Top 10 Best Nintendo Switch eShop Indie Games – January 2020

Top 10 Best Nintendo Switch eShop Indie Games – January 2020


The Nintendo Switch has to our mind become
the stand out console of this generation. Welcome to Get Indie Gaming and to a new series
where each month we count down 10 switch indie games we believe are essential to buy and
play. Be sure to let us know your favorites down
in the comments and with that, let’s jump right into the action: At number 10 and in all honesty in no particular
order we get this series going with Slay the Spire. While deck building games aren’t everyone’s
cup of tea, if you haven’t played one in a while, we’d wager if you take the time
to play this, then we suspect it may very well win you over. As a collective we liked it so much we placed
it way up in the pointy end of our rundown of the best indie games to come out last year
and if you haven’t seen that rundown, there’s a link in the description or follow the card
you can on screen now. Unlike other deck builders, slay the spire
also mashes together rouguelike elements which gives it something that little bit extra,
that little bit of special spice that sees you battle your way up the titular spire building
and adapting your deck as you go. As you do you’ll hone your tactics according
to your character and individual play style which changes and evolves as you make your
way up the tower. It’s that good, it’s probably one of the
best deck builders of the last 5 years. At number 9 Baba is You overturns the usual
puzzle format where rules are fixed from the get go. In this one, well the rules change from level
to level with you shifting blocks of verbs and nouns to change how various things within
the stage interact with your character and the world around it. Rocks turn into water, fires float up into
the air and walls can for example be switched into the exit flag. In places it really can be one heck of a head
scratcher although the problems can usually be sold by out and out pure deductive logic
reasoning. That said, if you really cant figure out the
solution, there are ways in some stages to continue with the game without necessarily
quote un quote, completing it. With over 200 levels to play within the base
offering, a new stage creation system will be added at some point in the new year that
will there’s no doubt give Baba is You even more of our playtime throughout 2020. Black Future 88 from November of last year
takes the number 8 slot with it being a short and uncompromisingly difficult cyberpunk rougelike,
that’s could have made it into our top 20 run down from last year had we seen it earlier. Set within a post nuclear end of the world
kind of thing, and yes, while there are plenty of these retro garish pixel art games on the
eShop, what sets this one on top of many of the others is how fast it plays, how beautiful
it looks and via the use of a clever auto aiming system mechanic. We know what you’re probably thinking and
yes, on paper this sounds odd although without it as it plays when we last played, it would
be too much for anyone without herculean reaction and concentration abilities. This means all, and when we say all that’s
with a firm tongue in the cheek, you have to do is navigate your way though the 2d environment
which is challenging enough without having to worry about targeting your weapons. The tower is of course procedurally generated
split into 5 areas each of which end with a boss fight and yep, you’ve guessed it,
these are tough little so and sos although once beaten like the rest of Black Future
88 it feels awesome for having done so. Next up at number 7, Neo Cab follows the cyber
punk theme of the previous game and sees you play at a point somewhere in the near future
as one of the last human rideshare drivers in a city based on those from the west coast
of the US. What begins as a quest to find your lost friend,
where by ferrying passengers around from place to place and by doing so, you unearth clues
and snippets of what’s happened to her. It’s not long before this morphs into something
more with it taking you along a journey examining the nature of the gig economy and how specialisation
in certain areas are become all the more prevalent. It also takes a peak into the modern grandstanding
of late capitalist technology firms and our collective obsession and fondness to see them
only as a force for good passing over their, and those who run them murky side aspects. Above this moralising there’s a strong visual
novel which builds thoughout and by the end, the notion you’ve been searching for your
lost friend kind of seems a sideline, rather than the main plot. Neo cab came in October and is a worthy choice
for anyone with an eye for a stylish narrative adventures. Up next at number 6 Kine came out round the
same time as Neo Cab and feels like it’s been left behind in the wake of other higher
profile games. Along side Baba is you it’s one of the better
puzzle games to come out last year and comes from Gwen Frey who has worked previously on
such games as Flame in the Flood and Bioshock Infinite. It gives a pretty unique premise, you play
within a splendidly hand drawn environment as a group of instruments all looking to band
together to become professional artists and making the big time. It’s darn right quirky and in places, quite
brilliant with it, being one of those puzzle games that shows you enough of the what, where
and how, without giving too much away. It also like all other great puzzlers makes
you feel smart in a positive way when everything clicks into place. With side quests to the main story exploring
individual character relationships over time, there’s plenty to keep you busy with a difficulty
curve that feels just about right. Oh and of course the soundtrack is as could
be expected perfectly suited for how this all looks and what Kine is trying to achive. At number 5 from late last year we have Dead
End Job which has quickly become one of our most loved twin stick shooters to be out across
the whole of the eShop. While offering a single player which in all
honestly as individuals we’ve only just touched the very surface, it’s the couch
co-op option that’s seen us coming back to Dead end Job time and time again with it
being the most played game on our Switch over the Holidays just gone. In this shooter, inspired by the 90s cartoon
ren and stimpy, you play as employees from Gouls-b gone, the so called number 1 paranormal
pest control company in the business. You’ll earn your cash by making sure your
get rid of all sorts of phantoms and other such undead creatures from offices, restaurants
and other such places. While we’ve yet to see too much of it, the
inclusion of Mixer and Twitch integration is a wonderful touch with streamers on the
platform being able to open various gameplay options to their viewers and we really hope
to see more games shipping with such interactive elements which are a fine addition for both
streamers and their fans alike. All in, with the colourful graphics and a
fine level of fun and silliness, Dead end Job is honestly anything but. Up next our number four Creature in the Well
is a game we’ve come back to play for a second time over the past couple of months. When we first spent time with it in late Q3
of last year, it didn’t quite click. The hack and slash pin balling mechanics felt
just too finickity, needing at times what felt unnaturally high levels of accuracy and
precision to move forwards. While much of this still holds, with time
and practice, as a group we’ve seen a sharp uplift in our enjoyment while replaying it. Putting aside such issues, it’s as beautiful
to look at today in early 2020 as it was last year particularly the sections with the long
drawn out camera shots and via the subtle colour scheme that while muted, just gels
so well with everything else. Creature in the Well is unique and one of
the more different as it were games on the switch platform. While we’re on the subject of difficult
and frustrating games on the Switch, here’s another delicious example. Rain World came out in late 2018 and offers
up one of the most handsome looking 2D pixel art metriodvania mixing survival and puzzle
elements. It’s also, very, very difficult and as far
as challenges go even on the lowest setting it had us right from the start wondering if
we could really be bothered with it. We’re glad we did though, and while hands
up we’ve yet to see the credits roll, we would love to have seen more people pick this
up if anything for the how beautiful it looks and how your character behaves when you play. There’s something quite special here in
how vulnerable you are against pretty much everything you come across. While you can learn the level lay out, the
game with it’s procedural enemy creation means you can never second guess the when,
where or how you’re likely to be attacked and more often than not gobbled up for someone’s
little snack. As we alluded to earlier, it feels a shame
Rain World didn’t get the traction it deserved. In the number two position, there’s nothing
quite like The Return of the Obra Din on the eShop or any other related store front. Coming from the Alex Pope who brought us Papers
Please, Obra Din is styled in a fashion similar to early Mac games from a few decades ago
and while at first somewhat odd and very different, it’s quickly mesmerising and never dull
even given the minimal colours used throughout. You play as an investigator sent to discover
what happened to the passengers and crew of the Obra Din which after years away, has returned
in mysterious circumstances to its home port. With the help of a pocket watch of sorts which
allows you to alter time, you can piece together the events and goings on that happened on
board from the mundane accidents to murders and other events to full of spoilers to cover
in any real detail. The Obra Din is a fabulous game to play alone
or as we did with others where bouncing around ideas often delivered us answers far quicker
than on our own. It’s also one of those games where it feels
handy to keep a note pad and pencil to hand to jot down ideas and thoughts as you go though
it. By the time we saw the credits roll, we had
notes and scribbles all around the couch which to us, is always the hallmark of some quality
interactive entertainment. At the number one position, the touryst takes
the Switch to the very limit of what the hardware is capable of. Coupling in the voxel art, jaw droppingly
stunning weather and lighting effects all at a consistent no frames lost of 60 FPS,
this is to date on a technical level one of the best releases yet seen on the entire platform. As for the story, well it’s wafer thin set
around the collection of ancient objects and yet that doesn’t matter. As something to play and spend time with,
the touryst with one or two exceptions is quite the delight and a real gem to play early
this New Year. Without combat, the game leverages it’s
platforming and puzzle elements with care and attention, they are nearly all child’s
play being well signposted and never tiedius. The dungeons too are a joy with only one section
made oddly difficult due to the camera orientation where jumps across suspended balls feel like
an act of faith rather than skill. The end level semi boss battles are also finely
done and again can be enjoyed and played by folks of all ages. What the tourist does so well however is the
little details, the kind of things you might do while you know, actually on holiday. Taking photos, visiting arcades, museums,
even the act of taking a stroll on the beach or walking in the rain feels so very satisfying
that as a whole, this all works perhaps surprisingly well. So which indie games on the on the switch
would you consider to be an essential play? Let us know in the comments and If you liked
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16 thoughts on “Top 10 Best Nintendo Switch eShop Indie Games – January 2020

