The “god game” genre is one of my favorites that combines strategy and management into one game. Unfortunately, the Switch god games category is kind of small compared to other platforms like PC.
While the PC still has a robust representation of these types of games, you won’t find many on Switch. I have highlighted the best god games on Switch below, though that category is pretty loosely defined.
The first two games in the list are more action-oriented but do feature mythological creatures and gods. Know of a game you think should be included in the list? Let us know in the comments below.
10. Gods & Monsters
Ubisoft unveiled Gods & Monsters at E3 2019 and though it has no solid release date, it deserves to be on the list. The game appears to be a cross between Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey and Breath of the Wild. The same team that worked on Odyssey is working on Gods & Monsters for Switch.
Check out the official Gods & Monsters cinematic reveal trailer below.
Smite is a third-person MOBA game where players become gods to battle it out in many different arena modes. There are traditional 5v5 matches, 3v3 matches, and even 1v1 matches. Don’t like all the lane-watching required from MOBA games? Check out arena mode where you can play a game that’s more akin to team death match.
Smite is completely free-to-play with a rotating cast of gods each month. However, you can buy the ultimate god pack for $30 and unlock all current and future gods released. The game also has a gem system for unlocking cosmetic items and skins for your favorite gods. Recently, Hi-Rez added the Battle Pass season pass concept from Fortnite, too.
8. Of Mice and Sand
Developer: Arc System Works
Publisher: Arc System Works
Take control of a desert bus full of mice and guide them across an alien planet. There’s plenty of micro-management here as you select jobs for your mice to keep the bus running in tip-top shape.
Swash buckle your way to various towns, collect resources, and manage your crew to keep them alive. If you’re familiar with Dwarf Fortress (on PC) and its lengthy supply chains for goods production, you’ll love Of Mice and Sand on Switch. It’s one of the more unique takes on god games for Switch.
7. Don’t Starve
Developer: Klei Entertainment
Publisher: Klei Entertainment
Don’t Starve is one of the indie games that popularized the survival genre. It’s also a great management game from the perspective of one person. Players take control of Wilson, a scientist who is trapped by a demon and transported to a mysterious land. Help him survive the wilderness and build machinery to find his way back home.
Don’t Starve has very little in the way of tutorials, so be prepared to pull out the Wiki for help. You’ll start with nothing and craft, hunt, research, and farm your way up the food chain.
6. This War of Mine
This War of Mine places you in the shoes of a group of civilians trying to survive amidst a war-torn city. Day and night cycles in the game present terrifying challenges that can leave your civilians dead.
You’ll make life or death decisions every day. Do you sacrifice one person to save the rest? There are no good or bad decisions here, only those that keep your characters alive. Players can craft weapons, alcohol, and other items to help their civilians survive. The world is randomized each time you start a new game, so you never play the same game twice.
5. Fallout Shelter
If the real-world setting of This War of Mine is too much to handle because of its dark tone, Fallout Shelter is a great fit. Players take control of a legendary Vault-Tec vault and help the vault dwellers survive.
The game is free-to-play with some convenience micro-transactions, but they’re not too bad. Fallout Shelter isn’t as deep as This War of Mine, but it is fun to explore the wasteland with your vault dwellers. Who knows what they’ll come back with? The game is also available on iOS and Android.
4. The Shrouded Isle
Developer: Kitfox Games
Publisher: Kitfox Games
Become the high priest of a town and purge heretics as you prepare for the awakening of your god. Villagers in your town are assigned secret random traits and virtues. You\’ll need to be careful of who you trust.
Find heretics in your village who have unforgivable sins to quite the voices in your dreams. There are seven different cinematic endings to discover as you root out corruption and awaken the old gods.
Developer: Shiro Games
Publisher: Shiro Games
Assume control of a clan of Vikings to build new settlements, expand, and manage your resources. Harsh winters require preparation to survive. Players can achieve victory through conquest, fame, lore, or trading.
Northgard features 11 campaign chapters and six clans to start. Future clans will join the game as expansion packs. Each clan takes on the aspect of an animal and receives different bonuses depending on their spirit animal. The game draws plenty of inspiration from Civilization, but provides its own unique twist.
2. Prison Architect
Build and manage the daily problems of a maximum security prison in Prison Architect. The game features a Story Mode to teach you how to play, but the real meat of the game is sandbox mode. Build the prison of your dreams and run it how you want.
You can even leave Warden mode and play as a prisoner in your own prison, trying to arrange an escape. There are endless possibilities here. One word of caution though – this game is kinda hard to play in handheld mode. The text and user interface are rather small.
1. Thea: The Awakening
Developer: MuHa Games
Publisher: Monster Couch
Thea: The Awakening is a turn-based survival game filled with Slavic mythology. You’ll guide a village through an apocalypse known as The Darkness. Unique in-game events can be a great boon or spell disaster for your survivors.
Each game is procedurally generated, so your villager management strategy will be different each time. There are over 4,400 items players can craft in the game. Combat is carried out in a fully-fleshed out strategy card game that is easy to understand. There are multiple game endings and rewards and unlocks carry over to your next playthrough.
If that sounds interesting, check out our Thea: The Awakening Review to learn more about the game.
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