Total Nerd The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting  

Chris Abraham
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List Rules Try to include newer games for the list- old games are fine, but almost all of them can be beaten in one day.

Although gaming for hours on end can be fun, sometimes gamers just want to plop down and complete a game in one sitting. For this list we've compiled some of the best video games that you can beat in one play-through, ranging from space shooters and side-scrolling platformers to beat em ups and adventure games. We've tried to avoid adding games from older consoles, but it's hard to leave off classic like Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man X.

More recent examples of amazing games you can beat in one day are Braid, Limbo, and Journey. These games prove that playing video games doesn't always need to be a 3 day gauntlet, but rather just an amazing experience no matter how long you're playing for. Vote for your favorite short video games that don't take long to beat, and fee free to add your own to this list if they're no already included! 
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1
270 75
Portal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Valve Corporation, Microsoft Studios

2
192 74
Super Mario Bros. 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

3
149 68
Journey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Sony Computer Entertainment

4
133 70
Star Fox 64 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Nintendo

5
126 65
Limbo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Microsoft Studios, Playdead

6
112 63
Left 4 Dead 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Valve Corporation

7
109 61
Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Electronic Arts, Sega, Tectoy

8
116 70
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

9
70 34
Undertale is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
michael-foster added Undertale

10
88 49
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

11
90 53
Mega Man X is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Nintendo, Capcom, Majesco Entertainment

12
103 65
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Aspyr, Activision Blizzard, Crave Entertainment

13
71 43
The Wolf Among Us is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
lalispeter added

14
73 46
Max Payne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Gathering of Developers, Valve Corporation, Electronic Arts

15
79 55
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Valve Corporation

16
50 29
Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
ChrisManor added Nintendo, Konami

17
76 54
Castle Crashers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Microsoft Studios, The Behemoth, Sony Computer Entertainment

18
56 39
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Aladdin

19
44 28
Luigi's Mansion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
ChrisManor added Nintendo

20
56 40
Super Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

21
49 35
Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
AlexanderRay added Virgin Interactive, Capcom

22
58 46
Shovel Knight is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Yacht Club Games

23
72 61
Gears of War is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Microsoft Studios

24
63 55
Braid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Microsoft Studios, Number None, Inc.

25
44 35
Bastion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
ferna2593 added Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment