Cheap Indie Games for Switch (Part 2)

Cheap Indie Games for Switch (Part 2)

Gaming doesn't have to be pricey

A.J. Maciejewski

Written by for Rapid Fire Reviews on

There are a ton of inexpensive games on the Switch's eShop so here are 8 recent ones that you may want to spend your change on.

Strikey Sisters Review Switch ★★★★☆

With so many Breakout clones on the market, does Strikey Sisters offer a worthwhile spin on the classic formula?

Strikey Sisters screenshot
It's like a Breakout beat 'em up!

Strikey Sisters is a very charming game. Right off the bat, you're treated to a cute fully voiced cutscene and from then on, the upbeat music, pixel-perfect visuals, and satisfying sound effects are sure to please. The campaign basically has you uncover a non-linear overworld map that's full of stages to master. Each stage has you play a game of Breakout where you have to destroy all of the enemies and blocks. The twist is that instead of a paddle, you play as one of the Strikey Sisters who can slash at the ball, use spells, and even charge their attacks. Plus, a friend can control the other sister via local co-op multiplayer. Mastering each stage can be very challenging, especially if you're aiming to collect everything and the end result is a super-fun and rewarding take on the classic brick breaking formula.

If you enjoy brick breaking games and are looking for a fun new take on the genre then Strikey Sisters surely won't disappoint.

Strikey Sisters gameplay video →

KYUB Review Switch ★★★★☆

Simply surviving hazard-filled stages can make for a challenging game so let's see how KYUB puts your gaming skills to the test.

KYUB screenshot
Trying to keep a level head while things are this chaotic sure is tricky

KYUB has you control a cube within impressively large stages in order to simply work your way to the exit. Along the way, many hazards will try to end your life and it can be a surprisingly difficult game. Upon completing a stage, you're judged according to how many times you perished, how long you took, and how many collectible stars you found. Some of these stars are extremely well-hidden and they're key to unlocking further groups of stages. Anyway, the gameplay merely involves carefully rolling your cube around and being able to do so with precision and efficiency will require a great deal of practice and planning yet it's ultimately satisfying stuff.

Mastering the incredibly tough stages in KYUB is a feat fit for a gaming wizard but thankfully, the journey can be fun for everyone.

KYUB gameplay video →

Warplanes: WW2 Dogfight Review Switch ★★★☆☆

Here we have an interesting blend of flight-based combat and base management. Let's head back to the '40s and check it out.

Warplanes: WW2 Dogfight screenshot
Shooting down planes is always satisfying

Warplanes: WW2 Dogfight allows you to play as the British, Russians, or Germans during World War II. Already, that kind of put a bad taste in my mouth. Who would ever want to play as the Germans?! I'm sure even most Germans wouldn't want to do that... Anyway, the campaign alternates between air combat missions and managing your base of operations. Obviously, the meat of the gameplay is dog fighting which is handled well although it's definitely not even close to being as fun as the recently released Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown but this is an indie game, after all. Specifically, shooting down planes is kind of fun but bombing stuff seems far too random. Meanwhile, upgrading your facilities with earned materials and currency is basic but it also adds a welcome change of pace.

If Warplanes: WW2 Dogfight offered more original and enjoyable core gameplay, it would be a highly recommendable game. That being said, it does feature solid combat and its simulation component is an undeniably interesting complexity.

Warplanes: WW2 Dogfight gameplay video →

Percy's Predicament Deluxe Review Switch ★★☆☆☆

Those who enjoy games such as Super Monkey Ball and Kororinpa will find a very familiar experience with Percy the penguin.

Percy's Predicament Deluxe screenshot
Looks like Percy got himself into quite a predicament!

Back in early 2014, I remember downloading Percy's Predicament on Wii U and playing it for far longer than I thought I would. It wasn't a particularly good game but its amateur presentation and simplistic gameplay had me charmed for some reason. So, when I saw a Deluxe version on the Switch's eShop, I had to buy it. Unsurprisingly, it's essentially the same game complete with nonsensical message pop-ups, basic gameplay, and rudimentary graphics and sound. All of that being said, Percy sure is a cute little penguin, isn't he? Collecting fish while unleashing the odd power-up makes each stage somewhat fun but it's such a barebones game that it's hard to recommend.

