You play a reaper; a funky, dancing reaper. On each level you must perform a series of basic tasks that come together, Rube Goldberg style, to cause your target's timely death. It's a puzzle game, the challenge being that you must stick to the shadows, manipulating your environment (and the sun) to make your way in the world. Sadly there are occasional progression bugs which can be very confusing when you're convinced your solution to a problem is right. It's a beautiful game though, clearly made with a lot of love, and it's voiced by Patrick Stewart!
Fiskern found Machineboy's Embracelet to be an affecting experience on Switch:
A beautiful and emotional adventure with characters you get invested in. The setting of a remote Norwegian island sets the tone of a calm game where you solve puzzles, and interact with characters, digging deep into their backstories.
Embracelet is for those who want an engaging story about a small community on the decline, and how it affects the people, and especially kids, living there.
The last line of doddlewhizz's recommendation had us heading to the Switch eShop to download Nelly Cootalot immediately:
Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet is a pirate based point and click adventure with a distinctly British sense of humour as well as copious amounts of puns. The world is colourful, the characters are charming and the overall journey is very enjoyable. It follows the traditional 'click thing on thing' style of adventure game puzzle solving but thankfully there isn't too much moon logic about. Also stars Tom Baker as a parrot.
It's a collection of games written in Fuze4 for Nintendo Switch, and the games are written by the lovely Fuze community. Fuze Player is cheap as chips, and currently contains about 35 games, with more being added every now and then.
We have got rhythm games, flying games, memory games, shooting games, psychedelic snake games, puzzle games, multiplayer games, shmups, and more. You'll play as a whale, as a submarine captain, as a fish or as an entire army... There is even an exclusive Dizzy game from the Oliver Twins!
Alex kept things short and sweet with this Heavy Burger recommendation:
I’ll make this quick — I’m a big fan of twin-stick shooters and I have all the greats. One of the most unique, quirky and fun of these is Heavy Burger. It seems no one knows about it, though. Check it out; I think you’ll agree.
SRPG fans don't need to wait for the next Fire Emblem or Project Triangle, they should check out Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark. Fell Seal offers a plethora of classes and skills to craft unique characters, and a lot of the fun is experimenting to create overpowered characters that will steamroll enemies! The game also offers interesting enemies, challenging maps, and a compelling story, and it should be any strategy fan's next epic!
Our thanks to everyone who responded — we'll have more for you soon once we've finished rifling through our mail box. Let us know below if you've sampled any of the games above and if you agree with the recommendations. We're off to scour the Switch eShop and catch up with some of these.
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- 100-word limit - Keep it brief! A history of the genre and deep-dive into every mechanic is unnecessary. Concentrate on what the game is about, what sets it apart from other games and why you enjoyed it.
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- Head to Nintendo Life's Contact page and select the subject "Switch eShop Hidden Gems" from the drop down menu (it's already done for you in the link above). Type your name, email and beautifully-crafted message into the appropriate box, hit send and Bob's your uncle!