[dropcap]A[/dropcap]re you a struggling student strapped for cash. Or simply a thrifty gamer, who wants to play good quality games for non-extravagant prices? Then look no further, as we’ve compiled a list of 9 great games downloadable from the Switch eShop. And they are all less than £20/$25 USD
Celeste is a narrative-driven adventure platformer featuring pixel graphics. The aim of the game is to help Madeline survive her inner demons on her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain. with over 700 screens of platforming challenges and secrets, and over 2 hours of original music featuring live piano and catchy synth beats, it’s no surprise that the game was given a 92% rating by Metacritic upon its release for Switch back in January. At just £17.99, the game undoubtedly offers good value for money.
Stardew Valley is a Harvest Moon-reminiscent RPG farming sim, that also features pixel graphics. Originally released for PC, the game was highly regarded for features such as complex characters, diversity in character customisation and dating, and the game’s enigmas and secrets. Its success meant that it was ported to Switch in October of last year. With an additional multi-player update, the game is well worth its eShop price of £10.99
Sonic Mania is a game that puts a modern twist on iconic Zones and Acts from games such as Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD, and Sonic The Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles. The game features the iconic blue hedgehog, Sonic, alongside pals such as Knuckles and tails. You can re-experience your favourite 2D classics, but with added enhancements, such as stunning HD retro-style graphics, pixel-perfect physics, and a game that runs at 60FPS. The game can be snapped up for just £15.99.
Overcooked: Special Edition
Overcooked: Special Edition is an arcade-style cookery game. Players can complete tasks such as chopping, cooking and washing dishes (boo), either by themselves or alongside other players in multiplayer mode. With a plethora of unusual and tricky kitchens, HD rumble support, and two DLC packs (The Lost Morsel, and Festive Seasoning), the £17.99 game would be great for parties.
Also a port from PC is Thimbleweed park, a puzzle-mystery game that features pixel graphics. The tiny town of Thimbleweed Park is home to 80 very strange people. Five people with nothing in common are drawn to the town. Although they might not yet know it, they are all deeply connected. They’re also all being watched. From a rotting corpse to an abandoned circus, the game is a far cry from Stardew Valley. But if you enjoy a good mystery and narrative, you can purchase the game for just £14.99
Night In The Woods
Night in the Woods is an autumnal themed indie adventure game. Highly relatable to many, the game shows the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs. After the protagonist, Mae Borowski drops out of college and returns to her hometown, she finds things as gloomy and hopeless as ever. But this time there’s something more. Strange and eery occurrences are happening. And there’s something in the woods. This charming game with beautiful music can be purchased for only £17.09 on the Switch eShop.
Rocket league is an action-packed racing sports game that combines arcade-style soccer with driving. With rewarding physics-based gameplay, a fully-featured offline season mode, multiple game types, and both casual and competitive online matches, it’s no wonder that this award-winning game is highly regarded. Amazingly, you can purchase it for just £15.
Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King
Blosson Tales: The Sleeping King is an action-adventure RPG game with charming pixel graphics. Fight monsters and save the Kingdom of Blossom from eternal darkness whilst playing as Lily, Knight of the Rose. With a dynamic story passed down through generations, your in-game choices influence the narrative and change the course of events. With HD rumble support and over 15+ hours of gameplay, fans of the Zelda franchise and pixel RPG’s alike will be pleased to learn that the game is obtainable for only £13.49
One of the first games available for Switch following its release is Snipperclips, an action-puzzle paper-themed game. Help papery pals Snip and Clip undertake a variety of tasks by cutting them into different shapes. Don’t feel sad though, as they return to their former selves at the end of each task. Magic. The game has a variety of modes, and the option to play solo, or to play with others, potentially making it another game to play at parties. This family-friendly game can be purchased for only £17.99
Are you struggling to think of Christmas gift ideas for casual gamer friends? Looking to treat yourself with Christmas money?Look no further as we’ve compiled a list of the most cute and quirky Casual Gaming merchandise currently on the internet.
