Make no mistake, Treasure Stack is a true jewel of a puzzle game, with charm pouring out of every moment. It nails the feel it’s shooting for perfectly, and the cast of ridiculous unlockables are icing on the cake. I just wish that cake came in a few different flavours, as I got pretty tired of the repetitive single player mode by the end.
Instant Tennis is perfectly at home on Switch. It’s a party game at its core - so don’t expect anything too much in way of depth - but there’s plenty of options available in terms of courts and characters to offer a good time if you’ve got people round for a gaming evening.
In adding an exceptional level of polish to a wide yet perfectly balanced mix of units, Swords & Soldiers II sets the standard for Tower Defence games. The myriad combinations of numerous unit types, all with their own unique characteristics, makes every bout a fresh and interesting one, and finding new ways to beat old friends and new opponents alike won’t get old for a long time.
Kingdom Two Crowns is a deeply enthralling game and an almost hypnotising rabbit hole of discoveries - if you have the patience to find them. While it rewards your exploration, it never corrects your mistakes, and it’s often frustrating to repeat your previous work to come to the same conclusion. But if you dig deep into every element and have an eye for what each item can do, Kingdom Two Crowns will offer some truly satisfying thrills.
Travis Strikes Again has some interesting concepts and ideas that are lost in uninspired design, overstretched levels and puzzling execution of its story. It’s at its best when it’s not taking itself too seriously, and the simple controls and co-op play makes it a much more enjoyable experience with a friend. But playing though solo feels too much like a tiresome grind.
Few games are as beautiful and as elegant as Gris. You won’t be challenged to finish it, and the 3 to 4 hour play time seems a shame when the world you inhabit is as gorgeous as this. But, as an experience, it’s a stunning piece of interactive art that excels in everything it sets out to do.
After only a few short minutes I was really hooked on this cool little stunt racer. Despite it’s challenging nature, FutureGrind never felt cheap or frustrating, and I only ever had myself to blame for my poor stunt biker’s demise. But I was more than happy to jump right back into the action to see what other havoc and sick moves I could pull off in pursuit of the chequered flag.
The World Ends With You: Final Remix is the definitive experience for newcomers and veterans alike. The game looks amazing in HD when docked, and is equally impressive when played on the Switch’s smaller screen. As well as the engrossing 40 hour campaign, there’s even more gameplay for those who want to see all the game has to offer.
SkyScrappers is shallow, offering a one and done experience that can be fun for a short while. Multiplayer, single Joy-Con support and a vertical mode are all good features, but the lack of variety in levels and characters mean you won’t keep coming back for more.
Flat Heroes is a multiplayer masterpiece with more than a handful of modes. Single player is solid and enjoyable too, but the multiplayer content is where it’s at. The game has quickly become a go-to party game for some quick and enjoyable matches.
Robbotto has many glaring flaws, but its biggest however has to be just how mundane the overall experience is. The multiplayer adds some depth to the otherwise shallow experience, but while Robbotto is not a broken game, it’s an undeniably boring one.
Freedom Planet is a competent platformer in its own right, but pacing issues and difficulty spikes stop it from being truly amazing. That said, fans of Sega Genesis games and early 90s platformers will enjoy its nostalgia-inducing stages, and there's plenty the game has to offer, with multiple characters and unlockables to find along the way.
A hardcore candy centre wrapped in a casual gamer coating, de Blob 2 is definitely worth your money if you’re a fan of platformers. With great music, hypnotic visuals, and an interesting spin on an old genre, it will keep you or your kid (or you and your kid) coming back for more.
Super Destronaut DX isn't going to win any prizes for originality, but if you're in the mood for some classic arcade shooting action, it's a well put together effort. Some deaths can feel a little cheap and frustrating, but the challenges and online leaderboards give you enough incentive to shake it off and dive in for one more run.
There might not be much ‘game’ in 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, but that’s not the point. This is a powerful interactive drama, offering a fascinating insight into real history, rounded off by some solid performances that keep you engaged throughout.
Punch Club does a fantastic job of tapping into nostalgia. If you're a fan of 80s action films and 90s pop culture, there's more than enough to love here to make the basic though occasionally rewarding gameplay worthwhile. That said, the incredibly grindy nature of the early and late game sections stop the title from making the leap from amateur champion to heavyweight contender.
Flipping Death's side-splitting dark comedy is refreshing, well written and brilliantly performed, complemented by some incredible art and a wonderful soundtrack. With so much character, it's a must buy for fans of comedy or point-and-click adventures, with some excellent mechanics and puzzles throughout.
Paranautical Activity might seem like a fun arcade style shooter at first glance, but its repetitive brutal playthroughs, luck generated levels and relentless enemies bring the fun grinding to a halt. 8-bit inspired bosses and a great soundtrack unfortunately weren't enough to make the game an overall pleasant experience.
The repetitive nature of the gameplay, the infuriating control system and the inconsistent puzzles rob Hello Neighbor of any fun it may have possessed. There’s some really nifty ideas in there, which just makes it so much of a shame that it couldn’t see them through.
Although the story mode in WarioWare Gold is fun and brings new elements to the series, it's laughably short. Luckily though all the other modes and unlockables ensure the game is jam packed with content. Single-cart multiplayer modes and more original mini games would've made WarioWare Gold a must buy, but there's still enough here to make it a great package.
Flinthook is a beautifully crafted game both visually and audibly, with great character design and wonderful music. The difficulty frustrated at times, and dampened my desire to jump back in, but if this style of game looks or sounds appealing to you, I definitely recommend checking it out.
The way it's presented, Frost is a game that you really want to fall in love with, and the core ideas behind the gameplay are fun. But the steep learning curve, and the lack of any real reward to keep you coming back for more, leave you feeling just a little bit cold in the long run.
Bomber Crew is easily one of the greatest management games to grace the Nintendo Switch so far. Brutal and charming at the same time, it's a white-knuckle ride of a war sim. Where the controls can be finicky and a little confusing at times, Bomber Crew makes up for it in engaging gameplay and the way it builds a sense of attachment to your bomber and it's crew.
Every player has a single button, either on the Switch’s touchscreen or on the JoyCon, and a small avatar on-screen. By pressing the button, you can dodge obstacles or, if you’re in specially designated areas, you can enter an orbit which allows you to turn and then release yourself with another button press.
Mario Tennis Aces starts strongly, with a powerful serving of rock-solid core tennis, cleverly implemented new mechanics, and a fun Adventure Mode. But the absence of match customisation, a lack of polish in some areas, and sparse replayability, means it fails to capitalise on its baseline ingredients.
Henry the Hampster Handler is a charming reaction based game with cute characters and gameplay. While not the most robust in terms of content, there is still fun to be had. It does get old fast though, and some irritating sound effects and bland backgrounds also leave a bit to be desired.
Were it not for the comedy stylings of the writing team and the ingenious quest design, West of Loathing could be written off as a humdrum RPG. However, with some really engaging narrative design, the game is worthy of recommendation.
Soccer Slammers certainly looks cool from the outside. The unique artstyle wins you over instantly, and every World Cup team’s included - as well as a few extras to boot. Unfortunately, the core gameplay is incredibly dull, even in multiplayer, and you're unlikely to glean much enjoyment from it for more then 20 minutes or so.
Toki Tori 2+ is one of the most cleverly constructed puzzle games out there. Successfully navigating a room can make you feel smarter than Stephen Hawking. But those without the patience to sit there stumped, may find the combination of dastardly level design and a lack of motivation to persevere completely off-putting.