Switch Exclusive Indie Games (Part 4)

Switch Exclusive Indie Games (Part 4)

Another 6 Nindies to check out

A.J. Maciejewski

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Every week, there are more reasons to own a Switch but all of these games are hard to keep up with so here are 6 new exclusives.

Lucah: Born of a Dream Review Switch ★★★★☆

Abstract indie games aren't usually as action-packed as Lucah: Born of a Dream so let's see if this intriguing formula works.

Lucah: Born of a Dream screenshot
Lucah's visuals may be minimal but you'll quickly get used to them

In Lucah: Born of a Dream, you must battle your nightmares in a realm of dreams on your path to eventually learn self-acceptance. Obviously, this is deep stuff and the story definitely goes to some dark places. Thankfully, the gameplay complements the compelling narrative by offering an action-intense combat system with plenty of character customization and growth options. Battling enemies primarily involves light and heavy attacks, commanding your familiar, dodging, and shifting to various paradigms. The combat gets rather hectic, too, so luckily, there are difficulty settings that less skilled gamers can utilize. Anyway, the minimal graphics are artistic yet immersive and the electronic soundtrack is absolutely phenomenal complete with abstract glitchy vibes and electro rhythms. It's one captivating and enjoyable adventure although it is quite linear which is the only slight issue that I had with it.

Lucah: Born of a Dream manages to accomplish what few indie games do by being both action-packed and mysteriously engaging.

Lucah: Born of a Dream gameplay video →

Dandy Dungeon Review Switch ★★★☆☆

Onion Games brings another one of their games to Switch in the form of the incredibly silly Dandy Dungeon: Legend of Brave Yamada.

Dandy Dungeon: Legend of Brave Yamada screenshot
Is Yamada really brave if he just sits at his computer all day?

Dandy Dungeon stars Yamada, an aspiring game developer whose ambitions get the best of him as he pours his life into creating a silly puzzle-like dungeon crawler. Unfortunately, the game that he's creating isn't particularly satisfying. Between silly cutscenes where we witness Yamada getting fired and falling in love with his new neighbour and such, you'll play his game as a tester. Basically, you guide a heroic version of Yamada through towers filled with monsters. Each floor is on a grid and all you have to do is draw a line to the goal then watch Yamada do his thing. You can use items which helps mix things up a bit but it's still a very simple and goofy game. That being said, the sense of humour and fun music definitely make Dandy Dungeon an enjoyable game. If only its gameplay wasn't so basic.

If you want to play a simplistic game while laughing at an unfortunate protagonist then Dandy Dungeon will surely fit the bill.

Dandy Dungeon: Legend of Brave Yamada gameplay video →

Scrap Rush!! Review Switch ★★★★☆

Although there have been many Bomberman clones over the years, not many are as distinct as Scrap Rush so let's check it out.

Scrap Rush!! screenshot
Yes, Scrap Rush looks like Bomberman but it's impressively unique

Scrap Rush has up to 4 players battle in an overhead arena while trying to crush each other with heaps of scrap. This simply involves pushing movable blocks into your opponents in the hopes of squishing them into a wall. When you factor in various push strengths, clever stage hazards, and a cool power-up system that allows you to upgrade your character, you're looking at one frantic arcade-style multiplayer experience. If you'd rather cooperate with your friends then there's a comprehensive Challenge Mode that you can also enjoy solo. Speaking of lone wolves, there's also Scrush mode where you see how many enemies you can defeat in a row. Finally, a few Battle Mode variations help mix up the fun and the sights and sounds are quite energetic which makes each match come alive.

I wasn't expecting to enjoy Scrap Rush as much as I did. So, if you want a fun local multiplayer game then look no further.

Scrap Rush!! gameplay video →

Rolling Gunner Review Switch ★★★★☆

With so many shmups on the Switch, how could Rolling Gunner possibly stand out? Well, it does and it's awesome!

Rolling Gunner screenshot
If you love Cave shoot 'em ups then Rolling Gunner is a game for you!

At its core, Rolling Gunner is exactly what you'd expect from a shoot 'em up. For starters, you simply move around while dodging projectiles then either use a rapid or regular shot and unleash a bomb whenever you're in a tight situation. Holding the regular shot button locks your shooting direction in place and enemies will come rushing in from behind you so you'll have to change your shot angle regularly. You'll also gain energy as you play which allows you to temporarily upgrade your ship once you max it out. Once you're in this state, you can keep collecting energy to perform a Limiter Release which results in an all-out assault on the enemy hordes. There are also 3 unique ships to play as so experimenting with them can be quite rewarding. Throw in a handful of difficulty settings, a killer soundtrack, and flashy visuals and you're left with one must-have shooter. I wish there was a co-op mode, though.

Rolling Gunner features classic arcade shoot 'em up gameplay that's as tight and challenging as its visuals are flashy.

Rolling Gunner gameplay video → More Switch Shoot 'em Ups

Duke of Defense Review Switch ★★☆☆☆

Tower defense games are still around so does Duke of Defense make for a worthwhile entry in the casual gaming genre?

Duke of Defense screenshot
Duke of Defense may have great music but it certainly doesn't look like much...

Right off the bat, let me just say that Duke of Defense is one of the most basic tower defense games that I've ever played. Considering the genre has been around for quite a long time, it really doesn't make much sense how it's so simple. In fact, if you've played PixelJunk Monsters then imagine that with a lot of its charm taken away and you have Duke of Defense. On the plus side, the chiptune music is great to listen to as you fend off encroaching enemies and the simplistic formula can be rather fun to wind down with after a long day. Also, I like the fact that you can play it with a local friend and the upgrade system is somewhat rewarding. That being said, the visuals are quite bland and there are only a dozen varieties of enemies that you'll fight throughout the entire campaign.

If you're looking for a basic tower defense game to chill out with then Duke of Defense is certainly a capable albeit lackluster indie.

Duke of Defense gameplay video →

Scrap Review Switch ★★☆☆☆

Stage-based endless runners are rarely engaging enough to be worth purchasing so let's see if Scrap is one of the exceptions.

Scrap screenshot
Collecting glowing rods would be more fun if I could control my jump height

Scrap has you play as an automatically moving robot by jumping and double-jumping in order to avoid hazards and gradually work your way to each stage's goal. Upon doing so, you can check off 3 various challenges such as don't die, acquire all of the collectibles, and jump a certain number of times. Anyway, one huge annoyance is when game developers make games like this yet they don't allow you to jump to different heights. That's right; whether you quickly tap or hold the jump button, you'll leap to the exact same height which can be incredibly frustrating, especially when you're trying to gather all of a stage's collectibles. That being said, playing through the short campaign while trying to complete all of the challenges makes for a somewhat enjoyable time.

Indie games that don't do enough with already established formulas are disappointing and unfortunately, Scrap is one such game.

Scrap gameplay video →
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