Top 5 Worst Nintendo Switch Indie Games I Played in 2019

Top 5 Worst Nintendo Switch Indie Games I Played in 2019 from r/JoyConReviews

Dedicating a portion of my life to playing and reviewing video games is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, I get to play many fantastic games that I can happily recommend to others. On the other hand, I play some of gaming’s less than stellar offerings. While the games on this list may not be some of the worst of all time, nor did every game come out in 2019, they will stand as the worst games that I played this year. With that being said, let’s check out the Top 5 Worst Nintendo Switch Indie Games I Played in 2019.

The inclusion of Robonauts on this list may be somewhat controversial as it scored a +1 rating in my review. Unfortunately, I have played many games better than Robonauts this year, so this title has to take one on the chin. One gripe I had with this game is that the novelty of gravity mechanics has somewhat seen its day. It may have been exciting 10 years ago, but now it pops up in a lot of games, so it didn’t create any excitement for me. There were worst things about the game, so I can at least give the gravity mechanics a pass. The auto-aim system was a little off-putting because it took control away from the player. This was especially frustrating during moments where the enemy would overwhelm the player.

Does Clock Simulator even qualify as a game? Well, yeah it kinda does. It challenges the player to complete a variety of tasks in its collection of mini-games. These are rhythm-based games that require you to press buttons in rhythm with on-screen visuals and sound. Some of the mini-games were actually decent, while others were either confusing, difficult, or both. There really isn’t much to say about this game, other than it fared better than 3 other games on this list.

Despite having a cool gun mechanic and some decent platforming action, Revenge of the Bird King was a disappointing experience. The game is quite cryptic which made it hard for me to understand if I was actually making progress. I searched levels high and low for things I thought I was asked to find. I spent way too much time trying to find out how to clear a certain room. I even finished the game without realizing I was fighting the final boss. Throw in a lackluster presentation with zero polish, and you end up with a crappy game.

Awesome Pea was not an awesome game. It features basic platforming and a boring, chore-like “collectathon.” The game never really adds anything interesting as you continue playing, plus it has a variety of noticeable technical issues that dampen the experience. I struggled with the game’s wonky hit detection, but especially struggled with death by objects that I couldn’t even see. Lastly, level reset and pause functions are mapped to the face buttons, causing a number of frustrating moments that could have otherwise been avoided.

Woodle Tree Adventures Deluxe is the worst Nintendo Switch indie game I played in 2019. It features incredibly basic 3D platforming that offers little challenge to the player. The bland enemies and level design aren’t helped by a camera that doesn’t like to cooperate. Add in unpolished graphics and a mediocre soundtrack and you get Woodle Tree Adventures Deluxe. Fortunately, the developer would go on to create a much better sequel, but in the meantime, Woodle Tree Adventures Deluxe has to bear the title of worst indie game I played in 2019.

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