Looking for the best indie games on switch 2019 ? then this article should be for you.

This post contains some best indie games on switch 2019, which i believe you’d enjoy playing.

While the Nintendo Switch launched alongside one of the greatest AAA games of all time in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the Switch has become known as an indie machine to many. After all, the portability of the Switch makes it an ideal console for indie games. Plenty of previously released indie games, such as Hollow Knight, have received increased attention and acclaim after landing on Switch. It’s become a win-win for developers and Switch owners.

Best Indie Games On Switch 2019

1.MY FRIEND PEDRO

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My Friend Pedro is the ultimate bullet time game. You play as a nameless protagonist guided by a talking banana named Pedro. The story is nonsense, but the action is extremely gratifying. Through a series of sidescrolling levels, you jump, dodge, and slow down time while shooting enemies with a variety of high-powered weapons.

My Friend Pedro is all about style points earned from stringing together kills in quick succession. The style-factor goes through the roof in levels where you get to ride a skateboard or use objects such as frying pans to deflect bullets. My Friend Pedro looks ridiculously cool in motion and feels even better to play.

$20 FROM NINTENDO

2.ENTER THE GUNGEON

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Enter the Gungeon combines dungeon crawling and twin-stick shooting mechanics with a rewarding and addictive rogue-like loop. Think The Binding of Isaac but more arcade-like and chaotic. As you plunge deeper into the dungeon, you’ll be rewarded with a bevy of loot, neat lore, and plenty of secrets.

What’s especially cool about Enter the Gungeon is that you learn something new each time you play. This is partially done by its approach to rogue-like progression. While all of the rooms remain the same, the enemies, treasure, and even locations of the rooms change.It’s all a matter of learning each room and tweaking your strategy as things change. Definitely challenging but always a good time, Enter the Gungeon is ideal for short spurts in handheld mode.

$14 FROM AMAZON

3.HYPER LIGHT DRIFTER

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Hyper Light Drifter is an ode to 8-bit and 16-bit adventure games, set in a distinct world reduced to shambles. This top-down adventure features extremely challenging gameplay with a neat gimmick.

Your main weapon, an energy sword, has to strike enemies in order to charge your supplementary, ranged weapons. This means you have to master melee combat to have a chance against the onslaught of enemies.

Rounded out by a beautiful soundtrack and fantastic animations, Hyper Light Drifter is a moving experience with an understated, but powerful story.

$20 FROM AMAZON

4.BROFORCE

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Broforce is an awesome and hilarious run-and-gun. Your job as an action hero parody is to save your bros from terrorist captivity. Your commanding officer is none other than Nelson Brodela, and all of the playable characters riff on action heroes.

For instance, you can use a whip in combat while playing as fake Indiana Jones, or you can light enemies up with immense firepower as a pseudo-Rambo. Broforce shines for its great controls, excellent design, and challenging levels.

This side-scrolling action game has just enough of a mix between action and platforming to make for a consistently varied experience.

$15 FROM AMAZON

5.DOWNWELL

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Downwell, a game about a man falling down a well in a park, has been available since 2015 on mobile devices. Rendered in black and white, the premise is simple: Make it to the bottom. Since you’re falling at a rapid pace, you would think you’re already ahead of the game, right? Not so fast. Avoiding obstacles, enemies, and projectiles is an arduous endeavor that forces you to think and move on the fly.

As a rogue-like, each time you make your descent, the layout of the well changes. With guns attached to your boots that only recharge when you touch the ground safely, it’s a constant battle between the offensive and defensive. Power-ups are rewarded at the bottom of each stage, but each level ups the challenge. Basically, no matter what you have in your arsenal, you’re always facing an uphill battle (ironic, huh?).

A round of Downwell can last anywhere from seconds to a handful of minutes, depending on your skill level. On Switch, it’s a perfect game for quick bursts in handheld mode. The $3 price makes Downwell a steal, but you should splurge for the Flip Grip to play Downwell comfortably with a vertical orientation.

$3 FROM AMAZON

6.CELESTE

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Celeste is all about moving forward. For Madeline, she has come to Celeste Mountain to discover herself, and over the course of 10 or so hours, she’s put to the test. Rendered in SNES-era visuals, Celeste‘s gameplay solely revolves around jumping. Aided by expertly designed set pieces, the task is both challenging and immensely rewarding.

While Celeste features some of the best 2D platforming we’ve ever played, the experience shines brightest when dealing with mental illness. Madeline’s journey is emotional and revealing, and it’s one of the few games that accurately and unabashedly depicts mental illness.

