Thrilling games to finish at one go

Aqilah Rahman

There are many games out there that boast over 50 hours of gameplay. Some even go over 100 hours, which would take months to complete if you have only a few hours a day to spare.

While long games with a ton of content and lots to do certainly offer a good amount of fun, short games are just as good and some of them can be even completed in one sitting.

Here’s a list of games you can beat in less than five hours this weekend.

TO THE MOON

Available on: Windows, MacOS, Linux, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS

At first glance, To The Moon looks like a typical old-school 16-bit RPG but the similarity pretty much ends there.

In this emotional rollercoaster, you control a pair of scientists who have the ability to change people’s memories. Your task is to help a dying man named Johnny go to the moon – not physically, but by rewriting his memories.

The process isn’t so simple though, and Johnny doesn’t even know why he wants to go to the moon so badly.

To The Moon is a brilliant, touching game with clever humour and captivating dialogue.

Abzu is a ‘zen’ kind of game that lets you freely explore the underwater world and even remnants of an ancient civilisation, almost entirely devoid of any tension and challenges apart from solving simple puzzles. PHOTO: GIANT SQUID

GOROGOA

Available on: Windows, iOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android

If you like the idea of solving puzzles while enjoying gorgeous hand-drawn art, you might want to play Gorogoa.

In Gorogoa, you interact with a series of panels by zooming in/out and rearranging the tiles to line them up and unlock new scenes. Some panels can be broken up and layered over another to create new images.

PORTAL

Available on: Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, MacOS, Linux

First released in 2007, Portal received praise for its unique gameplay and impeccable humour, largely contributed by its sarcastic artificial intelligence villain GLaDOS.

As a test subject, the main character is forced to carry out numerous tasks as instructed by GLaDOS, using a gun that can create portals. Portal is an iconic game on a level of its own, packed with comedy, suspense and memorable quotes.

PAPERS, PLEASE

Available on: Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS, PlayStation Vita

The game is set after a six-year war between two fictional countries, Artotzka and Kolechia. As an immigration inspector, the player must review each person’s passport and supporting documents and decide whether or not to let them enter Artotzka.

There are a lot of moral dilemmas in this game. Some entrants will plead so you’ll let them cross the border, but this carries the risk of putting you and your family in danger so you’ll have to make your choices carefully.

SUPERHOT

Available on: Windows, MacOS, Linux, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch

Superhot’s gameplay is unique, not to mention challenging. In this first-person shooter game, time moves only when you move so you can assess the situation and decide on the best course of action.

Unlike most games, Superhot doesn’t allow your health bars to regenerate. In fact, taking a single hit from any of the enemies immediately kills the player so you’ll have to redo the level.

WHAT REMAINS OF EDITH FINCH

Available on: Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One

There seems to be a curse placed on the Finch family. Only one person of each generation survives while the rest die in mysterious ways.

As Edith Finch, you get to explore the Finch family mansion and discover the story behind each family member’s death.

The game is unsettling but it isn’t all dark and gloom. There are some lighthearted and whimsical moments and everything flows smoothly as you unravel more of the family history.

ABZU

Available on: Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One

This game is all about exploring the beauty of the ocean. You can hitch a ride on a giant squid while enjoying the stunning underwater scenery and discover aquatic species based on real creatures.

While Abzu definitely knocks it out of the park with its visual, the same can’t be said for the narrative and gameplay mechanics.

Abzu is a ‘zen’ kind of game that lets you freely explore the underwater world and even remnants of an ancient civilisation, almost entirely devoid of any tension and challenges apart from solving simple puzzles.

LITTLE NIGHTMARES

Available on: Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One

Little Nightmares is a chilling yet beautiful stealth-puzzle game, where you play as a child named Six who is trapped on a vessel full of grotesque monsters.

Armed with just a lighter, Six must search for an escape while sneaking around a disproportioned pair of twin chefs and janitors with abnormally long arms.

The game does a good job of building up the heart-pumping atmosphere as you progress into the story.