Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (Switch)

Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (Switch)Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 5th Jun 2020 (USA) / 5th Jun 2020 (UK/EU)

There's something reassuring about Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics. Yes, it's got all your old favourites like Chess and Four-in-a-Row, and there's hours of familiar fun to be had playing Solitaire, but it also brings back comforting memories of Wii Sports with its Bowling and Golf games. You're sure to discover new favourites in the roster (bead-moving strategy game Mancala — the first of the fifty-one, no less — became a fast favourite for us). It's no accident that we've spent several weekends recently noodling around with these winners rather than hitting our sizeable backlogs brimming with hardcore, 'proper' video games.

Individually, none of the included titles will knock your socks off, but cumulatively they knit together to form a warm fuzzy pair of the aforementioned footwear that'll keep you warm when it's cold outside and there's no kind of atmosphere. Throw in some friends and/or family and it's one of the most feel-good experiences on Switch.

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Later Alligator (Switch eShop)

Later Alligator (Switch eShop)Later Alligator (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Pillow Fight / Developer: Pillow Fight
Release Date: 16th Mar 2021 (USA) / 16th Mar 2021 (UK/EU)

What do you get when you mix Professor Layton with Adventure Time? The comparison doesn't even begin to do it justice, but that's vaguely what to expect from the brilliant Later Alligator. It's a true joy to find a game that doesn't stretch out its stellar moments with long sections of padding. Every minute you spend with this short game is time well-spent, with background details to look at, terrible puns to appreciate, and a noodly jazz soundtrack that's full of bops. It has the highest laughs-per-second (LPS) of any game we've played.

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure (Switch eShop)

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure (Switch eShop)Alba: A Wildlife Adventure (Switch eShop)
Publisher: PiD / Developer: Ustwo Games
Release Date: 9th Jun 2021 (USA) / 9th Jun 2021 (UK/EU)

With so many games featuring death and destruction, Alba: A Wildlife Adventure is a breath of fresh air. Much like Pokémon Snap, its focus on observation is a welcome change of pace, and it never feels like the underlying message is being shoved down your throat. At 2-3 hours in length, our only wish is that it lasted a bit longer, but with its relaxing tone and simple gameplay, this is one we suspect you’ll go back to again and again.

Part Time UFO (Switch eShop)

Part Time UFO (Switch eShop)Part Time UFO (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: HAL Laboratory
Release Date: 28th Oct 2020 (USA) / 28th Oct 2020 (UK/EU)

Part Time UFO has the charm of a Kirby game, the physics-based chaos of World of Goo and the compelling claw machine mechanics of Nintendo Badge Arcade and this Switch port of the mobile original builds on top of that already impressive stack by adding a co-op mode that betters Snipperclips and chucks in an infinite mode that provides the sort of quick-fix joy that hasn't been seen since Paper Plane on DSiWare. It may be a game about picking things up, but the real challenge will come when you try to put it down.

Littlewood (Switch eShop)

Littlewood (Switch eShop)Littlewood (Switch eShop)
Publisher: SmashGames / Developer: Sean Young
Release Date: 25th Feb 2021 (USA) / 25th Mar 2021 (UK/EU)

For people who loved the collect-craft-combat loop of Fantasy Life, this game might scratch that same itch, and it'll certainly take up a fair few hours – even if the "combat" part is missing. Littlewood is an incredibly impressive game for a solo developer, and though none of its ideas go particularly deep, it more than makes up for it in breadth. Fans of the life sim genre should definitely seek this one out.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Switch)

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Switch)Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 13th Jul 2018 (USA) / 13th Jul 2018 (UK/EU)

A beautiful little game, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a winner whether you're after puzzling or jump button-less platforming. With beautiful visuals and an upbeat soundtrack, it's is a real gem; a wonderful, calming, gorgeous 3D platform puzzler fit for all ages, and one which you should definitely experience if you've yet to. The two-player co-op Nintendo added makes this offering even tastier with Toadette joining the Captain, and there's even a nice little nugget of DLC for once you've polished off the main game.

Wandersong (Switch eShop)

Wandersong (Switch eShop)Wandersong (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Humble Bundle / Developer: Greg Lobanov
Release Date: 27th Sep 2018 (USA) / 27th Sep 2018 (UK/EU)

If you’re after a unique experience, Wandersong completely has you covered. The singing mechanic is employs works perfectly, and while it may feel a bit too easy at times, the combination of the visuals, writing, and various gameplay objectives across a generous seven-act structure make for an incredibly compelling platforming experience that you’d do well to check out.

Yoku's Island Express (Switch eShop)

Yoku's Island Express (Switch eShop)Yoku's Island Express (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Team 17 / Developer: Villa Gorilla
Release Date: 29th May 2018 (USA) / 29th May 2018 (UK/EU)

Yoku's Island Express is a genuine breath of fresh air, combining pinball and Metroidvania mechanics in a way that feels truly inspired and an absolute joy to explore from start to finish. Add in a calming soundtrack and one of the most appealing fantasy worlds you'll find on the eShop, and you have yourself an instant left-field classic.

More like Blue Funday, amirite? Hello?...

Yep, the blue skies might be overcast in real life, but they'll always be smiling at you in that little lot. We've taken the happy-chappy, rainbow-coloured route with this selection of feel-good Switch games, but sometimes a chunky shotgun and an undead horde can be the best way to shake off the blues, so you might want to check out something like Resident Evil 4 or DOOM if you're after a more adult experience. It's also important to keep mind and body active, of course, whether through playing fitness and exercise games or otherwise.

What games do you like to play when you're feeling less than 100%? Let us know with a comment below.

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