Thomas Was Alone
While it’s one of the longer titles on this list, Thomas Was Alone is the kind of narrative-driven experience that doesn’t feel anywhere close to its actual running time. The puzzles and platforming are simplistic enough to keep things moving at a steady pace, while still allowing the player to feel like they’re making meaningful inputs. Plus, the story itself is incredibly charming and thought-provoking, particularly for a game whose cast is exclusively made up of quadrilaterals.
Time to beat: 3.5 hours