Stray, the new adventure game from BlueTwelve Studio, is now available for PS4, PS5, and PC. If you’re a PlayStation Plus Extra or Premium subscriber, you’ll receive Stray for no extra cost as part of your membership, and with the potential of a lot of players leaping into this cat-tastic journey, we know you may be wondering: how long is Stray?
With that in mind, we have four of IGN’s team who have already beaten Stray on
hand paw to offer up how long Stray took them to beat. We’ve got perspectives from those who simply tried to beat Stray’s main adventure, others who were looking to 100%, and even others who have gotten into speedrunning it. Read on for a breakdown of how long Stray took all of us to beat, and if you want more, be sure to read IGN’s Stray review, and check out our Stray IGN wiki guide if you’re playing. And for a more detailed breakdown of how long Stray has taken players to beat, and to submit your own time, be sure to check out Stray’s How Long to Beat page.
Tom Marks, Reviewer and Deputy Reviews Editor
It took me almost exactly five hours to finish Stray, with a playstyle I would describe as thorough but not obsessive. I got the majority of its collectible secrets, only missed a few of the hidden “memories”, and completed all the side tasks for its robot citizens that I managed to find. I definitely took my time to enjoy silly cat moments here and there too (including a few naps), so I wouldn’t say I was rushing through anything, but it probably wouldn’t take me more than an hour or so more to find everything else I missed.
Jonathon Dornbush, Senior Features Editor
My playthrough of Stray clocked in at just under 5 hours, 4:57 to be exact. I finished with all but three of Stray’s main collectible, the memories you collect as you go. And I completed some, but not all, of the sidequests that several friendly robots present to you. My collectible haul was thanks to a pretty healthy chunk of time spent wandering around, because BlueTwelve has created such a lovely world to explore. I spoke with every robot I could, scratched plenty, but rarely snoozed, so almost all of that time is me actively playing to complete the adventure, rather than, say, taking a nap for an hour to get a Trophy. But expect that time to be added to my playthrough clock soon enough.
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Mark Medina, Senior Editorial Producer
When I first started playing Stray, I very much intended to take my time with it, and I’m happy to say I did! I spread my first playthrough out over multiple days, playing a couple chapters per day, and took my time to interact with as many robots as I could. Still, as much as I wanted to make it last forever, I finally rolled credits at exactly 4 hours 30 minutes and 29 seconds – according to the in-game timer. During that playthrough, I found 16 of the 27 collectibles, and completed around half of the PlayStation Trophy list. That said, one of the trophies requires you to beat Stray in under two hours, and I’m happy to report that that’s extremely achievable, as I jumped back in, this time with the objective of beating it as fast as possible. The cutscenes aren’t skippable, but the dialogue is and with me blasting through every puzzle, I finished my second playthrough at just under two hours. But please save your speedrun playthrough for your second attempt though, take your time and enjoy it your first time around!
Brendan Graeber, Guides Editor
Writing the guide for Stray, I was committed to finding every last collectible and secret hiding in the decaying cyberpunk city. Thanks to the ability to replay chapters, going back to find something I overlooked took very little time, and I was able to find everything Stray had to offer in around 6-7 hours. Of course, trophy hunters should probably also plan to allocate an extra hour once you find a good spot for a catnap.
For more on Stray, check out 10 totally normal cat things you can do while playing Stray, and check out Stray’s Trophy list if you’re looking to Platinum it.