Platinum Trophies That Take Less Than An Hour – The Completionist’s Dream Ticket

As someone that usually won’t play a game unless there is a shiny platinum trophy waiting for me at the end of the line, I know a thing or two about putting in the hours to achieve 100% completion and seeing everything that the developer has laid out before me. I have poured hundreds of hours into tonnes of games, I have grinded the same tedious action repeatedly just to see a glorious trophy tab in the top right of my screen, and I have read (and written) more trophy guides than I can count. The one takeaway from all this is, that while trophy hunting is fun and immensely satisfying, it’s also ridiculously time-consuming. You might spend over 100+ hours on a single title and only have one Platinum to show for it. If that’s the case, then how the hell is anyone ever meant to catch up to Viensdanser, who has 5921 platinum trophies at the time of writing? Well, if you want to take a stab at it and close the gap, then you need to prioritize short and sweet games which offer platinum trophies in a fraction of the time.

As much as we gamers love to get value for our money, there is also a part of us that just wants another platinum in the trophy cabinet, and if you feel that way, then you might be asking, where are all the games that take no time at all to finish, or if they even exist at all. The good news is that they do exist, and while some of these games are throwaway experiences with easy trophy lists, some of these games only take an hour to finish but provide experiences that live long in the memory. Whether this is through unique mechanics, a short and sweet narrative, or a cool gimmick, some of these games are surprise packages, and they are usually very affordable too.

So with that in mind, I have shouldered the burden of researching the masses of titles out there and come up with a list of some of the best games that you can platinum in one hour. Allowing you guys to bolster your trophy cabinet and be the envy of all your online pals. Plus, I’ll even categorize them into games that are worthwhile from a gameplay perspective, and the ‘trashinums’ that are only there to provide a platinum but are a quick chore to get out of the way. So without further delay, here is our list of the Best Platinum Trophies That Take Less Than An Hour.

Selection Criteria

As usual, a little bit of admin before we begin. Now, this one is pretty straightforward in terms of what we are looking for here, but it’s still important to focus on the best of the bunch and keep any undesirable games out of this list. So here are the criteria I will be working off:

  • All games listed need to offer a platinum trophy, not just a handful of Bronze/Silver/Gold trophies
  • To provide some wiggle room, all games must be possible to 100% in 1-2 hours
  • All games must be reasonably priced. No one wants a >30$ game that is one hour long
  • We will be aiming this at the average gamer, so if a game can technically be finished very quickly but requires super-human skill, we will probably leave that out.

Okay, let’s chain some platinum trophies. How many platinum’s can you get in one gaming session? Let’s find out!

The Trashinum’s

As mentioned, it’s quite hard to cover a topic like this without listing some rather questionable games that have you wondering how they ever came to be. These games are usually glorified mobile games, shamelessly effortless, or have a ‘my first Unity project’ sort of vibe. However, they all offer a platinum trophy and take no time at all to complete. So if you are only in it for the sweet, sweet trophies and gameplay isn’t a priority, then you need to check these out:

1. My Name Is Mayo

My Name is Mayo Platinum Trophies That Take Less Than An Hour

  • Genre: Cookie-clicker
  • Time to Complete: 45 mins

We kick things off with the holy grail of trashinums, and perhaps the most self-aware developers on this list. My Name is Mayo is a cookie-clicker game where you simply click on mayo tens of thousands of times, and gather trophies as you go. The game has a few gags, and some features beyond clicking the jar of Mayo, but none that are noteworthy. You just mash the X button until the platinum pops, and then you go about your life, simple as that. The developers soon realized they were on to a winner when trophy hunters bought the initial title in their droves, and this has led to two sequels. So if you are looking for three quick platinum and some Mayo-based puns, I literally cannot suggest any other game. 

2. Slyde

Slyde
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • Time to Complete: 15-30 mins 

Remember those sliding puzzles you used to get in Lucky Bags or Mcdonald’s Happy Meals as a kid? Well, what if there was a game that simply offered an assortment of these puzzles depicting stunning vistas? Yep, that’s what Slyde is, and it’s as dull as it sounds. This game will present a handful of sliding puzzles, and within the space of half an hour, you can complete them all, and have a platinum trophy in the bank. You won’t have a lot of fun, but at least you won’t have to grind for hours to get your reward. So go do some puzzles, and then Slyde on out of these nice and quick! 

3. Foxyland

Foxyland
Image From Pizza Tower Fandom
  • Genre: 2D Platformer
  • Time to Complete: 45mins – 1hr

You like Mario, right? Of course, you do; who doesn’t have a soft spot for that iconic mustachioed plumber? Well, Foxyland is to the Mario franchise what Chris Pratt is to the Mario franchise. In this game, you will take control of Foxy and guide them through rudimentary 2d levels, killing enemies, collecting things, and purchasing pointless cosmetics in the in-game store. It’s one that I personally endured, and I can attest to the fact that the gameplay is simply not good, but the good news is that the controls are reasonably tight, and the experience is mercifully short. 

