Switch Exclusive Indie Games

Switch Exclusive Indie Games

Nifty Nindies for Nintendo's latest

A.J. Maciejewski

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Sure, there are tons of ports for Switch but there are also a lot of original games so here are 5 fantastic console exclusive indies.

Gris Review Switch ★★★★☆

Gris is an artsy-fartsy indie game that features gorgeous visuals and music as well as a lengthy puzzle-filled campaign. Let's check it out!

Gris screenshot
Gris presents quite a wondrous world

Gris takes place in a beautiful watercolour world where you play as a young woman who's on a journey of self-discovery within its abstract setting. The music makes the game world even more immersive with its lush and subtle soundscapes. It reminds me a lot of Sasha's Scene Delete which is one of my favourite albums of all time or something by Ulrich Schnauss but it is in fact composed by the band Berlinist. I'll definitely have to keep my ear out for their music as they're clearly a very talented group of musicians.

I'll put my music nerd alter ego aside for now and discuss the gameplay of Gris. Basically, it isn't anything special as a lot of the campaign merely involves traversing vast environments without much going on. However, once you come across an area that requires actual gameplay, you'll find yourself solving basic puzzles and performing some simple platforming. It's not the sort of game that you'll get stuck on as everything is quite linear and easy to figure out so it acts more like a relaxing experience as opposed to a challenging puzzle platformer. That being said, I still found myself hooked and I thoroughly enjoyed taking in the pitch-perfect sights and sounds.

Gris doesn't offer anything particularly exciting gameplay-wise but its awe-inspiring world will be more than enough to suck you in.

Gris gameplay video →

Conduct Together! Review Switch ★★★★☆

Playing with trains is cool except when they crash so guiding the trains in Conduct Together! makes for one frantic and fun game.

Conduct Together! screenshot
Playing Conduct Together! makes me never want to ride a train again

Conduct Together! has you and possibly a few friends guide trains within intentionally poorly-designed tracks while trying to deliver all the passengers to their destinations and not crash. I say "poorly-designed" because if these tracks were in real life, the body count would go through the roof but that's kind of the point and Conduct Together! is a simple and challenging game that's super-satisfying to master. The basic controls involve stopping and starting trains and rerouting various points in the track. You might think you have the knack for solving a particular stage but then the time limit runs out or you don't maximize your stars after completing it so you'll know that there's something that you're missing. After playing again while experimenting with new solutions, you just might be able to do it. It's this cleverly designed gameplay premise as well as its cute visuals that make playing it a joy. My conductor hat is off!

I wasn't expecting Conduct Together! to be as difficult as it is but its level of challenge is what makes it such a rewarding game to master. So, if you enjoy testing both hemispheres of your brain as you optimize puzzle solutions then this is a game for you.

Conduct Together! gameplay video → More train-based fun: Railway Empire

Hunter's Legacy: Purrfect Edition Review Switch ★★★★☆

This delightful 2D Metroidvania already released on other consoles but Switch owners can enjoy the exclusive new Purrfect Edition.

Hunter's Legacy: Purrfect Edition screenshot
Giant Wild Pig Mormog is no match for moderately-sized cat Ikki

I already completed and reviewed Hunter's Legacy so I won't go on about it for long as you can read the full review that I wrote last year. Instead, I'll just say that it's one of the most underrated Metroidvania games that I've ever played. It may not look like much but its challenging scenarios, rewarding unlockable abilities, and tough boss fights make it a top-notch 2D adventure. This Purrfect Edition features new story sequences complete with more dialogue and new animations, a super-helpful mini-map, some updated level designs, more collectibles, enhanced combat, and new game plus. Needless to say, if you haven't played it then now's a great time to experience Ikki's fun feline adventure in its newly renovated incarnation. Plus, you can now play it on-the-go which is a cool bonus.

Hunter's Legacy: Purrfect Edition took a highly underrated Metroidvania game and made it even better with many improvements and additions. Gamers who enjoy the genre are sure to fall in love with this kitty and her memorable adventure.

Hunter's Legacy: Purrfect Edition gameplay video → Hunter's Legacy Review

Viviette Review Switch ★★★★☆

2D horror games are a very niche genre but Viviette is so darn good that even non-fans of these kinds of games will be impressed.

Viviette screenshot
Better take a screenshot; those symbols seem important!

To be honest with you, I don't like 2D horror games. They're usually poorly written and I find them to be rather trite and unappealing. However, when I booted up Viviette, I found myself immediately immersed in its pixelated world. The story and characters are actually well-established and complex and the visuals are absolutely gorgeous. It looks as high quality as Chrono Trigger and it sounds amazing, too, complete with a haunting score that'll have you on edge from start to finish. Viviette's gameplay isn't far removed from your average adventure game where you try and piece things together a bit at a time while acquiring new items and solving puzzles. The game world is set within a creepy mansion which is kind of like a puzzle unto itself. Gradually working out how to progress while witnessing the twisted plot unfold is super-satisfying. The only negative thing I can say is that it's often frustrating to know what to do next.

Viviette is undeniably the best 2D horror game that I've ever played. Even if you don't particularly like the genre, you still might be pleasantly surprised with what Viviette has to offer.

Viviette gameplay video →

Toki Review Switch ★★★☆☆

Toki is a goofy retro arcade game that's been faithfully remade for Switch and it looks and sounds better than ever but is it any fun?

Toki screenshot
After all these years, I'm still not sure why this ape can shoot lasers from its mouth...

Debuting back in 1989, Toki is a little-known yet classic arcade run 'n' gun game where you play as a human turned into an ape who can shoot laser projectiles from its mouth. This release is basically the exact same game except with brand new graphics and sound which is a lot like the treatment that Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap got last year except you can't switch to the original graphics here. Anyway, the gameplay is clunky and slow which I guess is a part of its charm but it can be highly irritating to deal with. For example, you jump incredibly slowly so an unexpected projectile can easily end your life without any chance for you to move out of the way. All of that being said, the fun albeit short campaign is full of variety and memorable moments so retro enthusiasts will likely have an enjoyable time.

Toki is one of those games from the past that doesn't hold up very well today. That being said, gamers who enjoy retro 2D action games will surely get a kick out of this remake, especially considering just how awesome it looks and sounds.

Toki gameplay video →
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