Large, expensive game productions are usually on the safe side: proven concepts, content oriented towards the mass market. Sure, after all publishers and developers don't want to waste all that money! Indie games, on the other hand, often dare to try something new, combine unusual elements or simply reinterpret long-established genres. A big Nintendo title is not pending in the near future – at least according to current information.
- page 1Extraordinary indie games for Switch, page 1: Alwa's Legacy, Inmost, Mineko's Night Market and more
- 1.1Alwa's Legacy
- 1.4Mineko's Night Market
- 1.6No straight roads
- Page 2Extraordinary indie games for Switch, page 2: Hardcore Mecha, Deliver us the Moon, Fuser and more
- 2.1Hardcore mecha
- 2.2Deliver us the moon
- 2.4Street Power Soccer
- 2.5Remothered: Broken Porcelain
- 2.6Robotics; Notes Elite & Dash Double
- Page 3Extraordinary indie games for Switch, page 3: Of Bird and Cage, Foregone, Body of Evidence and more
- 3.1Of Bird and Cage
- 3.3Body of Evidence
- page 4Extraordinary indie games for Switch, page 4: Youropa, Mad Rat Dead, Hitchhiker and more
- 4.2Mad Rat Dead
- 4.4Boyfriend Dungeon
- 4.5Pretty Princess Party
- 4.6Little Nightmares 2
- page 5Image gallery for "Extraordinary upcoming indie games for Nintendo Switch"
That's why we've put together a colorful mix of all kinds of promising indie games for you. Maybe your very personal, next favorite game is among them?
- Genre: Action Adventure
- Developer: Elden Pixels
- Date: 4th quarter 2020
Alwa inherits Alwa: The sequel to the 8-bit adventure Alwa's Awakening by Elden Pixels was inspired by SNES classics.
Source: Elden Pixels
Little Alwa may already be known to a handful of players: In 2017, Alwa's Awakening, the first game by Elden Pixels that was still based on the 8-bit era, appeared. With Alwa's Legacy, the story moves forward, also from a technical point of view: in the new plant everything shines in the style of the good old SNES 16-bit time. You embody the heroine Alwa once more and set off on a journey to explore a dangerous fantasy realm. As a self-proclaimed modern retro game, many mechanics are sure to sound familiar to you from earlier or other titles: The world is built in the Metroidvania style, you defend yourself against enemies with equipment that you can improve, reveal secrets and face tough challenges. Alwa's Legacy appeared on the PC a few weeks ago, the implementation for the Switch will take a while, as usual.
The Metroidvania niche is already occupied with many highlights, including on the Nintendo console, thanks to excellent (indie) games such as Hollow Knight, Dead Cells and Co. Alwa's Legacy does not shine as brightly as these top-class players, but if you are in the mood for another title of the well-known and popular style, you probably don't have to wait too long. Alwa's Legacy is slated for release later this year, not just for the Switch, but also for the PS4. The predecessor did not receive this honor – but prior knowledge is not required anyway.
- Genre: Action Adventure
- Developer: Hidden Layer Games
- Date: available
In its title Inmost, a small team from Lithuania combines puzzle and jumping game mechanics with a good dose of horror.
Source: Hidden Layer Games
In Inmost you explore a ruined, desolate world in search of answers – optionally in the role of a little girl, a brave knight or an inquisitive wanderer. The developers recommend that you experience their three to five-hour work best on your own during a stormy night. The first impressions of Inmost promise, however, that the title does not need any external atmosphere amplifiers such as storms to cast a spell over players. During the Steam Game Festival in June, the first 30 minutes were already playable, and the feedback was generally positive. The optics and the puzzles were particularly well received, but the developers still have to work on the combat system a bit.
- Genre: Adventure
- Developer: Route 59
- Date: 4th quarter 2020
Are you looking for a game about necromancy, coffee and death? Then you are exactly right here!