4. Spectrewoods

Spectrewoods
  • Genre: FPS
  • Time to Complete: 10 mins

Of all the games listed here, this one stands out as a title that could have easily been a high-school I.T. project. I’m not saying I could have made it, but if I could, I certainly wouldn’t be putting it on the Playstation Store. However, it seems to have been a stroke of genius as trophy hunters have flocked to this game and forked over the $0.20 needed to play this one, myself included. This game sees you play through two very janky levels with some FPS mechanics and what could be referred to as a short narrative if you are feeling very generous. Playing this game will make you feel like you’ve entered the Twilight Zone, but in ten minutes or less, you can return to reality with a platinum in the bag. 

5. Arrog

Arrog
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • Time to Complete: 15 mins

I have seen this one referred to as an ‘enigmatic puzzler’ and a ‘thought-provoking, bite-size adventure.’ Well, let me cut the BS and tell you that this game is neither. It’s a very short, obtuse, and non-sensical puzzle game with some underlying themes and narrative elements, but in truth, it all feels a little thin, and will alienate the vast majority of the players to take this one on. The sad thing is, I actually reviewed this game upon release, thinking that it might be a hidden gem. It worked out nicely because I got a platinum trophy for my efforts, but the game was pretty lackluster, to say the least. Just give this game its fifteen minutes and then delete it, never to grace your game library ever again. 

6. Road Bustle

Road Bustle
  • Genre: Endless Runner
  • Time to Complete: 10 mins

Temple Run, Subway Surfers, and Minion Rush. These are examples of endless runners that stretch this genre as far as it can go and offer serviceable gameplay that will keep you entertained for the length of a train ride or a wait at the doctor’s office. However, there are plenty of unrefined, broken examples of these games that inexplicably end up on consoles and can’t match the offerings on mobile platforms. Road Bustle is perhaps the best example of this, as while you can legitimately beat this game is about 30-40 minutes. If you simply run into a building in your path, the score will keep going up, and you’ll have a platinum in roughly ten minutes, and you can even go make a sandwich while it happens. 

7. Mr. Massagy

Mr. Massagy
Image From Games Fandom
  • Genre: Dating Simulator
  • Time to Complete: 45mins-1hr 

If you have played whimsical and straight-up weird dating simulators like Hatoful Boyfriend, then Mr. Massagy is more of the same, but much faster to complete. In this game, you play as Johnny, a man in need of a good rub down, and you’ll spend the hour you donate to this game sifting through dating apps looking for a nice young lady to come slap some lotion on your muscular body. As I said, it’s weird, but it’s self-aware, often comical, and it’s made by the same folks that make My Name is Mayo, so you know it won’t overstay its welcome. 

8. 112th Seed

112th Seed
  • Genre: Platformer 
  • Time to Complete: 45mins – 1hr 

It feels a little mean to include 112th Seed in this section as there clearly has been some love and care put into the development and puzzle design of this game. However, if a puzzle game takes less than one hour to beat, is it really that well-designed? I guess I’ll leave that up to you to decide. In this game, you play as a little seed that will need to traverse a series of levels and make your way to the plant pot. While not the most difficult or complex game ever made, 112th Seed is cute, mechanically sound, and, dare I say, you might have just an ounce of fun when playing this one. What an endorsement, I know. 

9. Storm Boy

Storm Boy
  • Genre: Mini-game Collection
  • Time to Complete: 30 mins

Again, this might seem a little harsh to categorize Storm Boy as a Trashinum, especially when you look at the quality of the visuals on offer. However, when you strip back the superfluous material, this is just a collection of mini-games. I’ve seen enough Blast Games to know that this is never something a games journalist such as myself should ever encourage. In this game, you play as Storm Boy and work to save a bunch of orphaned pelicans on the beaches of South Australia. It roughly follows the events of the 1964 children’s book of the same name. So if you really love this old book, you might get something out of this, but for 30-minutes of gameplay, you have to expect a little more. Nonetheless, it’s a quick, simple platinum that you should grab when you can. 

10. Snake Boat: Otterific Arcade

Snake Boat: Otterific Arcade
  • Genre: Arcade Action
  • Time to Complete: 10 mins

Then lastly, we have an arcade title that I have absolutely no guilt about including here. In this game, you sail a boat around an island and try to avoid a snake that periodically will pop up out of the water. There is zero skill involved in this game, you just move your little boat around the screen, working your way through the various difficulty levels, and within ten minutes or less, you will gain all the trophies needed. So turn your brain off for ten minutes and just sail around the screen; merrily, merrily, life is like a dream. 

