As we get older, we get more responsibilities, which means there’s less time left for playing video games.

Thankfully, shorter games can still be fun, so even if you’re a busy person in real life, there are still plenty of options for you. Some games explicitly revolve around short gaming sessions, which means that you can jump in, play a round or two, and call it a day.

Check out our list down below to find some of the best games for those who don’t have time for long gaming sessions.

GameReleaseGenreYTSale
FIFA 23 2022-09-30 Sports 41% Read more
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 2020-08-04 Casual 51% Read more
Firewatch 2016-02-10 Indie Read more
Stardew Valley 2016-02-26 Adventure 22% Read more
Among Us 2018-11-16 Cooperation Read more
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) 2020-03-20 Social 15% Read more
The Jackbox Party Pack 8 2021-10-14 Indie 63% Read more
The Sims 4 2014-09-04 Simulation 76% Read more
Human: Fall Flat 2016-07-22 Adventure 78% Read more
Slime Rancher 2017-08-01 Adventure 40% Read more

        

Fall Guys

Release date:2020-08-04
Genre:Casual
Developer:Mediatonic

Fall Guys is a perfect choice for those who don’t have time for games. Action-filled gameplay ensures that even short game sessions will be full of memorable moments and joyful experiences.

Fall Guys

Fall Guys focuses on the competitive online play – dozens of players are thrown together, where a number of fun and challenging levels await them. The rules are simple, you have to either get to the destination before the others or outlive the competition – the objective depends on a particular level. Colorful visuals and a light-hearted atmosphere make the title a solid family-friendly option for those who don’t have too much time to play.

Key features
  • Fast-paced, dynamic gameplay
  • Short game sessions
  • Vivid colors and joyful atmosphere
  • Focused entirely on multiplayer
  • Can get quite competitive
        

Firewatch

Release date:2016-02-10
Genre:Indie
Developer:Campo Santo

If you prefer single-player games, you should give Firewatch a try. It’s an adventure game with simple gameplay, where the most important element is the story.

Firewatch

Firewatch focuses on the story of a fire lookout as he becomes involved in a series of strange events. You’ll have to explore the surroundings and look for clues to solve all the mysteries. Thankfully, you’re not alone – with the use of a walkie-talkie, you’ll be able to ask your supervisor for help.

Key features
  • Focused on the story with a bit of exploration added to the mix
  • Simple and casual-friendly gameplay
  • Doesn’t take too long to finish
  • Great atmosphere that emphasizes the feeling of isolation
  • The minimalistic but eye-catching visual style
        

Stardew Valley

Release date:2016-02-26
Genre:Adventure
Developer:ConcernedApe

Although Stardew Valley is a rather time-consuming game, where everything you do requires a little bit of patience, it can be easily enjoyed by those who don’t have too much time to play. If farming is your cup of tea, this game may be tailored just for you.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a relatively simple game, where you will be tasked with maintaining your own farm. The game offers a variety of activities for players to enjoy, but farming is undoubtedly the one that will take the most of your time. Everything revolves around seasons – you need to carefully plan when to grow each plant to make the most profit.

Key features
  • A game focused on farm management
  • Lots of additional activities, from fishing to dungeon exploration
  • Simple but adorable pixel-art style
  • Seasonal gameplay – each season comes with its own unique features, events, and collectibles
  • Short game sessions are entirely possible – just play a few in-game days to make some progress
        

Among Us

Release date:2018-11-16
Genre:Cooperation
Developer:Innersloth

Among Us became a super popular game, mainly because of the streamers that gave it a solid dose of attention. And it’s not surprising, considering how fun the game can be to play – streamers often play with their audience, allowing everyone to socialize and enjoy their time together.

Among Us

Among Us is a party game where several players are matched together and are given various tasks to complete during the game. Up to three players are chosen at random to become the impostors who are tasked with sabotaging the work of others or killing the good guys. Being an impostor requires good social skills – you will have to somehow convince the others that you’re innocent or they’ll kick you out of the ship and secure the win.

Key features
  • Simple gameplay that’s easy to learn and understand
  • Short game sessions
  • Made exclusively with multiplayer in mind
  • Requires good social skills to outsmart the opponents
  • The simple but adorable visual style
        

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Release date:2020-03-20
Genre:Social simulation
Developer:Nintendo

Those who love casual games will surely love Animal Crossing. If you don’t have the Nintendo Switch console yet, you may consider getting one just for this particular game.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing is a social simulation game where you will be given your own island – your job is to simply turn it into your own personal paradise. Unlock new possibilities, enjoy seasonal events, and customize everything to your liking. Animal Crossing is a great choice for those who don’t have too much time to play games because there’s nothing forcing you to play regularly – you can leave the game for extended periods of time and you won’t be feeling like you’ve missed anything.

