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Gaming on a budget? Well, look no further! You don’t have to spend $60 on every game you buy, there are some fantastic cheap Switch games for under $5 just waiting to be bought and played; from platformers, to puzzle, to party games!

Disclaimer: All prices are in USD. Also if there are any games that you feel deserve to be on this list, please don’t hesitate to let us know by emailing us at team@switchaboo.com.

12 Orbits

Price $1.99
Developed By Roman Uhlig
Published By Roman Uhlig
Genre Party / Action / Adventure / Sports
Rating E
Players 2 – 12

12 Orbits is the perfect game to bring out at a party. The game supports up to 12 players at once and you don’t even need any addition controllers. With four gameplay modes, each player with just one finger per player, 12 Orbits is easy to pick up but hard to put down.

Abyss

Price $2.99
Developed By EnjoyUp Games
Published By EnjoyUp Games
Genre Party / Action / Adventure / Simulation
Rating E
Players 1 – 2

Abyss is set on Earth that is lacking in natural resources in the year 3024. Control a robot, tasked with exploring the deep depths in order to search for a new energy source known as Gaia. But beware, your light will progressively dwindle as time passes.

Awe

Price $4.99
Developed By Badlands Development Studios
Published By BLG Publishing
Genre Arcade / Puzzle / Strategy
Rating E
Players 1

Awe has you play as a god, solving puzzles on a low-poly worldly scale. The game is less about being a challenge, rather it allows you to feel and craft worlds on a grand scale of majestic simplicity.

Back to Bed

Price $4.99
Developed By Bedtime Digital Games
Published By 2Awesome Studios
Genre Puzzle
Rating E10+
Players 1

Are you prone to sleepwalking? Well, Bob is. Bob often falls asleep at work and proceeds to go wandering about the big city. You may think that this might be dangerous for poor Bob, but he luckily has a guardian that guides him through the 3D mazrlike puzzles.

Bury Me, My Love

Price $4.99
Developed By Pixel Hunt
Published By Plug In Digital
Genre Adventure / Other / Simulation / Education
Rating E10+
Players 1

Bury Me, My Love is a text message-based adventure game that follows Nour, a Syrian migrant who has left her war-torn and is making her way to Europe. Meanwhile, Nour’s husband, Majd, has remained in Syria and keeps in contact with his wife via a messaging app. Your replies will shape her journey and carve out the story as it unfolds.

Color Zen Kids

Price $3.99
Developed By Large Animal
Published By Cypronia
Genre Puzzle / Education / Training / Study
Rating E
Players 1

If you’re looking for a game to buy for your kids for under $5, then Color Zen Kids may well be a great choice. Not only is the game bright and colourful, but it also is a unique puzzle game that requires thought and colour coordination. If you like the look of this game by find it a little too childish, then there is also a free-to-download game, aptly named Color Zen, that has level packs to buy for 99c each.

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Ding Dong XL

Price $0.99
Developed By Nickervision Studios
Published By Nickervision Studios
Genre Action / Arcade 
Rating E
Players 1

Ding Dong XL is a simplistic arcade game that has you shooting a ball from one side to the other. It may not sound like much, but the concept relies on its addictive simplicity instead of attempting to complicate things. And for a single dollar, it’s absolutely worth the buck.

If you’d like to learn more about Ding Dong XL, click here to read our review.

Downwell

Price $2.99
Developed By Moppin
Published By Devolver Digital
Genre Arcade / Action / Adventure
Rating E10+
Players 1

Downwell is such a simple concept, which is what makes this an easy buy. Published by Devolver Digital (Enter the Gungeon & The Messenger), Downwell has you falling down a well because… Downwell. Collect gems as you fall and trade them for upgrades to see how far you can make it down the well. Downwell is also a no-brainer if you happen to own a Flip Grip as you can play the game in vertical mode.

Drowning

Price $2.99
Developed By Sometimes You
Published By Sometimes You
Genre Adventure / Simulation / Other
Rating E10+
Players 1

Play as a young boy from his time in grade 7 onwards, slowly coming to grips with his struggles with depression and mental illness. Cast your eyes around the beautiful low poly environments and soak in the atmosphere that accentuates this hard-hitting story which contains multiple endings.

