Every Xbox 360 owner and their dog knows that if you want to give your Gamerscore a boost you have to force yourself to play terrible movie tie-ins, half-baked kid’s games and decade old sports sims.
It would appear that easiest Xbox One games to rinse for achievements aren’t commonly known. As luck would have it, many of the games on the list below are genuinely worthy of your time – only one or two can be considered poor.
We have however left out Telltale’s episodic adventures – and Life is Strange – as otherwise they’d take up half the list.
Without further ado, here’s a shortlist of the Xbox One’s shortest:
Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons
The shortest game on this list also happens to be one of the best – Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons is often referred to as being an essential purchase, and that’s despite a fleeting 2-3 hour runtime. What’s neat about Brothers’ achievements is that they’re based around assisting others, including a two-part quest to reunite a pair of love birds. They really do add a certain something to the experience; an experience that isn’t lacking in emotion to begin with.
505 Games recently gave Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons a physical release which can easily be found for around £12 in the likes of Asda and GAME – a few quid cheaper than the digital version (currently £14.99).
The first on this list from Curve Digital – a company that has quickly become renowned for sniffing out quality indie titles – The Swapper is another well worth a play, featuring a sci-fi storyline and puzzles that involve cloning the main character. A notable degree of artistic flare is present as well as characters were CRAFTED from clay before being photographed and used as in-game assets. This is nothing new, of course, as even a few 16-bit games experimented with claymation but the results here are a lot more striking. Pleasingly, none of the achievements are missable – a colossal 100G is simply awarded at the end of each chapter.
Pneuma: Breath of Life
First-person puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life follows suit, with 8 of its 11 achievements gaining for simply playing though the story. The remaining three are for solving the Spirit, Body and Soul puzzles – plenty of guides are available on YouTube should you find yourself becoming flummoxed. Like previous games on this list, this one only offers around an afternoon’s worth of entertainment. At a slightly steep £15.99, you may want to wait for it to appear in one of the weekly sales.