Looking to check out some new titles this weekend? Trying to sort through the huge pile of Switch games on sale for something good? Here are seven discounted titles that are worth a look.
Human: Fall Flat — $7.49, down from $14.99 (until 7/18)
A kind of Octodad-esque flail-em-up, Human: Fall Flat presents some interesting physics-based puzzles for you and your friends to solve. Or, you can make your own fun by dressing up your little guys in ridiculous costumes and sabotaging each other.
Clock Simulator — $0.39, down from $3.99 (until 7/31)
I know, the interactive clock genre is a crowded one, but Clock Simulator stands out from the pack with its clean design and simple execution. It’s just one button, and it’s all about keeping the beat. Is it meditative? Grimly upsetting?
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy — $20.99, down from $29.99 (until 7/18)
If you somehow haven’t played the Phoenix Wright games until now, then you could do worse than the grab the trilogy on the Switch. The series’ mechanics and rhythm do get a bit repetitive by the last game, but each title is so full of delightful characters and well-written dialogue that you probably won’t mind.
Steamworld Series — varies (until 7/25)
Having played both Steamworld Dig games as well as Heist, I can heartily recommend all of them. If you’re in the mood for exploring, try Dig first. Heist, meanwhile, offers a fun tactics-lite experience. If you’ve played Worms or anything like it, you’ll know what to expect. Honestly, I love everything about these games except for the aesthetic, but even if they don’t appeal visually it’s worth giving them a shot — they’re some of the best 2D games on the platform.
STEINS;GATE ELITE — $29.99, down from $59.99 (until 7/18)
STEINS;GATE ELITE is a bit of a weird one — a remake of a visual novel using the art from the anime adaptation of the same. It’s about time travel, mad scientists, and learning to be a better person. If you’re a fan of interactive fiction, you should take a look.
Outlast: Bundle of Terror — $9.99, down from $24.99 (until 7/25)
Okay, let’s get this out of the way: Outlast uses the old, somewhat lazy horror trope of the “insane asylum.” If that puts you off, I get it. But if you can look past it, you’ll find an incredible example of what the horror genre can do. No guns, no super powers, just you and your trusty camcorder looking for the truth. Probably best to play this in docked mode with the lights out. Bundle of Terror contains both the original game and the Whistleblower DLC.
Xeodrifter — $0.99, down from $9.99 (until 7/26)
If you’re in the mood for a bit of Metroid-inspired fun, Xeodrifter might be just the ticket. Developed by the now-defunct Renegade Kid and published for the Switch by its successor Atooi, the game isn’t even trying to avoid comparisons to the iconic Nintendo franchise. But instead of layering on complexity or cranking up the difficulty like its contemporaries in the genre, Xeodrifter is straight to the point. It’s a short and sweet adventure, and sometimes that’s just what you want.