After a busy day of work, we sometimes just want to lie down, relax, and immerse ourselves onto something that would make us forget the bustling world around us, even just for a little while. That’s why it is not surprising if we often find ourselves fiddling on a controller, losing ourselves in a video game.
For people who only have short breaks for their me-time during the weekdays, such breaks are best spent with games that require little of their time. Games that are not repetitive, but could wrap everything up in just a few hours. Just like watching a movie, you stand up satisfied finishing one, and can’t wait to move on to the next game on your list.
With this in mind, we bring you eight such games that could keep you busy in just a few hours each. Although we do not guarantee that you wouldn’t want to have multiple reruns on some of these games. Check them out below.
From the creators of Limbo comes Inside, an unsettling puzzle platformer about a nameless boy being pursued by men who want to imprison him. This game is dark and grim, thriving even with minimal sound effects and simplistic imagery. Playdead’s Inside does not stray far from Limbo‘s atmosphere– quiet and creepy.
Here’s another platformer with a touch of the supernatural. Night School Studio’s Oxenfree puts you in the shoes of Alex, a teenage girl who was supposed to have fun with her friends on a local island, until they stumble upon its unnerving secrets. The game is story-driven and lets you choose how to respond to other characters’ dialogues, affecting the outcome of the game.
Gris is first and foremost, visually stunning with its fantastical setting and fluid animation paired with beautiful music. It follows the young girl Gris, who finds herself in a faded world. Determined to redeem its vibrance, Gris must overcome obstacles gaining new abilities as more of her world becomes accessible.
The Jules Verne classic Around The World in 80 Days becomes an interactive adventure novel in the video game 80 Days. In 1872, Phileas Fogg has wagered that he can travel around the world in 80 days. You play the role of Fogg’s loyal valet, Passepartout, who must balance his master’s needs while deciding how the adventure will unfold through your decisions.
The Room is sure to charm those who dedicate their playtime for tricky puzzles. In this game, alchemy meets machinery, and you must decipher a string of enigmatic letters and solve bizarre contraptions tied to mysterious occult narratives to get through. If you ever crave for more puzzles, you can always check out its sequels.
From the creator of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, Sam Barlow, comes this unique detective game where you sit in front of a dusty desktop computer and watch police interviews with a woman whose husband went missing. With the help of the police database you have access to, you must listen carefully to each interrogation so that you may finally piece her story together and ultimately, find out the truth.
Hi-Bit Studio’s 198X follows a unique coming-of-age story told through a series of ’80s arcade games. Presented in pixel-art, this game packs some of that era’s popular games from genres such as racing, fighting, RPG, and more while giving us a glimpse of a teenager’s escapism through arcade.
Sayonara Wild Hearts
A music-based action game with eye-popping visuals, Sayonara Wild Hearts is described as a pop album video game. It is surreal, and you’ll find yourself riding motorcycles, skateboarding, dance battling, shooting lasers, and more in fast-paced gameplay. When a young woman’s heart breaks, the universe loses its balance, and it is in this dream that she finds her ‘Fool’ self.