Flood of Light

Price $4.99
Developed By indienova
Published By indie nova
Genre Puzzle / Adventure / Platformer / Other
Rating E
Players 1

Flood of Light is a beautifully crafted puzzle game. Play as a mysterious young girl who can seemingly control light in a city flooded by water. With stunning art, captivating lighting effects and calming music, Flood of Light is certainly a game to immerse yourself in.

Golf Peaks

Price $4.99
Developed By Afterburn
Published By 7Levels
Genre Puzzle / Sports / Board Game
Rating E
Players 1

Golf Peaks is a simple little mini-golf game that takes place on secluded cube-like courses. But instead of thinking of Golf Peaks as a sports game, it’s really better suited to be described as a puzzle game. With the use of numbered cards to guide the ball along the course to reach the hole, Golf Peaks takes a whole new spin on a sport that’s been gamified so many times.

Gunman Clive HD Collection

Price $3.99
Developed By Hörberg Productions
Published By Hörberg Productions
Genre Platformer / Action / Arcade
Rating E10+
Players 1

The Gunman Clive series and its Mega Man style of run ‘n gun platforming has been a hit over the years, with it’s simplistic art style and smooth gameplay. Set in the wild west, Gunman Clive must shoot it out with bandits, outlaws and big bosses that will challenge you. So what’s better than one great game for under $5? Well two, of course!

Gyro Boss DX

Price $4.99
Developed By Chequered Ink
Published By Chequered Ink
Genre Action / Arcade / Party
Rating E
Players 1 – 4

Gyro Boss DX is a retro inspired bullet-hell arcade game that has you circling an invading alien and dodging the projectiles that come your way. The game also comes complete with a Party Mode that pits you against your friends and family in a last man standing deathmatch. Gyro Boss DX thrives in its simplicity and it’s this that makes it a perfect game to throw $5 at.

If you’d like to learn more about Gyro Boss DX, then click here to read your review.

Hook

Price $1.99
Developed By Rainbow Train Games
Published By Rainbow Train Games
Genre Puzzle
Rating E
Players 1

Hook is a very simple puzzle game that requires you to retract all of the lines in order to complete a level. However, this is easier said than done. The lines must be retracted in specific orders as one line’s path may be blocked by another. The game starts off easy, but it quickly becomes a head-scratching brain-twister as the levels become much more complex.

If you’d like to learn more about Hook, then click here to read our review.

KAMIKO

Price $4.99
Developed By Skipmore
Published By Flyhigh Works
Genre Action / Arcade
Rating E
Players 1

This indie darling is similar to topdown Legend of Zelda games with an arcade twist. Battle demons, solve puzzles and break all the seals to face off against various stage bosses. With its charming art style and familiar gameplay for just $4.99, this one is a no-brainer.

Knight Terrors

Price $2.99
Developed By FreakZone Games
Published By Nicalis
Genre Action
Rating E10+
Players 1

Knight Terrors is a 2D endless runner that has you playing as ‘The Knight’ to jump over floating burning skulls, zombies and sharp logs. Level up, unlock new weapons and continue to run as far as you can.

Kuso

Price $4.99
Developed By Mokuzai Studio
Published By Mokuzai Studio
Genre Platformer / Action / Arcade / Adventure
Rating E
Players 1 – 2

Kuso is a tough-as-nails precision-based 2D p[latformer that requires your full concentration. Complete 41 bite-sized levels either by yourself, or race a friend in side-by-side local multiplayer. With hidden collectibles and secrets to find, Kuso is a conveniently quick challenge for even the most skilled players.

Mad Age & This Guy

Price $3.99
Developed By SimFabric
Published By SimFabric
Genre Puzzle / Action / Arcade / Strategy
Rating E
Players 1

Mad Age & This Guy is a single-player Bombermanlike game that has you solving puzzles with bombs through a variety of environments. With over 10 hours of gameplay packed into a $4 game, Mad Age & This Guy

Mom Hid My Game!

