Video games are meant to give you a unique experience, or, just a fun experience. But for many, a killing blow to how “good” a game is, is how long it takes to beat. If you have a good look and a good gameplay mechanic, but it only takes a few hours to beat, that may not work with a lot of gamers, as they spend money on games to ensure they “get away from the world” for a long period of time, not just a short span of hours. This appears to be the case with the upcoming title Snake Pass.
For those who don’t know, Snake Pass is a puzzle-platformer where you play a snake that uses its body to get coins, special items, and of course, progress through levels. Yet, Reddit user Bastrion has been reading that the game is only 6-8 hours long and that’s only if you complete it 100%. If you just decide to go through the game without collecting everything, it’s less than 3. This for him is way too short, as the game wasn’t advertised as being a short adventure.
Other Reddit users weighed in on this and made their thoughts about Snake Pass and game length known. Some agree that the game being that short is a buzz kill, especially since some people had to pay over $20 for it. They do wish it had been longer. Others though weren’t so condemning, for them, it’s all about the experience, and if they enjoy the game, no matter how short it is, then the purchase was worth it.
Some even mentioned that games like Journey were technically only 40 minutes long, but it won Game of the Year. Other titles like the episodic games from Telltale are only 2-3 hours long per episode, but in contrast, they cost a fraction of the price. So there’s clearly precedent on both sides. Where do you come down on this? If a game like Snake Pass is really short, should the price be lowered?
Snake Pass is available now for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.