Sublevel Zero Redux (Switch eShop)

Sublevel Zero Redux (Switch eShop)Sublevel Zero Redux (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Coatsink / Developer: Sigtrap Games
Release Date: 17th Oct 2019 (USA)

A roguelite shooter that puts you in a gunship as you zap your way through a procedurally-generated underground facility, Sublevel Zero Redux gets the nod from both Jasper and Lapses:

Sublevel Zero Redux. Lovely game in an under-represented genre (Descent-inspired). Clear and attractive art style, occasional slowdown is tolerable. Very satisfying pew-pew weapons. Roguelike loop is not the best, but the core gameplay holds the experience up. Flying feels spot on.

A fine homage to Descent that is worth a look because we don't get too many examples of 6-degrees-of-freedom flying/shooting games and this one is strong where it counts. The flying feels fast but controlled, the shooting is neon lasers and chunky bullets, the explosions are poppy and the cavernous stages are twisty but with an excellent map. There's some roguelite progression sitting over the top but it doesn't intrude on the structure of the runs, which are an hour or two if you're careful. Perfect for quick sessions, but deep enough if you want to play longer.

Evan's Remains (Switch eShop)

Evan's Remains (Switch eShop)Evan's Remains (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Whitethorn Digital / Developer: Matías Schmied
Release Date: 11th Jun 2020 (USA)

A puzzle-platformer with adventure game elements, Howard was very enthusiastic about Evan's Remains:

Evan’s Remains: This gems combines light puzzles with an incredibly emotional and touching story. If you have six hours and want to see the depths of what gaming can be, take this journey. From the art, to the music, and character interactions, this gem is a once in a lifetime experience. You will not be disappointed.

Sunless Sea: Zubmariner Edition (Switch eShop)

Sunless Sea: Zubmariner Edition (Switch eShop)Sunless Sea: Zubmariner Edition (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Digerati
Release Date: 23rd Apr 2020 (USA)

We received several recommendations for this rather dark survival experience from Failbetter Games, but they didn't include any substantial comments (no, eShop blurb doesn't count!). Still, Sunless Sea has been on our radar for a while and we wanted to include it — please feel free to post your thoughts in the comments and we may add them into this entry.

In the meantime, take a look at the trailer and decide if you've got the fortitude to add this downbeat game to your 2020 roster.

Dude, Stop (Switch eShop)

Dude, Stop (Switch eShop)Dude, Stop (Switch eShop)
Publisher: SIA Team HalfBeard
Release Date: 5th Mar 2020 (USA)

We have to admit that this one slipped our notice entirely, but Pak-Man's description caused our ears to prick up like a rabbit (sorry, wabbit):

Dude, Stop (that's actually the name of the game.) It's pretty much a point-and-click game by way of the great Looney Tunes classic, Duck Amuck (the one where Daffy is tormented by the animator) only it's your goal to torment the game designer.

Banner Of The Maid (Switch eShop)

Banner Of The Maid (Switch eShop)Banner Of The Maid (Switch eShop)
Publisher: CE-Asia
Release Date: 12th Aug 2020 (USA)

Nintendo Life reader Chanh acknowledges that tactical RPG Banner of the Maid isn't without faults, but believes there's still plenty there to enjoy:

Banner of the Maid is a very overlooked tactical RPG that absolutely nails the gameplay. Taking place in an alternate Napoleonic Wars, the map design perfectly translates real world conditions to the in-game battles. The art style, while fan servicey at times, matches the regal-ness of the time period. Characters are uniquely designed, strengthened by the lack of games from this era. While its localization is poor, there’s enough context clues to know what’s happening in the story.

Marble It Up! (Switch eShop)

Marble It Up! (Switch eShop)Marble It Up! (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Marble It Up / Developer: Marble It Up!
Release Date: 29th Sep 2018 (USA) / 29th Oct 2018 (UK/EU)

And finally, rolling marble platformer Marble It Up! came in for praise from several Nintendo Life readers, including sketchturner and Tom:

Typically, I feel that the eshop games truly deserving of praise manage to get noticed. However, "Marble It Up!" is a phenomenal game that has flown shockingly under the radar. Whether you want to play casually or with pixel perfect precision, this game can be enjoyed by anyone. There is enough depth here to get dozens of hours of enjoyment. If you enjoy platforming, exploration, speed running, or all 3, this game has something for you. For me, it matches or even surpasses the original two Super Monkey Ball games (which I hold in very high regard).

It has a great sense of speed and loads of levels catering for all difficulties as well as weekly challenges with modifiers to keep things fresh. Instant respawns and rock solid frame rate make it feel great to play and it fits the switch perfectly. I would love for more people to get chance to play it.

Our thanks to everyone who responded. 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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