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The shortest game names of all time

Earlier this year we deduced that Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Eye of the Beholder II – The Legend of Darkmoon is the longest game name out there. Reader comments quickly proved there were a few names out there just as long or even longer, but will you be able to find a name that’s shorter than those on this list?

Collected here are the simplest, monosyllabic game names we could dig up. By limiting our search to one word and one syllable we’ve been able to weed out seemingly tiny names like Ico, Oni and Uno, while games like Grid and Pure still make the cut.

Now, in descending order, the shortness:

Worms
Spawn
SPRay
Realm
Hoops
Sqoon
Zoom!
Doom
NARC
KORE
MULE
Spore
Flock!
Joust
Skate
Gods
Moon
Ruse
Braid
Hook
Goal!
Jaws
DiRT
Trog!
Flink
Pure
Cars
Prey
Myst
Saw
Plok
Klax
Grid
Golf
Lair
One
LOL
Rez
Bolt
Wet
Vay
Qix
LIT
Ys

That brings us to the last batch. What could possibly be shorter than Ys? Why, a trio of games that are merely one lonely character.

First up is 9, a game that bafflingly combines the talents of Robert De Niro, Cher, Christopher Reeve and James Belushi (as “Salty”), plus Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, into one clunky PC adventure title. We’d go on, but these guys have already spent enough time tracking down all the trivia.

Next is N. Just the letter N. You probably know it better as N+, the enhanced version of the free web game. You’re a little ninja silhouette running around collecting gems. Simple name, simple game. But, there’s a game we say ranks even higher (lower?) on the list, and that’s PlayStation crap-terpiece D.

Imagine playing Myst, only you’re a girl that looks, acts and talks like a stone-faced, emotionless robot. Frustrating puzzles, ghastly graphics and terrible voice acting made this a pain to play even in the ‘90s, but today, well, the most notable thing about it is that it’s the shortest name we could find.

But why’s it shorter than N or 9? If we assign numerical values to the alphabet, N is 14 and D is 4, making it smaller than N’s value plus smaller than the number 9. What, did you think there was going to be some kind of grand point to all this? It’s just for fun.

Speaking of fun, D is not fun.


PS – The D stands for Dracula

Apr 14, 2009


 
The longest game names of all time
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43 comments

  • The4X - February 11, 2010 6:06 a.m.

    OMG! It was Moscow Symphinoc Orchestra (or whatever it's called), who made the "D" gameplay so atmospheric!?
  • sourpunch - April 28, 2009 4:04 p.m.

    There is a new one to add this list to compete for number one. G (just G) it's for the iphone/itouch, but is a real game. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoGyRfmtDCQ http://somagames.com/
  • Till - April 22, 2009 9:53 a.m.

    where is Z?
  • CAPST3R - April 16, 2009 11:33 a.m.

    nope, sorry, it was ronnie. there is no charlie barrett (not spelt like that anyway).
  • Army_of_One - April 16, 2009 1:17 a.m.

    lol theres a game called LOL?
  • Tw1sted - April 15, 2009 3:50 p.m.

    haha nice list
  • Sinsational - April 15, 2009 2:50 p.m.

    Nice article.
  • yankeesfan3 - April 15, 2009 2:24 p.m.

    good article
  • Nikos1337 - April 15, 2009 10:31 a.m.

    That braid dude looks just like you brett :P
  • crustdbeat - April 15, 2009 10:09 a.m.

    is that morpheus in D? the whitest black man ever. "i feel myself changing, argh urgh ergh gargh"!!!!!!!!!!!!!! haha
  • goombaisawesome - April 15, 2009 2:56 a.m.

    What about X? I think they mentioned it in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, although it might have been only in Japan...
  • turtlesonice - April 15, 2009 2:17 a.m.

    nice list
  • crossed23 - April 15, 2009 12:52 a.m.

    I remember before D was released it was suppose to be absolutely awesome and it was pathetic.
  • TURbo - April 14, 2009 11:42 p.m.

    GRID?
  • Ravenbom - April 14, 2009 11:22 p.m.

    Wow, good list Brett. I can't think of any shorter game name. I wanted to say One, for the PS1, but it's written out, not in numerical form. But I thought this was about the game that took up the least amount of space on a page when typed out, just like the other article was about the names that took up the most amount of space typed out. For instance: Lair is lower on the list than Saw, and Braid is lower on the list than NARC. In that case, 9 should win.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - April 14, 2009 11:15 p.m.

    It's in a big box because it's one of the earliest PlayStation games. Anything released from 9-9-95 to roughly 9-96 came in those tall cases. The first PS game I bought with a regular CD case was Jumping Flash 2.
  • NotSteve - April 14, 2009 11:01 p.m.

    The scary thing is, they made an even worse sequel, D2, for the Dreamcast... or it didn't get released. Nothing is easy for the D series, and that is why I don't cry myself to sleep at night.
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - April 14, 2009 8:39 p.m.

    Fun fact: Vay's available on your iPhone!
  • cowsrule - April 14, 2009 7:48 p.m.

    LOL - ORLY?
  • CorupptedCrunchie - April 16, 2009 10:38 p.m.

    imagine, if their was a game out their WITHOUT a title. shortest ever. like -0

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