Total Nerd The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting  

Chris Abraham
4.9k votes 748 voters 19.3k views 50 items

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! 
list ordered by

1
258 73
Portal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Valve Corporation, Microsoft Studios

2
186 71
Super Mario Bros. 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

3
145 66
Journey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Sony Computer Entertainment

4
132 68
Star Fox 64 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Nintendo

5
120 63
Limbo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Microsoft Studios, Playdead

6
108 59
Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Electronic Arts, Sega, Tectoy

7
108 61
Left 4 Dead 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Valve Corporation

8
114 68
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

9
101 64
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Aspyr, Activision Blizzard, Crave Entertainment

10
88 53
Mega Man X is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Nintendo, Capcom, Majesco Entertainment

11
63 32
Undertale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
michael-foster added Undertale

12
83 49
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

13
68 41
The Wolf Among Us is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
lalispeter added

14
50 25
Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
ChrisManor added Nintendo, Konami

15
70 44
Max Payne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Gathering of Developers, Valve Corporation, Electronic Arts

16
77 52
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Valve Corporation

17
75 53
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
55 38
Super Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

19
48 33
Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
AlexanderRay added Virgin Interactive, Capcom

20
53 38
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Aladdin

21
72 57
Gears of War is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Microsoft Studios

22
42 28
Luigi's Mansion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
ChrisManor added Nintendo

23
55 46
Shovel Knight is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

24
66 59
South Park: The Stick of Truth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
killakane94 added Ubisoft

25
60 53
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Sony Computer Entertainment America

26
43 35
Bastion is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
ferna2593 added Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

27
48 41
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
killakane94 added Infogrames Entertainment SA, Atari

28
60 54
Braid is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Microsoft Studios, Number None, Inc.

29
46 44
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: T... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Ubisoft, Universal Studios

30
55 57
Heavy Rain is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Sony Computer Entertainment

31
11 10
Firewatch is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Vectorwork added Firewatch

32
34 40
Sonic Generations is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

33
57 74
The Walking Dead: Survival Ins... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

34
5 7
Super Paper Mario is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Vectorwork added Nintendo

35
7 11
Fortnite: Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
princ3ss.13 added

36
1 4
Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
mwahahahaha added Visual Art's, Prototype, KineticNovel

37
0 3
Saya no Uta is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
mwahahahaha added JAST USA

38
24 37
Alan Wake's American Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Nordic Games GmbH, Remedy Entertainment, Microsoft Production Studios

39
24 38
Trials HD is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Ubisoft, Microsoft Studios

40
25 40
Cave Story is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Studio Pixel, Nippon Ichi Software, Indie game

41
21 39
Guacamelee is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Guacamelee

42
23 44
Spelunky is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Mossmouth, LLC, Indie game

43
0 4
True Remembrance is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
mwahahahaha added

44
0 4
Narcissu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
mwahahahaha added

45
18 39
Ape Escape is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
killakane94 added Sony Computer Entertainment

46
18 47
Dragon Ball Z: Sagas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
killakane94 added Atari, Atari, Inc.

47
16 45
The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
seeyouatfuckyouj added Cdp.pl, Atari, Atari

48
12 41
Alien Homonid is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Alien Homonid

49
6 35
The Path is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
lalispeter added TransGaming Inc., 1C Company, Tale of Tales

50
4 34
Ranker Video
RichardWare added Systems Nominal