  1. Welcome to the first new series of 2020. Thank you all for watching and if you’re new here, why not subscribe and hit that notification bell too – Twitter @GetIndieGaming. Cheers!

  2. Love to see some recognition for Rain World; one of the best underrated / unknown titles out there, in my opinion.

    It still manages to aggravate me, even after all the dozens of hours I’ve put into it, but I always come back and enjoy playing it. It is the definition of “love/hate relationship”.

  3. Many of your videos feature a countdown of games from 10 to 1, but if (as stated) they're in no particular order why use this numerical format? Just tell us your picks, no?

  4. I have rain world I have to say I don’t recommend it.
    The controls are clunky, it doesn’t introduce enough ideas, the zero gravity section is bullshit and the game is just too hard.
    But I’m sure it appeals to some people

  5. Such a massive backlog on switch- need to pick up Black Future, Dead End Job and Touryst! Saw Ape Out in the intro, one of my favourite games going, might have to jump back in again

  6. Indie games > every other kind of game. This is where gaming really thrives, passion projects shine, new ideas flourish, etc.

  7. Is impressive how many new games to everyone you can show us, a regular gaming channel would get stuck in the same 3 popular indie games but you'll surely make it interesting and fresh

  8. The indie games me and my girlfriend have clocked the most hours up on are…SUMER (185+hrs)…PICZLE LINES DX (180+hrs)…Picross S games(140+hrs)…Skyforce & Skyforce reloaded (60+hrs)…Fast RMX (55+hrs)…Horizon chase turbo (40+hrs)…Armello (30+hrs)…Graceful explosion machine(20+hrs)…PICZLE COLORS (10hrs+) and Just shapes and beats(10+hrs)😎👍

  9. The most overlooked Switch game by far is WILMOTS WAREHOUSE…honourable mentions Heroki ,Rock of ages 2 bigger and boulder ,Sumer ,Assault Android cactus and Armello😎👍👍

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