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Favorite Nindie games on the Switch? [roundtable]
I feel like we don't discuss these games very much here, but there have been quite a few good ones lately. I actually can't keep up with them.

I've been trying to support the ones that interest me, though, especially when the Switch version has some real effort put into it.

I was super-pumped for Overcooked, the 1-4 player co-op cooking party game, but I've heard that the framerate is uneven, which is a big no-no for me. Supposedly, the dev is going to patch it. Once they do, I'm in!

Instead, I'll probably pick up Thumper this week. It's supposed to be a great port of a great game. Locked 60fps!

Death Squared is also supposed to be a great co-op puzzle game, in the Snipperclips and Overcooked vein. Although the aesthetic leaves me a bit dry, that's a definite pick-up.

People also seem to really like De Mambo, an action game with a Wario Ware-esque single-player and a Smash Bros.-esque multiplayer. You basically control a ball which can jump and can perform three different attacks (with different length presses on the same button). I really want to like this game, but the videos seem really unappealing to me. The physics seem weird, and who wants to play as a freakin' ball? Everybody says that it's a really good game, though!

There's also a digital conversion of the Speed card game, which is a great idea, but it looks incredibly low-rent. There's an Othello game by Arc System Works, which is also a pretty good idea, if not very exciting.

And I just saw a trailer the other day for Infinite Golf, or something? Basically, a Mini-Golf game with easy course creation and sharing from Zen Studios, the pinball dudes. There goes one of my surefire million-seller game ideas! I'll pick it up if it's well done, though.

As far as upcoming stuff, Duck Game and Towerfall are must-have multiplayer games, and Super Mega Baseball 2 and Nidhogg 2 are also rumored to be in the works. Those would be amazing, as well. Edmund McMillen is also coming out with a spiritual successor to Super Meat Boy called The End Is Nigh.

Anyway, which Nindies have you guys enjoyed? Which ones are you interested in?

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Posted: 07/28/17, 23:16:03  - Edited by 
 on: 07/29/17, 05:00:31
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Shovel Knight is still king in the hjort household, because I think it's such an amazing retro package.

Snake Pass was surprisingly fun and atmospheric, so I think that's my runner up.

As for the future, I'm looking forward to Thimbleweed Park more than anything, if that counts as an Nindie game. Loved Maniac Mansion and Day of the Tentacle as a kid, so there's no way I'm not getting Thimbleweed Park on my Switch. It's been hell not giving in to temptation and playing it on my PC instead.
Posted: 07/28/17, 23:31:45
Tumbleseed and Snipperclips are all I have at the moment! I'll pick up The End is Nigh when it comes out, though. I don't need a super difficult platformer right now, but the devs said it doesn't have to be that hard depending on how you play it.
Posted: 07/28/17, 23:58:52
Steamworld Dig 2.
Posted: 07/29/17, 00:03:27
So far Thumper is my big surprise, though it gets repetitive (why isn't there more music variety in a music-based game?!) so I kind of stopped about halfway through... FOR NOW.

Snipperclips is another good surprise, though honestly I haven't really touched it since the first week or so of the Switch. Probably would have played it more had Zelda not released at the same time.

Blaster Master, Shantae and Kamiko were all pretty fun too.
Posted: 07/29/17, 00:08:50  - Edited by 
 on: 07/29/17, 00:10:48
Does Mighty Gunvolt Burst count? That game rocks.

If it was working, I'd also nominate FAST RMX.
Posted: 07/29/17, 04:01:17
All good picks! Lots of good stuff in the future. I really hope that devs take their time with the conversions. I hate bad ports.

By the way, does Cave Story count? I just started playing it for the first time. It's good!

Dragon's Trap is also on my list.

Speaking of adventure games, Bulb Boy looks creepily promising.

I somehow forgot about this game!
Posted: 07/29/17, 04:59:46
I actually bought and beat Bulb Boy. It's good! It's kind of short, and it quickly kind of strays away from the type of adventuring I expected from the game, but it's atmospheric, gross and weird in a lovely way.

