We used to take our 3DS with us on vacations, on public transport and in hospital waiting rooms, because it was easy to pick up and drop a game on this tiny little handheld, and put it in standby. whenever your attention was needed.
These days we’re more likely to take a Nintendo Switch with us whenever we know there will be long downtimes, and while a Switch isn’t as portable as the 3DS of the size of a chocolate bar, she can still fit in. a bag or a very big pocket, if you’re lucky. There are also plenty of games on the Switch that fit perfectly into a 15-30 minute session – so we’ve rounded up some of the best here!
It should be noted that approximately any Roguelike or puzzle play makes for great short play sessions, but we’ve tried to keep it a bit varied, with online multiplayer games, story games and even RPGs working really well in short bursts . Enjoy!
Editor: Humble package / Developer: Mega review
Craft a unique deck of cards, encounter bizarre creatures, and discover relics of immense power in Slay the Spire! Choose your cards wisely! Discover hundreds of cards to add to your deck with each attempt to climb the Spire. Select maps that work together to effectively eliminate enemies and reach the top. Each time you embark on a journey to the Spire, the layout differs each time. Choose a risky or safe path, face different enemies, choose different maps, discover different relics and even fight different bosses!
It’s incredibly easy to start up Slay The Spire, take on a few fights, and get going. Just try to remember what your strategic plan was…
Editor: TO PLAY / Developer: Little Depot
Gnosia is a sci-fi social deduction RPG in which you’ll engage in discussion with a variety of unique characters, with the goal of identifying the Gnosia within the group. Players will need to use the information they can gather during chats to determine who they think Gnosia is, then vote to put them into a cold sleep. As you progress, your abilities will improve, but so will those of the crew.
The time-looping nature of this one makes it easy to play an entire round in about 15 minutes!
Editor: Entertainment items / Developer: Entertainment items
In Dicey Dungeons, a fast-paced deck-building roguelike, you’ll battle monsters, find better loot, and level up your heroes while working together to defeat the goddess of fortune, Lady Luck herself. Balance your carefully planned strategies against the unknown of a roll of the dice.
The battles are quick and simple, so you can easily play a few in 10-20 minutes.
Editor: The Guild of Quantum Astrophysicists / Developer: Vivid fox
Cozy Grove measures its gaming sessions in snack-sized portions, with great artwork and truly laugh-worthy dialogue. As a Spirit Scout, you wander the island’s forest every day, uncovering new hidden secrets and helping to appease local ghosts. With a little time and a lot of DIY, you’ll bring color and joy back to Cozy Grove.
This one is literally designed for 15-30 minute gaming sessions, and it will actually tell you to come back another time when there’s nothing left to do.
Editor: Hempuli / Developer: Hempuli
Baba Is You is a puzzle game where you can change the rules by which you play. In each level, the rules are present in the form of blocks with which you can interact; by manipulating them, you can modify the functioning of the level and cause surprising and unexpected interactions.
It’s incredibly easy to play this one in bursts, but don’t be surprised if you spend an entire 10-minute session staring at the screen and trying to really think, really hard.
Editor: Polytron / Developer: Polytron
Gomez is a 2D creature living in a 2D world. Where is he? When the existence of a mysterious 3rd dimension is revealed to him, Gomez is sent on a journey that will take him to the very end of time and space. Use your ability to navigate 3D structures from 4 distinct classic 2D perspectives. Explore a serene and beautiful open world full of secrets, puzzles and hidden treasures. Unearth the mysteries of the past and uncover the truth about reality and perception. Change your perspective and look at the world in a different way.
Jump, jump and jump again – FEZ makes for a great play session, as each of the levels are quite small and self-contained.
Editor: Draknek and his friends / Developer: Draknek and his friends
From some of the world’s best puzzle designers comes A Monster’s Expedition, an adorable and relaxing open-world puzzle adventure for monsters who like to learn more about humans. As you grow trees to create trails, you’ll explore hundreds of islands near and far to learn about the history of ‘mankind’.
All of Draknek’s games, including Bonfire Peaks and Cosmic Express, are brilliant, if frustrating, short-session games.
Editor: nintendo / Developer: nintendo
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a game about constantly improving things, whether it’s the exhibits in the museum, the arrangement of your furniture, or your own cooking skills. There’s a myriad of things to do here, and the real challenge will be sticking to them. only 20 minutes.
Island hopping is always a great way to relax, or you can opt for one of the Happy Home Paradise house designs if you like!
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Editor: Digital devolve / Developer: Digital devolve
Minit is a special little adventure played sixty seconds at a time. Travel outside the comfort of your home to help unusual people, uncover countless secrets, and defeat dangerous enemies, all in the hopes of lifting a rather unfortunate curse that ends every day after just one minute.
There is literally no better game to play for a short time. You can play this one in ONE MINUTE SESSIONS.
Editor: Annapurna Interactive / Developer: angel matrix
Neon White is a lightning-fast first-person action game about slaying demons in paradise. You are White, a handpicked assassin in hell to compete with other demon slayers for a chance to live permanently in heaven. The other assassins look familiar, though… did you know them in a past life?
Neon White’s fast-paced gameplay allows for action-packed gaming sessions that will have you feeling like you’ve hit loads in no time.
Editor: Bethesda Softworks / Developer: Emergency button
DOOM makes it clear from the start that you are not the prey, you are the predator. Encounters with enemies are never in pairs, but in tens of enemies. If you’re not careful, they’ll make short work of you. Unlike most modern shooters, in DOOM your health does not regenerate. Instead, you’ll have to earn it, just like the good old days. DOOM is one of the best first-person shooters we’ve ever played, and is definitely best-in-class on Switch. There’s a certain magical quality to having a game this good on the go.
Sometimes when you’re stuck on a bus or in a waiting room, you just want to tear yourself up. DOOM will always be there for you.
Editor: SEGA / Developer: SEGA
Much like its predecessor, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 combines Sega’s Puyo Puyo series with The Tetris Company…er, Tetris. Players can choose to play either mode solo, or can combine them in the odd Fusion mode, where Puyos and Tetrominos drop into your play area at the same time. The main heart of the game for solo players, like in the original, is the Adventure mode. As before, Adventure is a lengthy story mode where a variety of weird and quirky characters are involved in a bizarre plot about the worlds of Puyo Puyo and Tetris colliding.
While we tend to think PPT2 is best played with friends, Tetris itself is still a fantastic pastime, and this one is no different. You can also choose Tetris Effect, if you want something a little more serious.