5 Short But Sweet Games You Need To Play

Brevity is not always a curse in the gaming world, as we highlight 5 short games that we loved.

While many may argue that every game should be as long as possible, length does not a good game make. The truth is, some some experiences stay beyond their their welcome, so we decided to pay tribute to those short but sweet gaming experiences that keep us coming back time and time again.

Mirror’s Edge

EA’s ambitious and innovative roll of the dice with Mirror’s Edge paid off, despite being rather brief. The free-running game proved that first-person platforming can be fluid, effective and incredibly fun. The colourful yet minimalist world is gorgeous to look at, and although it left us wanting more, there’s multiple ways to finish each level, giving the game a lot of replayability. We look forward to seeing how the sequel expands on the world and gameplay of Mirror’s Edge.

Mirrors Edge

The Order: 1886

Easily the most beautiful on the game on the Playstation 4 (so far), The Order: 1886 is a breathtaking technical marvel from developer Ready at Dawn. It’s short, very short, but given the impeccable level of detail, it’s understandable. The Order not only features spectacular visuals, but it also has some fun gunplay, unique weapons, and an interesting story. It’s definitely worth a playthrough if you can find a good deal.


House of the Dead: Overkill

‘Overkill’ couldn’t be a more suitable subtitle for SEGA’s Wii exclusive into the House of the Dead Series. Not only is it’s gore and violence over-the-top, it’s swearing, guns, dialogue, story and just about everything else is beyond any doubt an overkill. Designed as an on-rails shooter using the Wii’s motion controllers, it’s a surprising game for the platform, but it’s also an adrenaline, laughter and gore fueled romp featuring a ton of crazy zombies, and you can’t go wrong with that. It’s over before you’d want the fat zombie-lady to sing, but it’s one hell of a ride while it’s going.

House of the Dead Overkill


In Platinum Games’ Vanquish, you play as a super soldier on rocket roller skates that moves from cover to cover at fantastic speed; if that means the chapters are shorter, so be it, as its easy to forgive a game that allows you to run at 200kph and punch robots in the face. Vanquish takes high-intensity action to a new level for an adrenaline-fueled romp that comes in at about 7 hours, and you’ll need to take a breath once you’re done.



Of course, Portal was created as somewhat of a side-game to Half-Life 2: Episode 1, as the game came bundled in the beloved Orange Box, but Valve had no idea the cult status that the game would reach. Portal tasks players to navigate through a series of rooms using the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device, or portal gun, to overcome obstacles and difficult puzzles. It’s challenging simplicity is one of its highlights, and even though you’ll wrap it up in a few hours (depending on your problem solving skills), there’s always Portal 2 to take on next.


What short but sweet game do you think deserves to be on the list? Let us know in the comments section below…

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  1. DoomGuy POItjie

    July 14, 2015 at 09:16

    I finished most on the list except The Order and House of the Dead Overkill. Vanquish needs a sequel and can’t wait for the new Mirror’s Edge game. We might never see Portal 3. Seeing that Valve doesn’t like the number 3.

    • Jeremy Proome

      July 14, 2015 at 17:50

      The Order is around 6 hours, but it’s worth a playthrough just to enjoy the technical aspect of it. I hope Ready at Dawn continue the series with a longer and more expansive sequel.

      Can’t wait for ME Catalyst too! It’s going to be great on the current-gen consoles.

      Haha, and ya, I don’t think we’ll be seeing Portal 3 anytime soon… but you never know…

  2. Mossel

    July 15, 2015 at 11:56

    I think mygaming.co.za copied your article. Unless you write for them as well.
    EDIT: Oh I see you do.

    • Jeremy Proome

      July 15, 2015 at 12:00

      Hey @Mossel89:disqus – thanks for the comments and heads-up anyway. We have a syndication deal with MyGaming and I still currently contribute MenStuff gaming content to them. 🙂 Thanks for the comment though, and appreciate you checking out MenStuff.

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