There\u2019s just never enough hours in the day. So if you\u2019re looking for a bit of virtual escapism, but you only have an hour on hand, what\u2019s worth your time? This post was sponsored by Lenovo Legion and Game Pass, where you can enjoy three free months of Game Pass with access to hundreds of games on eligible Lenovo laptops. Everyone loves a good night or weekend gaming binge, whether it\u2019s to farm exotics in Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, grinding out bosses and areas in Elden Ring, or plotting global domination in epics like Total War: Warhammer 3.\u00a0 Not everyone has that kind of time, however, especially as gamers get older and have to deal with more responsibilities in their life. So even if you\u2019re gaming in a pinch from your work laptop, or your internet is reliable enough for streaming services, there\u2019s plenty of ways to squeeze some pixelated joy into your weekend life.\u00a0 So for everyone after a bit of virtual escapism, here are seven perfect picks for when you only have an hour to spare. As an added bonus, they\u2019re all available on Game Pass \u2014 which you can enjoy free for three months with select Lenovo Legion gaming laptops. Age of Empires IV Screenshot via GAMURS \/ World\u2019s Edge \/ Microsoft The beauty of RTS games is that you know how much you\u2019re in for. Missions in those games are all designed to be completed within half an hour or less, which is perfect if you just need to knock out a quick historical victory before moving onto your next set of chores. Age of Empires 4 follows the formula from the beloved Age of Empires 2, with its singleplayer campaigns all modelled on various historical conflicts: the rise of the Mongols, the Hundred Years War between England and France, the Normans\u2019 conquest of England, and the origins of the Grand Duchy of Moscow. If that\u2019s not enough to take your fancy, there\u2019s also a host of challenges and skirmish matches you can enjoy against the AI. If you love your history, the campaigns have an extra bonus. Each mission is interspersed with micro-documentaries shot in 4K HDR, ranging from real-life footage of the battlefields in question, deep dives on historical armor and weaponry, and even factoids exploring the different paints used to create various tapestries. It\u2019s fascinating to watch \u2014 and just as much fun to play. There's an extra bonus, too: if you and your mates are ever hankering for that old school, pizza-and-LAN party vibes with suitable Lenovo Legion laptops, AOE's 4v4 multiplayer battles are an absolute blast. Art of rally Image via funselektor Want the experience of driving through gorgeous environments, with a cracking retrowave soundtrack and a stylized throwback to classic racing games and the golden age of rally racing? That\u2019s art of rally in a nutshell. Created by the same team behind Absolute Drift, art of rally is a great homage to the top-down racers of old with its emphasis on bright, low-poly pastels. The campaign follows the decades of rally racing from the \u201860s and onward. There\u2019s 72 separate tracks to conquer, ranging from the dusty roads of Kenya, the treacherous downhill hairpins of Japan, the snowcapes of Finland and Iceland, and more. It takes about 10 to 20 minutes to finish a single stage, depending on the stage\u2019s complexity and how much you\u2019re compelled to restart. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Image via Square Enix \/ Eidos-Montreal \/ Marvel When you only have an hour at most to work through a game, sometimes you want a sense of progression. Single-player adventures can be great for that, and Marvel\u2019s Guardians of the Galaxy \u2014 which hits Game Pass on March 10 \u2014 has plenty to offer. Combining both Marvel Studios\u2019s humorous and cinematic approach to the Guardians with bits of lore and character designs from the comics, Eidos-Montreal\u2019s adventure adopts an almost kaleidoscopic approach. The game bounces between third-person, Final Fantasy XV-inspired combat sequences, ship battles, story beats with branching dialogue choices, and minor RPG elements. Underpinning all of this some truly astonishing art design, with set pieces, jokes and level design to delight any Marvel fan. When you haven\u2019t got a ton of time on your plate, you\u2019d like to spend that free time smiling. Marvel\u2019s Guardians of the Galaxy makes sure you will. PowerSlave Exhumed Image via Night Dive Studios \/ Lobotomy Software When you\u2019re tired, stressed or just frustrated at the state of the world, sometimes there\u2019s no better cure than a dose of nostalgia. PowerSlave Exhumed, a recent remaster from Lobotomy Software and Night Dive Studios, is a great solution.\u00a0 The original PowerSlave was released in the \u201890s for the Sega Saturn and PlayStation 1. PowerSlave Exhumed makes all of that accessible on PC and consoles with all the usual benefits you\u2019d expect from modern gaming: 4K graphics, checkpoints, buttery-smooth 60 FPS gameplay, support for widescreen and high refresh-rate monitors, achievements, and more. Classic games like PowerSlave are also perfect for short bursts, too. If you\u2019ve only got 15 or 20 minutes, you can focus on working through a single level. Got a full hour? Then play through three or four, with cloud saves as a backup in case you run out of time. It\u2019s a perfect throwback to one of the most underrated gems from the \u201890s. If you never had the chance to play PowerSlave, now\u2019s the perfect chance \u2014 whether you\u2019ve got 10 minutes, an hour, or even a whole weekend. The Outer Worlds Image via Obsidian Entertainment \/ Private Division Welcome to Halcyon, friend. After years of fans lobbying for Obsidian Entertainment to return to their beloved work on Fallout: New Vegas, the company finally delivered with an irreverently colourful anti-capitalist adventure, The Outer Worlds. You star as the spanner in the cogs of a galactic megacorporations, whose largesse and incompetence have caused the Halcyon colonies to fall on hard times. It\u2019s up to you to venture across the galaxy as you attempt to salvage what\u2019s left of humanity, working with an eclectic cast of companions as you solve quests from one planet to the next. Taking inspirations from shows and movies like True Grit, Deadwood, Firefly, and the offbeat humour of Futurama, The Outer Worlds is an absolute blast. Its quest-based progression also fits in perfectly if you only have a small chunk of time to dedicate to the game: tackle one big quest every hour, or work off some of the smaller ones while you explore. Either way, it\u2019s worth it. Sable Image via Shedworks In Sable, characters come of age by undergoing a religious rite called The Gliding. It sets the stage for one of the most serene, almost meditative, gaming experiences of the last few years. You play as Sable, helping her navigate the vibrant desert as she leaves her nomadic tribe to discover her powers and sense of self. There\u2019s no combat in Sable, and few puzzles to conquer. It\u2019s a story about helping people, finding your place and understanding how everything is interconnected. It\u2019s perfect in small chunks, with the main story lasting around seven to eight hours. It's an absolute visual treat on high quality screens too, especially 4K HDR-capable models like the Legion 7i. Slay the Spire Image via Mega Crit Games The ultimate timesink for 10 minutes, an hour, or even 10 hours, Slay the Spire is still a masterclass in design. You begin the roguelike card battler at the bottom of the Spire, a tower filled with various creatures, bosses and challenges to overcome. A single battle in Slay the Spire can be finished in seconds; longer fights may take a few minutes. If you have a good run, you can work your way to the heart of the Spire within an hour. Or you may fall tantalizingly short. It all comes down to your deckbuilding, the paths you take and the random encounters thrown in your way. With daily challenges, multiple characters with their unique cards and relics, an Ascension mode, and tons of encounters to discover, Slay the Spire is endlessly replayable. This post was sponsored by Lenovo Legion and Game Pass, where you can enjoy three free months of Game Pass with access to hundreds of games on eligible Lenovo laptops.