Football-meets-cars game, Rocket League, has plenty of bitesize matches for you to dig into with online play. Those of you who like to carry your Switch around with you will be pleased to note that local options are also available for those (perhaps rare) occasions that you can meet up with a couple of similarly-equipped pals for a quick match. It's here that Rocket League on Switch really sings; while playing people online is fun it's one of life's eternal truths that multiplayer gaming is dramatically enhanced when you're within punching distance of your opponents.
Of course, Rocket League's short and exciting matches are only really good if you've got a solid Wi-Fi connection, or have access to other players locally — but on the off chance that that's the exact situation you're in, you can't go wrong with a bit of car-soccer.
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Lumines Remastered is a luminary of the puzzle genre and feels perfectly at home on the Switch. Intense and immersive puzzle action, psychedelic visuals, a killer soundtrack, and a bevy of content and modes make for a premier puzzle experience that should not be missed. Lumines is an addictive experience that is positively a delight to play, and we would highly recommend it to both veterans and newcomers of the puzzle genre.
Just like Tetris, Lumines makes for an excellent pick-up-and-put-down game.
Dead Cells puts you in control of a failed alchemic experiment trying to figure out what's happening on a sprawling, ever-changing and seemingly cursed island. Tough but fair combat, responsive controls, challenging foes, permadeath and of course, the emergency panic roll to get you out of trouble, make for a demanding, visceral and cathartic action game.
With a massive range of weapons, powers, and mutations, every run in Dead Cells feels different — and if you take advantage of the game's speediness, you can easily run through the levels and die horribly in less than 25 minutes.
ISLANDERS is a relaxing, minimalist strategy game about building cities on colourful islands. Explore these procedurally generated Islands from lush green grasslands to dry deserts and snowy mountainscapes and expand your settlements from sprawling villages to vast cities.
With simple and intuitive building mechanics, you have the freedom to create your own cities on the rugged cliffs of the game’s islands in half an hour or less.
If you’re after something challenging and, shall we say, different, then PUSS! could well be right up your alley. Its avoid-em-up gameplay is simple enough for anyone to pick up, but the difficulty ramps up quickly to outrageous levels. Nevertheless, it remains strangely addictive, and will likely hold your attention for a good while as you pour blood, sweat, and tears into progressing through its levels, inch by inch.
You might only want to play this one in small doses. It's... a lot.
Flip and flow through the vivid and vibrant world of Radlandia in OlliOlli World, meeting colorful characters as you grind, trick, and air your way to discover the mystical skate gods on your quest for Gnarvana. Traverse a delightful and weird world as you take on missions, challenges, and make new friends along the way.
Step aside, Sir Anthony Hawk — this skate game is perfect for drop in, drop out game sessions, and it's gorgeous to boot.
Any of the Picross games
Honestly, we've almost lost track of which one is which in Jupiter's Picross series, but you can't go wrong with a good Picross game. They're all more or less the same experience, with small puzzles working up to large puzzles, plus a few extras like Mega Picross and Color Picross to keep things spicy.
Picross S7 has touch support, so maybe that's the best one, but again, it really doesn't matter.
Fall Guys is a free, cross-platform, massively multiplayer, party royale game where you and your fellow contestants compete through escalating rounds of absurd obstacle course chaos until one lucky victor remains.
Rounds last between 5 and 20 minutes, unless you're really bad at the game. Note that you'll need Wi-Fi for this one, too!
Fishy inky terrain-painting shooting game Splatoon 2 maintains the freshness you’d expect from a Splatoon game and throws in countless big and small changes and additions, every one of them for the better. Anyone who says Nintendo can’t do online should be eating their words right now; Splatoon 2 is simply inkredible.
Again, you'll be needing Wi-Fi or some local multiplayer pals for this one, but matches are short and sweet.
Townscaper is an experimental passion project. More of a toy than a game. Pick colours from the palette, plop down coloured blocks of house on the irregular grid, and watch Townscaper's underlying algorithm automatically turn those blocks into cute little houses, arches, stairways, bridges and lush backyards, depending on their configuration. Build quaint island towns with curvy streets. Build small hamlets, soaring cathedrals, canal networks, or sky cities on stilts. Block by block. No goal. No real gameplay. Just plenty of building and plenty of beauty. That's it.
You can play Townscaper for as long as you want — which is part of the lovely, relaxing beauty of it. Maybe best for extremely stressful situations, like a delayed train, or a dog's funeral.
Of course, there's no way this list could ever be exhaustive — so let us know your favourite games for bitesize play sessions in the comments!
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