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The Nintendo Switch has so many amazing indie titles that can be considered some of the best games on the system.

There are a lot of them, so instead of sifting through that eShop, we’ve made a list of 40 of the best indie titles that simply must be played by any indie gaming enthusiast (as of October, 2018). Nintendo has taken a positive direction with regards to making it easier for indie game developers to make games, and it shows! 

Disclaimer: We are only listing titles that we have personally played as we do not believe in putting a game on a list that we have not personally experienced. Therefore, there may be a few notable exclusions (such as Limbo and Darkest Dungeon), but we will try our best to get to them and consider them for our future when we update the list in December. If there are any games that you believe should be a candidate for this list, please let us know in the comment section below.

Note: All prices are in USD.

 

40. Thimbleweed Park

Price $19.99

Developed By Terrible Toybox, Inc.

Published By Terrible Toybox

Genre Adventure / Puzzle

Required Space 1.3 GB

Players 1

From the creators of the phenomenon Monkey Island, Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick have made another masterpiece with Thimbleweed Park. This game takes place in a town of the same name and is set in neo-noir 1987. Play as five characters, all trying to uncover mysteries of murder and terror. With serious themes coupled alongside witty humour, this indie gem will bring out a range of emotions as it encapsulates the magical storytelling that Gilbert and Winnick are known for.

 

39. Fast RMX

Price $19.99

Developed By Shin’en

Published By Shin’en

Genre Racing / Action / Arcade

Required Space 908 MB

Players 1 – 4

Players (Local / Online) 2 – 8

Some of you may have played Fast Racing Neo on the Wii U. If so, then this game might seem a little familiar. Fast Racing RMX combines fast action-packed racing with futuristic graphics and smooth controls. Even though fans have been screaming for a new F-Zero game for well over a decade now, at least we have this indie gem to tie us over.

 

38. Bleed 2

Price $14.99

Developed By BOOTDISK REVOLUTION

Published By Digerati

Genre Action / Adventure / Fighting / Platformer

Rating T

Players 1 – 2

Bleed 2 is a run n’ gun 2D sidescroller that improves on everything that its predecessor had done before it. With smooth controls, heart pumping music and off the walls action, the game is an adrenaline kick that delivers in every way. Fight big bosses and utilize its slow motion mechanic to make last second dodges and feel like Neo from the Matrix. Bleed 2’s main story is a short experience that can be finished in a single hour, but there are plenty of modes to keep you coming back. So if you were looking for something quick to play through in a single afternoon, then this is the game for you.

If you’d like to know more about this game, then click here to read our Quick Reviews On Bleed and Bleed 2.

 

37. Freedom Planet

Price $14.99

Developed By GalaxyTrail

Published By Marvelous (XSEED)

Genre Action / Adventure

Rating E10+

Players 1

You gotta go fast, and we’re not talking about Sonic. No, Freedom Planet is a fast-paced action platformer that combines the exciting speed of Sonic with action-based combat. Play as Sash Lilac, a mystical dragon who must recover the Kingdom Stone in order to bring back peace throughout Avalice. Freedom Planet features a surprisingly deep story, complete with voice acting (albeit a little corny at times).

 

36. Poi: Explorer Edition

Price $29.99

Developed By PolyKid, LLC

Published By PolyKid

Genre Platformer / Adventure

Rating E10+

Players 1

For those who grew up in the golden age of 3D platformers, this game will surely tickle that nostalgia bone. Poi is an ambitious title that takes inspiration from classic Super Mario and Banjo-Kazooie games on the Nintendo 64. Embark on a grand adventure across many worlds, and don’t forget to pick up  many collectibles along the way!

If you’d like to know more about this game, then click here to read our review of Poi.

 

35. Velocity 2X

Price $19.99

Developed By FuturLab

Published By Curve Digital

Genre Shooter / Action / Platformer / Arcade

Rating E10+

Players 1

Velocity 2X combines fast-paced SHMUP action with 2D platforming, allowing you to fly into areas that has you to take down the enemy from the inside. Play as Lt. Kai Tana and take down the enemy aliens known as Vokh who had conducted cybernetics modifications on her body. Use these new power ups to take them down and protect your newly founded allies. Including all DLC and daily challenges, this indie darling is packed full of fast-paced content.

 

34. Severed

Price $14.99

Developed By DrinkBox Studios

Published By DrinkBox Studios

Genre Action / RPG

Required Space 148 MB

Players 1

Developed by the same company that brought us Guacamelee, Severed utilizes their iconic artstyle with a unique gameplay twist. Use touch screen controls to slash at enemies with precision and timing. This first-person dungeon crawler is bursting with personality and is definitely one to consider if you like to play the Switch in handheld mode.

 

33. Jotun: Valhalla Edition

Price $14.99

Developed By Thunder Lotus Games

Published By Thunder Lotus Games

Genre Action / Adventure

Rating T

Players 1

Jotun: Valhalla Edition is a beautifully hand-drawn action game that immerses you in Norse mythology. Thora, a female viking warrior who has suffered an inglorious death, must prove herself to the Gods in order to enter Valhalla. Featuring nine levels filled to the brim with Viking mythology, take down ferocious Jotuns (giant Norse elementals) with Thora’s two-handed axe and powers bestowed upon her by the gods.

 

32. Minit

Price $9.99

Published By Devolver Digital

Genre Action / Adventure

Rating E

Players 1

Minit is a black and white action adventure game akin to classic Legend of Zelda games. But there’s a twist: You only get 60 seconds until you die and are sent back to the house. Get to the bottom of the cursed swords by gaining hints and uncovering your next move. Use the time that you have to make quick progress, and save the world one minute at a time.

If you’d like to know more about this game, then click here to read our Quick Review.

