I've been enjoying a lot of indie games on Switch recently so here are 5 recent titles that stood out to me in their own unique ways.
The Touryst Review Switch ★★★★☆
Vacations are supposed to be fun and relaxing but what if a grand adventure awaited you at your next destination?
Shin'en Multimedia has made a ton of great games over the years including Nanostray, Nano Assault, Art of Balance, and Fast Racing League so when I saw that they made something new and exciting; I just had to try it out. The Touryst has you arrive at a location within the Monument Islands and you don't have any clear goals but once you start exploring, you'll find many things to do such as uncover each island's mysteries via exploring tombs while solving puzzles and mastering various action-based challenges. Its focus on exploration, puzzle solving, and isometric action makes for one impressive formula that remains engaging from start to finish. Plus, there are loads of side-quests that'll keep you distracted and the graphics and sound are uniquely captivating. The overall campaign may be a little short but the adventure remains memorable and full of variety so you won't regret giving it a playthrough.
If you enjoy variety in your indies then The Touryst will certainly impress with its consistently enjoyable and imaginative game world.The Touryst gameplay video →
Chameleon Review Switch ★★★☆☆
Competitive puzzle games come in all sorts of varieties yet Chameleon's simplicity definitely makes it stand out.
I remember playing Chameleon on PSP back when it came out and I enjoyed it despite its less-than-stellar reviews. Now, the obscure puzzler is available for Switch and I'm glad that it's back. You basically compete against your opponent on a hexagon-filled playfield. Each hexagon is coloured and you claim tiles by selecting a colour on your turn then all of the hexagons of that colour become yours if they're touching any of your claimed tiles. Once a player acquires at least half of the tiles, they win. There are some complexities such as bomb tiles that explode when claimed, special abilities, and different match types so you'll have to strategize if you want to emerge victorious. That being said, it's still a rather simple game so puzzle enthusiasts may be put off by its lack of complexity.
Chameleon is an enjoyable yet simplistic competitive puzzle game that's well-suited to wind down with after a long day.Chameleon gameplay video →
REKT! High Octane Stunts Review Switch ★★★★☆
If you have fond memories of trick-based high score chasers like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater then here's an indie for you!
When I first began playing REKT! High Octane Stunts, I didn't quite know what to think about it but after its simple controls started to click and I found myself pulling off and stringing together awesome stunts, I found it hard to put down. You basically drive a little car around ramp-filled arenas as you try to get the highest score possible. As you play, you'll complete challenges and unlock a ton of content including loads of vehicles, upgrades, and additional arenas. The graphics are fantastic and the colour palettes actually change whenever your score multiplier increases to certain thresholds which makes the gameplay even more exciting. The only negative thing I can say is that the controls feel a bit floaty and take a while to get used to but it's a great game besides that.
Simply put, most indie games don't feature as much action-packed replay value as the super-fun trick-based REKT! High Octane Stunts.REKT! High Octane Stunts gameplay video → Let's Play REKT! High Octane Stunts video →
Strike Force Kitty Review Switch ★★★★☆
What could possibly be cuter than commanding an army of kitties who love playing dress-up? Probably not much so let's check this out.
The foxes kidnapped a cat princess so you must train an army of 4 kitties who just might have what it takes to rescue her. The core gameplay involves jumping as your cats automatically run through 2D platforming stages then, whenever they encounter an enemy; they automatically exchange blows until one of the parties is entirely wiped out. If you manage to defeat a fox who's wearing a costume, you unlock it which basically acts as a character class for whichever kitty equips it. There are hundreds of these costumes to discover and training your cats with earned fish currency is satisfying stuff. Also, figuring out what your cats are capable of then revisiting stages in order to unlock more costumes provides a lot of replay value. Overall, it's very unconventional yet super-fun stuff!
Indie fans who are looking for something truly unique will find a lot to enjoy with Strike Force Kitty, especially if they love kitties.Strike Force Kitty gameplay video → More games with feline protagonists
Marblelous Animals Review Switch ★★★☆☆
Guiding marbles by tilting stages is a classic formula that rewards precision and patience so let's give Marblelous Animals a try.
Marblelous Animals contains a collection of 40 stages where you try and guide 1 or more animal-like marbles to their goal. Considering each stage has 3 challenges, you can replay these levels over and over again until you get all of their stars which can be pretty fun. These challenges involve tasks such as finishing a level in a certain amount of time, collecting all of the coins, or guiding all of the animals to the hole. You play by simply tilting the controller yet there are many hazards and tricky mechanics throughout that will likely trip you up. That being said, it's an incredibly basic game and some levels can be particularly frustrating, especially those with moving platforms so keep that in mind before taking the plunge. Thankfully, the visuals are lovely and there are a lot of animals to unlock.
If you like the idea of tilting your Switch to guide marbles inspired by African wildlife then you're sure to enjoy Marblelous Animals.Marblelous Animals gameplay video →