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10 Best Switch Games Available for Under a Tenner

If you look at the Switch games available in any physical store, you’d be forgiven for thinking there aren’t that many available, and they’re all pretty expensive.

But you’d be very wrong – the majority of the Switch’s library exists only digitally, and there’s actually a very buoyant selection of games available, many of them costing about the price of a cup of coffee or two.

To get the most out of your Switch, be sure to get yourself some eShop credit and visit the online store regularly. New games are added every week – so many recently in fact, that we can’t keep up!

Here’s our picks of the Nintendo Switch eShop, with the 10 best games that will cost you less than £10/$10.

10. Levels+ – £4.99/$6.99

Levels+ is a very simple yet very addictive wee puzzle game – and it’s worth every penny of its £5/$7 asking price. It’s been very hard for me to put the game down long enough to write a short paragraph about it, actually.

If you’ve ever played the annoying compulsive game 2048 on your mobile telephone device, then Levels+ will seem a little familiar. It’s about matching blocks of the same value to create a block with a higher value – but it’s a little more complex than 2048, and to its merit.

You see, there are yellow, red and blue blocks. Yellow blocks are ‘coins’, and the higher you can chain these yellow blocks, the more points you’ll score. Red blocks are the ‘enemy’, shall we say, and these can be destroyed by moving a blue block of the same (or higher) value into them. Blue blocks are your soldiers, clearing the playing field of coinage and danger.

Being a score-based game, it’s incredibly easy to while away a couple of hours in one sitting, forever trying to beat your own best score. Sometimes, the simplest ideas are the best.

9. New Frontier Days – £8.99/$9.99

New Frontier Days is basically a re-imagining of Settlers. Or any civilisation-building game for that matter. It’s not the most complex one – it’s very accessible to most ages, but for the price of a cinema ticket, there’s a hell of a lot to get out of the game.

I sank a good six or so hours into New Frontier Days, and still had plenty more to do. The game starts you off with a basic little village and it’s about evolving your settlement through the ages, modernising and growing as you go. It isn’t the most action-packed of games, but there are attacks to defend yourself against, exploration to be done, and a hell of a lot of sheep to be sheared.

8. GoNNER – £8.99/$9.99

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If you like weird, punishing but strangely compelling shooters, GoNNER is the perfect game for you.

Placing you in the shoes of a strange skeletal humanoid called Ikk, GoNNER is a roguelike platform/shooter hybrid that has you running and gunning your way through dark environments in order to find a trinket that will cheer up Sally, your land whale friend. All I can say is that Ikk really must like Sally, because the ordeals he has to go through certainly aren’t easy.

Death comes all too quickly if you don’t keep your wits about you, but then that’s the point; GoNNER is a game all about dying and having another go. With levels being procedurally generated so that they’re different every time you play however, you don’t really mind. Add in some score chasing for those into such things, and you have a game that’s just great to pick up and play for 15 minutes or so when you have the chance.

7. Kamiko – £4.49/$4.99

I wrote an article a while back proclaiming Kamiko to be the Switch’s cheapest game. In the UK, it still is – although the US now has a few more games for $4.99 to compete. It’s worth every last penny, too.

Part old-school Zelda adventure, part Titan Souls-esque retro brawler, Kamiko is a short but utterly enthralling adventure across three worlds. There’s a wealth of enemies to fight, plenty of secrets to discover, and some pretty cool old-school style bosses to rage against.

The best part? The characters are all kick-ass females. Sorry guys. It’s not the most original game by any means – it wears its inspirations on its sleeve – but for less than a fiver, you’d be a fool to skip over it.

6. Little Inferno – £8.99/$9.99

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Burning things is fun. It probably shouldn’t be, but it just is. It’s also rather dangerous though, so why not just buy Little Inferno for the Switch and burn things in absolute safety? It’s the wise thing to do.

Little Inferno is a weird game really. In fact, it’s not much of a game at all, more of a fire simulator. You start out with just a couple of coins, and with them, you buy things from a catalogue. When they arrive you shove them in the wonderful fireplace that’s in front of you and watch them burn, simple as that.

