One of the best things about Switch is the enormous library of games from smaller independent developers available on the eShop. Some of them appeared on previous Nintendo platforms and many others made their Nintendo console debut on Switch. Our recent Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight alone featured a whopping 40 upcoming titles, and there's no stop to the flow of incredible indie games coming every week.
The definition of 'indie' game has become increasingly blurry over the years, but generally applies to anything developed by a small team (or individual) independently from the oversight of a larger studio or publisher. The console indie game boom of the 2000s — fuelled primarily by the digital distribution that came about in the Wii / 360 / PS3 era — led to a huge number of incredible smaller-scale games alongside the triple AAA productions from the big developers, and Nintendo gamers have benefitted hugely from having these games on Switch.
But how well do you know your indie games? Test your knowledge with our little quiz which focuses on some of the brightest stars of the indie dev scene over the past couple of decades. Nearly all the games featured below have launched (or are incoming) on Nintendo platforms. How many have you played?
7 out of 12. Not bad considering I haven't even played half of these.
10/12. I'm pretty familiar with a lot of Switch indie games but some older ones not so much.
10/12, I got pretty lucky with some dumb guesses.
6/12 I apparently do not play the right indie games.
I was so happy to see And Yet It Moves get a mention... One of the reasons I keep my Wii plugged in and of the VERY few proper uses of motion controls!
9/12, but I did end up guessing on a lot of them lol
I for the life of me could not remember the guys name in Braid.
10/12 Indies are one of my specialties. Haven’t played Braid or Gone Home yet so I got those wrong sadly
9/12 I haven't played all of these, but now I kinda want to check some of these titles out.
7 out of 12. Guessed most of them, I haven't played many of the games listed here.
5/12 for the win!
I didn't even know what an indie was until 2018, you think that I can pass this quiz?
Edit: I passed it. (6/12)
No love for The Legend of Dark Witch?
8/12, which is impressive as Indies aren't really my thing (and I don't think I've played any of these outside of Mutant Mudds, which I wasn't too keen on personally).
Hmm...not started the quiz yet but, if the first question is about Braid that hasn't even released on Switch yet, this is going to get hard isn't it lol.
7/12, I could do better if I wasn't so hasty.
11/12 Got confused with Shapes and Beats...
8/12. Only of these that I’ve played is shovel knight. I just know the rest from directs and reading articles on here.
50% and some were lucky, I'm not an indie pro
Five. Boo for me.
Affordable space adventures is probably the worst game I’ve ever played!
I'll take my 9, but it should have been a 10. I wasn't really paying attention to all the answers and selected Super Meat Boy instead of Hollow Knight.
Hands up if you got the Gone Home question right. I didn't. Seems quite a niche question that one, but I've not played much Gone Home yet, so maybe it becomes a memorable answer for some reason.
The other one I got wrong was Max's name in Mutant Mudds. And IDGAF.
8 out of 12, alright I guess
10/12. No idea about Gone Home and Mutant Muds lol
9/12.... and I thought I was an indie whorzer.... 😂
Missed Braid, Which Indie Hadn’t, and Wiiware....
I've played a good couple of Indie games.
6/12. I only dabble in indie games, so this isn't really a surprise. I'm proud to say I got the WiiWare question right (I think I still have the demo for AYIM on the Wii U). So glad I went in Wii mode and downloaded the games I wanted from the Shop Channel before it closed.
9 out of 12, I always mix up Hollow Knight and Shovel Knight at random when I read just the title, it's weird. Wasn't sure Meat Boy came out on a Nintendo platform previously, I remember there was some talk about it, and I was sure the others (thinking of Shovel Knight) did.. And I never played Gone Home or Dead Cells, but knew the character of the latter as "The Prisoner".
4/12 knew the shovel knight, super meat boy, dead cells, and just shapes and beats. The other ones I am not familiar with, but they are probably good.
12/12! I think it's my first perfect score ever!
12/12 although I guessed on two of them and Got lucky. Indie games have been some of my favorite experiences in recent years. Move over AAA!
10/12 . I love the Nindie scene tbf
Arghhhh, just missed the one as I got Beats & Shapes mixed up. Annoying considering I’ve played all of the games mentioned here except the WiiWare one!
@gcunit It's a well known fact that all angsty teenage media takes place in Oregon (e.g. life is strange)
10/12 with the misses being from the Wii and WiiU indie questions. Not too shabby
Only missed one on account of not playing Dead Cells yet.
@OstianOwl Same one I missed as well. I was surprised I knew so many since I typically just skim through indie news.
I got an 11 out of 12 because the Dead Cells one tripped me up.
I remember And Yet It Moves! I played a demo of it once. Very unusual game...
Also, MUTANT MUDDS! I want another one of those so much.
10/12. Not bad considering I've only played one of these.
I admit that I know virtually nothing about indie games (2/12)! 😂 I've only recently started getting into them though.
Only knew 1. Guess I am more the retro and double A (rip) person.
5/12. I only knew two. Three were a guess.
6/12 Pretty good, considering they were almost all guesses.
10/12. Better than I expected given I haven't played a lot of these games.
10/12 Could've sworn Spelunky was on Switch
You scored 4 out of 12.
not bad at all.. i love games and have 400+ Games for switch
Got the Braid Character wrong - been many years since playing that. So it's 11/12 for me.
I thought the dead cells dude was known as the prisoner? I got 7 right.
Scored 10/12 even though I didn't play most of these. Was also reminded of how much I hate Braid. That game induced depression and anxiety in me.
5. Don't much like indi games it seems.
8/12. Nothing I can say that hasn't already been said.
4/12....I consider that pretty good considering I guessed on pretty much every question.
Woo I'm an indie winner. Love those Indies!
@DoktorTotenKopf This is an outrage! I am not some clumsy clouseau-esque waiter!
@Chowdaire Come back heyuh! I’m not done demeaning you!
9 out of 12. Nice!
7 out of 12, not bad.
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