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3 Nintendo Switch indie games you must buy in 2019

Unruly Heroes on Nintendo Switch
Some of the stunning artwork you will find in Unruly Heroes

These 3 Nintendo Switch indie games are some of the best games — period

Nintendo has uploaded another Indie Highlights video to its YouTube channel today (see video below) — a quick rundown of some of the Nintendo Switch indie games we can expect to be playing in the next few months.

Some are already available as of yesterday.

And, while just about all the Nintendo Switch indie games we are getting are superb games, these three are the ones I am most excited about.

One game I have already played on PC and loved, and two that look absolutely gorgeous.

Unruly Heroes

Unruly Heroes is a 2D platformer from Magic Design Studios. The devs say the game is based on the classical Chinese novel Journey to the West. Gamers that have already begun playing have commented that gameplay is very similar to Trine and Guacamelee.

You play one of four characters you can cycle through, as the game switches between platforming, combat and puzzles. What makes this game stand out more than some of the other Nintendo Switch indie games, however, is the artwork. It is utterly gorgeous.

And yes, the game is similar in look and feel to Rayman Legends. No surprise there, though, as several of the Ubisoft developers involved with that game are now part of Magic Design Studios.

Unruly Heroes released yesterday on PC, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch. Check out the game’s Nintendo Switch launch trailer below.

CrossCode

I picked up CrossCode late last year, expecting it to be a relatively short retro-style 2D action RPG I could probably get through in 20 hours or so. Seventy hours later, I was still playing, and loving every minute of that gameplay, as this game is enormous. Since then, I have completed a second playthrough, and enjoyed it just as much.

CrossCode is stuffed full of enemy types, has more than 30 boss fights, over 100 quests, has 90 combat skills to master and a plethora of equipment and weapons. It also has characters you will fall in love with and so really care what happens to them, an engrossing story and gorgeous music.

The puzzles too are brilliantly executed, the platforming sections are fun, and the fast-paced feel of most of the story grabs you from beginning to end.

As someone who rarely enjoys games set in the future, I can’t say enough good things about CrossCode. Except to say it was easily one of my top 5 games last year, and one I have recommended to everyone I know that loves a great game. Especially as, for those like me that have already played the game, it is coming to the Nintendo Switch with exclusive content. Yay!

There is not a definite release date for CrossCode on the Switch as yet. Except to say, it will be released sometime in 2019. It is currently available for Windows, Linux and macOS.

Meanwhile, watch the CrossCode on Nintendo Switch announcement trailer below to get a glimpse of why so many people rave about this stunning game and why, if you are buying any Nintendo Switch indie games in 2019, this should be your top pick.

SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech

Talking of beautiful games, SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech is just about the prettiest game I have ever seen. From the little I’ve seen of it, there doesn’t seem to be much wrong with gameplay either.

Developed by Swedish developers Image & Form, the folks who created the SteamWorld games SteamWorld Dig, SteamWorld Heist and SteamWorld Dig 2 (some of my favorite games),  SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech is based in the same Steampunk world.

This time, though, the devs have gone for a card-based RPG that comes with XP, turn-based battles, leveling up, gold, dragons, magic and all the other things you expect in an RPG game. A game that, if you enjoyed any or all of the previous SteamWorld games, you will likely love.

No word yet on when SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech will release, but it is coming to the Nintendo Switch first.

Now watch all the other Nintendo Switch indie games announced for 2019 so far in the video below. Honestly, there isn’t one I probably wouldn’t play.

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Michelle Topham

Founder/CEO at Leo Sigh
I am a music journalist, a former radio DJ, a left-wing human rights advocate and the founder of Leo Sigh. I am also an avid video game player.
Michelle Topham