Top 6 Games That Let You Have A Quick, Satisfying 20-Minute Session

Finding yourself in a hurry? These titles should sate your thirst just fine before you head to work.

Story Highlights

  • Video games out there are of different types and natures, with some spanning runtimes of several hours.
  • Individuals who find themselves strapped for time can relish in relatively shorter games. 
  • But not just any short game; those that end up leaving you satisfied in 20 minutes. That kind. 

Sometimes, I can’t be making time to course through the likes of Red Dead Redemption 2, or The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, when my day job is coming up quick. For instances like those — which quite frankly occur almost every day — I need a game that I can rely on to swiftly sate my hunger for gaming, so I’m not craving a good time for the rest of the day ahead. 

If you find yourself in the same boat here and there, you must be missing out on these games that I’m going to talk about ahead. Of course, half the battle is laid out in-game, but the rest of it is when you have to get up and leave after 20 minutes or so. I’ll leave that challenge to you. 

Heading For Work? Quick! Get A Good Session In With These First

Feel free to contribute to the list down in the comments ahead if you’ve got your own line of “comfort games” that don’t take a day for you to get somewhere. Oh, and just so you acknowledge this, the forthcoming entries are definitive and do not reflect anything objective.

1. Balatro 

Balatro Review
Balatro is Extremely Addictive (Image by eXputer)

A recent addition to some of the finest games 2024 has produced, Balatro is as unique a deckbuilder as it gets honestly, featuring an implementation of roguelike mechanics, and combos that go way beyond the usual school of thought when these types of games are usually concerned. It costs less than $10 on Steam and is probably going to be one of the best purchases you’ll be making this year. 

eXputer reviewed the game and rated it 4.5/5.0, with author Moiz Banoori remarking, “The constantly challenging nature of Balatro makes it an unforgettable experience and a delight for Poker enthusiasts.”

2. Vampire Survivors 

Vampire Survivors
Vampire Survivors is a Breath of Fresh Air, Garlicky Air | Source: Steam

When a person like Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft’s gaming division Xbox, has poured 200 hours into Vampire Survivors, one could be inclined to know what this title is actually about. It’s a rogue-like with addictive gameplay, and one that presents you with so many choices down the line, that it becomes hard to get up and dash. 

But seriously though, a 20-minute run should be more than enough to fill you up with some pure gaming fun. It came out on October 20, 2022, when it finally left early access and became a fairly finished title.  

3. 20 Minutes Till Dawn

20 Minutes Till Dawn Makes Perfect Sense of the Crux of the Discussion | Source: Steam
20 Minutes Till Dawn Makes Perfect Sense of the Crux of the Discussion | Source: Steam

Labeled a survival rogue-lite by nature, 20 Minutes Till Dawn is quite literally the perfect game to accommodate those who are on the go. Each session in-game lasts 20 minutes (touche) where your objective is to survive waves and waves of incoming creatures that want nothing but your heart and soul.

The gameplay mechanics are nice and tight, and the only way I can accurately describe this game is, “Every time, it’s the same, but different.” 

4. Rocket League 

Rocket League
Rocket League is Incredibly Fun But Takes Some Time Getting Used to | Source: eXputer

Rocket League started life as a paid game but later transitioned into a free-to-play title, available exclusively on the Epic Games Store on PC, and on consoles via their pertinent storefronts. Although it sports a fair learning curve, Rocket League becomes super enjoyable as soon as you get the hang of things.

And since each match is around 5 minutes long, you can get multiple sessions in without having to leave abruptly. 

5. Dorfromantik

Dorfromantik
Dorfromantik is a Board Game Done Right | Source: Toukana Interactive

Not sure if you’ve heard of this one, but Dorfromantik is the epitome of relaxing video games in my opinion. Whenever you need a quick 20-minute breather or feel the need to try out something different than usual, this board game has your back covered. The main objective of the title is to place tiles and create subsequent landscapes.

Tiny little details embedded here and there make the experience even more stand-out.  

6. Outer Wilds

Outer Wilds show how having prior knowledge can affect your entire playthrough Image Source Steam
Outer Wilds is an Unpredictable Masterpiece | Source: Annapurna Interactive 

Outer Wilds comes across as one of those genuine creations of art that just show you how much the developer poured their passion into it. Each session lasts 22 minutes, to be precise, so this one will cater to your needs just fine. And the less you read about this game, the better—it spoils the magic of what is otherwise one of the best games I’ve played in recent memory.

7. The Finals

The Finals
The Finals is a Chaotic First-Person Shooter With a Novel Setting | Source: Embark Studios

Embark Studios went ahead and did something unique with the first-person shooter genre in the name of The Finals. Back when this title was released, it shot up heavily among the ranks of the big dogs online, all thanks to its arena- and game show-based setting, creative in-game elements such as the death animation, and fun-filled destructible environments. 

Matches in The Finals are typically around 10 minutes, so you can quickly hop in and out of a session without having to commit to it for too long. Check out eXputer’s review of the shooter, where we rated the effort by Embark 4/5 for all that it brings to the table. 

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Huzaifa, an Online News Editor at eXputer.com, is a video game industry aficionado with a talent for unearthing the juiciest stories for his beloved readers. Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Data Science, he dives deep into the abyss of news, meticulously dissecting every tiny detail to serve his audience. When he's not unravelling breaking news, he becomes a master storyteller, conjuring up captivating tales from the depths of his imagination. With a wealth of experience as a Video Game Journalist, he's penned his mighty words for numerous other video game outlets, leaving no video game unturned and no pixel unexplored! Experience: 4+ Years || Education: Bachelor of Science in Data Science || Previously Worked at VeryAli Gaming & TheNerdMag || Covered 100+ News Articles

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