The Best Hidden Jewels of 2020 and Overlooked Switch Games-Features

Another year, another huge pile of great new vidya games at SwitcheShop. We would be very envious if we could play everything that caught our eye this year! With so many great games, it was difficult for many to catch up again, even if many realized that they had unexpected free time in 2020.

Yes, again this year we were forced to settle for choice and deal with the horrifying reality of too many great games and not having enough time. However, it’s the holiday season now. If you’re wondering what to sit down and play, here are 20 gems you might have missed (the best hidden gems on Switch in 2020):

We’ve asked Nintendo Life readers several times to recommend it, but all of the following games have been reviewed by Nintendo Life and scored at least 8/10 (one of which has the highest possible score). I got it!). We are pleased to re-emphasize them in the later period of this year (as well as last year), hoping that we will be able to catch them before the first shipments of 2021 arrive soon.

If any of the following titles are already in the Switch library, bully them. However, if you’re looking for something to play and these gems pass by, you’re currently sitting in the Switch eShop. pleasant!

Horace (Switch eShop)

the publisher: 505 games / Developer: Paul Hermann

Release date: October 21, 2020 (USA) / October 21, 2020 (UK / EU)

Horace This is very special. The vague negative is the fact that Switch already has so many great indie games that I’m worried that Horace will fall down along the way. If you’re interested in great level design, great storytelling, great art, exciting music, great characters, hilarious situations, and emotional visceral punches, Horace is easy. It works even if it’s not operational, it’s clever if it’s not self-righteous, and it’s nostalgic even if it’s not a lazy rehash.It ’s a platformer, but that ’s it. More Than that.

That’s right, Horace another It’s an indie masterpiece and every gamer who enjoys a quality experience should play it. A masterpiece that owes much to its medium, but has the strength, creativity, and identity to become independent as very, very special. I will buy this. If you need more persuasiveness, check out our interview with the two development teams.

Bug Fable: Eternal Sapling (Switch eShop)Bug Fable: Eternal Sapling (Switch eShop)

the publisher: Dengent Entertainment / Developer: Moon sprout game

Release date: May 28, 2020 (USA) / May 28, 2020 (UK / EU)

Developer Moonsprout Games was probably relieved to get this loving homage to Nintendo’s Paper Mario series outside the door and in the e-shop. Origami King It was announced just a few months later. Bug parable Is a superbly sophisticated and independent compliment to the first two paper-mario games, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a strong identity in itself.Full friendliness is sometimes a bit tiring-seriously, it seems to be tracked in place-but Paper Mario with the serial number submitted is not yet very Good time. There are many things to see and do. It’s a pretty obsessive card game to play, with secrets hidden everywhere. Add all this silky smooth performance, great soundtrack, and turn-based combat. A fascinating and sure winner is here.

Evergate (Switch eShop)Evergate (Switch eShop)

the publisher: PQube / Developer: Stone lantern game

Release date: August 18, 2020 (USA) / August 18, 2020 (UK / EU)

Evergate Is a great design puzzle / platformer that is powerful at first and grows in the course of the campaign. All the new worlds encountered here can be devised by experimenting with unique methods of binding beyond complex levels, adding new twists to the procedure and gradually becoming more complex as the mechanics stack each other. Speed ​​running here feels like it’s been tackled for us for no real reason, but in addition to this one small mistake, it’s an essential purchase for puzzle / platform fans and on Switch. An outstanding example of that genre.

If you want to know more about the story behind the game, check out our interview with Stone Lantern.

To the Moon (Switch eShop)To the Moon (Switch eShop)

the publisher: XD network / Developer: Freebird game

Release date: January 16, 2020 (USA) / January 16, 2020 (UK / EU)

To the moon A powerful interactive story. It’s a short game, but it allows players to face the unpleasant situations and emotions that we all struggle with at some point in our lives. Psychosis, death, broken heart, tragedy … it’s all here, handled honestly within a wonderful narrative setup where you can see the decomposed life layer by layer, avoiding very human mistakes and fate. Reveal how no interruptions are shaped Our lives will eventually turn out. Everything is done in 4-5 hours.

Wonder Ring (Switch eShop)Wonder Ring (Switch eShop)

the publisher: Retroid Interactive / Developer: Retroid Interactive

Release date: March 5, 2020 (USA) / March 5, 2020 (UK / EU)

By removing the basic ability to change direction while walking Wandering Proven to be an incredibly addictive “Goomba-sim” platformer with excellent levels of design, stunning writing, and adorable visuals. Its impressive accessibility means that almost anyone can get it, but at the same time it continues to be challenging enough for you to stay engaged for hours.

For more information on this cute little platformer, see our interview with developer Retroid.

Unpublished story (Switch eShop)Unpublished story (Switch eShop)

the publisher: Devolver Digital / Developer: No code

Release date: January 16, 2020 (USA) / January 16, 2020 (UK / EU)

Untold story Is a chilling adventure that has drawn us into the world through the clever use of the UI and the fully realized lo-fi aesthetic. Through old technology and complex mechanical walls, it creates a unique strong bond between the player and the story, slowly decaying from the comfortably familiar to the completely different, in a real place in a twisted world. Gives a sense. It’s one of the best interactive horror stories I’ve ever played, and it’s perfect for enjoying alone in the dark on Switch.

well done! (Switch e-shop)well done! (Switch e-shop)

the publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Paladin Studio

Release date: March 26, 2020 (USA) / March 26, 2020 (UK / EU)

well done! It ’s a wonderful surprise. Everyone try it. Thanks to its hilarious physics, seemingly simple tasks, whether intentional or unintentional, can lead to a complete genocide, which means that its rating system has plenty of opportunities to regenerate. .. Aside from a few technical issues, thank you for your hard work!is definitely It is guaranteed to make you laugh.

Other waters (Switch eShop)Other waters (Switch eShop)

the publisher: Fellow travelers / Developer: Jump over the times

Release date: April 3, 2020 (USA) / April 3, 2020 (UK / EU)

It ’s a really nice surprise, In other waters Is a little minimalist masterpiece that you want to immerse yourself in for a more meditative experience than most of Switch’s library. I found the perfect home in my handheld. Its form factor favors the mood and mood of the game, creating an extraordinary and unique experience. What you’re getting here is the story you’re indispensable to, and it’s one of the coolest and smartest games we’ve played for a long time. Absolutely first-class effort.

Lonely Mountains: Downhill (Switch eShop)Lonely Mountains: Downhill (Switch eShop)

the publisher: Thunderful / Developer: Megagon

Release date: May 7, 2020 (USA) / May 7, 2020 (UK / EU)

An exquisite bike racer and trial game with tight controls, different courses and a unique Zen-like presentation.Calmness and demand at once Lonely mountains: downhill It looks and feels like any other game in the e-shop. Except for one or two unfortunate technical issues, it’s an absolute bohemian joy.

After party (Switch eShop)After party (Switch eShop)

the publisher: Night school studio / Developer: Night school studio

Release date: March 3, 2020 (USA) / March 3, 2020 (UK / EU)

After party It’s an acquired taste, but it’s definitely worth the effort, like a good wine or a good beer.Night school follow-up from start to finish Oxenfree Is a completely entertaining narrative experience that draws you into a hellish world that you don’t want to leave (ironically). The branch path and smartly implemented drink system add many options for playability. While the performance remains desirable, Afterparty has proven to be a visual pleasure. After parties are highly recommended for anyone looking for a good story to immerse themselves in.This is something to go down Real Smooth.

Find out behind-the-scenes thoughts in an interview with Sean Krankel at Night School.

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