The Best Short Games

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Lil Gator Game (2022)

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Xbox One Nintendo Switch PC Windows Playstation 5 Xbox Series X/s Playstation 4

Embark on a joyful journey with Lil Gator in a vibrant, open-world island filled with quests, friends, and fun. Swing your stick sword, glide through mountains, and bop cardboard baddies. With no health bar, it's a no-pressure adventure that captures the essence of childhood playtime. Experience a heartwarming story, delightful dialogue, and a relaxing gameplay that leaves you with a meaningful message.


What we like:
  • Humorous and touching story
  • Fantastic art and good tunes
  • Relaxing and fun gameplay
  • Includes a speedrun mode
  • Carries a meaningful message
What could be improved:
  • Short playtime
  • High price for the content
  • Some bugs and performance stutters
  • Some in-game tasks lack clear direction

  • cozy
  • wholesome
  • short
  • adventure
  • lgbtq
  • funny
  • relaxing
  • cute
  • open-world
  • family-friendly
  • 3d
  • platform
  • colourful
  • park
  • pretend

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Paradise Marsh (2022)

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PC Windows Mac OS Nintendo Switch Xbox Series X Xbox One

Stars have vanished from the sky and scattered around in a perfect wetland crawling with wildlife... Catch bugs and chat with delightful characters while wandering through peaceful scenery. But don't lose sight of the night sky, the constellations need help!

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  • collector
  • creature
  • walking-simulator
  • short
  • procedural
  • experimental
  • relaxing
  • colourful
  • pixel
  • retro
  • exploration
  • firewatch
  • cute
  • open-world
  • nature

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Frog Detective 3: Corruption at Cowboy County (2022)

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PC Windows Mac OS

You're a detective, and a frog, and it's time to solve a mystery in the wild west.

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  • detective
  • mystery
  • short
  • comedy
  • funny
  • sequel
  • investigation
  • colourful
  • cute
  • walking-simulator
  • point-and-click
  • amphibian
  • crime
  • soundtrack
  • relaxing

4

Blind Drive (2021)

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IOS iPhone Android Mac OS PC Windows

An audio-based black comedy action arcade game - Blind Drive is a video game you can play with your eyes closed! 1st person hyper-realistic audio adventure meets fast paced arcade gameplay, driven by an insane B-movie plot.


  • audio
  • short
  • crime-comedy
  • humor
  • arcade
  • immersive
  • driving
  • thriller
  • funny
  • action-adventure
  • dark
  • minimalist
  • narration
  • experimental
  • story

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Pilgrims (2019)

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IOS iPhone Linux Mac OS PC Windows Nintendo Switch

Pilgrims is a playful adventure game, created by the team behind Machinarium and Samorost. Roam the land as you please and make new friends, share a laugh with your fellow travelers and help them complete their little stories, your way. How many different solutions can you find?


  • card
  • cartoony
  • hand-drawn
  • short
  • nonlinear
  • relaxing
  • stylized
  • replay-value
  • family-friendly
  • point-and-click
  • 2d
  • funny
  • comedy
  • experimentation
  • puzzle

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Before I Forget (2020)

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Xbox Series X Xbox One Nintendo Switch Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Explore the present to uncover the past, in a short story of love and loss and a life well-lived.A narrative exploration that examines a world where memories are constantly fading and jumbled. A game about dementia and what happens when you can't hold onto the things you've done or the people you've loved.


  • walking-simulator
  • short
  • exploration
  • emotional
  • beautiful
  • mystery
  • narrative
  • atmospheric
  • first-person
  • thought-provoking
  • stylized
  • 3d
  • piano
  • colour
  • dream

7

Pineapple on pizza (2023)

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Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Can a video game convey a flavor?

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  • dark
  • short
  • cartoony
  • humor
  • walking-simulator
  • comedy
  • emotional
  • exploration
  • first-person
  • atmospheric
  • colourful

8

Titan Station (2022)

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PC Windows

Far into the future, in the year 1999: David, a systems operator, runs from his troubles by taking a job on a space station. After arriving, his mundane work turns into a struggle for his very life as he makes a shocking discovery.


  • conversation
  • walking-simulator
  • short
  • thriller
  • sci-fi
  • mystery
  • atmospheric
  • story
  • graphic
  • narration
  • first-person
  • exploration
  • casual

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Machinika Museum (2021)

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Android PC Windows IOS iPhone Nintendo Switch

Come discover beautiful mysterious machines of extra-terrestrial origins and use your logic and sense of observation to fix them; and uncover a galaxy-spanning story. Machinika Museum is a puzzle game for people who like to have their brain teased and love a nice story to go along.


  • science
  • investigation
  • puzzle
  • hidden-object
  • mystery
  • logic
  • point-and-click
  • short
  • sci-fi
  • narration
  • atmospheric
  • futuristic
  • aliens
  • pattern-matching
  • first-person

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I doesn't exist - a modern text adventure (2023)

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Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Classic Zork meets Existential Crisis. A modern text adventure that explores themes of control, isolation and mental health while levelling up the genre with beautiful pixel art.

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  • text
  • short
  • artificial
  • intelligence
  • text-adventure
  • interactive
  • pixel
  • fiction
  • conversation
  • psychological
  • modern
  • old-school
  • horror
  • atmospheric
  • adventure

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