Switch Exclusive Indie Games (Part 3)

Switch Exclusive Indie Games (Part 3)

Who said the Switch has no games?

A.J. Maciejewski

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There are oodles of games constantly being released on the Nintendo Switch eShop so let's take a look at 5 recent exclusive indies.

Mechstermination Force Review Switch ★★★★☆

If you love run 'n' gun games and want to challenge a succession of exhilarating boss fights then here's a game for you.

Mechstermination Force screenshot
Ha! Those projectiles are merely singing my back hair!

Mechstermination Force is essentially a boss rush run 'n' gun game where you take down enormous robotic enemies. Each one is incredibly unique and sort of acts like a puzzle in that you have to figure out the most effective way to take it down. In this sense, it's very similar to Shadow of the Colossus although with no exploration element... and it's an action-packed 2D shooter. Okay, maybe they're not that similar. Anyway, the sense of satisfaction that you get from tackling these monstrosities is top-notch and the tight controls and appealing graphics and sound make it all the more enjoyable. One aspect that I appreciated was the fact that you can unlock weapons and upgrades by purchasing them at the central hub as well as challenge previous missions again. It's really the full package.

Run 'n' gun fans who are intrigued with the idea of a collection of thrilling boss fights need to play Mechstermination Force.

Mechstermination Force gameplay video → Let's Play Mechstermination Force video →

Hob: The Definitive Edition Review Switch ★★★★☆

Although Hob debuted over a year ago for PS4, this new Definitive Edition is a great excuse for Switch owners to finally play it.

Hob: The Definitive Edition screenshot
Sometimes, it's enjoyable just to take in the gorgeous environments for a minute

Considering I haven't played the original, I'm not sure what's different in Hob: The Definitive Edition. However, I can say that it's an incredibly well-done adventure game with a gratifying hack and slash combat system and rewarding puzzles. The story follows a little fellow who loses his arm shortly into the story. His giant stone golem friend then kindly lends him one of his arms. From then on, you can use your newfangled arm to open heavy doors and upgrade it to gain more abilities. You also get a sword that you can attack enemies with and the combat merely involves hacking, slashing, and dodging. When you combine the lovely environments, mysterious setting, challenging puzzles, spot-on combat, and variety of abilities; you're left with one must-have campaign for action adventure fans.

Although it has a slow start, Hob: The Definitive Edition opens up into a fruitful and unforgettable journey with solid gameplay.

Hob: The Definitive Edition gameplay video → Let's Play Hob: The Definitive Edition video →

Feather Review Switch ★★☆☆☆

Gamers who appreciate laidback games without any definitive goal might have a good time with this open-ended indie offering.

Feather screenshot
I wish there was a poop button...

Feather merely has you control a bird as you fly around a somewhat expansive environment while interacting with the odd point of interest. It features gentle visuals and a lovely piano soundtrack which makes it a much more relaxing and immersive experience. Whenever you fly through certain spots, the current song changes which is very cool. However, it changes abruptly which I found to be rather grating, especially after all my years of mixing music. Instead, I wish that the piano pieces matched up and gradually faded into each other. That would have allowed players to be their own DJ in a way and it would have sounded much more fluid. Anyway, you can fly around with folks online but not much changes gameplay-wise. Thankfully, the controls are well implemented and intuitive.

Feather is the gaming equivalent of an ASMR video. Some folks will dig it while others will wonder why it even exists.

Feather gameplay video →

Mindball Play Review Switch ★★★★☆

Here we have a racing game where you simply roll a ball through tricky courses but is it any fun?

Mindball Play screenshot
Some of these tracks will definitely require more than 1 attempt

Right off the bat, let me just say that Mindball Play is one of the most unique and enjoyable racing games that I've played in a long time. The basic controls merely involve using your momentum in order to work through the tracks as efficiently as possible. You'll regularly have to slow down to turn tight corners and spin your ball left and right to speed up around walls, etc. You can also jump and use power-ups which adds even more variety to the formula. The single player campaign is full of awesome tracks and races that usually feature a computer player known as McCheaty who uses devious tactics to win so beating that sucker is very rewarding. Additionally, you can play against local or online players in a comprehensive multiplayer component. It's top-notch quality with tons of content to boot.

If you're in the market for a unique racing game and have a soft spot for marble-rolling then you'll have a blast with Mindball Play.

Mindball Play gameplay video → Let's Play Mindball Play video →

SlabWell: The Quest For Kaktun's Alpaca Review Switch ★★★★☆

Stage-based puzzle games incorporate all sorts of gameplay styles but I bet you haven't played anything quite like SlabWell.

SlabWell: The Quest For Kaktun's Alpaca screenshot
The key to success is picturing the potential solution at every step

SlabWell: The Quest For Kaktun's Alpaca is created by the team behind the highly underrated and ridiculous Superola and The Lost Burgers. In SlabWell, you must cover every single tile within each stage in order to descend to the next floor. Therefore, the challenge lies in your ability to picture the solution and execute it effectively. This is especially challenging when you have an enemy chasing you which acts like a timer. Whereas many similar puzzle games rely on trial and error, SlabWell rewards actual strategy and precision.

Oodles of mechanics gradually get introduced throughout the campaign and they can be exceptionally tricky to master so it may get too challenging for less patient gamers but I absolutely embraced the level of difficulty. Plus, you can enjoy a selection of stages that are built for 2 local players via cooperative multiplayer. So, if you want to work out puzzles with a chum then SlabWell has you covered.

Puzzle fans who enjoy careful planning in order to master tricky stages will get a kick out of SlabWell: The Quest For Kaktun's Alpaca.

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