The Switch has swiftly established itself as our console of choice for indie games, muscling aside all competitors thanks to the convenience of playing on a bus, train, plane or quite frankly anywhere we please. Last year saw developers scramble to bring their older titles to the hybrid wonder, and while many of this year’s top contenders are also delayed ports, we’re also starting to see many excellent games have their initial releases on Switch too.
In fact there were so many superb indies released on Nintendo Switch in 2018 that we’ve had to split our list into two categories, one for older games that have made the jump, and the other for new releases this year. With that clarification out of the way, let’s get straight to business with our run-down of the best indie games to release on Switch in 2018.
The best new indie games on Switch in 2018
Celeste offers a rare marvel in the world of gaming, combining satisfying, inventive platforming with a passionate story that grapples with the serious issues of depression and anxiety in a genuine and hopeful tale.
The core game is centered around protagonist Madeline’s mid-air dash, and scaling Celeste mountain uncovers a trove of creative platforming mechanics to rival the finest of Nintendo’s catalogue — and with a sight more difficulty too. Celeste challenges both skill and emotions, making it no surprise to see it nominated for Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2018.
Dead Cells has been available in Early Access for several years on PC, and in that time it has evolved into a magnificent 2D hack ‘n’ slash roguelite. This is no Diablo-style monster grinder though, as even in the early stages Dead Cells’ combat requires precision, patience and planning.
Many have likened Dead Cells to Dark Souls, and while the world may take a grim inspiration, combat here plays out at a quicker pace. You can expect to die a lot, but procedurally generated stages and weapon drops keep each run feeling fresh as you uncover more of the overarching land and narrative.