Time is precious and spending it to play video games may have dwindled down for some of you at times. This doesn’t mean you can’t get a full game completed relatively quick. If you’re seeking out some of the shorter video game titles that you can enjoy and complete in a weekend then we have you covered. In this list we chart out some of the shorter good games you can easily play and complete before starting up the following week full of school or work. These games are not listed in any particular order but we tried to give you a nice variety of titles to pick from. Likewise, we’ll continue to update this list with new picks regularly so make sure to check back for future updates. Without further ado, here are some great short games you can beat in a single weekend.
#25 Man of Medan
Supermassive Games may be best known for their work on Until Dawn and since then they took that style of gameplay across towards another franchise. Known as The Dark Pictures Anthology, Supermassive Games is developing a series of survival horror titles and the first one to release is Man of Medan. The video game features the branching cinematic choices that you’ll be familiar with in Until Dawn, but instead of being put in a cabin during the dead of winter, players control five characters that are trapped on a haunted ship.
It’s a game that will also allow players to complete the campaign relatively quickly. At the moment, you’re looking at about four hours to beat the campaign. That, of course, is extended if you opt to go through some of the extra content or wish to complete everything the developers have included in the title.
Frictional Games are fantastic developers who know how to create terrifying video games as they previously released Penumbra and Amnesia. Their latest release falls right in line with the past two IP launches. Soma is a survival horror title that puts players into an underwater remote research facility.
Within the game, players take on the role of Simon Jarrett who must uncover the truth behind the facility that’s gone rogue with machines taking on more human characteristics.
If you’re familiar Amnesia, Soma takes on the similar gameplay style in that players will be keen to take a stealthy approach when dealing with the enemy. It’s best to avoid danger when possible while searching for clues and solving puzzles.
What originally started out as a prototype from Game Jam, Celeste later released under indie development team Matt Makes Games. The video game follows a young girl named Madeline who is attempting to climb a giant mountain known as Celeste Mountain. This is no ordinary mountain as urban legends claim that those who manage to climb up the mountain and reach the top will put to rest any inner turmoil.
This is a fast-paced platformer where Madeline can not only jump and climb up the mountain but also perform mid-air dash movements that will shoot her across the area. Of course, the levels themselves are loaded with other mechanics to help the player reach new heights such as springs to fling players upwards though you’ll still need to be careful to avoid any threats such as deadly spikes. If players die during a course, the game will reset Madeline to the starting section of the level.
#22 Gone Home
Gone Home plays out like a first-person adventure title where players take on the role of a young girl who returns home on break. However, once players arrive home they find it empty. This journey is based around finding where your mother, father and sister has vanished too.
Gameplay is more or less a walking simulator where you roam from room to room in order to find enough clues that you’ll figure out just what happened prior to your arrival. While this title looks to be filled with jump scares just waiting to pop out, it’s actually a deep narrative journey that’s relaxed. You won’t find yourself running from a supernatural being or invader. Of course with that said, this is still a mature story that plays out through clues and messages you find throughout the home.
#21 Uncharted The Lost Legacy
The Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is not necessarily a standalone video game, but a single-player DLC for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. This upcoming story DLC will take place after the events of the fourth main Uncharted installment. Players will be taking on the role of Chloe Frazer as she travels to India’s Western Ghats mountain range amid a civil war in search for a mystical treasure. The game does take palce after the events of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and while you don’t need to play Uncharted 4 or arguably any of the previous installments, its well worth going back and doing so. Most of the main characters from this installment are side-characters from the previous Uncharted titles and it helps bring in some background details for the cast. Just keep in-mind that this game doesn’t feature the leading protagonist of the series, Nathan Drake.