Best point and click adventure games for Nintendo Switch

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In the years since its launch, Nintendo Switch has been home to games across all genres, including a range of old-school point-and-click adventure games, a genre that thrived on PCs at the time. and whose Nintendo hybrid console offers a convenient way to play. The system’s touchscreen makes it an ideal match for games that would traditionally have been best paired with a mouse, but many adventure games work just as well these days whether you’re playing on your TV with a pad or be on the go with your Switch in handheld mode.

Below are our recommendations — in no particular order — for the best adventure games on Switch; games less swashbuckling and more navigating conversation trees and tapping verbs and objects. Of course, some of the best point-and-click adventures ever made are swashbuckling adventures, though the infamous Mr. Guybrush Threepwood didn’t turn to Switch in a monkey island shipping for now. It’s only a matter of time, surely?

If you prefer first-person narrative games, we have another list of Switch’s best “walking simulators” and environmental narrative adventure games to browse, and we’ll also be covering visual novels at some point in the future. Due to the large Venn diagram of adventure game types, you will find some extreme cases in the list below, but we wanted to expand our network, even if it means expanding the definition in order to get more quality games under your nose — games that otherwise might not sit comfortably on one of our Change Essential Genre Collections.

So sit back and get ready to scroll through the best point-and-click adventure games on Switch.

Thimbleweed Park (Switch eShop)

Thimbleweed Park (Switch eShop)

Editor: Terrible toy box / Developer: Terrible toy box

Release date: September 21, 2017 (UNITED STATES) / September 21, 2017 (UK/EU)

Point-and-click beginners may struggle with the myriad of puzzles Thimbweed Park relies on its intriguing plot, but its developers have rightly allowed it to move forward even when all you see is a dead end, with the inclusion of the advice line. It’s a love letter to old LucasArts adventure games, updated to be as practical as possible without taking away the challenge or the charm. These updates mean that what would have been an essential feature only for a very specific audience is, without explicit fail states, easy for anyone to not just enjoy, but actually complete. And going around a second time is always a treat, just like Monkey Island et al were, because you can clearly see all the pieces of the bigger picture coming together to form a fascinating whole, culminating with one of best twists in the game.

Bulb Boy (Switch eShop)

Bulb Boy (Switch eShop)

Editor: Bulbs / Developer: Bulbs

Release date: July 6, 2017 (UNITED STATES) / July 13, 2017 (UK/EU)

bulb boy will not be remembered forever; It’s a relatively small game that shouldn’t take too long to complete, but while it lasts it offers well-crafted puzzles and an underlying humor that provides a different experience. It’s clearly lovingly put together and refreshingly manages to make horror look cute and fun, rather than taking itself seriously. Bulb Boy’s appeal comes in the form of its characters, its craziness, and its toilet humor – a deadly combination worth playing.

2064: INTEGRAL read-only memories (Switch eShop)

2064: INTEGRAL read-only memories (Switch eShop)

Editor: mid-boss / Developer: mid-boss

Release date: July 26, 2018 (UNITED STATES) / August 14, 2018 (UK/EU)

2064: INTEGRAL read-only memories takes the classic point-and-click genre of yore, strips away a lot of extremely demanding puzzle systems, and injects a refreshingly positive and progressive perspective. A cast of memorable characters and a pitch-perfect retro presentation should seal the deal for fans of a good story and engaging dialogue.

The World Within - The Last Wind Monk (Switch eShop)

The World Within - The Last Wind Monk (Switch eShop)

Editor: head-up games / Developer: Fizbin Studio

Release date: August 3, 2018 (UNITED STATES) / August 3, 2018 (UK/EU)

The first one inner world introduces the entertaining and eccentric world of Asposia and naive nose-flute Robert, but its lack of touchscreen support left us frustrated. This sequel, however, solved our main problem with endless original and improved things, which makes The Last Wind Monk a much easier recommendation. Experimentation is a breeze with the touch controls and the expanded possibilities offered by the character-switching puzzles are more varied. It retains the excellent writing and presentation of the original, but offers a much better overall experience, making it the best entry point for Switch owners. We still have our fingers crossed for a third part.

NAIRI: Tower of Shirin (Switch eShop)

NAIRI: Tower of Shirin (Switch eShop)

Editor: Another independent studio / Developer: HomeBear Studio

Release date: November 29, 2018 (UNITED STATES) / November 29, 2018 (UK/EU)

Chances are you’ve probably never heard of NAIRI: Shirin Tower, but that doesn’t mean this hidden gem should elude you. Sure, it doesn’t have the pedigree of a Double Fine game or the licensed exposure of something from TellTale’s back catalog, but it still delivers a safe and engaging world full of quirky characters, challenging puzzles, and of all the wallpapers you could ask for. It’s not a great reinvention of the genre, but it’s still a curiosity worth playing.

Oxenfree (Switch eShop)

Oxenfree (Switch eShop)

Editor: Evening school studio / Developer: Evening school studio

Release date: October 6, 2017 (UNITED STATES) / October 6, 2017 (UK/EU)

A truly creepy creation, Without beef combines clever story and clever dialogue mechanics with superbly sinister music to leave a deep and lasting impression on the player, one that should encourage a very important second playthrough. fans of stranger things and Fighting spirit will love the direction this game is taking – if not to hell and back, exactly, then absolutely to another place where horrors abound, just waiting for an invitation into our world. It’s yet another Switch staple, and playing with a touchscreen gives it a more point-and-click flavor.

Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition (Switch eShop)

Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition (Switch eShop)

Editor: Annapurna Interactive / Developer: cardboard computer

Release date: January 28, 2020 (UNITED STATES) / January 28, 2020 (UK/EU)

Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition is the full, complete Kentucky Route Zero experience. A magical, realistic point-and-click adventure that takes you on a fascinating journey to a place that exists both below and beyond. It is a journey to savor, to ruminate on; no need to rush. Every act here brings with it a new perspective, new places, and new people to forge deep connections with. You may be confused or even bewildered by your first steps into the underground that exists somewhere beneath this version of Kentucky but, by the end of your journey, you will have made friends and memories and been escorted through a rich and beautiful experience that will stay with you much longer than expected.

Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise (Switch eShop)

Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise (Switch eShop)

Release date: August 29, 2019 (UNITED STATES) / August 29, 2019 (UK/EU)

A point-and-click adventure game with a cool 60s style and an intriguing story, we missed the review Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise, although Nintendo Life readers pointed it out to us. It’s a stylish little adventure and well worth investigating if you’re a non-serious secret agent fan confusing with the classic (or should it be classic?) James Bond flavor.

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