Quick Platinums With Substance

There are tonnes of trashinums out there, but very few quick platinums that double as great games. They are rare, but they do exist, and I’ve done the hard work of finding some of the best, so you don’t have to. So if you need to get some sort of value from the games you invest time and money into aside from a trophy list, then these might be more up your alley; check it out:

1. When The Past Was Around

When The Past Was Around
Image From Games Fandom
  • Genre: Point and Click
  • Time to Complete: 1-2 hours

I can now finally say some positive things about the games listed and When the Past Was Around is, in my opinion, a certified hidden gem that has fun, simple puzzles, a cleverly minimalist but sublime soundtrack, and an emotive story told purely through imagery and no dialogue. It’s one that really snuck up on me as I shamelessly purchased this for a quick platinum opportunity. However, this game offered so much more than an effortless trophy list and is one that I look back upon very fondly. A little disclaimer, you might need to consult a guide to get this one done in the time listed, but regardless, this is a quick and worthwhile platinum that story-lovers will adore. 

2. Donut County

Donut County
Image From Nintendo Fandom
  • Genre: Puzzle 
  • Time to Complete: 1-2 Hours

Speaking of effortless puzzle games, Donut County is another game that has unique mechanics, offers a zany and whimsical narrative, and wraps things up nice and quick so you can get on to your next gaming adventure. This game takes the core mechanics of games like Snake.IO and adds a few bells and whistles to provide a puzzle game where your goal is simple. Control a seemingly sentient hole in the ground and gobble up everything on screen. This game is actually a whole lot of fun, and while the gameplay can feel a little mindless in the beginning, the puzzle design does ramp up to provide a few scenarios that might have you scratching your head for a moment. 

3. SnakeyBus

SnakeyBus
Image From Games Fandom
  • Genre: Action
  • Time to Complete: 1-2 hours 

Perhaps this will show my age, but I remember regularly asking to borrow my grandmother’s Nokia 3310 to play Snake. Well, in this modern age, the core concept of Snake still has its place, but now it’s an all-action title where you control an endless bus, and you must guide it around a cityscape without colliding with yourself or any other structures. It’s simple but very addictive, and if you happen to be a seasoned Nokia 3310 user, then you’ll make short work of the high scores and challenges within this title needed to secure the platinum. This is one of the games I considered omitting because of the price tag, but seeing as this is a fun game to replay even after you pop the platinum, I think I can let it slide. 

4. In Rays Of The Light

In Rays of the Light
  • Genre: Narrative Driven
  • Time to Complete: 1 Hour

To say that Sometimes You’s output is hit and miss would be an understatement, as their catalog has ten bargain bin titles for every serviceable one. That being said, they are capable of surprises, especially when Noskov Sergey is involved and In The Ray of the Light is an example of one such game that rises above the litany of lackluster games and provides an interesting hour-long narrative with themes relating to Life, death, and existence. I remember reviewing Noskov Sergey’s 7th Sector and giving it a favorable review, and In The Ray of The Light offers the same dark, gritty and thought-provoking content that I enjoyed back then. Plus, you can grab a platinum in record time; what’s not to love?

5. Disney Classic Games Collection

Disney Classic Games Collection
Image From Disney Fandom
  • Genre: Platformer 
  • Time to Complete: 1-2 hours 

If you are a gamer of a certain age, and I’m glad to say that this is just slightly before my time, you may remember a series of Disney platformers very fondly. Games that loosely followed the events of The Lion King, Aladdin, and more. Well, rather recently, there was a remastered collection released that gave players a chance to reconnect with these retro gems and wrestle with the janky controls and frustratingly precise platforming all over again.

There is a danger that those wearing rose-tinted glasses may return to these games to find that they weren’t quite as incredible as the younger you made them out to be. This was very much my experience when I returned to the Playstation One Hercules tie-in game. However, even if you don’t experience the same magic encountered in your childhood, you will still be able to burn through them and get a platinum, so you can take solace in that. 

6. Black and White Bushido

Black and White Bushido
Image From Game Grumps Fandom
  • Genre: Fighting 
  • Time to Complete: 1-2 hours

There are lots of great ninja-related games out there, like Ghosts of Tsushima, Mark of the Ninja, the Ninja Gaiden series, and more. However, there are a few bargain bin ninja titles that might not have that AAA glow, but still offer a fun experience, and Black & White Bushido is one such game. In this title, you will battle against invisible waves of ninjas as a samurai, and you will have to use the monochrome background as an aid to reveal your attackers, before slicing them up like sashimi. There is a decent multiplayer mode akin to Nidhogg, and best of all, the trophies can all be earned in one short sitting, provided you have the skill level to get the job done fast. 

