Switch Exclusive Indie Games (Part 5)

Switch Exclusive Indie Games (Part 5)

7 new Nindie exclusives

A.J. Maciejewski

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Nintendo Switch has more games in its eShop than gamers can keep up with so here are 7 recent exclusives that you might enjoy.

Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble Review Switch ★★★★☆

If you miss the turn-based strategy classic Advance Wars as much as the average genre fan then this new gem is sure to please.

Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble screenshot
Dinolda needs to hire a more intelligent strategist if they want to take me down!

Admittedly, I've never played the original Tiny Metal. However, I wanted to give Full Metal Rumble a try so I could get my fix of SRPG fun and see if the series is worthwhile. Thankfully, Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble is chock full of incredibly rewarding gameplay, lovely 3D graphics, fantastic voice work with loads of different accents, and tons of replay value. The core gameplay involves moving your units around a map as they reveal more of the fog of war then they exchange fire with enemy units as their numbers deplete and entire units eventually get wiped out. Being able to take over buildings in order to increase your revenue so you can build more units is just awesome. When you factor in online multiplayer matches and in-game currency that you can use to unlock goodies, you can play Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble for a very long time without exhausting its wealth of content.

Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble is an impressive SRPG with rewarding gameplay, fun online multiplayer, and loads of replay value.

Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble gameplay video →

Muse Dash Review Switch ★★★★☆

Here we have a rhythm game where you play through delightful stages while listening to awesome Asian pop music. How cool is that?

Muse Dash screenshot
It may look silly but Muse Dash is packed with high energy fun

I'm not the biggest fan of rhythm games but after a couple of friends recommended Muse Dash, I just had to check it out and I'm very happy that I did. The basic gameplay involves tapping or holding 2 buttons which is fantastically intuitive for rhythm game amateurs like me. What makes Muse Dash so great is that it features an incredible amount of songs with the current total being 97. Keep in mind; most of these tracks are full vocal pop songs so there's very little filler. The high energy of the music makes mastering its simple stages extremely enjoyable and as you play, you level up and earn currencies that you can use to unlock power-ups and additional characters. The in-game visuals are a bit disappointing because the stages, hazards, and enemies tend to repeat far too often but if you just want to listen to great music and play a simple rhythm game then this aspect isn't much of an issue.

If you enjoy energetic Asian pop music then Muse Dash is full of fantastic tracks that you can enjoy with intuitive rhythm gameplay.

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Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet Review Switch ★★★★☆

Point and click games aren't very common on console yet Nelly Cootalot's latest adventure proves what the genre is capable of.

Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet screenshot
I have no idea what that means and I'm sure Nelly doesn't get it either

The Fowl Fleet is Nelly Cootalot's second adventure with the first being the computer-exclusive Spoonbeaks Ahoy! Being new to the series, I must say that I was very impressed with Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet. I grew up playing games like King's Quest and Blazing Dragons and this gem definitely brought me back to a time when such games were much more common. What sets Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet apart is that its puzzles are mostly conversational as opposed to item-based although there are plenty of items that you'll have to use in clever ways. I enjoyed the lighthearted sense of humour, excellent voice work, and wacky set pieces a lot and the fact that I only had to resort to using a guide a couple of times is appreciated. Oh, and as you play, you can listen to optional commentary from the developers which I felt added a lot to each scenario as you will learn their thought process behind every puzzle.

Overall, point and click adventure games don't get much more charming or enjoyable than Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet.

Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet gameplay video →

Woodle Tree 2: Deluxe Review Switch ★★★☆☆

3D platformers are not as popular as they once were so does Woodle Tree 2: Deluxe do enough to be a worthy entry in the genre?

Woodle Tree 2: Deluxe screenshot
How could you not love such colourful graphics?

