Levelhead (Switch eShop)

Levelhead (Switch eShop)
Levelhead (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Butterscotch Shenanigans / Developer: Butterscotch Shenanigans
Release Date: 30th Apr 2020 (USA) / 30th Apr 2020 (UK/EU)

Levelhead will live or die on the commitment of its community, but even without the creation aspect it would still be an enjoyable platformer. Smart design in every department - challenge, creation and curation - means that Levelhead is a surefire winner, and we hope it catches on. After all, there's more to the 'maker' genre than just Super Mario.

Huntdown (Switch eShop)

Huntdown (Switch eShop)
Huntdown (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Coffee Stain Studios / Developer: Easy Trigger
Release Date: 12th May 2020 (USA) / 12th May 2020 (UK/EU)

Huntdown is a delightfully detailed and expertly crafted throwback to old-school run 'n' gun arcade shooters. The 16-bit graphical style is immaculately recreated whilst adding lots of modern bells and whistles to proceedings, including a fantastic soundtrack and audio design, optional CRT filter and an arsenal of heavy-duty weapons that chew scenery and enemies to pieces as your bounty hunter makes their way from boss fight to excellent boss fight. The flow of levels may be quite repetitive but the moment-to-moment gameplay, overall sense of fun that comes from the level of carnage you can dish out, surprising amount of hammy spoken dialogue and constant pop-culture references all combine to make this one an easy recommendation, and another excellent addition to the Switch's action catalogue.

Liberated (Switch eShop)

Liberated (Switch eShop)
Liberated (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Walkabout Games / Developer: Atomic Wolf
Release Date: 2nd Jun 2020 (USA) / 2nd Jun 2020 (UK/EU)

Available now in an updated 'Enhanced' version, Liberated tells a rollicking tale with plenty of style. It doesn't run as well as it should do, and it's far from lacking in clichés (some of the "people would rather take selfies than open their eyes" stuff is a little eye-rolling) but it's a fantastic take on a dystopian platformer that avoids the major pitfalls that such games often fall into. With responsive controls, enjoyable shooting and strong level design, Liberated is an atmospheric, absorbing treat and far more than the sum of its parts.

Check out our interview with developers for a look at what went into making this comic book/video game hybrid.

Hypnospace Outlaw (Switch eShop)

Hypnospace Outlaw (Switch eShop)
Hypnospace Outlaw (Switch eShop)
Publisher: No More Robots / Developer: Tendershoot
Release Date: 27th Aug 2020 (USA) / 27th Aug 2020 (UK/EU)

Hypnospace Outlaw really is like nothing else out there; at once an excellent puzzle game, razor-sharp satire and meticulously crafted slice of early-internet nostalgia that you can spend hours absolutely lost in. It's frequently hilarious stuff that's impeccably well-written across the board, managing to successfully bring the crazy, lawless, early rush of creativity that formed the pre-Y2K era of the internet convincingly back to life. It delivers a truly extraordinary recreation of the GeoCities era of the internet that absolutely nails its '90s aesthetic to present a living, breathing world that's a joy to spend time browsing around, soaking up the atmosphere and reliving the anarchic early days of the internet as you slowly untangle the puzzles at the heart of its narrative.

Invisible, Inc. Nintendo Switch Edition (Switch eShop)

Invisible, Inc. Nintendo Switch Edition (Switch eShop)
Invisible, Inc. Nintendo Switch Edition (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Klei Entertainment / Developer: Klei Entertainment
Release Date: 15th Jun 2020 (USA) / 15th Jun 2020 (UK/EU)

Invisible, Inc. is a brilliant little tactics game which snuck onto Switch this year to relatively little fanfare. It's right up there with Into the Breach and XCOM – if not even better. The bite-sized structure belies a deceptively complex and meaningful game, where all your decisions ultimately mean something significant for that final desperate attack. If you enjoy stealth or tactics games – or you're simply looking for a way into either genre – then Invisible, Inc. deserves your attention.

The Eternal Castle [Remastered] (Switch eShop)

The Eternal Castle [Remastered] (Switch eShop)
The Eternal Castle [Remastered] (Switch eShop)
Publisher: TFL Studios / Developer: TFL Studios
Release Date: 15th May 2020 (USA) / 21st Aug 2020 (UK/EU)

The Eternal Castle [REMASTERED] is a neo-retro masterpiece. Even if you play the game from start to finish just once in a single sitting and never come back to it, this minimalist post-apocalyptic epic will stay with you for years to come. Obviously, if you're not a fan of classic 'cinematic' platformers like Another World and Flashback and their prioritising of look-and-feel over control responsiveness, then you may want to approach with caution. If you're looking for the next true evolution of that genre, though, look no further. They just don’t make them like this any more… and we found ourselves wondering 'why not?'.

Dungreed (Switch eShop)

Dungreed (Switch eShop)
Dungreed (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Nicalis / Developer: Team Horay
Release Date: 27th Oct 2020 (USA) / 27th Oct 2020 (UK/EU)

Dungreed is a fairly typical roguelite game with a few well-chosen additions to the design that make it stand out as something special. It may not be genre-defining and it's certainly not game-changing, but it draws from other roguelite designs to come up with something that's polished, smart, and extremely satisfying.

Alwa's Legacy (Switch eShop)

Alwa's Legacy (Switch eShop)
Alwa's Legacy (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Elden Pixels / Developer: Elden Pixels
Release Date: 29th Sep 2020 (USA) / 29th Sep 2020 (UK/EU)

Alwa’s Legacy is an excellent example of how to do a proper sequel; it takes everything that Alwa's Awakening did well and builds on it, adds in a few new ideas of its own, and corrects the issues that were previously present. It may be a little on the short side, but Alwa’s Legacy is the special sort of game that only comes around once in a great while, reminding you of the kind of quality that’s possible when a dedicated crew puts in the time to make a polished and tightly designed final product.

Knights and Bikes (Switch eShop)

Knights and Bikes (Switch eShop)
Knights and Bikes (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Double Fine / Developer: Foam Sword
Release Date: 6th Feb 2020 (USA) / 6th Feb 2020 (UK/EU)

From stem to stern, Knights and Bikes is a delight to behold and a testament to the creative power of the talent at Foam Sword. Demelza and Nessa’s story is a compelling one that hits all the right emotional and comical beats, while the laid-back gameplay proves to be varied and interesting as the narrative continues. All of this is tied together by some stellar presentation to make for a couch co-op experience that you won't want to miss out on. We’d give Knights and Bikes a strong recommendation whatever way you choose to play it, though bear in mind that you’ll be getting the best and most fulfilling experience if you play it through with a friend.

For more info, check out our interview with the Media Molecule veterans behind the game.

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)

The mobile version of Part Time UFO already had the charm of a Kirby game, the physics-based chaos of World of Goo and the compelling claw machine mechanics of Nintendo Badge Arcade. This new Switch port 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.


A fine bunch of games, all of which scored an 8, 9 or 10/10 from Nintendo Life. Let us know which ones you've played — or any other 2020 games you feel deserve some more time in the spotlight — with a comment below.