This 12 months has been improbable for all platforms and I’ve struggled to seek out sufficient time to play most video games I’ve been concerned about trying out. With so many video games releasing every month, some go below the radar. This additionally means we are able to’t cowl each single Change sport in a well timed method due to launch schedules, entry, and extra. I wished to spotlight some video games which may have gone below the radar for most individuals in 2021. These embrace some that we now have reviewed earlier than and others that I’ve been taking part in over the previous couple of months that launched earlier within the 12 months.
Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights ($24.99)
Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights was an enormous shock after I performed it on PS5 and Nintendo Change round launch. It appeared beautiful within the trailers, however I wasn’t ready for simply how wonderful the environment is in-game. Ender Lilies is without doubt one of the finest metroidvanias I’ve performed regardless of the issue spikes. It additionally deserves to be checked out for its outstanding soundtrack. There isn’t any scarcity of video games within the style on Change proper now, however Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights is value your time. If the aesthetic appeals to you, I’d advocate grabbing Ender Lilies when you may. It isn’t a revolutionary tackle the style, however remains to be value taking part in. Ender Lilies was already nice at launch, however the builders have continued to usher in further content material by free patches making it a a lot nicer expertise proper now. I hope will get a bodily launch sooner or later.
There was quite a lot of buzz round Gnosia when it launched on PS Vita in Japan for getting excellent overview scores. When it lastly hit Nintendo Change, I acquired to strive it by the localized launch and was impressed with the genre-blending expertise regardless of some repetition. It’s structured just like the occasion sport Werewolf or Mafia and is ready on a drifting spaceship the place people try to eliminate the Gnosia. The solid is well-written and whereas the actual endings take some annoying RNG to get by as you loop to make progress, Gnosia has a narrative I’m glad I may expertise. It’s a social deduction RPG I’d advocate to anybody on the lookout for memorable tales.
Umurangi Era Particular Version ($24.99)
Umurangi Era is a sport I heard lots about when it hit Steam however by no means acquired round to till the Nintendo Change model that included the paid DLC from the get go. Umurangi Era blended what I beloved concerning the new Hitman video games with images. Umurangi Era additionally has a tremendous soundtrack and a vibe not like something I’ve performed in years. For those who take pleasure in images and sandbox-style video games, it’s value trying out Umurangi Era. There’s quite a lot of replay worth as nicely with the bonus aims in every space and collectibles. I additionally like that it has gyro help on Nintendo Change. The one draw back is the few technical points that stay.
Mon Amour ($8.99)
For those who’ve been studying TouchArcade for some time, you may be nicely conscious of Onion Video games. The developer’s latest sport is Mon Amour that appears like it might be excellent to play on iOS, however the way in which issues work is it’s accessible on PC and Nintendo Change solely at this second. I’ve performed it fairly a bit and it’s my favourite Flappy Hen-like mixing Onion Video games’ signature fashion with rating chasing gameplay. It appears easy on the floor, however has quite a lot of depth when you perceive the mechanics and attempt to intention for the highest of the leaderboards. It isn’t an costly sport both and the Change model has touchscreen help which works nicely.
Sumire is a well-paced journey sport about making probably the most out of restricted time. It has sensible visuals and a very good soundtrack. You play as a lady named Sumire longing to fulfill her grandmother who appeared in a dream after passing away. Sumire’s grandmother seems in a dream and that is the place the story begins. This includes your outdated mates, townspeople, numerous magical creatures, and extra by a really emotional story. As an journey sport, you do some gentle puzzles that often contain bringing a selected merchandise to a selected individual or interacting in a selected approach to transfer ahead. This isn’t an expertise you purchase for simply the gameplay. You’re right here for an emotional narrative and for those who take pleasure in these, Sumire is value your time.
The Children We Had been ($15.99)
Similar to Sumire, The Children We Had been is a story-driven journey sport. You play as a child named Minato who has a little bit sister affected by a terminal illness and oldsters who’re divorced. Minato is visiting a city referred to as Kagami along with his mom and sister. This city is the place your father lives and Minato goals to see if he can meet his father within the hope of serving to his sister. This voxel aesthetic journey has a beautiful story about time journey the place you meet outdated and new mates and try to repair your future. There are some pretty collectibles as nicely throughout the town. The Children We Had been on Change (and PC) contains a further episode not discovered within the cellular model that could be a good conclusion to at least one particular a part of the narrative as nicely.
Fuga: Melodies of Metal ($39.99)
I hadn’t actually adopted Fuga: Melodies of Metal earlier than it launched on actually all present and last-generation platforms earlier this 12 months. CyberConnect2 is most identified for nice anime video games and Fuga is an fascinating change of tempo from what I used to be used to from the developer. This flip primarily based technique RPG has you controlling kids who’re driving an enormous tank on a journey to seek out their dad and mom and family members. It has a really charming aesthetic and I want I had performed it sooner. Over the previous couple of weeks, I’ve lastly managed placing in a superb period of time taking part in Fuga on Change and ended up appreciating the construction, crew formation points, and animation on show. If the aesthetic appeals to you, that is an RPG value your time for certain. I hope CyberConnect2 does extra with the model sooner or later.
Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi ($59.99)
Japanese developer Expertise Inc is generally identified for high quality first individual dungeon crawlers amongst followers of the style. We’ve had many Expertise Inc releases come to Nintendo Change as nicely by Aksys Video games and NIS America, however the developer’s latest launch is certainly one of its most interesting. Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi appears like a end result of all of the developer’s video games thus far with high quality of life enhancements and a memorable story as well. Undernauts is an accessible and well-designed first individual dungeon RPG with an fascinating Yomi flower mechanic. It has putting artwork and nice music that are each to be anticipated from a top quality Expertise Inc sport. For those who’ve by no means performed a sport within the style or are a fan of Wizardry-style video games, that is value trying out. It additionally may be very good in handheld on Nintendo Change.
A Monster’s Expedition ($19.99)
A Monster’s Expedition debuted on Apple Arcade and PC earlier than it hit Nintendo Change. It’s a meticulously crafted sport that’s certainly one of my favourite puzzle video games of all time due to its construction, visuals, enjoyable music, and the way in which it introduces new mechanics to you. A Monster’s Expedition is about pushing bushes to create paths to new islands. Every island brings a brand new problem and a few lore. Whereas it initially appears fairly simple, A Monster’s Expedition has a ton of depth. It’s an absolute important for any puzzle sport fan on Nintendo Change and I hope extra individuals test it out both right here or on Apple Arcade. It helps that each platforms have help for contact controls and conventional button controls.
Blue Reflection: Second Gentle ($59.99)
Blue Reflection: Second Gentle is the second sport in Koei Tecmo and Gust’s Blue Reflection model. Blue Reflection: Second Gentle is a slice of life JRPG with quite a lot of coronary heart. It builds on the unique and is a superb entry level to anybody trying to play a extra laid-back RPG on Change with nice visuals and a tremendous soundtrack. Whereas Koei Tecmo’s warriors video games and Atelier video games are extra widespread, you’d be doing a disservice to your self for those who don’t not less than try the Blue Reflection: Second Gentle free demo as a JRPG fan. My solely criticism is the shoehorned stealth mechanic. For those who benefit from the Atelier video games or are new to Gust, it is a nice entry level as nicely with a superb Change port.
Hopefully you discover one thing you take pleasure in from this checklist of video games. I’ve loved taking part in all of them. When you have a sport you assume flew below the radar, tell us within the feedback. I’d love to seek out one thing I missed as nicely from 2021. Thanks for studying and completely satisfied holidays.