[Feature] Nintendad Loves Indies – Team Top 5’s

Written by Thomas Haroldsen

Here at Nintendad Manor we are incredibly partial to many of the quality indie titles that grace the Nintendo Switch, and as such we’ve been debating en mass about what our own personal top five are.

After much deliberation, the team have finally put together their own lists, with a brief description of why their Number 1 means so much to them.


Kieran Fifield

  1. Unravel 2
  2. GRIS
  3. Steamworld Quest
  4. Blossom Tales
  5. Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom

Monster Boy is the culmination of passion, hard work and a solid IP, lovingly reimagined for a modern audience.

Brett Hill

  1. Hamsterdam
  2. Ori and the Blind Forest
  3. Trover Saves the Universe
  4. New Super Lucky’s Tale
  5. Cuphead

The Dark Souls of run-and-gun games. Beautifully hand drawn visuals reminiscent of the golden age of animation.

Thomas Haroldsen

  1. Moon Hunters
  2. 80 Days
  3. Tangledeep
  4. Stardew Valley
  5. Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight is a far cry from my favorite genre yet it sunk its little bug claws so deeply into me that I couldn’t stop playing. Even now I have fond memories of my experience.

Akio Kahoshi

  1. Wargroove
  2. New Super Lucky’s Tale
  3. Shantae HGH
  4. The Messenger
  5. GRIS

GRIS is arguably the most beautiful game on the Switch, with music and gameplay just as good. It is a story about grief that came into my life while I was grieving, and resonated in a way no other game has.

Richard Strachan

  1. Horizon Chase Turbo
  2. Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair
  3. Fast RMX
  4. Earthfall: Alien Horde
  5. Cadence of Hyrule

Cadence of Hyrule has to be my number one as it manages to feel like a fully fledged Zelda title whilst providing unique mechanics that turn the whole Zelda gameplay loop on its head.

Stephen Hunter

  1. Dead Synchronicity
  2. West of Loathing
  3. Oxenfree
  4. Golf Story
  5. Blossom Tales

Blossom Tales is a love letter to A Link to the Past, but with enough of its own identity and ideas to stand out on its own.

Joachim Ziebs

  1. Steamworld Heist
  2. Pode
  3. Hellblade
  4. Everspace
  5. The Touryst

I think Touryst takes the crown because it is both relaxed and engaging at the same time. It’s perfectly optimised for the Switch and well balanced. The story is great, too.

Abram Buehner

  1. ABZU
  2. Ape Out
  3. Sayonara Wild Hearts
  4. Donut County
  5. GRIS

GRIS is an elegant experience that tells a poignant, emotionally resonant story through its unparalleled presentation and tactile mechanics. I was enraptured from the moment I began the journey until the moment the credits rolled.

Derek Wright

  1. Bloodstained
  2. Kamiko
  3. Aggelos
  4. Katana Zero
  5. Blasphemous

Blasphemous takes the tight combat of the Dark Souls franchise and throws it into a beautifully animated 2D Metroidvania. While others have tried, the Game Kitchen have successfully morphed these genres into perfection.

Kevin Orme

  1. Runner 3
  2. West of Loathing
  3. A Robot Named Fight
  4. Celeste
  5. Wandersong

Wandersong was something that spoke to me in 2018. I was enchanted by the idea of only being able to interact with the world through song. As the game reached its climax, so many of the game’s emotional points led to a few of the most powerful moments that I have ever experienced in gaming to date.

Mel Curtis

  1. Shovel Knight
  2. Undertale
  3. Hollow Knight
  4. Untitled Goose Game
  5. Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is endlessly repayable and easy to spend time in. Its charm always draws me into that satisfying gameplay loop. I’ve never had more fun farming with my little sister.

Anna Karasik

  1. Terraria
  2. Baba is You
  3. Undertale
  4. Stardew Valley
  5. Untitled Goose Game

This indie title deserves all of the hype that it got, honking its way right into my own heart with such vast room for creativity. I love that I can see my wildest diabolical goose-machinations to fruition.

Chelsea Beardsmore

  1. Stardew Valley
  2. Oxenfree
  3. Katana Zero
  4. Wargroove
  5. The Gardens Between

The Gardens Between is a game I will never stop praising; emotional, nostalgic and simply beautiful are just some of the reasons why this is still my #1.

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