Source: Route 59
Unlike many indies in our large preview series, Necrobarista has already been released – but only for the PC. The switch version should be released this year. In any case, the gaming colleagues on Steam like the adventure, which was inspired by films and anime, pretty much in view of the extremely positive ratings. With humor, good music, a lot of heart and a lot of text (but also sections in which you explore virtual Melbourne) Necrobarista presents itself as a modern and charming representative of the visual novel genre. The hook: You embody Maddie, who runs a café in Australia – your guests are all recently deceased. For fans of the VA11-Hall-A title!
- Genre: simulation
- Developer: Meowza Games
- Date: 4th quarter 2020
Animal Crossing with (even more) cats: make your island a home away from home!
Source: Meowza Games
Mineko's Night Market was inspired by the big Nintendo brand, but the indie game was in development even before the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Your new home in the game is an island full of cats. There you do jobs, make friends with the residents, make items and sell your products in the market while you uncover the secret behind the deity Abe – who is of course also a cat! And for quick fun in between, mini-games like cat races are waiting for you. Only: Despite a long development period, Mineko's Night Market was not yet playable. The title should appear this year.
- Genre: Jump & Run
- Developer: Queen Bee Games
- Date: September 03, 2020
Spinch looks fantastic, we hope that the content and the gameplay are also convincing.
Source: Queen Bee Games
The indie platformer Spinch owes its very special, neon-colored cartoon look to the creative mind behind the project: Jesse Jacobs. The trademark of the Canadian comic artist (including Crawl Space) and illustrator are bold, bright designs. They come into their own in the six colorful worlds of Spinch, you explore rainbow meadows, frozen deserts and even space. The main character is no less extraordinary than the look: You are a spinch, a white, knobbly creature whose goal is to save your own children – these are simply miniature spinch versions that also serve as ammunition. Pretty weird! As a genre, the Queen Bee Games team has chosen the platformer niche, you can jump, dodge, sprint, climb, swim, shoot and more. Similar to Super Meat Boy, the level of difficulty should correspond more to that of old classics, i.e. even challenge genre veterans. The quick reset without waiting time should keep the frustration in check. Speedrunners in particular want to appeal to Spinch (not for nothing a timer runs in the corner of the screen during each section), it's about precision and quick reflexes. The soundtrack is also experimental and unusual: the Canadian composer James Kirkpatrick accompanies Spinch with the help of recordings made by modified Game Boys or even instruments made entirely by himself. Of course, the whole thing has to work and entertain – look and sound alone don't make a good game. The developers Queen Bee Games have so far only published one other title on Steam: Onion Force is a hybrid of tower defense and action adventure, quite nice, but also largely unknown. If you are still waiting for the release of the constantly postponed Super Meat Boy Forever and if you are not deterred by Spinch's psychedelic design, you should visit the eShop at the beginning of September. Unusually, Spinch actually appears on PC and other platforms at the same time.
- Genre: music game
- Developer: Metronomics
- Date: available
An indie game in the final selection for the "Best of E3 2019" award? No Straight Roads has already won a lot of laurels in advance.
Take back Vinyl City … with the help of Rock! No Straight Roads is a music game (there are more of them in our track), is the genre coming back after the heyday of rock band, Guitar Hero and Co.? Maybe, especially when No Straight Roads turns out to be as fun as first impressions suggest. As a member of an indie band, your goal in the game is to bring the evil EDM empire (the abbreviation stands for Electronic Dance Music) to its knees with guitar sounds – both in single player mode and via couch co-op. There is even an exclusive support mode on the Switch, in which a small alligator lends a hand and the option to go on a musical campaign with a maximum of three players at the same time. By using your instruments, you defeat enemies in rhythm-based fights such as a young piano virtuoso (shown in the picture below), a boy band or an insane DJ. In the meantime you will explore the most diverse musical genres. Unlike many games in this series, No Straight Roads will also appear as a physical edition – even optionally in a limited edition.
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