$19 FROM AMAZON

7.STEAMWORLD DIG 2

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SteamWorld Dig 2, yet another Metroidvania, has a distinct aesthetic that makes it stand out. Its steampunk influence leads to some great enemies and gadgets, while its Western setting gives it thriving set pieces steeped in personality. The sequel stars Dorothy, a young heroine wielding a pickaxe capable of digging through dirt to access new areas.

The main reason why SteamWorld Dig 2 surpasses the solid original is that it has a fixed level design. The game world is much larger and the platforming elements have been given room to breathe. There’s also a meaningful RPG progression system to keep you hooked. The Switch does particularly well with sidescrollers, so SteamWorld Dig 2 is a no-brainer to play in handheld mode.

$19 FROM AMAZON$19 FROM WALMART

8.THE MESSENGER

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The Messenger starts off as a good but not great action-platformer heavily indebted to Ninja Gaiden. For the first few hours, you feel as if you’re playing an homage to NES-era sidescrollers. Then, the game jumps a generation and pivots dramatically, turning into a Metroidvania.

Most impressively, The Messenger drops clues of this change leading up to it in its brilliantly designed levels. From there, you can backtrack for collectibles, discover new areas, and work your way through its surprisingly large map. Oddly enough, The Messenger feels like a better game for pulling this switch, and it’s tailor-made for the Nintendo Switch.

$20 FROM AMAZON

9.SLAY THE SPIRE

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An intoxicating blend of roguelikes and trading card games, Mega Crit Games’ Slay the Spire is one of the most unique indie games on Switch. Slay the Spire sees players work through a series of battles across three acts. Your deck is your weapon in this turn-based, single-player RPG. At first, Slay the Spire seems impossible. But the more runs you try, the more cards you’ll have in your pool at the start of the next.

What makes Slay the Spire so interesting is how all of its moving parts come together. You have your deck, but you also have potions with stat buffs and relics that permanently alter your hero for that run. With three different classes of heroes to play as and the sheer endless number of possibilities for each run, Slay the Spire gets better and better the more you play. Even if you don’t normally like card battlers, Slay the Spire might hook you. It’s brilliant, challenging, and maintains its appeal even after you’ve tasted success.

$25 FROM NINTENDO

10.BATTLE CHEF BRIGADE

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Battle Chef Brigade is a prime example of innovation. At once it’s an action-RPG, a match-three puzzler, and a cooking sim. Each cooking battle requires players to hunt and take down monsters in hack and slash combat. After the hunt is over, you must bring the ingredients to the kitchen.

The cooking portion of the game is done through a grid-based match-three puzzle. Both distinct gameplay styles perform well, and Battle Chef Brigade is rounded out by gorgeous hand-drawn graphics and a wonderful soundtrack.

$20 FROM AMAZON

11.SUPER DARYL DELUXE

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Super Daryl Deluxe is easily the funniest game on this list. The self-described RPGvania transports you to a bizarre, multi-dimensional adventure starring a hapless young man named Daryl. All he wants is a little attention and some friends at his new school, but Daryl soon finds himself on a ridiculous quest across the constantly changing and improbable school grounds.

With brawler combat and an RPG progression system, Super Daryl Deluxe stands out in its crowded sidescrolling genre. The first thing you’ll notice is the distinct, cartoon visuals that really pop on the Nintendo Switch. Besides great gameplay, though, Super Daryl Deluxe has a killer story with truly humorous and zany dialogue.

$20 FROM NINTENDO

12.BLOSSOM TALES: THE SLEEPING KING

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Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King is an unabashed love letter to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The adventure is relayed as a story told by a grandfather to his granddaughter. It’s a humorous and surprisingly affecting tale that takes place across a colorful and varied open world.

All of the Zelda trappings are here: Dungeons, new weapons, interesting boss fights, unassuming villagers, etc. Despite its cute appearance, Blossom Tales is fairly challenging, making it a worthy heir to classic Zelda. If you’re itching to play a retro Zelda on Switch, Blossom Tales is a worthy treat.

$15 FROM NINTENDO

13.STARDEW VALLEY

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Stardew Valley is the sort of game you’ll unwittingly play for 100 hours and never regret a minute of it. A top-down, pixelated farming sim, the breakout game from lone developer Eric Barone takes cues from Harvest Moon but exudes its own sense of personality. You decide that the city life is too hectic, so you move to your grandfather’s farm in Pelican Town.

From there, Stardew Valley is really whatever you want it to be. From the casual pleasure of planting crops to the blissful peace of fishing to the surprisingly fun combat in the caves, each simulated day in Stardew Valley feels like a little adventure.

By far, though, Stardew Valley stands out for its ability to create a sense of community with the delightful CPU villagers. The people of Pelican Town will start to feel like real friends before long. Stardew Valley is wholesome, engrossing, and a great game to take a breather with.

