The Shortest Games Ever: Speed Run Edition
10. Donkey Kong
While we realise that the NES version of Donkey Kong is essentially the same three screens repeated over and over again, you can actually witness all the game has to offer in less than two minutes. Although it sounds simple, Donkey Kong is an incredibly difficult game. We’d guess that a lot of players still haven’t made it past the third screen. Check out this robotic Donkey Kong speed run video here.
9. Castlevania: Judgement
It’s quite possibly the worst Castlevania title of the generation and shockingly, the shortest too. Granted, it’s a 2D brawler, but if you stick the difficulty and round time as low as possible, you can churn through this mess of a game in under a minute. It’s been out of almost 20 years, but even Street Fighter II delivered more substance. Check out this unbelievable Castlevania Judgement speed run video.
This is another one of those games that will likely take you a couple of hours to complete on your first play through. But if you memorise the layout of every puzzle, steely players can aim for the ‘Speed Run’ achievement, which is awarded for completing Braid in less than 40 minutes. However, we’ll be lenient because Braid also happens to be awesome. Check out this Braid speed run video for some mad skills.
Another massive game cut down to size by dedicated speed runners. Fallout can be completed in just over nine minutes if you know where to go from the start and you don’t mess about. Of course this involves skirting around obtaining the water chip and dooming Vault 13 to death by dehydration and siege by super mutants. Can you live with that on your conscience? Check out this insane Fallout speed run video to see how it’s done.
6. You Have To Burn The Rope
Is it a proper game, a psychological experiment or a joke at the expense of the player. Either way, there’s something endearing about this little online platformer, even if NowGamer can beat it in roughly 30 seconds. Through either sheer disbelief or unwavering determination, gamers have tried to find more hidden things in the game but trust us, there’s nothing more to see, stop punishing yourself. Check out this You Have To Burn The Rope speed run video.
5. Jurassic Park
Arguably the lesser of the two 16-bit Jurassic Park games, the Sega Mega Drive version is rather terrible. While the film was the biggest box office draw of 1993, coming in at a well-paced two hours long, the game was a mediocre platformer that could be completed in just over five minutes. Check out this rather grey Jurassic Park Speed run video.
4. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
OK so technically this game is massive, but if you really, really want it is possible to beat Bethesda’s fantasy RPG epic in just shy of ten minutes. The proof is in this insane Morrowind speed run video and while we applaud anyone who manages this par time, we’d rather take our time and enjoy the game as it was intended. Check out this Morrowind speed run video and for bonus pace, check out this crazy Oblivion speed run video.
3. Dark Castle
We hear a lot of gamers complaining that Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is a short game. Clearly they haven’t played Dark Castle on Sega Mega Drive. Granted, Modern Warfare 2 is a little lean but at least it’s thrilling for the duration, which is more than can be said for Dark Castle. We’re relieved we didn’t spend our pocket money on this dud back in 1991. Just check out this Dark Castle speed run video for proof of how laughably short this game is.
2. Super Mario Bros. 3
While it is essentially a long game, Super Mario Bros. 3 has been beaten in a mind-blowing 11 minutes. The clever use of background glitches, warp whistles and a healthy dose of robotic hand-eye coordination can see the game packing at a blistering pace. Check out this infamous, mind-boggling Super Mario Bros. 3 speed run video for a lesson in pure skill. Our hats go off to you sir.
1. The Matrix: Path Of Neo
It's not a speed run, but it is a neat way of cutting a game short. This is more of a clever nod to the free choice offered to Neo by Morpheus at the start of the first Matrix movie. Neo can either take the red pill and enter the real world of Zion or take the blue pill and resume his life of humdrum monotony and wooden acting. Taking the blue pill will put you on a fast track to the title screen, effectively making this one of the shortest and more forgettable games in existence.