Switch Retro Indie Games (Part 2)

Switch Retro Indie Games (Part 2)

Shooting, pointing, and clicking

A.J. Maciejewski

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I keep finding myself drawn to old-school indie games so here are 5 recent retro titles for Switch that are impressively enjoyable.

Bot Vice Review Switch ★★★★☆

Running back and forth while blasting away at enemies and avoiding fire makes for one adrenaline-fueled formula so let's play Bot Vice!

Bot Vice screenshot
Bot Vice is like Wild Guns but with even more projectiles

First of all, Bot Vice is a very challenging game or at least I thought it was. You basically run left and right while firing a variety of weapons and avoiding enemy projectiles via dodging, taking cover, and slashing things with a sword. As a result, the controls are rather complex as you'll end up utilizing many of the buttons frequently in order to aim, shoot, and perform evasive moves all while swapping between temporary weapons that can really pack a punch. It all adds up to an action-packed experience that's hard to put down and each stage presents a distinct dynamic and boss to boot. When you factor in the lovely pixel-perfect visuals and catchy soundtrack, you're left with one well-done retro indie that I highly recommend. Just make sure you're up for a steep challenge before taking the plunge.

If you have a fondness for shooters like Wild Guns, Bot Vice is a must-play retro-inspired indie that's sure to get your palms sweating.

Bot Vice gameplay video →

Super Crate Box Review Switch ★★★☆☆

Gamers who prefer good old single-screen platformer shooters will thoroughly enjoy what Super Crate Box has to offer.

Super Crate Box screenshot
I love indies that feel like long-lost arcade games

I remember playing Super Crate Box on my Ouya about 5 years back. The simplistic gameplay had me hooked while trying to achieve a higher and higher score. Now that it's available for Switch, I'm quite happy that more gamers have a chance to play it. You basically control a little fellow while fending off hordes of enemies. If they reach the bottom of the screen, they'll re-emerge more aggressive which is similar to the arcade Mario Bros. However, you only earn points by collecting crates which changes your current weapon so the resulting gameplay is a frantic juggle of shooting enemies, snagging crates, and constantly having your weapon change. It all works well but the overall gameplay gets repetitive very quickly and it's also frustrating having crates spawn in tricky spots like right underneath where the enemies emerge. That being said, it's still a very fun game and I recommend it even with its repetitive nature.

Super Crate Box has been around for a handful of years and it's still a highly enjoyable albeit simplistic arcade score chaser.

Super Crate Box gameplay video →

Jets'n'Guns Review Switch ★★★★☆

If you're a retro game fan then you know that there's nothing quite like a scrolling space shooter so here's Jets'n'Guns.

Jets'n'Guns screenshot
It may not look like much but holy heck; Jets'n'Guns is fun!

I bought Jets'n'Guns because it caught my eye while browsing the Switch eShop. Its retro aesthetic and lively-looking stages really popped and upon playing it, I became very impressed with its gameplay. At first, I didn't understand the strange menus where you purchase and equip weapons but once I figured that out, it all started to make sense. Basically, you can equip up to 2 weapons that shoot simultaneously and 1 bomb. Trust me; you'll need all of that in order to make it through the super-tough missions ahead. Speaking of which, the stages present unique challenges as well as rewarding scenarios such as blowing up and collecting cargo, finding secrets, and picking up hitchhikers. Factor in a rocking soundtrack and spot-on visuals and you're left with one satisfying shoot 'em up.

Those who enjoy shmups and want a little more depth via elaborate stages and purchasable weapons will absolutely love Jets'n'Guns.

Jets'n'Guns gameplay video →

Goodbye Deponia Review Switch ★★★★☆

Daedalic's celebrated point-and-click adventure series is now available for Switch in its entirety but is it worthwhile?

Goodbye Deponia screenshot
With those earrings, how could you not look good?

Goodbye Deponia is the third game in the Deponia series but I wanted to check it out anyway and now that I have, I really want to play the first 2 games. You play as Rufus who's an everyman-turned-hero that seems rather full of himself yet in a joking manner. The story involves a ragtag group who's on a mission to stop an organization from blowing up their garbage-filled planet. Along the way, you'll solve plenty of rewarding puzzles, carry on lengthy humorous conversations, and even take part in a bunch of action-based events that usually feature fantastic up-close animation. I've played a lot of these kinds of adventure games over the decades yet very few go the extra mile like Deponia does. However, don't be like me and jump into the series with the third game; start at the beginning!

Point-and-click adventure games are rarely as fully featured and fun to watch as Goodbye Deponia. I absolutely recommend it.

Goodbye Deponia gameplay video →

Deponia Doomsday Review Switch ★★★★☆

As the most recent entry in the franchise, Deponia Doomsday is here to offer more point-and-click adventure goodness.

Deponia Doomsday screenshot
That's one way to prematurely end a conversation...

After playing Goodbye Deponia, I had to try Deponia Doomsday. It's very similar to the previous game although I find that 2 main aspects set it apart. First, the story is incredibly mind-bending as it's full of time loops, alternate timelines, and time travel. It admittedly confused me but in a way that made me want to dive deeper and understand it all. Thankfully, the sense of humour ties everything together nicely so even when you're confused, you'll still find enjoyment in the unfolding events. Anyway, the other aspect that's quite different is that many of its puzzles are too perplexing to figure out. I felt that most of the ones in Goodbye Deponia were well done but Deponia Doomsday had me resort to using a guide more than I would have liked to. It's still an excellent adventure game, though.

If you enjoyed the original Deponia trilogy then Doomsday is bound to enthrall you with its immersive story and challenging puzzles.

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