$15 FROM AMAZON

14.INTO THE BREACH

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From the makers of the excellent FTL: Faster Than LightInto the Breach somehow manages to be Subset Games’ best outing. A turn-based tactics game, Into the Breachtakes place on small grids filled with only a few units. The name of the game is survival, as losing all your units restarts the game.

It’s an interesting approach to the relatively well-trodden grid-based tactics genre. You can, if you choose, take out enemy units, but you must focus on protecting your power grids. Since you only have a limited number of turns, choosing where to place your units at the start of each round is key.

Into the Breach has so many surprising layers to it that you’ll learn new strategies even after you’ve cleared the game multiple times. It’s a near perfect turn-based strategy game that should not be missed by any fans of the genre.

$15 FROM AMAZON   $26 FROM BEST BUY

15.ROCKET LEAGUE

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Few indie games reach the heights of Rocket League, the 2015 action sports game that has retained a huge following ever since. Rocket League‘s premise is pretty simple. It’s just soccer with cars, but wow is it ridiculously fun.

The Nintendo Switch version has Mario-themed cars and users can play online with Xbox One and PC players, meaning that the player pool is quite large at all times of the day. You don’t have to like soccer or racing games to fall in love with Rocket League. That’s how delightful this odd mashup is on Switch.

$19 FROM AMAZON

16.BATTLE CHEF BRIGADE

best indie games on switch 2019

Battle Chef Brigade is a prime example of innovation. At once it’s an action-RPG, a match-three puzzler, and a cooking sim. Each cooking battle requires players to hunt and take down monsters in hack and slash combat. After the hunt is over, you must bring the ingredients to the kitchen.

The cooking portion of the game is done through a grid-based match-three puzzle. Both distinct gameplay styles perform well, and Battle Chef Brigade is rounded out by gorgeous hand-drawn graphics and a wonderful soundtrack.

$20 FROM AMAZON

17.THE SWORDS OF DITTO: MORMO’S CURSE

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The Swords of Ditto originally launched in 2018 on PS4 and PC, but Switch owners will only ever know the best version of the game. Thanks to an amazing update coinciding with the Switch launch, The Swords of Ditto now plays like a proper retro Zelda game. It already had a charming story, colorful visuals, and an interesting world full of secrets, but now it can be played in a much more forgiving fashion.

Previously, The Swords of Ditto featured permadeath, which slashed away at much of your progression. With Mormo’s Curse, permadeath has been removed, and the result is much more cohesive and rewarding action-RPG. It’s one of the best Zelda-esque games on Switch. It also happens to be published by Devolver Digital, so you know it’s worth your time.

$15 FROM NINTENDO

18.STEAMWORLD QUEST: HAND OF GILGAMECH

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SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech, the latest reinvention of Image & Form’s SteamWorld franchise, is a rather traditional turn-based RPG at its core. Your party moves through small room-like screens similar to that of Darkest Dungeon and takes on baddies with a deck of 24 cards.

The card-based battling system is lighter than that seen in traditional TCGs like Hearthstone, but it still packs plenty of strategy. Each character who joins your party has their own cards and attacks, meaning that switching up party members to find an optimal balance for a fight is a point of emphasis.

On top of the engaging battles, SteamWorld Quest has a lovely cartoon art style and wonderful writing, from the dialogue to its world building. It’s different than the other SteamWorld games, but equally great at what it does.

$25 FROM NINTENDO

19.TUMBLESTONE

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Tumblestone manages to rework the classic and overdone genre of match-three puzzlers. That in and of itself is a major accomplishment. Thankfully, it’s also a darn good experience.

Each Tumblestone grid is filled with a layer of multi-colored blocks. You must shoot three of the same colored blocks in a row to chip away until the board is clear. If you mess up the sequence, it’s back to the beginning.

The loop is satisfying, strategic, and visually rewarding. Tumblestone is brimming with content, too. The campaign will take you dozens of hours. If you’re still hooked, various arcade and competitive formats keep the match three fun going for the long haul.

$4 FROM NINTENDO

20.GATO ROBOTO

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An ode to NES-era Metroid, Gato Roboto stars a cat who crashes on an alien planet. Needing to save its owner, the adorable feline hero sets out on a journey to find a mech suit. From there, Gato Roboto plays very similarly to classic Metroid. You find power-ups that allow you to backtrack and reach previously inaccessible areas, fight off baddies both small and large, and hop around both in and outside of the mech suit.

Rendered in black and white, Gato Roboto is all about emphasizing the excellent gameplay. But like all Devolver-published games, it also has some witty writing. Gato Roboto is a perfect game to play on a rainy day, as you can beat it in roughly three hours. Though bite-sized, Gato Roboto will leave a lasting impression, especially if you love old school action-platformers.

$8 FROM NINTENDO

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