5 Indie Nintendo Switch Games For On-The-Go Gaming
The Nintendo Switch is home to acclaimed AAA titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Super Smash Bros Ultimate. But it has also earned a reputation of being an indie machine, a versatile platform for developers to showcase their creativity. The portability of the handheld makes it an ideal console to play indie titles on the go.
But with such a huge catalogue, finding that perfect indie Nintendo Switch title for your commute or breaks can be quite a challenge. That’s where we come in. We’ve put together a list of a few awesome on-the-go titles for the Switch, and there’s something for everyone!
You can play as a shapeless monster or a clumsy office worker, a ferryman for spirits or a bullet-evading badass. There’s mythology, hilarity and action in our list.
It’s like The Thing — the gory creature from the movie where a monster massacres humans in a military base — but you are the monster. This reverse horror game has you controlling a terrifying blob that gains size and powers with each kill. Terrifying abilities such as invisibility, tentacles, and sticky web projectiles makes it a fast and fluid experience.
The combat is gruesome and fun as you devour your prey and once armed guards come into the equation, you can turn to stealth. You can also control an armed guard to shoot down others. There’s hidden content to find as you explore through the maze-like maps. The 2D, pixel-style art style will remind you of classic platformers.
My Friend Pedro
If Carrion is The Thing, My Friend Pedro is The Matrix. This run-and-gun sidescroller is the ultimate bullet time video game. You can slow time down with the press of a button, and then rack up a killstreak. The game rewards kills that earn you style points.
The objective thus becomes utilizing the environment to pull off the craziest stunts and sequences in combat. You can do backflips off skateboards, ricochet bullets off frying pans, and blast enemies with a shotgun midair.
At the end of each run, you get a score as well as how it compares to global ratings. Therein lies the incentive to repeat levels and be even more acrobatic and stylish. Gameplay is king here, and the environment is a playground. The story thus takes a backseat and seems more like an inside joke. But you do chat a lot with your friend Pedro: a floating, talking banana!
For a game centred around death, Spiritfarer remains enjoyable while handling the subject with care. You play as Stella, the spiritfarer who ferries the deceased into the afterlife. You captain a large boat, sailing the seas of the afterlife while taking your passengers to eternal rest. During your journey, you befriend memorable characters, which makes the final goodbye even more bittersweet.
The open-ended management gameplay lets you farm, mine, fish, harvest, cook, weave, and craft. You can explore and find the materials and resources to expand and manage your boat. The forgiving difficulty, and the beautiful hand-drawn graphics and smooth animation make it a relaxing game. The story and the passengers will stay with you long after you finish the game, which balances a taboo topic with lighthearted fun.
Golf Story is, expectedly, a sports video game. But it is not an out-and-out simulation nor a totally arcadey version of golf. Instead, it is a funny, golfing RPG. It comes across as a homage to the Mario Golf and Mario Tennis games on the Game Boy Color. And the 2D pixel art style further makes for retro fun.
Your character is returning to golf, a sport they loved as a child, after the death of their father. Your comeback starts at the local country club and the first course is Wellspring Grove. The course is small but detailed, like a town from classic Nintendo games. There are lessons and quests at every corner, and wizards and skeletons in the forest! You find a coach, relearn how to play and make your way up the ranks.
The golf itself can be wacky — moles, birds and gators can steal your balls — and surprisingly tight and precise with various clubs, shots, and swings. It’s a fun, nostalgic game about golf that does not require you to know a lot about the sport.
You are the “clumsy child” of a CEO looking to climb up the corporate ladder, quite literally. The bright, animated world of Good Job! features levels across floors of an office building. You have to start from the bottom and make your way to the Penthouse up top.
Each floor has a unique theme; the first floor is meeting rooms and storage areas, next is a warehouse with heavy machinery. You have to complete specific jobs to move on. They could be as simple as moving an object or setting up projectors to ensuring all employees return from their break.
The fun truly begins with experimentation. You can accomplish a job in multiple ways. You can get an object from point A to B in a systematic, slow manner. Or you can rush through it while incurring some property damage cost. Unlock each door or smash through windows. At its core, Good Job! is a satisfying puzzle title with a specific set of rules. The colorful, detailed environments, hilarious ragdoll physics and replayability make it a fun time.
The versatility of Nintendo Switch stands out with the array of available indie games. The developers have utilized the platform to present throwback titles with a twist, which evokes memories of classic games, to refreshing ideas with innovative gameplay. Instead of focusing on acclaimed indie darlings, we have presented the games that might have slipped under your radar.
Whether you are looking for a thought-provoking work of art, some mindless fun, or a role-playing game to sink your hours into, our list will serve you on every commute. If you need some Nintendo eShop Cards to pair up with your games, you can get them from OffGamers right here.