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Best Short Games (5-60 minutes) - an IFDB Poll

by Sasha Davidovna
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I'm pretty new to IF and am having a lot of fun, but in between a toddler and a job and other real life stuff, I'm having trouble finding time to finish many of the longer games I want to play. Can you please recommend me some fun and/or interesting short games, say 5 minutes to an hour to solve? I'm pretty open genre-wise: mystery, fantasy, humor, horror, historical... It's all good.

Thanks in advance!

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9:05, by Adam Cadre
22 votes
"Must play - 10 minutes" [+]... "Perfect in its shortness" [+]... "surprising, fun and well crafted" [+]... "Surprisingly satisfying for such a short game." [+]... "Very short with a surprising ending." [+]... "Caught me completely on he wrong foot ;-) Great short fun" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "Perfect..." [+]...

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Fail-Safe, by Jon Ingold
10 votes
"Very short and very interesting. I did find the inability to save the game frustrating, and there is at least one time where your wording has to be very specific to find what you need. " [+]... "Meta-IF that's actually fun to play" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Suveh Nux, by David Fisher
8 votes
"fun to cast spells and figure out what the magic words mean" [+]... "Quick to win,..." [+]... "Can beat quickly,..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "Got 3 other..." [+]...

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Violet, by Jeremy Freese
7 votes
"Very entertaining!" [+]... "Absolutely hilarious." [+]... "loved the 'voice' and the extra touches like the hilarious scene out the window" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Gun Mute, by C. E. J. Pacian
5 votes
"Fun puzzles and..." [+]... "A fun string of..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Shade, by Andrew Plotkin
4 votes
"Creepy, haunting, strang, different" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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The Tale of the Kissing Bandit, by J. Robinson Wheeler
4 votes
"15 mins, very charming, not very interactive" [+]... "Very funny." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Galatea, by Emily Short
4 votes
"Each individual play-through usually takes about 10-15 minutes, but it has TONS of replay value." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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When in Rome 1: Accounting for Taste, by Emily Short
3 votes
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Whom The Telling Changed, by Aaron A. Reed
3 votes
"Short but very..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Aisle, by Sam Barlow
3 votes
"Its a one-turn game, so you can make it as short as youd like!" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Conan Kill Everything, by Ian Haberkorn
3 votes
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Hunter, in Darkness, by Andrew Plotkin
3 votes
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When in Rome 2: Far from Home, by Emily Short
3 votes
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An Act of Murder, by Christopher Huang
3 votes
"Short with great replay potential" [+]... "60 minutes might be optimistic" [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Earth and Sky, by Paul O'Brian
3 votes
"A short, cheerful superhero adventure." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Hoist Sail for the Heliopause and Home, by Andrew Plotkin
3 votes
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Snack Time!, by Hardy the Bulldog and Renee Choba
3 votes
"Light hearted, fairly easy puzzles, and soooo much fun! Learn to think like a dog!" [+]... "Lighthearted, funny, and brief." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Shrapnel, by Adam Cadre
2 votes
(No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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The One That Got Away, by Leon Lin
2 votes
"Humorous, enjoyable, and very short as per the criteria. I may be biased, however, as I have a particular fondness for any scenario that involves creatures lurking in the watery depths (even if its just a strangely large fish)." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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The Space Under the Window, by Andrew Plotkin
2 votes
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Snowblind Aces, by C. E. J. Pacian
2 votes
"A short, fun,..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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The Moonlit Tower, by Yoon Ha Lee
1 vote
"This one's a must-play for it's beautiful imagery. I finished it quite quickly, though I think there are multiple endings, and some may take longer to reach than others." [+]...

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Asylum, by cpuguy89
1 vote
"Takes about 10 minutes at most to complete." [+]...

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Dino Hunt, by Admiral Jota
1 vote
"A short and cute game played from the point of view of a child" [+]...

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Very Old Dog, by Tony Delgado
1 vote
"Cute and quick" [+]...

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Byzantine Perspective, by Lea Albaugh
1 vote
"Bsically a single, interesting puzzle." [+]...

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All Alone, by Ian Finley
1 vote
"quick, scary and not difficult." [+]...

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Afflicted, by Doug Egan
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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You are a Chef!, by Dan Shiovitz
1 vote
"Hilarious game that doesn't hurt your brain to play." [+]...

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Friar Bacon's Secret, by Carl Muckenhoupt
1 vote
"Brief game with an amusing premise" [+]...

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The Cove, by Kathleen M. Fischer
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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Got Toast?, by Jim Fisher
1 vote
"Very logical puzzles" [+]...

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