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20. Yooka-Laylee

Price $39.99

Developed By Playtonic Games

Published By Team17 Digital Ltd

Genre Platformer / Adventure / Action

Rating E10+

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.

 

19. 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.

 

18. SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition

Price $19.99

Developed By Image & Form International AB

Published By Image & Form International AB

Genre Action / Strategy / Shooter / RPG

Rating E10+

Players 1

SteamWorld Heist is a very unique strategy shooter from the creators of the SteamWorld Dig series. Play as robot space pirates as they travel from ship to ship in epic tactical shootouts. In similar Wormslike fashion, battle it out in 2D spaces and shoot your opponents whilst achieving the mission’s goal. And don’t forget, some of your bullets can ricochet off walls, so be sure to use that to your advantage!

 

17. The Jackbox Party Pack 3

Price $24.99

Developed By Jackbox Games

Published By Jackbox Games

Genre Party

Rating T

Players 1 – 8

The Jackbox Party Pack series is the ULTIMATE party game franchise (except for perhaps Mario Party)! Whilst all four titles in the series are a lot of fun, we feel as though the third installment contains the most innovative and unique games. Join in on your smart device and laugh at the hilarity that ensues from those around you.

 

16. Snipperclips Plus: Cut it out Together!

Price $29.99

Developed By SFB Games

Published By Nintendo

Genre Puzzle / Action / Multiplayer

Rating E

Players 1 – 4

Snipperclips: Cut it out Together was a launch title for the Nintendo Switch and perfectly utilizes the instant two-player fun that you can have with the Joy-Cons. Work together to cut each other into various shapes so that you can solve some of the creative puzzles that this game has to offer. Despite having to say some pretty strange stuff that can easily be taken out of context, the game is innocent fun with colorful graphics and light-hearted gaming goodness… unless you get frustrated easily.

 

 

15. Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King

Price $14.99

Developed By Castle Pixel

Published By FDG Entertainment

Genre Action / Adventure / RPG / Platformer

Rating E10+

Players 1

So I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Nintendo Switch owners probably like a little series known as Legend of Zelda. Am I right? At launch, the Switch was graced with a beautiful 3D open world Zelda game called Breath of the Wild, but for those who wish to scratch that 2D Zelda itch, this is the game for you! Play as Lily as you traverse dungeons, solve puzzles and defeat bosses in order to awaken the king and stop his evil wizard brother from taking over the Kingdom of Blossom.

If you’d like to know more about this game, then click here to read our review of Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King.

 

14. Dead Cells

Price $24.99

Developed By Motion Twin

Published By Motion Twin

Genre Action / Platformer

Rating T

Players 1

Dead Cells is a procedurally-generating roguelike metroidvania (say that five times fast). The game has a unique art style with 2D sprite-based background and 3D character models that have be down-resed in order to maintain that smooth gameplay whilst keeping true to its art style. Play as an undead science experiment who keeps coming back to life at the beginning each time you die. Make your way through each section and collect as many upgrades. Take down a variety of horrifying enemies, collect precious cells from them and spend them on permanent upgrades to progress through the game.

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

 

 

13. Yoku’s Island Express

Price $19.99

Developed By Villa Gorilla

Published By Team17

Genre Platformer / Adventure / Puzzle / Arcade

Rating E10+

Players 1

Yoku’s Island Express is a Metroidvania Pinball game that is as unique as it sounds. Play as a little beetle tethered to a ball twice his size who has just accepted a new job as a postman (postbug?) on the tropical island of Mokuma. However, Mokuma is in danger as the ancient island deity is trapped in a restless sleep. So it falls to you to gather the three chiefs and save the island… for some reason.

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

 

12. Battle Chef Brigade

Price $19.99

Developed By Trinket Studios

Published By Adult Swim Games

Genre RPG / Puzzle / Platformer / Action

Rating E10+

Players 1

Have you ever wanted to live in a fantasy world, fighting strange monsters and using the ingredients that you harvest from them in Iron Chefesque battles? Well if yes, that’s a strange dream you have there… but you can live it in Battle Chef Brigade! This indie title combines 2 side-scrolling combat with challenging element matching puzzle gameplay to make the best dish in order to appease the judges, beat your opponent and rise the ranks to join the Battle Chef Brigade. With high quality voice acting, beautiful hand drawn visuals and an engaging story, this game has it all.

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

 

11. Axiom Verge: Multiverse Edition

Price $19.99

Developed By Thomas Happ Games LLC

Published By Thomas Happ Games

Genre Adventure / Action / Platformer

Rating E10+

Players 1

Hungry for a new 2D Metroid game this isn’t just a remake? Well, this is the answer! Axiom Verge is clearly inspired by the space bounty hunter we all know and love with graphics that are reminiscent of the SNES iteration. Some consider this indie title as the new Metroid game that we’ve been clambering for for years.

 

10. Inside

Price $19.99

Developed By Playdead

Published By Playdead

Genre Adventure / Puzzle

Rating M

Players 1

With critical acclaim and the winner of many awards, you may have heard about this game before. But just in case you haven’t, here’s the rundown: Inside is a puzzle platformer with dark and melancholic aesthetics. Without giving away too much, play as a young boy seemingly on the run and escaping men with flashlights and ravenous dogs. Inside stands out among the rest with its sombre moods and superb storytelling, a truly spectacular visual experience.

 

9. Owlboy

Price $24.99

Developed By D-Pad Studio

Published By D-Pad Studio

Genre Platformer / Adventure / Action

Rating E10+

Players 1

Meet Otus, a mute Owl who lives in the skies. Otus must save his world from a band of menacing pirates and learn more about the events that lead the Owls to live in the skies. Otus can pick up and carry many things, including friends that he meets along the way that each have their own unique abilities. Owlboy had a ten year development cycle, and the dedication that D-Pad Studio is evidence of its quality and polish – a true love letter to the games of a past era.

