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:
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, butthese guys (opens in new tab)have already spent enough time tracking down all the trivia.
Nextis N. Just the letter N. You probably know it better as N+, the enhanced version of thefree web game (opens in new tab). 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
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