Percy's Predicament Deluxe is a simplistic take on stage-based marble-rolling gameplay but it's very rough around the edges.

Percy's Predicament Deluxe gameplay video → Similar game: The Little Ball That Could

Klondike Solitaire Review Switch ★★★☆☆

Whether you know it as solitaire, patience, or that game everyone's dad plays on their outdated PC; it's now available for Switch.

Klondike Solitaire screenshot
It's definitely solitaire; that's for sure...

Klondike Solitaire is the familiar solo card game and not much more than that. Thankfully, it looks and sounds great with its appealing visuals and relaxing classical music soundtrack. Playing it is easy enough and there are a few options that allow you to change the scoring and drawing systems. However, there is no touchscreen support which is a huge oversight as far as I'm concerned. As you play and win games, you'll unlock deck and table skins as well as a bunch of additional music tracks which is very cool. There are also statistics and achievements to add even more replay value. Other than that, I don't really know what else to say...

Although it looks and sounds great, Klondike Solitaire is still very basic and it lacks touchscreen support which is just silly.

Klondike Solitaire gameplay video →

Nice Slice Review Switch ★★☆☆☆

If you've ever wanted to cut up all sorts of food into more manageable slices then here's a game for you, I guess.

Nice Slice screenshot
I'd rather eat that cupcake than slice it up into paper-thin pieces

When I first started playing Nice Slice, I really didn't get it. I would get a game over almost instantly then think, "What the heck did I just play?" However, after getting in the groove, I understand it now. You basically tap a button as a knife slides back and forth in order for it to descend and hopefully slice a food item. If you miss, a large chunk of your timer depletes so you're rewarded according to your speed and accuracy. Once I understood all of this, it was more fun trying to get high scores and watching my multiplier increase but it's still annoying to play. You slowly earn coins and unlock achievements yet being able to afford the pirate ship and space station stages will require a ton of grinding. You can play cooperatively but good luck trying to find anyone to play this weird game with!

Nice Slice is a goofy game through and through but its unique albeit simplistic gameplay still has some charm to it.

Nice Slice gameplay video →

Love Review Switch ★★★☆☆

Fans of 2D platformers have plenty of readily available choices and here's yet another one but is it any good?

Love screenshot
What's love got to do with it?

Love is a back-to-basics 2D platformer where you run and jump through 26 tricky stages. Its distinct gimmick is that you can plop down a checkpoint whenever you wish and you also have a limited number of lives to complete the campaign with. Thankfully, there are modes for newbies as well and you can also select whichever stage you'd like to challenge at any time. Although the graphics couldn't be more basic, the soundtrack by James Bennett is absolutely phenomenal. It really is one of the best indie game scores I've ever heard.

It may be a simple game but working through Love's tricky stages is pretty fun. I just wish there were more of them to master.

Love gameplay video →

Ghoulboy Review Switch ★★★☆☆

Ghoulboy is a retro-inspired horror-themed 2D platformer but does it do enough to stand out within this oddly specific crowd?

Ghoulboy screenshot
That's a big sword for such a little ghoul boy!

Playing as Ghoulboy will make long-time gamers nostalgic for similar adventures from the 8-bit era. You basically run and double-jump around while slashing your sword and unleashing a variety of projectiles. At any time, you can swap your melee weapon and current projectile type. Speaking of which, you can throw spears into walls that you can then use as platforms which is super-handy. The stages are rather expansive and feature plenty of secrets and branching paths that reward exploration. However, you can't take too many risks because you may run out of lives before reaching the end of the stage. I enjoyed earning money to occasionally spend on merchants and unlockable upgrades but the core gameplay is still overwhelmingly "been there, done that" with very little innovation.

Ghoulboy is a solid 2D platformer but it simply doesn't take enough risks to make it a must-have game for fans of the genre.

Ghoulboy gameplay video →
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