 

8. Golf Story

Price $14.99

Developed By Sidebar Games

Published By Sidebar Games

Genre Adventure / RPG / Sports

Rating E

Players 1 – 2

Love golf? Love stories? Well, why not combine the two? This charming little golf game combines the popular sport with RPG mechanics, alongside charming visuals and excellent storytelling. With it’s classic 16-bit art style and precise golfing mechanics, this Switch exclusive is simply a treat to play.

 

7. Overcooked: Special Edition

Price $19.99

Published By Team17 Digital Ltd

Genre Party / Strategy / Communication / Simulation

Rating E

Players 1 – 4

Warning: Do not play this game if you are prone to stress! This frantic co-op cooking game will have you screaming at your friends and family, yelling things like: “the kitchen is on fire!” or “who dropped this plate on the floor?!”. The fun and challenging gameplay is wholly unique with frantic action that you’d expect in any restaurant’s kitchen. However, Overcooked will reveal a whole new side of your loved ones, so you have been warned.

 

6. Stardew Valley

Price $14.99

Developed By ConcernedApe

Published By Chucklefish LTD

Genre RPG / Simulation

Rating E10+

Players 1

Inspired by classic farming simulators such as the Harvest Moon series, Stardew Valley perfects the beloved simulation genre. Build a thriving farm, court townsfolk, mine gems, fish and craft your own story. This indie gem fits right at home on the Nintendo Switch, with the ability to craft your own farming life wherever you go.

 

5. SteamWorld Dig 2

Price $19.99

Developed By Image & Form International AB

Published By Image & Form International AB

Genre Action / Platformer / Adventure / Puzzle

Rating E10+

Players 1

This sequel to Image & Form’s breakout hit SteamWorld Dig follows Dorothy and her mysterious wise-cracking companion in search of her friend Rusty (the protagonist of the original game). Dig down into the depths of the earth’s core, craft your own path and collect jewels in order to upgrade your gear and abilities.

 

4. Rocket League

Price $19.99

Developed By Psyonix

Published By Psyonix

Genre Sports / Racing / Action

Rating E

Players 1 – 4

Players (Online / Local) 1 – 8

The car-soccer phenomenon has come to the Switch and Nintendo made sure that we all knew about it at E3 2017. This addictive game is a perfect addition to Nintendo’s online gaming library, and you can also get a Mario and Luigi hat for your cars… how cute is that!

 

3. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove

Price $24.99

Developed By Yacht Club Games

Published By Yacht Club Games

Genre Action / Adventure / Platformer

Rating E

Players 1 – 2

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is the best value for money, with three full campaigns each packed with their own unique story and campaign. This 8-bit retro inspired platformer feels like it was ripped straight out of the 80s, but with perfectly precise controls and truly fantastic chip-tune music. Any day now we should hear news of a concrete release date for the fourth and final campaign, King of Cards, which will be free to all those who purchase Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove.

 

2. Celeste

Price $19.99

Developed By Matt Makes Games Inc.

Published By Matt Makes Games Inc.

Genre Action / Adventure / Platformer

Rating E10+

Players 1

Celeste is a tough-as-nails platformer that follows Madeline, a young girl on a journey to climb a mountain that tests both her physical and mental strength. Each individual frame contains expertly crafted platforming sections that follows a trek to overcome Madeline’s more pragmatic side that continuously gets in her way.

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

 

Honorable Mentions

Below is a list of games that we know should either be on this list or have the potential to be on the list (from what we’ve heard), but we have not played them (listed in alphabetical order):

  • 20XX
  • The Banner Saga (1-3)
  • The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+
  • Cave Story+
  • De Blob (1&2)
  • The Escapists 2
  • Floor Kids
  • Furi
  • Garage
  • Iconoclasts
  • Ikaruga
  • Into the Breach
  • Limbo
  • Little Dew 2+
  • Lumines Remastered
  • The Messenger (Review in progress)
  • Overcooked 2
  • Oxenfree
  • Pocket Rumble
  • Prison Architect
  • Runbow
  • Salt & Sanctuary
  • Yono and the Celestial Elephants

That’s A LOT of honorable mentions. We have a lot to play so that our next list isn’t missing any great and deserving titles.

But for now, our no.1 indie game for the Nintendo Switch is…

 

 

1. Hollow Knight

Price $15.00

Developed By Team Cherry

Published By Team Cherry

Genre Action / Adventure / Platformer

Rating E10+

Players 1

Hollow Knight is a Metroidvania style platformer that can arguably be compared to such titles that coined the genre itself. Guide Hollow Knight through the ruins of Hallownest, an ancient civilization that is overrun with those who remain. Absorb their souls and use it to heal and cause devastating attacks as you continue to delve deeper into the danger that lurks. Team Cherry’s passion project shines in it visual presentation, with jaw-dropping aesthetics and attention to detail. The combat and movement is incredibly fluid, running at 1080P/60FPS on Nintendo Switch.

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

 

All of these indie darlings are amazing fits on the Nintendo Switch and are perfect games to play in between the Marios and the Zeldas. No doubt we have left out some of your favorites, so if you’re just bursting with rage and just want to scream “Why didn’t you include this game?!”, then feel free to yell at us in the Comments section below… please don’t yell at us.

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Posted by Alex Harding

Lover of chocolate and admirer of video games, Alex is the chief writer/editor of Switchaboo.