Key features
  • Tons of activities and rich social interactions that allow friends to enjoy the content together
  • Sandbox nature – do whatever you want with your island
  • The casual and light-hearted atmosphere
  • Cute and colorful visuals
  • Time flow synchronized with the real world’s time
        

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

Release date:2007
Genre:Music, rhythm
Developer:Neversoft

The Guitar Hero series perfectly fits today’s topic – you can simply jump in, play a few songs, and call it a day. It’s really fun, but don’t expect to become a real guitarist just by playing the game.

Guitar Hero 3

Guitar Hero III is a rhythm game that revolves around a simple formula – press corresponding keys on your keyboard or a dedicated guitar controller to hit the notes that appear on the screen. It’s a great game for people of all skills, thanks to the adjustable difficulty level, which means that you don’t need to be a pro to enjoy the experience. The game features a solid dose of popular rock and metal songs, which gives you the opportunity to become a part of famous bands.

Key features
  • An addictive rhythm game that focuses on playing the guitar
  • Easy to learn but hard to master
  • Perfect for short game sessions
  • Contains a good selection of iconic rock and metal songs to play
  • Unlockables, customization options, and a career mode
        

The Jackbox Party Pack 8 

Release date:2021-10-14
Genre:Indie
Developer:Jackbox Games, Inc.

If you’ve got some friends to play with, The Jackbox series could be tons of fun. Try one of the most recent releases, but don’t hesitate to grab the older ones as well, if you find the experience enjoyable.

The Jackbox Party Pack 8 

The Jackbox Party Pack 8 is a collection of 5 different games created with multiplayer in mind. Jackbox games can be played locally, and only one person needs to actually own a copy of the game – the rest of the participants can join simply by entering a special code on the website through the medium of their choice, including smartphones and tablets. It’s an excellent way to casually spend some time together.

Key features
  • Five unique games bundled together
  • Focused entirely on multiplayer
  • A great choice for a party game that can be played locally with friends
  • Only one copy of the game needed to play together
  • A casual-friendly atmosphere with lots of humor
        

The Sims 4

Release date:2014-09-04
Genre:Simulation
Developer:Maxis

The Sims is probably one of the most popular video game franchises out there and it’s not without a reason. Create your own family and guide its members through their lives – bear witness to their joys and sorrows as they’re trying to find their own meaning of happiness and fulfillment.

The Sims 4 is a continuation of a long-going social simulation series, where you’re able to play as a family. Help your pupils fulfill their wishes and lifetime goals, work on their hobbies and skills, find them their favorite job, make new friends, and build and customize a house for them to live in. The possibilities in The Sims 4 are virtually endless and it’s your job to tailor your family’s story.

Key features
  • A social simulation game about managing the lives of a family
  • Open-ended gameplay with no objectives – play the way you want
  • Tons of possibilities and interactions
  • Simple role-playing elements
  • Casual-friendly, easy to learn, and quite addictive
        

Human: Fall Flat

Release date:2016-07-22
Genre:Adventure
Developer:No Brakes Games

Human: Fall Flat is yet another interesting option to play for busy people. It’s a simple game, where you’ll have to complete a variety of physics-based puzzles, which can get surprisingly fun.

Human: Fall Flat is all about completing a variety of tasks, where creativity matters the most. Usually, the objectives can be completed in a number of different ways, which gives players a bit of freedom in how terms of choosing how to approach a problem. What makes the game infinitely more fun is the fact that it has wobbly physics – if you’re looking for games that don’t require long play sessions, this one is a must-play.

Key features
  • Physics-based gameplay that often leads to funny and ridiculous situations
  • Wacky controls that can get a moment to get used to
  • Puzzles that can be completed in a number of different ways
  • Has a simple visual style, so can easily run even on the low-end systems
  • Online multiplayer for up to 8 players
        

Slime Rancher

Release date:2017-08-01
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Monomi Park

Finally, there’s also Slime Rancher, a game about taking care of adorable slimes. Collect them, feed them, breed them, and evolve them – discover new species and have fun.

Slime Rancher

Slime Rancher is a solid option for those who are looking for an easy gaming experience. It’s a casual-friendly adventure where you’ll be able to manage a farm of cute slimes. Your main objective here is to take care of your pupils and sell the so-called plorts produced by them – getting money is important as it allows you to develop your ranch and upgrade your tools, so you can work more efficiently.

Key features
  • The gameplay focused on taking care of adorable slimes
  • Various environment biomes to discover and explore
  • Simple and casual-friendly
  • Joyful atmosphere full of vivid colors
  • The open-ended nature of the game gives players a lot of freedom