These underrated Switch games provide an experience that is worth the entry price. Have you played any of them?
Nintendo doesn’t make it easy to find new games that are interesting on the Switch. Unlike most PC store fronts, Nintendo relies on changing its storefront manually. There are no suggestion algorithms that can help find hidden gems, so game discovery on the Switch often suffers. These underrated Switch games are worth playing if you like their genre.
Heaven’s Vault blends the storytelling of a visual novel with decisions that can impact how the story unfolds. The archaeology gameplay features puzzles where you’re slowly decrypting a language and exploring the world to learn more about it. It’s definitely worth a look for anyone who loves story-rich gameplay combined with puzzles that make you think.
Return of the Obra Dinn
Return of the Obra Dinn feels a bit like a Sherlock Holmes mystery brought to life. The player is tasked with analyzing clues that are flashback sequences to determine what happened to the crew of a ghost ship.
The visual style can be a little divisive, especially if you’re not used to paying older games. But the murder/mystery and puzzle solving on display here is second to none. It’s definitely one of the most underrated games on Switch.
Sunless Seas & Sunless Skies
The world of Fallen London is one of the most lore-rich worlds you can enter. Sunless Seas & Sunless Skies are both roguelike experiences that take place in the same universe. Sunless Seas gives players an Unterzee boat and an open world full of rich lore to discover. The sequel game repeats that formula, but the writing is a bit less clever and it’s a train in the sky instead of a boat in the water.
Dysmantle takes a laid-back approach to the apocalypse, where players are tasked with dismantling what’s left to survive in a surprisingly vibrant world. The gameplay loop is pretty satisfying for anyone who enjoys survival games – even though the combat is basic. Building a base is satisfying and returning to previous levels with better gear to obtain better loot feels amazing.
Black Book is an interesting narrative game that draws inspiration from Russian folklore tales. The gameplay itself is heavily influenced by the direction of your card deck. Players help a young witch make her deal with the devil and bear all the consequences that come with such a decision.
Lost in Random
Lost in Random feels a bit like a fever dream to play. The best comparison is it feels inspired by American McGee’s twisted world of Alice in Wonderland. The platforming and puzzling is well done and the story and characters feel as though they’re paying homage to characters created by Tim Burton.
GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon
Dead Cells has become a genre-defining game for the Nintendo Switch, so it’s no surprise that the formula has become popular. GetsuFumaDen is basically a Dead Cells clone based heavily on Japanese mythology and folklore. It’s got much of the same feel as Dead Cells, so fans of that game may want to look here for something new.
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