Know a cheapskate or a workaholic? (Or just an Animal Crossing fan will do I guess..) Buy them a Tom Nook or Isabelle pin from Etsy, starting at just £7.73 each
Do you have friends who are like me and are forever losing their ID card for School/Work/Uni (amongst a variety of other things..)? Does their obsession with Animal Crossing: Pocket camp have you concerned for their welfare? Perfect. Buy them a Pocket camp lanyard from Etsy for only £6.95.
It’s-a me Mario
Buy them a Mario Rainbow GP t shirt to remind them how much they suck at Rainbow Road (or Mario Kart in general ?) and how much they hate that course. It can be bought from Theyetee.com for $20. Tip: Consider complimenting this purchase with a Rainbow Road pin and poster (conveniently sold by the same website) to really make them hate you.
Or purchase them an adorable Piranha Plant or Bowser hand puppet, giving them the ability to munch on random stranger’s hair and blame it on the puppet! (Tip: Don’t do that unless you want to look like a weirdo and risk get a slap). These mischievous puppets can be bought from Think Geek for $19.99 each.
With these 8-bit soaps, you can hint to grimy gamer friends that showering in The Sims doesn’t count! The soap can be bought from Think Geek half price for just $12.99, a small price to pay to assist the most pungent of players.
Know a stylish Stardew Valley fan? Buy them a seasonal Stardew Valley Fair poster or a pretty Pelican Town poster (or both, if you’re feeling particularly generous) to brighten up their bedroom. The posters are available on fangamer.com (which has loads of cool gamer stuff) for a reasonable $15 each.
How about gifting some of the super cute Ooblets merch which is also available from theyetee.com? There are Ooblets pins, t shirts, stickers and an amazing poster up for grabs!
(Is it just me who thinks that Clickyclaws looks funny? ?)
[dropcap]D[/dropcap]o people keep asking you what you want for Christmas? Struggling with gift ideas for those casual gamer friends? Look no further as we have compiled the ultimate Christmas wish list, comprising of the most recent and relevant games.
Portal Knights is an award-winning 3D sandbox action-RPG game for PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch, developed by Keen Games and Published by 505 Games. The game has been referred to as a ‘pretty Minecraft’ but it is way more than just that! Defeat enemies in real-time combat, explore a variety of randomly-generated islands and restore peace to a war-torn world torn apart by ‘the fracture’.
Nine Parchments is an action co-op RPG by Frozenbyte for PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch. In the game, runaway apprentice wizards seek the elusive lost nine parchments in the hope of completing their spell books. The wizards acquire spells, but without learning the proper safety procedures that come with them. This hasty progress inevitably leads to a few fatal accidents..
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope is a new adventure RPG/farming simulation created by Natsume and released for PC on Steam. Although initially it received a fair amount of criticism and has been described as a little buggy, those who have spent time playing the game have generally praised it due to it’s simplicity, adherence to the Harvest Moon franchise, and the fact that they can play it on PC. Either way, it’s definitely worth a play to make your own decision on whether the game deserves it’s place in the Harvest Moon series.
World of Final Fantasy is a new RPG by Square Enix. A more cutesy spin on the original Final Fantasy games, this is a must-have for those who like cute and story-rich games. Join your two siblings in the land of Grymoire in an attempt to untangle the past and save the future! Capture, Customise and evolve iconic creatures by stacking them to form monster towers.
Yooka-Laylee is an action-adventure game by Playtonic. After waiting for what seems like ages, Switch owners will be pleased to hear it finally has a release date for the Switch! Brought to you by the masterminds behind Banjo-Kazooie, play as Yooka or Laylee and thwart evil Capital B’s plan to absorb all the world’s books in an effort to profit from them. From playing puzzles to beating bosses, this game is sure to keep you entertained over the festive period.