As the items in the fireplace are engulfed in flame, you can fling them about for fun and pick up the coins that inexplicably fly out of them. And of course, more coins means you can go back to the catalogue and buy more goodies to burn. And so on it goes; the process of buying and burning until there’s nothing left. The only challenge in Little Inferno in fact is figuring out which items to burn alongside each other to create combos. Still, it’s a fun way to while away your time.

5. Shephy – £4.99/$4.99

I’m a sucker for a card game, and while it took me a few attempts of Shephy to figure out what the sweet sheepy hell I was meant to be doing, I’m glad I persevered until I figured it out. It’s a bloody good little game to pick up for a quick 10 minute blast.

Essentially, the aim of the game is to get 1,000 sheep in  your hands. Some cards add sheep, some cards take them away – and if you end up with zero sheep, it’s game over. Once you get the hang of it, it’s incredibly simple and fun. And the funny little illustrations of procreating sheep on the cards are sure to elicit a giggle or two if you’re as immature as I am.

It’s not the easiest game to master – you’ll likely lose more games than you win. It’s part down to luck as to what cards you’re given, and there’s also some skill involved in knowing what cards to play and what to keep hold of for a later date. For a fiver, it’s well worth a go.

4. Bulb Boy – £7.19/$8.99

If you’re into macabre and weird things, then Bulb Boy should be on your radar. It’s probably best described as a point and click-meets-platform game, with simple puzzles combined with basic platforming and old-school boss battles to create something rather unique.

You play as the eponymous Bulb Boy, an enlightened (literally) young man who can detach his head from his body in order to solve a myriad of puzzles. On what starts out like any other evening at home with his grandpa and dog-like pet, something goes terribly wrong and MONSTERS ATTACK. Poor Bulb Boy must rescue his beloved family and rid his home from the terrors that now lie within.

It’s only a short adventure – lasting around two or three hours – but it’s a fun one, especially if you’re into dark and twisted imagery. This game features a poo monster, for crying out loud. I mean, I’m sold on that alone.

3. Boost Beast – £8.99/$9.99

Who doesn’t love a match three puzzler? Especially one that also contains ZOMBIES! and CUTE ANIMALS! That’s exactly what Boost Beast is. And it’s jolly good fun.

Playing like your standard match three puzzler, the squares you match represent cute and cuddly animals. Whichever get matched get sent into grizzly battle against (admittedly still pretty cute) zombies. The aim of the game is to rid all of the incoming zombies before they reach your… king? Or leader? I’m not quite sure who he is, to be honest, but he’s important and you need to protect him.

Boost Beast‘s gloriously cartoony art style is what makes it stand out, and if you enjoy something with a bit of character and colour, you’re bound to love this. It’s a great title to pick up and play for a few minutes at a time – the perfect kind of game for a handheld, don’t you think?

2. World of Goo – £8.99/$9.99

If you’d like a Switch game that gives your brain a bit of exercise, there are none better than World of Goo. Presenting you with multiple chapters full of levels that will truly make you think, it’s certainly not for those looking for quick action-packed thrills, but it’s a great game nonetheless.

World of Goo requires you to manipulate various blobs of goo, with each having their own specific use or quirk. You’ll need keep your wits about you as you connect them together, forming structures that will enable you to reach the exit point on each map. But with realistic physics in play, it’s seldom an easy task.

As you get further into the game the stakes are raised with environmental hazards to avoid and more intricate and mind boggling structures to build, but World of Goo always remains rewarding. Honestly, World of Goo is seriously worth picking up if you want a lasting challenge.

1. Shovel Knight – Specter of Torment – £8.99/$9.99

Shovel Knight has become a bit of a phenomenon. Released in 2014, his retro platforming exploits have been widely praised, and you can also get in the action on Nintendo Switch.

While the Shovel Knight Treasure Trove includes the original game and all the expansions released for it, it costs a hefty £22.49/$24.99. The latest expansion – Specter of Torment – is available separately as a stand alone title on the Switch, however, and it only costs a fraction of the price.

If you like old school platforming, Shovel Knight – Specter of Torment is simply spectacular. It has brilliant controls, challenging level design, and best of all, epic bosses. Rich reviewed the game back when it was released, giving it a mighty 9/10, so it must be good!

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