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The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting 

Chris Abraham
Updated June 14, 2019 5.2k votes 823 voters 21.6k views 46 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
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Portal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Valve Corporation, Microsoft Studios
2
Super Mario Bros. 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
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Journey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Sony Computer Entertainment
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Star Fox 64 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Nintendo
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Limbo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Microsoft Studios, Playdead
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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
Undertale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
michael-foster added Undertale
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Left 4 Dead 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Valve Corporation
9
Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
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Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Aspyr, Activision Blizzard, Crave Entertainment
12
Mega Man X is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Nintendo, Capcom, Majesco Entertainment
13
Max Payne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Gathering of Developers, Valve Corporation, Electronic Arts
14
The Wolf Among Us is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
lalispeter added
15
Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
ChrisManor added Nintendo, Konami
16
Luigi's Mansion is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
ChrisManor added Nintendo
17
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Aladdin
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Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Valve Corporation
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Castle Crashers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Microsoft Studios, The Behemoth, Sony Computer Entertainment
20
Super Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
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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
Shovel Knight is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Shovel Knight Yacht Club Games
23
Gears of War is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Microsoft Studios
24
Firewatch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Vectorwork added Firewatch
25
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
killakane94 added Infogrames Entertainment SA, Atari