Sanshiro10 h, 16 m ago

But you can speed run\road runner anything so I don't understand the point …But you can speed run\road runner anything so I don't understand the point in this.Journey for example you can do in Less then 1 hour. Nights journey of dreams for example can be done in about 4 or 3 hours including cutscenes and about 2 hours if that skipping them.Thomas was alone is another one you can nip thru very fast if you skip the enitre point of the game



haritori8 h, 52 m ago

You could add about 1 million flash games out there, or big fish games, …You could add about 1 million flash games out there, or big fish games, HOG games etc... they are all 1-2 hours.



chocci8 h, 26 m ago

Yeah, why anyone want to compile a list like this is beyond me


The idea was to compile a list of short games as you read so many times on here about people getting bored with gaming and especially how big these games can be. I could be wrong but I thought maybe it has to do with motivation and people not wanting to put in endless hours just to try and complete a game. Would it not be a good idea for these people to play short games to encourage them to get through to the end and have a better gaming experience?

Pink_Yoshi_Rebel_Army6 m ago

The idea was to compile a list of short games as you read so many times on …The idea was to compile a list of short games as you read so many times on here about people getting bored with gaming and especially how big these games can be. I could be wrong but I thought maybe it has to do with motivation and people not wanting to put in endless hours just to try and complete a game. Would it not be a good idea for these people to play short games to encourage them to get through to the end and have a better gaming experience?


I would say its more to do the with sorry state of them, most are by the numbers affairs created to follow trends, or they are created by film director wannabes. There's not that many big games out created by people who actually seem to want to make games, its pretty much just Nintendo.

A good game is enjoyable from start to finish how ever long that maybe.

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Krooner12 h, 17 m ago

Some of these times are off a bit. 'Abzu', while you could possibly do it …Some of these times are off a bit. 'Abzu', while you could possibly do it in 2.5 is easily closer to 4 first time through. Same with 'Virginia' if you do any exploring at all. Your first run through 'Outlast' would probably see you hiding for 5 hours and 'Nights' is notorious for wasting player time by not telling them what to do next.


How Long To Beat does have 4 hours for ABZU under 'Completionist' which probably takes into account achievement / trophies but for your average player 'All Styles' is probably those that don't explore the full surrounding in a game.

Pink_Yoshi_Rebel_Army7 m ago

How Long To Beat does have 4 hours for ABZU under 'Completionist' which …How Long To Beat does have 4 hours for ABZU under 'Completionist' which probably takes into account achievement / trophies but for your average player 'All Styles' is probably those that don't explore the full surrounding in a game.


The problem with HLTB is it doesn't differentiate for replays, and that brings the median down. I mentioned above I perhaps went a bit further than most with my exploration on Abzu.

Really they could do with a "First play" category, but in general I find 'Main + Extra' to be a bit more realistic for a first go through.

Pink_Yoshi_Rebel_Army38 m ago

The idea was to compile a list of short games as you read so many times on …The idea was to compile a list of short games as you read so many times on here about people getting bored with gaming and especially how big these games can be. I could be wrong but I thought maybe it has to do with motivation and people not wanting to put in endless hours just to try and complete a game. Would it not be a good idea for these people to play short games to encourage them to get through to the end and have a better gaming experience?


I have to disagree about the length of a game being the factor behind them being bored of gaming..

Could this thread not be summed up by linking to HLTB and telling the said person to play smaller games..

although better advice might be to play better quality games... but its all context

Journey is a great short length game, but it was no more or less enjoyable IMO to Skyrim.. Maybe its games that can be digested in small chunks works for some people. but with age you lose that ability to play games for long periods of time, no commitments and more natural energy means all nighters with Squall Lionheart was far more feasible, whereas now I can maybe just fit in a couple of bucket lists in Forza and that depends on if the kids will leave me be.
Edited by: "haritori" 23rd Oct 2017
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