The Nintendo Switch turned four-years-old this month, can you believe it? There have been a ton of awesome games, but most notably, there have been plenty of indie games.
I had played indie games here and there before the Nintendo Switch, but I have to admit that I’ve branched out into different games and new genres because of the Switch.
We have a lot – and I mean a lot – of games on the Nintendo Switch. So, I thought I’d pick out just five of some of my favorite indie games.
This one is a platformer, puzzle games from Humble Games. I got a review code from Pure Nintendo Magazine and, because the game is for up to two players, I roped Kris into playing it with me. You essentially play as a couple of witches, harnessing the power of the elements, attempting to save your village from the bad guys (who thinks everyone are witches and wants to kill them).
It wasn’t as much fun alone, but Kris and I had a solid time with it. There’s a lot of sneaking involved – in fact, you don’t want to kill any of the bad guys. You need to stealthly move around them and save the villagers or just make it to the end of the area so you can move on. A lot of communication is involved with this one and it’s a good time over all.
Jisei: The First Case HD
This is another review code I got from Pure Nintendo Magazine and if you’re a fan of visual novels and mystery, this one is great. Developed by SakeVisual and published by Ratalaika Games, this quick visual novel takes place in a coffee shop. A murder occurs and you need to help the detective figure it out, talking with other patrons of the shop at the time and the workers. It’s a solid mystery, the music was awesome, and visuals were great.
Apparently, there are two more games. However, they’re on PC right now and not on the Switch. I’m hoping they come to the Switch soon.
When Kris and I were going through withdrawals of business simulations, we scoured the eShop and found a bunch of “Pocket” games by Kairosoft. Pocket Academy is what it sounds like – it’s a business simulation where you build and run your own school. Like most simulatios, the beginning is a bit slow because you have no money. But the game progresses as you continue to build a bigger school to get more classrooms, thus more kids. You can help the kids choose a career and do well on their final exam, eventually watching them walk across the screen during the graduation ceremony.
It was a charming day, something low-key and chill to pick up and play as you see fit. There are plenty of other games like this such as Pocket Harvest, which was farming. We tried that one as well and would love to try the others some time.
Speaking of business simulations, if you know me then you know I enjoy sealife. Published and developed by Auroch Digital, Megaquarium is another game I got through a review code thanks to Pure Nintendo Magazine. I chose it because I love business sims and… fishies!
There’s not too much to explain with this one. You run an aquarium and need to build tanks, rooms, buy fish, and keep the customers happy. Think Roller Coaster Tycoon but much, much smaller and easier to manage.
A Hero and a Garden
If you’re into story-based games that are quick and don’t require too much gameplay, this is a charming one to pick up. I got a review code through Pure Nintendo Magazine and was able to play it within just an hour or two. It’s mostly reading and getting involved with the story, rather than actually playing a game, but the story is harmwarming. The simple graphics are cute and the music is peaceful. This short game will give you a lot to think about.
Of course, there are plenty of other indie games that I’ve played and loved, but these are just a few. I’m sure there will be plenty more to come.
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