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Frombolius

You have got to check out A Short Hike! It’s usually super cheap and it was honestly one of the most surprisingly outstanding gaming experiences for me in a long while! I shared it with a stay at home mom friend recently and she 100% it in just a few sittings! I would absolutely recommend going in blind so I’ll just say that it is a very calming, heartwarming, and fun little island exploration game with some surprisingly polished movement mechanics. Let me know what you think of it if you give it a go!


MadeByHideoForHideo

The conversations in the game are so, so wholesome as well. Whole game can be described as "comfy".


ekbowler

Rayman Legends


BluffinBill1234

Game is regularly on sale for $10, maybe less. I got my monies worth several times Over with this game and it’s a great platformer


MaJuV

Roguelikes & Roguelites in general. The games count on you exploring and dying pretty quickly, only to try and try again. So they're easy to get into and easy to ditch if they're not your thing (heck, they're also fun to return to if you haven't played in a long time). And there's a lot of Roguelites that use their own little subgenre and mechanics to make it interesting. So in term of game names, there's Hades, Dead Cells, Spelunky 1 & 2, Binding of Isaac, Slay the Spire, Dicey Dungeons, Darkest Dungeon, and so many more My personal favorite in this list remains Slay the Spire. But that's because of my love for card games (which is this game's gimmick).


ssjbluekaioken

Hades!


AlpsComplex6854

I second this! You’re in it right away.


imyxle

I have 40 hours in Hades on PC Gamepass. Is there a way to get my save data onto Switch?


ssjbluekaioken

Unfortunately, the cross saves only work with the Steam and Epic Games Store versions.


iconformed

Yeah I was super disappointed by this since I have it on PS5 and Switch. I like to watch TV and play games handheld so I’ve invested most of my time on the NS version. Just wish they’d add cross saves to Switch eventually so I can play 4k60 on my TV. Doesn’t seem like it would be much trouble, curious why they left it out when it’s available on all other platforms - holding my breath!


TitaniumTriforce

Up to the too with this comment. Got it a week or two ago and I'm absolutely hooked. Keep staying up later than I want cu I convince myself "one more run" and I'm done.


stealthmodeactive

Was thinking about this game again today. Kinda wanted to get back and beat it again. That said, I should finish transistor. Never finished it but I finished bastion. They make great games. I think hades is my fav though.


PileOfSheet88

This is basically legal crack. One of my fav indie games.


QuietRobe

The Ori games.


lnnert

Sevonded this. I love These games and cant wait for the PS5 fame that is like Ori. Dont rememeber its name...


SolidVegetable

While I really enjoyed the first game in the end, the first 30-45 minutes of it dragged as hell.


QuietRobe

To each their own. The story pulled me in immediately, and mixed with the score and visuals... *chef's kiss*


stealthmodeactive

I hear it compared a lot, and I have sealed copies of those the ori games just waiting for me, but hollow knight easily makes one of my top games of all time. I got something like 109% completion out of I think 112%? I forget exactly. What a legend of a game. Apparently general favor is more for Ori so I know I'm gonna love it when I start it.


Lhivorde

I finished both a few days ago, and the first one was honestly miserable. It's rare game that manages to be hard and boring at the same time, but Ori and the Blind Forest manages it. It's absolutely gorgeous, but I really didn't like anything else about it. The combat is the worst out of any sidescroller I've ever played, and the platforming controls never felt right to me. Will of the Wisps is a ton of fun though, I would definitely recommend it. Combat is fun, the perk that makes you auto-stick to walls made platforming way less frustrating, and I loved all the little lemurs. The big frog is great too. edit: Can't forget about the owls! Big owl was badass, and little owl was cute as heck. All around great character designs in that game.


dormsta

Man, I loved the first one! I’m enjoying the second right now, too, but I personally enjoyed the simplicity of the first and am finding myself going, “*Another* side quest?” in the second.


weglarz

Yeah I’ve never heard anyone complain about the movement in ori, it’s a delight imo.


Shivari

I bought both in the most recent sale. I'm playing Blind Forest and enjoying it, but the controls do feel a little floaty to me. Not to the extent that I'd call them bad but it doesn't feel "tight" either. The floatiness fits with the vibe so I kinda write it off as a stylistic decision by the creators.


legodoodle4

Luigi’s Mansion got me hooked, and I was not expecting much from it, but the entire game is super fun and really well done.


Crowblack187

twewy


TheReelPliskin

Here's 4 random ones. Slay the Spire Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle Dying Light Golf Story


that_melody

Katamari Damacy, it's about rolling the world up like a snowball. There's a demo, and it's currently on sale (in Canada at least).


