Switch Platformer

Gato Roboto Review

Although Gato Roboto does not provide the type of sprawling world design that Metroidvania titles are known for, it still does a decent job at reducing this type of experience into a condensed form. The abbreviated process of upgrading Kiki’s mech suit is a satisfying sprint that takes you from helplessness to empowerment at a rapid pace.

Gato Roboto Review

Selma and the Wisp Review

Selma and the Wisp has an interesting premise, having you control a character who, in turn, leads another character. Unfortunately, the indirect playstyle leads to frustration in hazardous areas as you are forced to escort a girl and hope she doesn’t die by accident.

Selma and the Wisp Review

Katana ZERO Review

Katana Zero is a short but sweet experience that captures the stylistic flair of Hotline Miami mixed with a cyberpunk theme, while making a name for itself with its polished gameplay but without feeling tedious or overstaying its welcome.

Katana ZERO Review

Overwhelm Review

Overwhelm takes the action platformer genre to extremes. Despite its borderline unfair camera, players willing to accept the challenge have quite a tense journey ahead of them.

Overwhelm Review

Yoshi’s Crafted World Review

A creative arts-and-crafts artstyle synergizes with innovative mechanics to produce the game’s impressive interactive diorama courses. There’s a little something for everyone, from a mellow mode for casual gamers as well as completionist challenges for the hardcore.

Yoshi’s Crafted World Review

Odallus: The Dark Call Review

Odallus may look like an NES game, but it plays and handles progression like contemporary titles, respecting the player’s time and offering numerous secrets in an exploration-based 2D world. I went into Odallus: The Dark Call looking for Castlevania and left with an engaging experience that pays tribute to both classic 8-bit titles and modern Metroidvania games.

Odallus: The Dark Call Review

Guacamelee 2 (Switch) Review

In a saturated market of non-linear Metroidvania games, Drinkbox Studios’ Guacamelee stood out for its emphasis on Luchador wrestling brawls and platforming challenges, all with a colorful Mexican flair. Years later, the developers revisit the formula with Guacamelee 2, a solid - albeit iterative - sequel. Oh, and you can play as a chicken.

Guacamelee 2 (Switch) Review

Marble It Up Review

The premise is quite simple — roll a marble from start to finish as quickly as possible. There’s little innovation to be found in the ‘marble rolling’ genre, and the game doesn’t look to change the formula in any way. It’s a clear homage to marble games of the past, and even the developers behind Marble It Up know it.

Marble It Up Review

Tied Together Review

Tied Together by Headup Games is the latest entry to Nintendo Switch’s ever-growing indie library. This unassuming title may not be a charmer among other, shinier games. However, it’s a solid cooperative puzzle-platformer with relatively interesting gameplay, provided that you have some friends to play together with, as the game is exclusively a couch co-op multiplayer.

Tied Together Review

Freedom Planet Review

Freedom Planet began life as a Sonic the Hedgehog fangame, and it’s not hard to believe given the core concept: a fast-paced 2D sidescroller starring animals. Looking past the surface, there’s more to this pixelated platformer than meets the eye, and it manages to hearken back to Sega’s classic series while sporting its own identity.

Freedom Planet Review

Flat Heroes Review

Flat Heroes is a fun little game that is absolutely suited to the portable nature of the Switch. It's perfect for micro play sessions and quick seamless multiplayer games if you can get past the entry barrier of an incredibly simplistic presentation.

Flat Heroes Review

Inside (Switch) Review

Inside, a critically acclaimed masterpiece, has finally made it to the ever-growing list of indie games on Nintendo’s latest console. I was one of the unfortunate folks who had never played this game by Playdead when it was first released in 2016. Naturally, I knew nothing about the game and went into it with huge expectations, yet the game not only exceeded my expectations but also left an everlasting impression.

Inside (Switch) Review

Legend of Kay Anniversary (Switch) Review

After playing through Legend of Kay, I really have mixed feelings. I got used to its outdated features that were popping up from time to time, and really enjoyed the overall story and especially its delivery in a comic book fashion.

Legend of Kay Anniversary (Switch) Review

Dream Alone Review

Dream Alone is one of the darkest games I have played. It’s not because of its chilling storyline, creepy atmosphere or horrifying imagery. Rather, the game display is literally so dark that it’s sometimes hard to see the screen. When factoring in obscured death traps and poor level design, the issues turn this dream into a nightmare.

Dream Alone Review

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch) Review

Retro Studios’ Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze joins Mario Kart 8, Pokkén Tournament, and Hyrule Warriors as part of the recent trend of Wii U games reappearing on the Nintendo Switch. The platformer’s core gameplay remains as fantastic as it ever was, incorporating superb level design and a deliciously challenging campaign. The new content is light, but it’s still pretty funky.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch) Review

Kirby Star Allies Review

At last, the mainline Kirby series has finally returned to consoles on the Nintendo Switch. Kirby Star Allies revolves around befriending enemies and utilizing their powers, a concept that originated in the SNES classic Kirby Super Star. The game also borrows elements from other titles, such as ability combinations from Kirby 64 and 4-player co-op from Kirby’s Return to Dreamland.

Kirby Star Allies Review

Super One More Jump Review

My initial impression before playing Super One More Jump was that it would be a generic autorunner with only little depth. My impression after playing it is a gigantic smile plastered on my face. The game has a modest concept: guide a pixel-shaped creature to the goal point in each level. Your character runs on his own, and all you have to do is time his jumps onto safe platforms.

Super One More Jump Review

Teslagrad Review

Developer Rain Games’ title has all the inner workings of what makes a great indie platformer – a somewhat non-linear Metroidvania structure, environmental puzzles that build off a core mechanic, and a plot that you must unfurl on your own. For the most part, the elements effectively work together, but some physics issues mar the experience.

Teslagrad Review

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment Review

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is one of the best launch games the Nintendo Switch currently has to offer. As far as platformers go, the only better option would be to plop money down and get the full Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove experience, which bundles this in. Specter of Torment is such a solid feature-filled game on its own that you wouldn’t guess it was a DLC expansion. Yacht Club Games has outdone itself retooling an already excellent game with new satisfying acrobatic thrills.

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment Review