Now is a great time to check out the Nintendo eShop for a slew of great free demos with all types of game genres! I’ve spent the last couple of days playing over 20 titles and have narrowed it down to my top 5 choices that I recommend you try out today! All games are available on alternate platforms and are fairly priced so it won’t break the bank if you decide to buy them all, like I might have!
Cat Quest II
Cat Quest II is sequel with added cooperative play by developers The Gentlebros, and published by PQube Limited. This 2D open-world action-RPG set in a fantasy realm of warring cats and dogs.
The demo on the Nintendo eShop lasts about 30 mins and I enjoyed every minute of it with my player-two partner. With a shared screen, you can fight your way through enemies, gain new abilities, change your equipment from sword to staff, and get loot from treasure chests. It’s a pretty standard RPG but any game that features cats and dogs gets extra points for ‘adrobaleness’ in my books. Plus the visuals are quite unique.
The full game on the Switch is only $14.99 USD, however you can also purchase the game on these platforms: iOS, Android, Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
Shift Happens is also a 2-player local co-op (my favorite genre) where you control two gelatinous blobs, Bismo and Plom, who are connected by accident. You can shift between a smaller size to fit in tight spaces, or grow larger to weigh down on buttons. You can even catch and throw your partner to reach some heights!
I wish I could have played longer in the demo to get a better idea of the overall obstacles and puzzles I would face, however in my short time of playing, new features and mechanics were added in further levels which kept things pretty interesting. Example, in one level, whenever one person shifts, it forces the other player to shift as well! Thus, many hilarious accidents ensued.
This platformer is created by Klonk Games, and can be purchased on the Nintendo eShop for $14.99 USD with over 40 levels included. You can also purchases the game on Steam, PS4, and Xbox One.
Oninaki is a gorgeous action RPG developed by Tokyo RPG Factory and published by Square Enix. It tells story of one Watcher on a journey to protect Life, after Death. Moreover, your task is to guide the wandering souls known as the Lost, and serve as keepers of the Living World and the Beyond.
By what I’ve experienced in the demo, this game is going to be an emotional ride. It’s too bad that the dialog is Japanese only but there are subtitles available in various languages. My interest was due to being able to swap around weapons/Daemons which will give you a different edge, stats and abilities, in real-time battles.
Oninaki is available on the Switch for $49.99 USD here, as well as Steam and the PS4. If you’re a fan of JRPGs, this one isn’t one to miss.
Rain City is a point & click adventure game developed by Cotton Game and published by ORENDA. The game begins with the main character, a cat, who embarks to Rain City to find his sister by checking out her apartment.
I was drawn by the colored sketch-like graphics and the weird anthropomorphic animal characters, and I was not disappointed with the quirky dialog. The puzzles were more engaging than I expected, such as gathering items and using them together to overcome obstacles. For example, I needed to clear a noisy party out, therefore, with my bucket to the reach the ceiling, and my lighter and toilet paper, I lit a fire underneath a smoke detector.
Rain City is available on the Nintendo eShop for a small price of $7.58 USD, and $7.58 USD on the PSN.
This hand-animated adventure and platforming game is about a fantasy world in which everyday objects take on a life of their own once their humans have forgotten them. Uncover the Forgotlings’ mysteries and harness magical forces as you embark upon a quest to return home.
Having played this game a little on mobile, I can say that the Nintendo Switch controls are infinitely better and easier to use. I really enjoyed the “cut-scenes” and animations as it was like watching a good movie. The music is also beautiful and performed by the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra. Upon discovering that their are rebel Forgotlings’ and some sort of magic needed to power the city called Anima, I now definitely need to know what will happen next!
Forgotton Anne is developed by ThroughLine Games and published by Square Enix and is available on the Nintendo eShop for $14.99 USD. You can also purchase the game on all major consoles, Steam, GOG, iOS, and Android.
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