Seven perfect games for when you only have 10 minutes

We live in a busy world. we move from one place to the next, whether it’s work or school, or just going to a friends place, we are constantly on the move. Sometimes though, we have a little bit of time to spend as we wait for somebody or something. We then have a choice of either going through your social media feed or entertaining yourself with a quick game.

A big issue with the big AAA games though is boot up time, they usually look stunning, but unfortunately, we don’t have those SSD’s and non-existent loading times yet, so it takes a long time before we can get cracking. All of the games on the list start-up relatively quickly and will have you playing in less than 1 minute.

So here are seven perfect games, for when you only have 10 minutes.

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Okay, this is cheating a bit, since I’m listing a bajillion games here, but we all have our favourite that we like to play on our phone. Whether you try and catch Pokémon, or just like to do Sudoku puzzles while you’re waiting for the bus, you can literally pick your poison. For me personally, that would be Clash of Clans, which I like for the light strategy elements, and also the camaraderie of you and your clanmates. I know it is full of microtransactions, but hey, the game is free so they have to make their money somehow. Let me know what you like to play on your phone while you only have a few minutes to spare.

Dead Cells

Probably one of my favourite games of 2018, Dead Cells is the perfect pick up and play the game. The cyclical nature of the game means that you can technically keep playing this game forever, trying to improve on your last run, whether you managed to beat the game yet or not. It’s fun to play, loads quickly and you find yourself in the dungeon, having a crack at it in no time.


I will admit that I haven’t played Celeste yet, but from what I’ve seen I can see the very nature of the game lends itself to the quick bursts of play. The game can get incredibly challenging, but the quick loading of levels after failure makes it the perfect game to spend a quick 10 minutes trying to beat a particularly hard level. The biggest issue about this game though is the addictive nature of it, which might mean you miss that doctor’s appointment, even while sitting in the waiting room.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

You could probably add just about any Nintendo platformer on here, but this is the one I’m playing right now, so it’s on my list. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a stunning game on Nintendo Switch (and the Wii U) that is easy to learn and hard to master. The levels are relatively short but can get quite challenging, especially if you’re new to the series like me. You might not be able to beat a level in that 10 mins time limit, but at least you’re having fun while waiting for the bus.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Another Nintendo game in my list? What science is this? Yes, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch is also the perfect game you can play in 10-minute bursts. It took me about 90 seconds to start the first race from pulling the console out of my bag, attaching the Joycons, powering it on and firing up the game. Races are short and sweet, which means you can easily power through a few of them in that 10-minute time slot. It’s also the very nature of the Nintendo Switch, which allows itself to become the defacto 10-minute console.

Stardew Valley

I only recently started playing Stardew Valley and I’m finding the relaxing nature of it quite invigorating, or at least, that is my initial impression of it. I like the maintaining nature of it, similar to my Clash of Clans base, and being able to go in and do some farming or getting to know the people of the town is entertaining and relaxing. I do find that I cannot play it too long though and that 10-minute mark is pretty sweet for me on this one. This might change as I become more invested in it.


To this day, Resogun is my go-to time-to-kill video game. At some point, I was playing this game non-stop and it remains, in my opinion, one of the best games on PS4. What I love about it is the short, fast-paced levels, as well as the tight controls and gameplay. I often find myself playing this game while waiting for something else, and even got caught by Dawid and Marko the other day while I was waiting for them before a multiplayer session.

Are there any other games I might have missed? What game is your go-to 10-minute time buster? Let us know in the comments below.

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