I haven't played the original Woodle Tree or the non-Deluxe version of its sequel and now that I've played Woodle Tree 2: Deluxe, I'm fairly torn as to whether I like it or not. On one hand, the graphics are absolutely adorable complete with cute characters, bright simple colours, and intricately designed stages with a good amount of verticality. On the other hand, its gameplay is very generic and can be downright frustrating at times. Being able to jump, double-jump, and hover by holding a leaf above your head is very cool but the combat merely involves mashing a button as Woodle slaps a leaf around in front of him. The most irritating part of the gameplay is platforming when you're high up as you can easily fall. Once you do, you can easily warp to a checkpoint but that results in a lengthy loading screen. Other than that, it's a cute and playable 3D platformer that you can definitely have some fun with.

Although it's generic and frequently frustrating, Woodle Tree 2: Deluxe is still a delightful game that 3D platformer fans can enjoy.

Woodle Tree 2: Deluxe gameplay video →

Bitlogic: A Cyberpunk Arcade Adventure Review Switch ★★☆☆☆

Retro-inspired indie games often recall simpler times but does Bitlogic offer an overly simplistic nostalgic experience?

Bitlogic: A Cyberpunk Arcade Adventure screenshot
Playing Bitlogic makes me feel the opposite of nostalgic

Bitlogic: A Cyberpunk Arcade Adventure was initially created as a modern MSX game and in this Nintendo Switch release, you can play both the original version as well as an edition with modern visuals. You basically control an avatar named Bit who can only walk left and right, shoot, and climb ladders. That's right; he can't jump or duck. You could argue that the developers intentionally restrict the player to create a more challenging game but the fact that you have to take damage from time to time due to your lack of mobility is highly annoying. Also, the stages are designed in a way where you have to frequently traverse the same paths and use trial and error in order to uncover the necessary computer chips to progress. For example, you have to fall down a pit but where exactly do you fall down to get the chip? You have no way of knowing until you guess, make a mental note, work your way back, and try again.

Bitlogic's gameplay is simply clunky and it regularly relies on guesswork and tedious retreading so it's a tough game to enjoy.

Bitlogic: A Cyberpunk Arcade Adventure gameplay video →

Let's Go Nuts Review Switch ★★☆☆☆

Everyone loves squirrels so playing as one who's on a mission to collect delicious acorns must be fun, right?

Let's Go Nuts screenshot
Have you ever seen a happier squirrel than this silly fellow?

Let's Go Nuts is a 2D platformer with an interesting gimmick. Basically, you can knock over large stacks of crates which results in them falling into the poisonous liquid that covers each stage. You can then advance via jumping between the knocked over crates. Your squirrel can jump and double-jump and each stage is full of acorns to collect as well as precious golden acorns. If you manage to get certain thresholds of each and beat the stage in under the par time, you get 3 stars. Where Let's Go Nuts goes wrong is in its super-generic gameplay complete with floaty jumps and repetitive stage designs that don't do enough to keep the campaign interesting. Thankfully, there's a local multiplayer mode which offers some goofy fun and you can even customize the squirrels, too.

If Let's Go Nuts had tighter and more challenging gameplay with cleverer stage designs then it would be a much better platformer.

Let's Go Nuts gameplay video →

Catch a Duck Review Switch ★★★☆☆

Here we have a unique indie where you control a fox who's trying to catch various ducks. Let's check it out!

Catch a Duck screenshot
Hurry, fox; snatch that oblivious duck!

Catch a Duck is an impressively clever game. You play it by controlling a fox through overhead 2D stages that act as tricky mazes where you are both predator and prey. Avoiding bears and hunters while chasing bunnies and stepping on stars for bonus points requires a fair amount of planning and once you finally snag a stage's duck, it's over. Therefore, the key to mastering stages is to score as many bonus points as you can while trying not to die before catching the duck. Meanwhile, the graphics are cute and hand-drawn and the audio is rather silly with its ambient weather effects and goofy human sounds for each onscreen animal. I actually found these voices to be very funny but I imagine that some gamers would think that they're too goofy. Either way, it's still an enjoyable indie, that's for sure.

It may not look like much but there's a lot going on in Catch a Duck so mastering its tricky stages can be quite fun.

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