RPG is a genre where the character development and storyline can make the game takes longer time to finish. That is why, for RPG lovers spending a lot of time playing their favorite games is nothing new at all. Among those long and time-consuming games, there are some that is classified as JRPG, but considered short. So here are the top 7 shortest JRPG you can find if you want a less time-consuming game.
7. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers (Wii)
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers is a Wii action adventure RPG announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The game was released on November 12, 2009 in Japan and on December 26 in North America. The game was well received in Japan, with praise for the game’s well-written story and characters, but criticizing the map system.
The game takes place in the same world as Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, inhabited by four races, the peaceful Clavats, militaristic Lilties, magic-wielding Yukes, and rebellious Selkies, with each race being represented by a magical crystal. The story is set 1000 years after the events of the Crystal Chronicles. The main protagonist is Layle, a Clavat crystal bearer with gravity-manipulating abilities trying to save the world.
6. Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors (Wii)
Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors is a RPG developed by Genius Sonority and 8ing and published by Square Enix for the Wii game console. The game is a spin-off from the Dragon Quest series, and was first released in Japan in July 2007, and worldwide the following year.
The game is set in the Kingdom of Avalonia. Five years have passed since the defeat of Xiphos, the Death Bringer. Prince Anlace is concerned by the recent behavior of the queen; she insists upon wearing a mask at all times and, claiming to be unwell, refuses to see anyone, including her son. Anlace asks Claymore, one of the warriors who defeated Xiphos, to help him follow her.
5. Ys Origin (Switch, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
Ys Origin is an action RPG developed and published by Nihon Falcom for Microsoft Windows in 2006. In 2012, Xseed Games published an English–language localization of the game, via the Steam service and later through other download stores. DotEmu has done localizations in French, German, Spanish, and Italian for the Vita, PS4, Switch, and Xbox.
Ys Origin is a prequel to the eight previous installations of the Ys series. It takes place 700 years before the events of Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished and tells much of the backstory of Ys, Darm Tower, the Black Pearl, the twin goddesses, and the six priests. The game has three playable characters: Yunica Tovah, Hugo Fact, and “The Claw”.
4. Tales of the Tempest (DS)
Tales of the Tempest is an action RPG developed by Dimps and Namco Tales Studio, and published by Bandai Namco Games for the Nintendo DS exclusive in Japan. The game is a spin-off “escort” title of the Tales series and was released on October 26, 2006. The game makes use of the Tales series’ recurring Linear Motion Battle System with the characters and actions controlled by the DS screen.
The game follows Caius Qualls, a Leymon (race of werewolf-like shape-shifters who are persecuted for previous disastrous abuse of their advanced technology) who also have a human blood. With his guardian and parents taken prisoner by the church authorities, he sets out on a quest with other outcasts to save them and overthrow the church’s oppressive regime.
3. The Longest 5 Minutes (Switch)
The Longest 5 Minutes is a unique RPG developed by Nippon Ichi Software and published by NIS America for the Nintendo Switch. The game was released in the early stages of 2018 both digital and physical forms worldwide, with the exception of Japan where the game has to be downloaded digitally through the eShop service.
At the start of the game, the Hero loses all his memories as he starts the fight with the demon lord. He forgets everything in his journey including his attacks. During the battle, the words of his allies and the Demon Lord’s taunts trigger flashbacks and bring back his memories piece by piece.
2. Dragon Quest (NES)
Dragon Quest, or also titled Dragon Warrior when initially localized to North America, is the first RPG in the Dragon Quest franchise. The game was developed by Chunsoft for the Family Computer and published by Enix in Japan in 1986 as Dragon Quest and by Nintendo in 1989 in North America for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Players control a hero character who is charged with saving the Kingdom of Alefgard and rescuing its princess from the evil Dragonlord. Dragon Warrior’s story became the second part in a trilogy. Several more anime and manga series, which revolve around this overarching plot were created.
1. Parasite Eve (PlayStation)
Parasite Eve is a 1998 action RPG developed and published by Square. The game is a sequel to the novel Parasite Eve, written by Hideaki Sena, and also the first game in the Parasite Eve series. Parasite Eve was SquareSoft’s first M-rated game, and the first major American and Japanese game development collaboration for the company.
The story follows New York City police officer Aya Brea over a six-day span in 1997 as she attempts t stop the Eve, a woman who plans to destroy human race through spontaneous human combustion. Players explore levels set in areas of New York while utilizing a pausable real-time combat system along with several RPG elements.
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Although having short play duration, those games above are still a good JRPG. Some on the list are like that because they were the beginning of a series, while some others are like that to focus more on the unique gameplay instead of the story only. Talking about a favorite, I would pick Ys Origin since I’m a fan of the series and even though it is kind of short, the plot and gameplay are still very enjoyable.
Which one is your favorite shortest JRPG from the list? Please share your thoughts in the comment below.