Dream Daddy is, on the surface, a fluffy, heartwarming tale of dads dating dads in a dad-friendly utopian suburb. Dig a little deeper, though, and you'll find themes of what it means to be a gay dad, a black dad, a trans dad, a plus-size dad, a closeted dad, and a self-loathing dad.
Body types, race, diversity, and the struggles of raising young women are all intertwined with the Dream Daddy's marshmallowy dating-game exterior, and that depth is what skyrocketed this short narrative-focused experience into massive popularity.
If Found... is a visual novel centred on the life of Kasia, a transgender woman, as she writes in her diary about her experiences in early '90s Ireland. You can only interact with the game through erasing Kasio's words, discovering her story of trying to fit in by not fitting in as you delete it from the world.
With a punky, hand-drawn zine-like art style, If Found... is all about how sometimes building new bridges means burning the old ones down.
VA-11 HALL-A (pronounced "Valhalla") is a bartending sim with a deep story of love and loss. Protagonist and spirit-slinger Jill is broke in a cyberpunk city, mourning the messy end of a messy relationship amidst a colourful cast of patrons. Those patrons include an android sex worker, an ex-wrestler boss who's a bit of a hopeless flirt, and a livestreamer who's always streaming.
Be warned that VA-11 HALL-A does include some potentially distressing opinions from the patrons, like one character using derogatory terms about her friend who just got out of an abusive relationship, and a few sleazy male characters.
Speed Dating For Ghosts is — well, it's a game about speed dating ghosts. A lot of those ghosts have trauma, because they are dead, which is arguably the most traumatic thing that can happen to someone, but a lot of those ghosts also have stories to tell. From Kyo the non-binary ghost to Agatha the bisexual ghost, and even Andy, the genderless demon who's trying to figure out their identity, Speed Dating For Ghosts is welcoming of everyone. As long as they're dead.
Much like VA-11 HALL-A, Coffee Talk is all about getting to know people from the other side of a bar. Except, this time, it's a coffee bar! Also, it's full of fairytale creatures, most of whom are queer in some way! And there's even a character who uses they/them pronouns, although arguably that's because they are literally an alien hivemind, and are therefore a plural person. But still!
Paradise Killer is about a murder, and trying to find out who done it. You are Lady Love Dies, a character who has one of the less weird names in the cast, trying to unravel what happened on the island of Paradise in a non-linear detective story.
But this is no Ace Attorney — Paradise Killer wears its heart on its bright-pink, frilled sleeve, mixing elements of drag with high-camp fashion. Think Lil Nas X meets The Wicked And The Divine and you're most of the way there.
It would be easier to find members of Monster Prom's cast that aren't one of the letters in LGBTQ+ than it would be to point out the ones that are. The main character — that's you — can have any pronouns they wish, and many of the monsters you can date are bisexual, pansexual, transgender, and queer, happily engaging in relationships with just about anyone.
Spiritfarer is a delicate, sleepy game about ferrying souls through the underworld to their final destination, whenever they're ready. Its tale of care and community will resonate with anyone under the LGBTQ+ umbrella, and some of its characters are explicitly under that umbrella themselves.
It shouldn't be upsetting to help an already-dead person to pass on into an unknown afterlife, and yet, every single character you help through that final door leaves their mark in some way.
Greg Lobanov's charming indie colour-puzzler Wandersong follows the Bard, a singer who is very specifically not the Hero of prophecy. But, as the Bard proves, you don't have to be the Chosen One to make a difference. The Bard is notable in this list for using they/them pronouns, and being non-binary as confirmed by the developer!
While we'd like to stress that this is by no means a finalised list, and we're excited to evolve our favourites as more LGBTQ+ games come to Nintendo Switch, we do think that these games all have something very special to offer, and we hope you agree!
Of course, if you think we've made a glaring omission, then let us know in the comments — or just tell us your personal experiences with some of these games. We'd love to hear from you!
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