Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido (Switch)

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido (Switch)Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 8th Jun 2018 (USA) / 8th Jun 2018 (UK/EU)

Battling across a series of conveyor belts loaded with sushi, Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido tasks you with chaining together and stacking matching plates before lobbing them at your rival; the more expensive the plate, the more damage it deals. Sounds simple enough, though a complex system of transformative abilities and sprites multiply the strategies available as you fight. While it’s possible to play on the TV, the touchscreen makes things much easier, so this vibrant, sushi-centric brawler is best suited to portable play.

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Battle Chef Brigade (Switch eShop)

Battle Chef Brigade (Switch eShop)Battle Chef Brigade (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Adult Swim Games / Developer: Trinket Studios
Release Date: 20th Nov 2017 (USA) / 20th Nov 2017 (UK/EU)

Another game for foodies, Battle Chef Brigade is a daring mixture of culinary puzzling and 2D RPG-lite monster battling. In its 2D world, slain beasties drop ingredients and heroes promptly dash to the kitchen for some pot-based match-three puzzling. Combining ingredients enables them to knock up scrumptious stews and other heavenly dishes to appease demanding judges. Its unique blend of Monster Hunter and Masterchef is topped off with a beautiful, hand-drawn aesthetic, making it a particularly tasty puzzling treat.

Bomb Chicken (Switch eShop)

Bomb Chicken (Switch eShop)Bomb Chicken (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Nitrome / Developer: Nitrome
Release Date: 12th Jul 2018 (USA) / 12th Jul 2018 (UK/EU)

Your feathered friend in this wonderfully animated game has the ability to lay unlimited bombs in lieu of more traditional eggs. You use this extraordinary skill to work through a variety of installations solving problems by destroying barriers, avoiding traps, and stacking explosives to deal with enemies and environmental conundrums alike. The pixel art looks glorious on Switch, and while its not reinventing the wheel, Bomb Chicken is an explosive little puzzle package.

BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL! (Switch eShop)

BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL! (Switch eShop)BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL! (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: HAL Laboratory
Release Date: 26th Apr 2019 (USA) / 26th Apr 2019 (UK/EU)

Bigger and more fully featured than ever, BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL! marks a high point in this quirky puzzle-platformer series. It's not perfect - the stripped back aesthetic and lethargic physics won't be everyone's cup of tea - but fans of co-op puzzlers, in particular, should investigate pronto. The 'Tale for Two' campaign lets a second player take control of Qucy and you must work together to create strings of boxes and navigate through each 2D level to the exit. It remains a distinctive and deceptively layered puzzler very much in line with the trilogy on 3DS, but the fact that you can now bring a partner in on the fun makes this the best BOXBOY yet.

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)

Spun out from bonus levels that appeared in Wii U’s Super Mario 3D World, in some ways Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's diorama puzzle boxes resemble a 3D Toki Tori, and tracking down each level’s gems and Power Star will stretch the ol’ grey matter more than you might expect. Of course, this game throws in some platforming into the puzzling, albeit without any of that 'jumping' marlarkey. Until the arrival of Dr. Mario (or even Dr. Luigi – we knew we’d missed something off our final Wii U ports wishlist!), Captain Toad is representing the Mushroom Kingdom admirably in the puzzle genre.

Tumblestone (Switch eShop)

Tumblestone (Switch eShop)Tumblestone (Switch eShop)
Publisher: The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild / Developer: The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild
Release Date: 5th Oct 2017 (USA) / 5th Oct 2017 (UK/EU)

As is so common in video games, stone blocks are falling from the sky and its your job to shoot individual blocks off the bottom row as they slowly tumble down. Shooting three matching colours in-a-row erases them and the challenge lies in working out the correct order and planning ahead so you don’t shoot yourself into a corner. Despite sounding familiar and this version lacking online play, Tumblestone’s surprisingly engaging story and a raft of additions as you progress make it a very solid contender on Switch and well-worth checking out.

Tricky Towers (Switch eShop)

Tricky Towers (Switch eShop)Tricky Towers (Switch eShop)
Publisher: WeirdBeard / Developer: WeirdBeard
Release Date: 11th Oct 2018 (USA) / 11th Oct 2018 (UK/EU)

By removing the ‘well’ from that most famous of falling block games, Tricky Towers puts the skills you’ve honed through years of Tetris to creative, constructive use and does so with a mischievous glint in its eye. Seeing tetrominos stacked haphazardly, freed from their rigid grid and ruleset, is unnerving at first – it’s difficult to overstate how odd being able to move blocks in half-space intervals feels! The physics of its towers owe as much to Jenga as Tetris and there’s an unbound joy to this colourful, characterful physics puzzler. Developer WeirdBeard fills the game with catchy tunes and a silly cast of wizards dealing in light and dark magic, the latter enabling you to scupper three friends as you either race towards a floating finish line, build using a specific number of bricks, or compete to jam the most blocks under a horizontal laser beam. Simple enough for anyone to pick up and play, its focus on riotous local multiplayer suits Switch right down to the ground.

The Gardens Between (Switch eShop)

The Gardens Between (Switch eShop)The Gardens Between (Switch eShop)
Publisher: The Voxel Agents / Developer: The Voxel Agents
Release Date: 20th Sep 2018 (USA) / 20th Sep 2018 (UK/EU)

Time manipulation is something that video games can do very well, and a trusty rewind mechanic is used to solve puzzles in The Gardens Between from Australian developer, The Voxel Agents. Controlling an intrepid pair of children across a series of abstract 3D islands, you’ll follow moving blocks back-and-forth, capture balls of light in a lamp, and freeze environmental elements as you experiment with the flow of time and journey through this mind-bending but relaxing puzzler. Its lovely art style and nods to a certain classic game make this a welcome tonic between the larger epics vying for your downtime on Switch.

Snipperclips Plus: Cut it out, together! (Switch)

Snipperclips Plus: Cut it out, together! (Switch)Snipperclips Plus: Cut it out, together! (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: SFB Games
Release Date: 10th Nov 2017 (USA) / 10th Nov 2017 (UK/EU)

One of the first games to appear on the console, you control a pair of anthropomorphic cut-outs on a drawing board and must use your bodies to cut shapes in each other, fashioning solutions to environmental puzzles. Levels start out easy enough but soon turn fiendishly difficult, especially in this enhanced edition which brings extra stages, plus new minigames for up to four players. While you don’t strictly need a second player, we wouldn’t play Snipperclips without a friend, relative or significant other – when solutions elude you or an attempt goes sideways, exorcising frustration by snipping (and, indeed, clipping) your partner is always cathartic and hilarious.