 

31. Gorogoa

Price $14.99

Developed By Buried Signal

Published By Annapurna Interactive

Genre Puzzle / Adventure

Rating E

Players 1

Gorogoa is an artistic puzzle game that is laid out on a square with four images. The player must delve deeper into each image to find connections with each other. Guide the young boy across various religious and spiritual themes in a 20th century European setting.

If you’d like to know more about this game, then click here to read our Quick Review.

 

30. Blaster Master Zero

Price $9.99

Developed By INTI CREATES CO., LTD.

Published By INTI CREATES CO., LTD.

Genre Action / Adventure / Shooter

Rating E

Players 1 – 2

With the return of a classic NES platforming series, Blaster Master Zero fits right at home on the Nintendo Switch. Go back and forth between side-scrolling 2D and topdown areas to experience the best that this unforgotten era has to offer.

 

29. Night in the Woods

Price $19.99

Developed By Infinite Fall

Published By Finji

Genre Adventure / Platformer

Required Space 6.3 GB

Players 1

Night in the Woods may seem cute and fluffy with its stylistic design, but it contains more mature themes than you’d initially expect. This game brings up everyday issues of local businesses and the pressures of adulthood. Explore a vibrant world and talk to the furry residents to reveal some truly deep and emotional moments.

 

28. West of Loathing

Price $11.00

Developed By Asymmetric

Published By Asymmetric

Genre Adventure / RPG

Required Space

Players 1

Don’t let West of Loathing’s simplistic art style fool you, there is so much more to this game that what appears on the surface. Combat is surprisingly deep and the world contains much to explore and discover. But where this game truly shines is in its dialogue. With witty banter set in a classic western, West of Loathing will actually make you laugh out loud. Play one of three character classes and fight back as the cows have literally come home.

 

27. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon

Price $9.99

Developed By INTI CREATES CO., LTD.

Published By INTI CREATES CO., LTD.

Genre Action / Platformer

Required Space

Players 1

Inti Creates is responsible for some of the most memorable Nindies, and Curse of the Moon continues that trend by paying homage to classic side-scrolling Castlevania games. This title keeps the core gameplay elements of the series like platforming, boss fights, and falling backwards into pits, but eases newcomers in with some needed difficulty settings. Experienced players might still find the “veteran” setting too easy, but the post-game which restricts your party should alleviate any of those concerns, and helps keep the experience fresh. It’s short, but stands as a great appetizer to the upcoming Ritual of the Night.

 

26. Dust: An Elysian Tail

Price $14.99

Developed By BOOTDISK REVOLUTION

Published By Digerati

Genre Action / Adventure / Fighting / Platformer

Rating T

Players 1 – 2

Dust: An Elysian Tail lets you go on a wondrous journey that is beautifully hand-painted and bursting with color. Play as Dust, a warrior with a warped memory, alongside the mythical Blade of Ahrah and the blade’s guardian, Fidget. This indie features a rich combat system with RPGlike upgrade systems along with the ability to craft your own weapons and armor. Dust: An Elysian Tail is also fully voice acted and makes the world feel so much more alive with personality.

 

25. Enter the Gungeon

Price $14.99

Developed By Dodge Roll

Published By Devolver Digital

Genre Action / Adventure / Arcade

Required Space 362 MB

Players 1 – 2

Enter the Gungeon is a unique dungeon crawler that pits you against hordes of enemies and big baddies in order to find the gun that can kill the past. With seven heroes to choose from and an array of guns to fight with, you’ll be gunning down enemies for hours on end!

 

24. Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap

Price $26.79

Published By DotEmu

Genre Adventure / Action / Platformer / Other

Required Space 889 MB

Players 1

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is a wonderful recreation of the classic Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap (basically the same name) on the Sega Master System. This indie darling features beautiful recreations of its artwork and music, with the ability to go back to the old retro style on a whim. Play as a boy (or as a girl in this remake) who gets inflicted with curses that transforms him/her into various animals, each with their own unique abilities. This remake is a love letter to retro gaming and a gift to fans of simpler times.

 

23. Crypt of the Necrodancer

Price $19.99

Developed By Brace Yourself Games

Published By Brace Yourself

Genre RPG / Music / Action / Other

Rating T

Players 1 – 2

Crypt of the Necrodancer is an indie game that combines rhythm gaming with RPG action dungeon crawling. As much as that may sound like an odd mismatch, it somehow works so well to create an incredibly unique gaming experience. You have fallen deep down into a dungeon and you need to recapture your still beating heart that beats to the rhythm of the music. Fight your way through procedurally-generated dungeons and get to the end in order to slay the NecroDancer.

 

22. Yooka-Laylee

Price $39.99

Developed By Playtonic Games

Published By Team17 Digital Ltd

Genre Platformer / Adventure / Action

Required Space 5.3 GB

Players 1 – 4

Want some more 3D platforming goodness? Then look no further than Yooka-Laylee! From a team largely built on many ex-Rare employees, Playtonic Games brings us a beautiful 3D platformer in the same vein as Banjo-Kazooie and Conker’s Bad Fur Day. With the soundtrack composed by Grant Kirkhope himself, you’ll feel just like a kid again collecting pagies and fast-forwarding through those dialogue grunts and squawks.

 

21. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero: Ultimate Edition

Price $29.99

Developed By WayForward

Published By WayForward

Genre Action / Adventure / Platformer

Rating T

Players 1

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero was the result of a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign. Shantae has never looked better in High Definition, with an eye-popping art style and character designs that have been years in the making. This new iteration of Shantae allows the half-genie to transform into different animals, each with their own unique abilities. Play as Shantae as she saves the day again, this time by helping Uncle Mimic retrieve the missing components in order for him to finish off his newest creation of the Dynamo. With the Ultimate Edition, you also get more expansions as well as a few new transformations.

 

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Posted by Alex Harding