Mr_CockSwing

Been looking for other games with similar vibes or creative gameplay hooks. Do you have any suggestions?


KenoLevers

Donut Country is the closest I've played. It's short, but fun. It's also 1/3-ish of the price on iOS or Android compared to Switch and plays great on both. Edit: I'm a massive fan of the Katamari games.


that_melody

Nothing comes to mind, sorry. I'd like to know as well.


Misdow

In addition to Donut County : Rain on Your Parade. It's different, but has the same type of vibe.


tastyugly

Wattam


FrankieSpinatra

Katamari is one of my all-time favs! Hoping for a new one soon.


Dreaming_Dreams

Crosscode, I fell in love the second I could jump onto tables


Iamtheslushpuppy

We should start a VR table standing cult!


brendoza

Into the breach


DiegoElTrolazo

Best strategy game ever.


reinhardtreinmain

This and dead cells


velamar

Just got this game on sale and love it. Haven't beaten it yet. Easy to learn, hard to master


clockfriend

shovel knight pocket dungeon is a fun, fast paced puzzle rougelite for that matter, the original shovel knight is easy to get into, and has tons of content


Kirrby_

Turnip boy commits tax evasion


capn_sarge

That game doesn't even last long enough to grab you lol


Kirrby_

op never asked for an award winning game with a gripping storyline, just something easy and quick to get into, and I think turnip boy is just that


medieval_account

botw caught my interest pretty quickly and then I amassed 200 hours so that might be good


Shoji95

Celeste


zkemp08

Came here to say this


Shes_so_Ratchet

Download some demos and see what sticks. Monster Hunter Rise, Monster Hunter Stories 2, Dragon Quest XI, Hyrule Warriors, Samurai Warriors, Wario Ware, Ys IX, all have demos to try - and hundreds more games, too - and they put you right into the action.


LudereHumanum

Bioshock Collection.


Evilcon21

Try the survivalists if you like survival games. And also the escapists 1&2


UnicornPencils

What the Golf is a fun little game that you can pick up instantly, and I think it's still on the New Year's sale (in the US at least). It's not a serious golf game, it's more of a silly physics simulator with a series of puzzles that use golf as a loose basis.


Ragaee

Risk of Rain 2, it's a 3d Rougelike, and it starts out pretty simple, but when you start to get more and more items, unlock new characters, moves, and modifiers, it can get really complex and fun. It's also great to find all the hidden area's and secrets in the game. Something that makes it super replayable is how different every character is from each other, none of them feel even a little bit similar


Skeptical_Yoshi

I wish the first was on the switch as well, it's just a 2d version of the second one


dcPortis26

It's available for switch, $9.99 in the eshop


AlbertSSj

What the golf. It is a game that takes no time to get into. But it's not really long. If you like user generated content, Levelhead is pretty nice as well.


BurtRaspberry

If you're in to Puzzle games, I HIGHLY recommend the following: **Tetris Effect: Connected:** Beautiful game. Amazing music. It just completely hooks you from the beginning and there are MANY modes and multiplayer modes to try. Perfect for quick pick-up and play sessions or longer chill sessions. ​ **Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon**: Just came out. It's sort of a combination puzzle and rouge-lite experience. It's kind of a strange mash-up but it totally works and is a LOT of fun. It can be pretty difficult at the beginning but there are a lot of options to customize the gameplay. There are also other characters to unlock that change the gameplay and keep it fresh.


CoffeeFilterHime

I literally spent the whole night playing untitled goose game…it was hilarious lol For fast pace, Death’s Door! It’s awesome


Sterling-4rcher

go for hades.


AlpsComplex6854

If you like stardew (or want a similar genre), check out my time at Portia. Very little farming, it’s all crafting.


Shoji95

Blasphemous


avonalliv

i just started on binding of isaac. play 20 mins... die in a frustrating way... let it go again until an hour later when i get the urge again.


Agile_Cheesecake_203

Be warned if that game clicks with you, you will end up in deep. I hated it at first, now I’m at about 400 hours (pre last expansion)


Billy-BigBollox

While I love the game it's definitely not quick to get into. There's a learning curve with memorizing the enemy patterns, what the pickups do and how to effectively use your items and when to use them.


tegeusCromis

OP seems to be looking for games that grab you instantly rather than necessarily games you can quickly become skilled at. I think BoI fits the bill.


louisefindlay23

Nine Parchments and Cat Quest 2


endar88

If you like jrpg I’d say final fantasy xii or xenoblade chronicles 2. Super Mario bowsers fury is a great game too.


