Top 10 Great Video Games Well-Suited for Short Bursts of Play

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There's nothing quite like immersing yourself in a fantastic game. That feeling you get when you set down the controller and peek at the clock to find you've been playing for 12+ hours is completely unmatched. Having copious amounts of time like that in 2015 is becoming increasingly difficult, and the demand for games that are easy to pick up and play in short bursts is staggering.

With so much going on in our daily lives, it can be hard to find more than an hour at a time to play games anymore. Some games — infamously RPG and open world games — make it hard to get the satisfaction of progress without dumping an absurd amount of time into each title.

If you're looking for something to play that will satisfy your gaming fix without taking up more than an hour of your time, then you've come to the right list! One of these games is bound to give you the satisfaction of progress no matter how little time you have to play.

Published May. 15th 2015
  • topher339
    Lots of good games. Although, I tend to avoid Smash if I'm low on time. One game just isn't ever enough. I tend use it more as a party game with friends. Playing alone just isn't nearly as fun.
  • Autumn Fish
    Featured Correspondent
    Haha, I feel you there! I definitely prefer Smash with friends. I'd probably pick Mario Kart 8 over Smash because of the short races (and I just love Mario Kart!)
  • Auverin Morrow
    Senior Editor - JTP
    I've been looking for some new games I don't have to dedicate a lot of time to. I'm still worn out from Inquisition and Pillars of Eternity. These will be a welcome relief.
  • Autumn Fish
    Featured Correspondent
    I've been looking to actually sit down for a long game or two lately! Tired of all the short-burst games xD Time to get sucked into a story (and both of those games you mentioned are on my list of to-play games)!

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