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Have your Joy-Cons been sent off to repair? Do you need a game that you can play entirely by using the Switch’s touch screen? Are you tired of being spoken to like you’re about to be sold something… sorry about that.

Touch Screen Games on Nintendo Switch

Here are 13 Switch games that you can play in their entirety with just the touch screen:

Disclaimer: All prices listed below are in USD.

Pokémon Quest

Price FREE!

Published By Nintendo

Genre Strategy / Adventure

Rating E

Players 1

The Pokémon Company have been embracing the mobile market and with the switch itself having a touch screen, it was inevitable that they’d release some of them on the hybrid console. Pokémon Quest is a free to play game that features all of your favourite Pokémon in block form.

OXENFREE

Price $19.99

Developed By Night Scho

Published By Night School

Genre Adventure

Rating T

Players 1

This mind-twisting adventure can be played entirely in handheld mode. Set on an old abandoned military island, a group of teenagers spend a night to get away from their troubles. However as the night progresses, ghosts of the island’s past begin to terrorise the group, possessing their bodies and forcing them to face their fears. Each decision that you make can alter the outcome of the story and the relationships with the characters. OXENFREE is an award-winning game that simply must be played by anyone who loves a good scary story.

Steamworld Heist: Ultimate Edition

Price $19.99

Developed By Image & Form

Published By Image & Form

Genre Action / Strategy / RPG

Rating E10+

Players 1

With the success of Image and Form’s Steamworld Dis series, Steamworld Heist has been criminally overlooked. This iteration of the steampunk robot-inhabited universe has you playing as a band of robot space pirates, going from one ship to the other and battling it out in 2D turn-based shooting combat. Steamworld Heist takes precision-perfect aiming with the ability to ricochet your bullets in order to pull off some tricky maneuvers. The Ultimate edition on Nintendo Switch also comes with ‘The Outsider’ campaign and many more weapons and upgrades for you to unleash some havoc on your enemies.

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido

Price $49.99

Developed By Nintendo

Published By Nintendo

Genre Puzzle / Action

Rating E

Players 1 – 2

Sushi Striker may not have received the success that Nintendo were hoping for, but the game is actually a well-crafted touch screen adventure that is brimming with a lot more content than you would expect. With fully voice acted anime cutscenes and approximately 25 hours worth of gameplay. Sushi Striker simultaneously released alongside the 3DS version leading us to speculate that Nintendo brought it over to the Switch as they were worried about how a new IP would do on the 3DS in 2018. But the touch screen nature of the game truly shows off the Switch’s screen capabilities with fast-paced match-up puzzle action.

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Burly Men at Sea

Price $9.99

Developed By Brain & Brain / Seaven Studio

Published By Plug In Digital

Genre Adventure / Puzzle

Rating E10+

Players 1

The award winning Burly Men at Sea is best described as a choose your own adventure interactive picture book. Three bearded men find a map in a bottle at sea which leads them on journeys of discovery and wonder inspired by Norwegian folklore. Make new decisions and proceed down different paths to reveal more strange mystical tales. Each play through takes approximately 30 minutes, the perfect amount of time for a bus ride or bedtime story. The gameplay mechanics are simple, requiring you to simply move from left to right and interact with characters and objects. The dialogue is charming and witty and often puts a smile on the players face.

Darkest Dungeon

Price $24.99

Developed By Red Hook Studios

Published By Red Hook Studios

Genre RPG / Strategy / Adventure

Rating T

Players 1

Darkest Dungeon is an incredibly in depth RPG that not only pits you against monsters, but against psychological trauma. The art style is crisp and melancholic, with a fantastic art style that has its very own style. With 16 playable characters, each with their own abilities and styles. With over 60 hours of gameplay, all of which can be completed with just the touch screen, that’s a lot of gameplay without any need for Joy-Cons or controllers.

Gorogoa

Price $14.99

Developed By Buried Signal

Published By Annapurna Interactive

Genre Adventure / Puzzle

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. Play the entire game in handheld mode, using the touch screen to maneuver through beautiful images that will leave your mouth wide open in amazement.

If you’d like to learn more about Gorogoa, why not check out our Quick review.

Thimbleweed Park

Price $19.99

Developed By Terrible Toybox, Inc.

Published By Terrible Toybox

Genre Adventure / Puzzle

Rating T

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 title will bring out a range of emotions as it encapsulates the magical storytelling from Gilbert and Winnick.

The World Ends with You: Final Remix

Price $49.99

Developed By Square Enix

Published By Nintendo

Genre RPG

Rating T

Players 1 – 2

In this classic DS RPG, play as Neku in the busy heart of Tokyo and complete daily missions in the Reapers’ Game. The original version focussed a lot around touch screen controls and while the Switch version was criticised for its poor motion controls in docked mode, the best way to play this version of this game is with the touch screen, which is what we’re looking for here, right?

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

Price $59.99

Developed By Firaxis Games / Aspyr Media

Published By 2K Games

Genre Strategy

Rating E10+

Players 1 – 4

Sir Meier’s Civilization VI is a game where you can build your own empire and conquer your enemies, and on the Nintendo Switch, you can do it all in the palm of your hands. The game was originally developed for PC, so the touch screen recreates the mouse cursor. The Nintendo Switch version also includes all additional scenario packs, so that’s a lot of Civilization!

Fallout Shelter

Price FREE!

Developed By Bethesda Game Studios

Published By Bethesda Softworks

Genre Simulation / RPG / Strategy

Rating T

Players 1

Fans had been clambering for Fallout on the Switch and they got their wish… sort of. Fallout Shelter allows you to build and maintain your very own vault. Craft your own items, send dwellers to the surface and make sure you have citizens with a wide range of skills on order to thrive and survive. Fallout Shelter was initially developed for mobile devices, so the game is perfectly optimised for touch screen controls. Build a better life… underground.

VOEZ

Price $25.00

Published By Flyhigh Works

Genre Music

Rating T

Players 1

VOEZ is a rhythm-based music game that simply requires you to touch notes that fall from above in time with the music. The plot is based around six high school students in a band who slowly reach international fame. With over 100 songs to play through, VOEZ is a sure thing for anyone wanting a touch screen rhythm game on Switch.

The Banner Saga Trilogy

Price $49.99 (or $24.99 per game)

Developed By Stoic

Published By Gearbox Publishing

Genre RPG / Strategy

Rating T

Players 1

The Banner Saga games are strategy RPGs based in Nordic mythology. Overcome the oncoming hordes of dredge and bask in the games’ gorgeous art style. These games pack a lot of content into them and every minute can be played using touch screen controls. You can buy the physical copy that comes with all three titles, or you can download each game individually right now!

What are some of your favourite touch screen games on Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the Comments section below.

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Posted by Alex Harding