Does Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ count? It won't top Shovel Knight to me, but I've become addicted to its daily runs and challenges. I play at least a couple of runs every day when I sit on my excercise bike to keep my mind off how much my ass hurts from the seat.
Posted: 07/29/17, 11:00:40

Bad ports are the worst. I hope the dev teams do justice to the Switch versions of Yooka-Laylee and Bloodstained.
Posted: 07/29/17, 15:49:29
Mine also recently started hurting when I used the exercise bike! Nowadays, I put a folded towel on the seat.

If Cave Story counts, Isaac counts. At $40 a pop, Nicalis must be making bank on the Switch.

Apparently, Bulb Boy was almost entirely funded by PewDiePie!

Bloodstained is Armature, right? And the development team will probably take their time with Yooka-Laylee. They don't need any more bad press.
Posted: 07/29/17, 15:55:20  - Edited by 
 on: 03/22/18, 01:53:15
PewDiePie?! Now I feel dirty. Oh well, as long as he doesn't get any money from me buying it.

Will try the towel trick, but it's gonna be tricky keeping it in place, 'cause the seat is so slippery it feels lubed up, and it's constantly tilted forwards. Not sure what they were thinking when they built the damn thing.
Posted: 07/29/17, 16:08:16
Does Wonder Boy count? That was a solid game with great visuals and music.
Posted: 07/29/17, 19:02:58
I just remembered that, along with games we all have mentioned already, Human Resource Machine is a thing. Very good game at its core, and has a decent amount of control options on the Switch, inlcuding touch controls and pointer. Don't quite get why we couldn't get analog stick control on top of all that, but hey.

EDIT: Also, speaking of future efforts: Isn't The Sexy Brutale an indie game? That seems like a pretty neat murder-mystery-groundhog-day-puzzle-adventure!
Posted: 07/29/17, 19:29:37  - Edited by 
 on: 07/29/17, 19:32:23
Switch has got a lot of great ones. Personally I've really enjoyed Snake Pass and Kamiko off the topnof my head but there's several others I wanna play. Backlog already!
Posted: 07/29/17, 22:31:44

A friend of mine played it at another friend's house, and he literally came over to our house yesterday, put a $20 bill on the coffee table, and said "I am buying this game for your Switch." We played for hours last night just laughing and yelling and it was incredible.

If you're a 4-player local multiplayer fan, do yourself a favor and check it out! What design and fun. Terrific.
Posted: 03/17/18, 16:06:07
A blast from the past! I'll throw in some recs for Enter the Gungeon, a twin-stick roguelike shooter, and Party Golf, an amazing multiplayer with Smash-level customizability. Astro Duel Deluxe (think Space War evolved) also has great multiplayer. And Stikbold (crazy Swedish dodgeball) was fun on PS4, so I can only imagine that the 6-player Deluxe version on Switch is utter insanity.

I also rented The End Is Nigh, and was very impressed by it. I enjoyed it more than Super Meat Boy!

Unfortunately, I didn't like Thumper as much as I thought that I would. That's going to go in the eShop disappointment pile next to Rocket Fist and Infinite Minigolf.

Make sure to keep an eye out for Duck Game. It's one of the best multiplayer games ever.

Human Resource Machine was sweet, too. I should really go back and finish it.

@J.K. Riki
Yeah, Overcooked is pretty fun. Even though half of the people that I played with hated it!

It's always near the top of the eShop charts, too. Unlike Worms: WMD. Poor Worms!
Posted: 03/22/18, 01:59:29  - Edited by 
 on: 03/22/18, 02:09:34

They hated it?! How? It's so much fun with four people!


Did they scream the whole time? Half of the fun is how much screaming there is. "I NEED TOMATO! TOMATO! NO, DON'T PUT THAT ONION IN THE POT KYLE THAT'S FOR TOMATO- GOSH DARN IT KYLE!!!!"
Posted: 03/22/18, 04:07:17
Celeste is definitely one of my favorites now, hard to say whether it beats out Rocket League since they are two very different games, but they're both top notch.
Posted: 03/22/18, 04:15:11
@J.K. Riki
Hmm... I think it was the difficulty, maybe. And lack of familiarity with gaming controllers?
Posted: 03/22/18, 05:30:23  - Edited by 
 on: 03/22/18, 05:30:43

I suppose that makes sense. The game doesn't really mess around when it comes to learning curves! It is like "OKAY GO GO GO GO GO" and only adds on top of that initial frantic pace.
Posted: 03/22/18, 21:29:25
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