7. Tacoma

Tacoma
  • Genre: Narrative-Driven
  • Time to Complete: 1-4 hours

This is a game that somehow makes its way onto the vast majority of my platinum-related lists, and there is a reason for that. It just ticks so many boxes. Tacoma is a short game, but with enough depth and narrative that you could easily spend 10+ hours digging for more exposition; it has simple, accessible gameplay, it has a cool concept, a developer’s commentary mode, which is something I wish was in more indie games, and most relevant to this particular list, the game can be platinumed in about an hour if you have a guide handy. Tacoma is an eerie and atmospheric space adventure that will sink its hooks in and never let go, so do yourself a favor, and go play it!

8. Aery: Broken Memories

Aery: Broken Memories
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour

One of the weaker entries on this top-ten but still an interesting concept, an eye-catching art style, and a format that has led to several sequels, so someone clearly likes these games. Probably the trophy hunting community, as this game can be finished in an hour or less. In this title, you soar through the skies an eagle, collecting things and uncovering story elements, allowing you to piece together the narrative bit by bit, and to the game’s credit, it’s a pretty touching one. On the negative side, the gameplay is a little repetitive and boring at times, and the controls are a little wonky, but for the hour duration needed, we reckon you’ll manage just fine. 

9. Lost At Sea

Lost At Sea
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Time to Complete: 1-2 Hours

If you have played games like Call of The Sea, Gone Home, or Everyone’s Gone to the Rapture, you’ll get what Lost at Sea is trying to do. It’s a typical first-person adventure/walking simulator where you need to search the mysterious island and uncover clues that will help you piece together the events of protagonist Anna’s life and show you the importance of living in the present rather than waiting on life to happen to you. It’s not the strongest narrative when compared to the behemoths of the Walking sim genre, but it’s a decent title, and it can be wrapped up in two hours or less, so well worth a go. 

10. Teslagrad

Teslagrad
Image From Teslagrad Fandom
  • Genre: Puzzle Platformer
  • Time to Complete: 1-2 hours 

Then lastly, we have a side-scrolling 2D action platformer called Teslagrad, a game that is something that tries to be in the game league as LIMBO, INSIDE, and games of this ilk, but falls just shy of those lofty standards. Teslagrad sees you explore Tesla Tower, use your brains to use magnetism to your advantage, and pop that platinum so fast that even Nikilo himself would be proud. As I said, it’s a little rough around the edges and shows its age under the scrutiny that 2022 brings. However, for those that adore the LIMBO platformer blueprint, this is something that is made with you in mind. 

Honorable Mentions

There are tonnes more amazing ( and not so amazing) quick platinums we could have mentioned but we all have trophies to be earning. So here is a quick list of some more fast platinums that you need to check out:

Trashinums

  • Fragments of Midnight
  • Nubla
  • Her Majesty’s Spiffing
  • Dark Sauce
  • Reed
  • Gravity Duck
  • Milo’s Quest
  • A Winter’s Daydream
  • Cross The Moon
  • Memory Lane

Quick Platinums With Substance

  • Blackwood Crossing
  • Theme park Simulator: Rollercoaster Paradise
  • Memoranda
  • Teacup
  • The Bunker
  • Evil Inside

Blink, and You’ll Miss it!

Phew, well, that went by in a flash, just like all the games listed above. If you have a day or two to set aside to play all these games, you could feasibly add twenty platinum trophies to your collection for minimal time investment (and, in most cases, effort). Some of these games aren’t exactly blockbuster hits, but some of these might surprise you, and at the end of the day, you’ll get tonnes of trophies, so who’s complaining? We hope this guide has helped you earmark a few games to take on next, and as always, thanks for reading Avid Achievers!

FAQs

Question: What’s The Quickest Platinum?

Answer: It really depends on which of the shortest titles listed you know most about going in. If you speedrun these games, you can probably cut the time spent on these to anywhere in the 0-5 minute range. However, of all the games listed above, I would probably say that Spectrewoods is the quickest of the bunch, as, if you know the sequence of events, you can be in and out in about 2-3 minutes, which is absolute lunacy, but appreciated all the same. 

Question: Are Short Platinums Expensive?

Answer: Occasionally you will get a developer that has a lot more faith in their project than they perhaps should, and as a result, jack the price up. However, for the most part, the developers of games like these know their place within the market and know the type of gamer that they are gunning for. So typically, you will grab most of these games for less than $5, and perhaps even cheaper if there is a sale. 

Question: Do All Games Have Platinum Trophies?

Answer: Nope, there are a wide variety of games that don’t have trophy support, and this can be for a variety of reasons; these are: 
If the game was produced before the introduction of PS trophies in 2009
If the developer has decided that they will not be implementing trophy support by choice 
If the developer/or Sony has deemed it inappropriate for the game to have trophy support, usually due to the content being too thin

Scroll to Top