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Cheap Indie Games for Switch

Nintendo fun that's easy on the wallet

A.J. Maciejewski

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With so many Nindies constantly releasing, here are 6 cheap Switch games that'll help you decide what to get from the Nintendo eShop.

A.J. has been obsessively gaming since the late '80s and is just as passionate about video games in 2023. 🐻

Cattails Review Switch ★★★★☆

Here's a game about an abandoned cat who goes on a magical survival-based adventure. Let's check it out! v1d30chumz 3-235-186-94

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The mayor of this little cat village sure is a pleasant fellow

As the most expensive game featured in this article, Cattails is definitely worth its price. When I first started playing it, I didn't know what to think. From the sad opening where a family abandons their cat in a field to the unconventional visuals and weird cast of talking felines; this is one unique game. However, once I started to explore the world while gathering various pieces of vegetation and stealthily hunting small animals for food and as a sacrifice to some mystical pillar thing, I found myself thoroughly enjoying life as a stray cat. As you play, you'll unlock a variety of cool ways to customize your cat as well as improve its abilities. It's rewarding stuff and the adaptive music is masterfully accomplished as it offers an overall relaxing vibe. In the end, I was not expecting to enjoy Cattails as much as I did.

Fans of felines looking for a relaxing survival exploration game for their Switch will fall in love with Cattails. Its strange world has a certain charm that I've never experienced before and I'm sure you'll agree.

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Storm Boy Review Switch ★★☆☆☆

Storm Boy is based on a Colin Thiele children's book about a young boy and his pet pelican but is it a fun game?

Storm Boy screenshot
If only pelicans were that helpful in real life...

Storm Boy definitely presents a wonderful Australian setting where a little dude lives with his dad in the wilderness. He soon befriends a pelican and they have a brief adventure together. When I say brief, I mean you can easily finish this game within one sitting. Another thing is, there really isn't any gameplay. You basically run right from start to finish as text occasionally pops up onscreen. There are small interactive segments that are completely optional but they don't add anything at all to the experience. Tapping on the screen to collect shells or flinging fish at a few pelicans just isn't fun and there really isn't any challenge or point to any of these segments. If I were a kid, I'm pretty sure that I'd rather read the book that this was based on than play this barebones game.

I can't imagine anyone playing Storm Boy and getting more enjoyment from it than they can from reading the book or watching one of its theatrical adaptations. That being said, it's still a charming and delightful game, that's for sure.

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Escape Doodland Review Switch ★★★☆☆

If farting is your cup of tea then here's a game for you. Just don't fart in a cup of tea because that's nasty!

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That monster better back off or I'll fart right in its face!

Escape Doodland has you play as a little monster fellow who's running away from a much larger monster. You basically just need to survive to the end of each stage in order to claim victory. Doing so is a lot trickier than it sounds so thankfully, you can fart! Basically, three different farts can propel you up into the air, stun the giant monster, or allow you to dash forward. These farts are limited to how many matches you have. That's right; they're no ordinary farts, they're genuine blue angels. Anyway, merely completing the levels is challenging but you can also collect beans along the way in order to unlock stuff. The controls are rather slippery and take a while to get used to but once you do, Escape Doodland is a decent endless runner that requires a good amount of quick thinking to master.

If running, jumping, and farting around while a huge monster chases you sounds like fun then you'll likely enjoy this off-the-wall indie.

Escape Doodland gameplay video → More games with farts

Demetrios Review Switch ★★★☆☆

Point and click adventure games aren't as common as they once were so here's a fresh take on the classic genre.

Demetrios screenshot
Bjorn should really clean himself up before heading out the door

Demetrios has you play as a goofball named Bjorn. Right at the start, you can choose the level of toilet humour that you're comfortable with which should be a clear sign that this is a rather crass game. The basic gameplay involves picking up, interacting with, and occasionally combining objects in order to advance through situations. One of the coolest features is that there are dozens of unlockable ways to die. I discovered the first one by simply sticking my fingers into an electrical outlet. There's an intuitive overlay that you can apply whenever you wish that highlights all interactive things currently in view which is super-handy. All of that being said, I didn't find Bjorn to be very likeable. If I knew him in real life then I'd probably try and avoid him so if you're like me, this takes a lot out of the fun.

Not everyone will appreciate the crass world of Demetrios but those who enjoy point and click adventure games and ham-fisted humour will definitely like what this Big Cynical Adventure has to offer.

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Rock Boshers DX: Director's Cut Review Switch ★★★★☆

Here's an inexpensive modern interpretation of a ZX Spectrum game. Don't know what that is? Well, this probably isn't a game for you.

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I miss when games required imagination...

Rock Boshers DX debuted for PlayStation Mobile back in 2012 and this Director's Cut released for Vita and PS4 in 2014 and is now available for Switch. Considering I own every version of it, you might say that I'm a fan. After playing it again on Switch, I can easily say that this retro-inspired gem from Tikipod sure is one fantastic game! You can choose either ZX Spectrum or NES visuals when you first boot it up which is a nice touch. The campaign consists of a series of maze-like stages where you collect keys to lower similarly-coloured walls, collect weapons to shoot enemies twin-stick shooter style, and trigger plenty of cool mechanisms. Meanwhile, a very British narrative is told through goofy scenes and you can even collect cheese, tea, and a scone on each stage. My word!

Although it's been kicking around a while, Rock Boshers DX: Director's Cut is a great retro-inspired game that holds up impressively well.

Rock Boshers DX: Director's Cut gameplay video → More games developed by Tikipod

CricktoGame Review Switch ★★★☆☆

Sliding tile games can be quite fun but here's one that offers a fresh take on the decades-old genre.

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These puzzles sure can get tricky so thankfully, there's no rush

CricktoGame has you try and match circles to their respective coloured backgrounds. Each stage consists of a grid of nodes and lines that connect them. There are tons of rules such as road triggers, roadblocks, coloured roads, and blank game pieces but these complications are only implemented in Deluxe Mode so if you'd rather have a more laidback time then you'll want to stick with Standard Mode. Anyway, the pressure-free gameplay is enjoyable and you can replay stages to try and beat them in less time and fewer moves if you wish. Seeing as there are so many levels, there's a ton of replay value. That being said, there isn't really anything to do besides solve the puzzles one after the other and the presentation is pretty standard. However, it's still a solid puzzler to boot up while you're on the go.

If you're looking for a relaxed yet challenging puzzler that you can enjoy in short bursts then CricktoGame is worth a purchase.

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