Top 5 Best Nintendo Switch Indie Games I Played in 2019

Top 5 Best Nintendo Switch Indie Games I Played in 2019 from r/JoyConReviews
Reviewing games can be a pain in the ass at times, but the journey is mostly rewarding. Whether I’m playing an indie title in HD for the first time, or following up on a recommendation from a fellow Twitter user, that journey never seems to come to an end. Yes, there are shitty games that I have to endure, and I already covered those late last year, so it’s time to start 2020 with a more positive outlook. With that being said, here are the Top 5 Best Nintendo Switch Indie Games I Played in 2019.

This game was one of my biggest surprises of 2019. Ninjin: Clash of Carrots mixes beat ‘em up gameplay with RPG and endless runner elements to create a unique gaming experience. When you’re not equipping yourself with the latest weapons or costume items, you’ll probably find yourself enjoying the game’s gorgeous graphics and sense of humor. The game does feel repetitive at times, but that didn’t stop it from finding a place on this list.

Action platformers are some of my favorite video games, and I’m a huge fan of the Mega Man series, so Venture Kid was immediately appealing to me. The gameplay here is reminiscent of Mega Man, but it also does enough to stand on its own. Unfortunately, because of its inspiration, Venture Kid will always live in the blue bomber’s shadow. However, if you’re looking for something with a bitching soundtrack and great gameplay, look no further.

I initially played this game on the Nintendo 3DS, but was delighted to finally give it another go on the big screen. This HD remake delivers more fantastic action platforming gameplay, which, much like the previous game on this list, happens to be inspired by a certain blue bomber. Gunman Clive 2 differentiates itself from its predecessor by adding bigger bosses, dynamic levels, and a heavy dose of color. Lastly, multiple characters with different playstyles make Gunman Clive 2 a title worth revisiting.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of 2019 for me was Suicide Guy. I had the opportunity to review the game when developer Chubby Pixel provided me with a download code, and I’m grateful for the experience. Suicide Guy surprised me with its creative puzzles where the end result would be death by my own hand. It plays like a 3D adventure game with some platforming elements. The concept allows for a variety of scenarios, which happens to include some fantastic pop culture references. The sequel is also great, but the original delivers more content and is the overall better choice.

Nintendo consoles have always received the short end of the stick when it comes to hockey titles. One of my go-to games over the past few years has been NHL Slapshot for the Wii. However, now I have a new hockey game I can boot up when looking to scratch that itch. Super Blood Hockey impressed me with its back-to-basics, retro flavoured hockey gameplay. While it may feel familiar to fans of Nintendo’s Ice Hockey, there are enough tweaks to the formula to create a more complete experience. Shooting and passing are easier to aim, and smacking your opponents around feels fantastic. Super Blood Hockey also includes an incredible franchise mode that lets you build your own team. You’ll level up your players’ stats, take care of those that get injured, and even give some players an extra boost if needed. The overall experience left a lasting impression on me and I’m proud to award it the title of best Nintendo Switch indie game I played in 2019.

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