Best point-and-click adventure games on Nintendo Switch, ranked

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The point-and-click adventure game genre is loved and not just because it’s been around since the early days of PC gaming. The genre also offers variety and has an easy to grasp and play nature. Of course, not all point-and-click adventure games are created equal. For every fantastic release, there is definitely a title that is best to avoid.

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Fortunately, for Nintendo Switch fans, the point-and-click genre thrives on the platform with new games being added all the time. The Nintendo Switch is perhaps the best place to play these styles of games, as they often provide a more relaxed experience with simpler controls. While there is a plethora of point-and-click games to choose from, the following ten are some of the best the Switch has to offer.


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Lair of the Mechanical God

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Lair of the Clockwork God is one of the most interesting and unique point-and-click adventure games, because it is also a platform game. In this game, you play as Ben and Dan, alternating between them as the story unfolds. Ben and Dan must prevent every apocalypse from happening at the same time.

In terms of gameplay, you play the point-and-click adventure sections as Ben, which will help create things Dan can use during the platform sections.

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Darkestville Castle

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Darkestville Castle is a fantastic point-and-click adventure game that draws on many titles and inspirations from early genre titles such as The Curse of Monkey Island. Darkestville Castle introduces you as Cid, a skeleton-like demon who enjoys wreaking havoc in the town of Darkestville every night, but all with a jovial demeanor.

However, Cid’s longtime rival Dan Teapot has other plans and won’t make it easy for him. Darkestville Castle shines with its challenging puzzles, playful sense of humor, and dose of Gothic sensibility.

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Willy Morgan and the Bone Town Curse

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Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town is a highly stylized and dynamic point-and-click game set in a pirate-themed fantasy world. However, there are a few modern touches in Willy Morgan’s world that provide a nice contrast of periods. This game features equal portions of humorous moments and thoughtful puzzle gameplay.

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Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town can be quite a difficult experience due to its non-linear gameplay and devious puzzles. Fortunately, the game offers many different items and solutions to keep the gameplay fresh from moment to moment.

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Nine Witches: Family Disruption

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Nine Witches: Family Disruption is an occult-tinged point-and-click game set in Norway, where a German division in WWII mistakenly unleashed a supernatural curse on the world. In this dark and comedic adventure, you will play as Alexei Krakovitz and Akiro Kagasawa as they work to stop this heinous event from spreading.

What really sets Nine Witches apart is the ability to roam freely through different environments, explore clues, and solve tricky puzzles. There are quite a few challenges in this game as the items that the characters collect are not always used as initially thought, instead requiring problem solving.

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Detective Gallo

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Detective Gallo is an original, charming and hilarious point-and-click adventure game that features lush hand-painted and animated graphics. Detective Gallo is charged with a crazy case, a case that tests all his abilities. Unfortunately, for everyone, Detective Gallo is also a cranky chicken.

The crazy story concerns the killing of various plants for no apparent reason. No one seems to really care except for a billionaire who is willing to pay for answers. This game contains downright tricky puzzle sections mixed with traditional adventure-style gameplay.

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The Book of Unwritten Tales 2

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The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is another lovingly crafted entry in the KING art series and the obvious sequel to the Book of Unwritten Tales. This new entry features multiple characters to play as and a silly story that parodies many popular franchises such as Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings.

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is unique in that it contains hundreds of puzzles, most of which are based on logic and deduction. Since you can play multiple characters in the fantasy realm of Aventasia, you will have to explore and try out different combinations and interactions of objects.

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The last door

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The Last Door is a unique and mysterious horror-themed point-and-click adventure game that features muted pixel art style and moody Gothic-inspired music. The final gate is set in Victorian England, and players take on the role of Jeremiah Devitt, who, after receiving a cryptic message, returns to an old friend’s property to uncover the mystery.

The Last Door sets itself apart from its counterparts with some truly edgy gameplay moments and devious puzzle sections. The key to being successful against otherworldly forces in this game is to fully explore every nook and cranny to find hidden objects and pieces of lore.

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Broken age

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Broken Age is a colorful, family-friendly point-and-click adventure game created by the lovely people of Double Fine Productions, the creators of Psychonauts. Broken Age stars Vella and Shay, two teenagers who look a lot alike but with one major difference: They live in completely different parallel timelines.

The most unique aspect of Broken Age is that you can freely switch between Vella and Shay in order to solve puzzles, find items, and complete quests or story loops that only exist in each of their respective worlds.

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Grim Fandango Remastered

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The original PC version of Grim Fandango is a timeless classic, period. So it’s no surprise that the remastered version for the Nintendo Switch is still as appealing as ever, especially for newcomers to the series. Set in the land of the dead, you play as Manny Calavera, a travel agent who works for the Department of Death.

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Unfortunately for Manny, a conspiracy threatens not only his livelihood but also his eternal salvation. Grim Fandango is a staple of the genre that every point-and-click adventure fan should try at least once. This remastered version includes better lighting, music and graphics.

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Anthropodes Park

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Thimbleweed Park is a modern take on the point-and-click genre that also happens to be a love letter to the genre, created by veterans Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick. Thimbleweed Park is all about weird and disturbing events in the titular city. This story centers on five playable characters who were drawn to the city for a single purpose, but none of them know it.

Thimbleweed Park, like the Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion that inspired it, is full of witty jokes, goofy lines, and endless puzzle play, all wrapped up in a crazy narrative.

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