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13 Video Games You Can Finish In A Day

Who doesn't have time for gaming now?

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1. The Stanley Parable

Galactic Cafe

If you're a fan of dry humor, choose-your-own-adventures, and snarky narrators breaking the fourth wall, this might just be your perfect game. The Stanley Parable is essentially a game of choice. The game drops you into a familiar environment under unfamiliar circumstances, and for every decision you make you can either heed the narrator's advice or exercise freedom of choice and face the consequences that come with it.

Play time: 1.5 hours

Price: $14.99

Available for: Windows, Mac

2. Firewatch

Campo Santo

Set in the Wyoming wilderness with a walkie-talkie as your only line of communication, Firewatch is a stunning first-person adventure that digs into themes of isolation, vulnerability, and loneliness. It's a game driven by dialogue whose magic emerges through a compact and emotional story. The voice acting is gripping, the script is beautiful, and the visuals are absolutely breathtaking.

Play time: 3 hours

Price: $19.99

Available on: Windows, Mac, Linux, PS4

3. Journey

That Game Company

Traverse sprawling landscapes, scattered ruins, and fearsome desert elements as you make your way to a beam of light emerging from a mountain. As you travel, you will learn about yourself and the world you inhabit as you wordlessly work with a red-clad character traveling beside you. This story of discovery is told without dialogue and is carried entirely by stunning visuals and clever gameplay.

Play time: 2 hours

Price: $14.99

Available on: PS3, PS4

4. Transistor

Supergiant Games

You don't know that much about the weapon known as the Transistor — all you know is that it holds an incredible amount of power and, now that it's in your possession, a number of people are after both it and you. This fast-paced RPG is great for fans of action and science fiction. The story is rich, the combat system intricate, and the artwork exquisite.

Play time: 6 hours

Price: $19.99

Available on: Windows, Mac, Linux, PS4, iOS


5. Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

The Chinese Room

You're in a small town in the 1980s, and everyone has disappeared. You don't know how, you don't know where, but it's your responsibility to find out why. The pieces of the story come together as you explore the empty town and interact with floating lights and man-made objects, culminating in a visually lovely and slightly surreal experience.

Play time: 5 hours

Price: $19.99

Available on: Windows, PS4

6. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Starbreeze Studios

Two brothers must traverse a mystical world in search of a cure for their dying father. It might not sound like the most original plot, but controlling both brothers at once to solve puzzles and complete the journey brings an endearing freshness to the game. Also, since it is a game about brothers, you can enjoy all the warm fuzzy feelings that come with watching an unshakable bond blossom between siblings who have no one else to lean on but each other.

Play time: 3 hours

Price: $14.99

Available on: Windows, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360

7. Monument Valley


In this serenely charming game, you must guide Princess Ida through a colorful M.C. Escher–like landscape by interacting with a world rife with mazes, optical illusions, and impossible architecture. The game's isometric design is as stunning as it is clever, and as clever as it is tricky: a dreamlike world that will stay with you long after you finish it.

Play time: 1.5 hours

Price: $3.99

Available on: iOS, Android

8. Thomas Was Alone

Bossa Studios

Games breathe life into all sorts of characters, but have you ever wondered what it would be like if shapes had feelings? In this minimalist platformer game, you get to explore just that as you solve puzzles with a series of deeply complex and surprisingly endearing quadrilaterals.

Play time: 4 hours

Price: $9.99

Available on: Windows, Mac, Linux, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, iOS, Android


9. To the Moon

Freebird Games

Two doctors are tasked with fulfilling a dying man's last wish by traveling through his memories. Though there aren't any battle sequences, this RPG offers many opportunities to solve puzzles and interact with the game's world to progress the story. Heartfelt, beautiful, and emotionally driven, this is a perfect game for those looking to be entrenched in a compelling story.

Play time: 4.5 hours

Price: $9.99

Available on: Windows, Mac, Linux

10. Gone Home

The Fullbright Company

Gone Home is a young woman's love story told through the eyes of her sister, Katie. As you explore your childhood home in Oregon, you unravel pieces of the narrative by opening doors, picking up objects, and reading notes left around the house. This first-person game is rich in story and mystery, but there is one big question that haunts the main character from the very beginning: Why is the house empty?

Play time: 2 hours

Price: $19.99

Available for: Windows, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One

11. The Beginner's Guide

Everything Unlimited Ltd.

No goals. No objective. No mission. It's simply the story of someone trying to grasp what they don't understand. This highly abstract and interactive first-person journey feels very much like a game about games. Will it leave you feeling sad, lonely, and isolated? Possibly. Will you understand what it means at the end? Maybe not, but what you take away from this game is completely up to you.

Play time: 1.5 hours

Price: $9.99

Available for: Windows, Mac, Linux,

12. Grow Home


What does it take to save your home planet? A fearless robot, some gardening skills, and a whole lot of climbing, apparently. In this adventure platformer game, you'll play as B.U.D., a robot trying to save his planet by growing a giant plant and harvesting its seeds. It's fun, it's colorful, and who doesn't love whimsical robot adventures?

Play time: 3 hours

Price: $7.99

Available on: Windows, Linux, PS4

13. Limbo


Dim, ominous, and completely devoid of color, Limbo is as captivating as it is terrifying. You play as a young boy dropped in the middle of a forest who must make his way through a hellish world as he searches for his sister. It's modeled after your standard 2D puzzle platformer, but it's sleeker, darker, and much more haunting.

Play time: 3.5 hours

Price: $9.99

Available on: Windows, Mac, Linux, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS, Android, Wii U