When you ask most gamers about good games to play on the Nintendo Switch, usually the first answers involve games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Super Mario Odyssey. One of the great things about this system, however, is the ability for indie games to flourish on it. The indie scene on the Switch has brought many hits that gamers have loved, despite the smaller companies behind them. With so many unique and enjoyable indie games within its library, it’s hard to only choose five of them for this list. Regardless, here are five indie games that you should play right now on the Nintendo Switch.
Battle Chef Brigade
Normally when you hear about a game that mixes match-three puzzle and action platforming elements, you question the quality of the game as a whole. This isn’t the case with Battle Chef Brigade. It blends all three genres in an unexpected way that surprisingly works. You take part in various cook-offs in the form of match-three puzzles, while also having to gather ingredients by fighting monsters and exploring the world around you. Combine this with the beautiful hand-drawn art style and charming characters, and you have an indie game that should be on your radar.
Trapped on an island containing an old military base, a group of teenagers work together to both return home and discover what dark secrets the island holds. Though Oxenfree doesn’t contain much in terms of gameplay, its captivating story alone justifies playing through the game. The characters are relatable, with each having his or her own personal baggage that you learn about along the way. Each interaction you have is well-written and realistic to the point where you feel like you are actually developing meaningful relationships. This, along with a small horror element thrown in, makes the small adventure game a must-have on the Switch.
Owlboy is probably one of the most charming indie games out there. This twin-stick shooter/platformer game has you play as a young mute named Otus with the capability to fly, spin, dash… and that’s pretty much it. However, Otus can also carry his friends around, who each have special abilities, in order to combat enemies and solve puzzles within the Metroidvania-style levels of the game. Owlboy has a lot going for it. The story keeps you engaged, the pixel art style reminds you of games of the past, and the gorgeous music makes you feel a sense of adventure. Overall, this is a game that you don’t want to miss on the Switch.
SteamWorld Dig 2
SteamWorld Dig 2 is a perfect example of what you want in a sequel. It brings everything that players loved about the original and improves upon it. The game has you explore underground levels in an attempt to find and rescue the protagonist of the original game. Unlike its predecessor however, the Metroidvania levels are now hand-crafted instead of procedurally generated. This makes the game more about skill than luck, which is a big improvement. Each mine you dig through offers a plethora of item-collecting and exploring that makes playing the game exciting and rewarding. Ultimately, this is an indie game that makes you want to discover all that it has to offer.
There are games out there that exist purely for the player’s entertainment, but there are also games that exist in order to send a message to its audience. Celeste is a game that tells a meaningful story surrounding themes such as mental illness and the need to be accepted. The game also contains engaging, fast-paced platforming along the lines of Super Meat Boy that give the player a satisfying challenge. When all is said and done, Celeste takes you on a deep and beautiful adventure that speaks bounds and attracts all kinds of audiences.
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