Price $4.99
Developed By Kemco
Published By Kemco
Genre Puzzle / Simulation / Adventure / Board Game
Rating E
Players 1

Remember when you were a kid and your mum would take away your game until you did your homework. Well, now you can experience that IN a game… MINDBLOWN! Mom Hid My Game! is a quirky little puzzle game about finding where your game is.

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Opus: The Day We Found Earth

Price $5.00
Developed By SIGONO Inc.
Published By Flyhigh Works
Genre Adventure
Rating E
Players 1

Millions of years have passed and mankind has forgotten where it has come from. In Opus: The Day We Found Earth, go on a heartfelt adventure throughout the galaxy as you help Emeth the robot search for answers for the sake of his creator, Dr. Lisa.

Peace, Death! Complete Edition

Price $4.99
Developed By Hypetrain Digital
Published By Hypetrain Digital
Genre Arcade / Puzzle / Simulation / Adventure
Rating T
Players 1

You are the Reaper, a trainee at Apocalypse Inc., working under Death himself. Your job is to figure out who goes to Heaven, or Hell, or Purgatory. What seems to be a menial task eventually snowballs into a frenzy, as your scythe-wielding boss gives you more and more rules every day in your seven-week trial that complicates matters.

If you’d like to learn more about Peace, Death! Complete Edition, click here to read our review.

Reigns: Game of Thrones

Price $3.99
Developed By Nerial
Published By Devolver Digital
Genre Adventure / RPG / Strategy / Simulation
Rating T
Players 1

Reigns: Game of Thrones takes the familiar decision-making gameplay of Reigns and places it in the world of Game of Thrones’ Westeros. Defend the Iron Throne through text-based scenarios and feel the pressure that comes from sitting on the Iron Throne. But remember, Valar Morghulis.

if you’d like to learn more about Reigns: Game of Thrones, click here to read our review.

Revertia

Price $4.99
Published By PLiCy
Genre Platformer / Action / Puzzle / Board Game
Rating E
Players 1

Revertia is a puzzle platformer with a very unique premise. The game is inspired by a classic board game called Reversi (often referred to as Othello) and puts its own video game spin on it. 

If you’d like to learn more about Revertia, then click here to read out review.

Space Dave!

Price $4.99
Developed By Choice Provisions
Published By Choice Provisions
Genre Platformer / Action / Arcade
Rating E
Players 1 – 2

Space Dave! is a retro-inspired shooter akin to classics like Space Invaders. Defend the ground that you can move on and shoot up at hordes of oncoming waves of enemies. Space Dave! also features two-player local co-op, online leaderboards and challenging boss fights to put your retro arcade skills to the test.

Tennis in the Face

Price $4.99
Developed By 10tons
Published By 10tons
Genre Puzzle / Sports
Rating E10+
Players 1

Tennis in the Face is exactly as the name suggests: hitting tennis balls in order to hit and take out enemies (in the face). Work up your fastest serves and whack balls into enemies and trigger chain reactions to take out groups of enemies in over 100 levels plus bonus game modes.

Timberman VS

Price $1.99
Developed By Digital Melody
Published By Forever Entertainment
Genre Arcade / Sports
Rating E
Players 1 – 4

Timberman VS is a fun party game for those hosting on a budget. Chop down trees as fast as you can, dodging branches left-to-right. Timberman VS also features three modes: Classic Mode, Hero Mode and Race Mode, so there will be plenty of trees to chop for just $2.

Toki Tori

Price $4.99
Developed By Two Tribes Publishing
Published By Two Tribes Publishing
Genre Platformer / Puzzle
Rating E
Players 1

Toki Tori is a cute 2D platformer that has simple but engaging gameplay which requires you to guide a little baby chick who is unable to jump through each level and collect every egg. The gameplay is simple, but it will quickly become much more of a challenge than you’d initially expect.

Totes the Goat

Price $4.99
Developed By Atooi
Published By Atooi
Genre Platformer / Action / Arcade / Puzzle
Rating E
Players 1

Totes the Goat is a simplistic puzzle platformer that may seem familiar to some. Avoid enemies and hazards and make your way through each level, making sure to jump onto each platform.

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Posted by Alex Harding