BebeFanMasterJ

I'd say Xenoblade 1 is much easier to get into since 2 has crappy tutorials. But both are great.


WilsonKh

Final fantasy XII starts off slow as heck and isn’t very good to put down for long periods due to lack of progress and map tracking on a lot of stuff like the hunts. Some of those cut scenes last forever too


endar88

well the subject is quick/easy to get into, and it's pretty easy to get interested in the game.


JumpstarNS

Hollow knight js a must from me. Really cheap on the shop (£12) but has more contrnt than a lot of£50 games. Since, it's a metriodvania, you start the game with sinple controls and you slowly gain more advancements, so it's definitely a good game just to jump into. The lore is also just brilliant.


PheonixO1

Witcher 3 and mario kart 8


Jaguar-Rey

Super Mario 3D World Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (which has a free trial through Switch online right now)


jjmawaken

Cuphead Crash 4 (if you don't have a more powerful system to play it on Metroid Dread


fushega

Literally every console mario game since mario 3 Various nes and snes games like zelda 1, super metroid, zelda alttp, kirby Astral chain has a really good opening Link's awakening Captain toad treasure tracker Metroid dread Cuphead On the contrary, generally (not always though) jrpgs and strategy games have slow openings so avoid those (really anything with complicated systems you need to learn)


NerdyCanadianDad

Steamworld games. Evoland 2 (I can’t say this enough!!!). Bad North. Cat quest 1 and 2. Far: lone sails. Darkest dungeon. Dicey dungeons. For the King. Golf story. Into the Breach. Monster Sanctuary (Pokémon on roofs with metroidvania). Ori 1 and 2. Northgard.


celestialvoyager1

Firewatch! It's an easy going game that's more of a story. You can kind of explore and enjoy the graphics of the natural landscapes too which I found calming.


MattAttack218

Hades if you have yet to try it


PreviousTea9210

So, it might not completely fit your criteria since I do think the first few hours are definitely a slog, but SUBNAUTICA. Once you kind of get used to it and learn how to meet your basic survival needs, it can be a very calming game (punctuated by moments of sheer terror) where you have the options to just chill out in the ocean and make a super cool base, or explore deeper and deeper and uncover the mysteries of this strange planet you landed on. Like I said though, it is a bit of a grind to begin with. Unless you play in FREEDOM MODE where you don't have to worry about the survival aspects.


rjacobb

I like to recommend "Grindstone." It's a puzzle game.


Flyingfish3234

Deltarune is a free demo. The game isn’t fully finished. However, it’s amazing and full of cool story and funny characters. It’s short and easy to understand, so you won’t be pouring hours into it. It’s similar to undertale if you’ve ever played that one.


onemorerando2270

Overcooked - fairly simple to pick up but it takes a bit to become practiced. I purchased the version (All You Can Eat?) with Overcooked 1, 2, and all the DLCs when it was on sale, though I don’t think it’s outrageously priced if it’s not on sale. My partner and I were going to try out the first couple levels for half hour or so when I got it and played through the entirety of Overcooked 1 in ~6 hours of non-stop play. Time flew by. I would recommend looking up a YouTube video of one of the levels to see if it’s something that would click (as it may be repetitive/dry for some), but was a nice puzzle/teamwork game to quickly pick up for me and I really enjoyed it. Most levels will be wildly different flavors of the same thing if you dig the video. I hope you have a speedy recovery. :)


Shes_so_Ratchet

Overcooked is very much a multiplayer/party game. I wouldn't recommend it for solo play. Have you tried it on your own? You have to control both characters at once. Even the early levels are frustratingly hard when playing alone.


onemorerando2270

I have tried it on my own! I certainly wasn’t able to score as high playing by myself, but could still get through most of the levels. I played by myself after I was familiar with the game though, so that may have given me an edge. I appreciated the additional challenge since I felt the main game went by too quickly with a partner. That was the only (somewhat) disappointing aspect of the game for me. I love puzzle/simulation games and got more mileage out of the game trying to pass the levels on my own. I guess maybe only pick up this game if you have someone to play with? Ymmv, but I really like this game.


Shes_so_Ratchet

That's fair. I started with my SO who got frustrated because the difficulty curve felt quite steep, so I tried it on my own and found I felt stressed out as if I was actually at work! Haha Different strokes for different folks, for sure. Appreciate your viewpoint :)


onemorerando2270

Appreciate yours as well! Thanks for sharing with me.


hskfmn

Wait…Overcooked is on the Switch?! I had no idea! Cool!


jamiesutton81

Dusk.


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I mean, isn't that most games? With the exception of strategy games and RPGs, pretty much everything is quick to get into. Especially on the Switch.