A Nintendo Switch Indie World Showcase happened overnight, and with it came some surprise announcements, including a bunch of anticipated indie games that are available right now. Boyfriend Dungeon is just one that we’re excited about, but don’t sleep on other titles like Axiom Verge 2, Garden Story and Necrobarista: Final Pour that are also available today across platforms.
First, Boyfriend Dungeon from the talented folk at Kitfox Games has been one we’ve been keeping an eye on for a while here on Checkpoint. The game lets you “Level up your love” in a playful romantic combination of dungeon crawler and dating sim where you date your weapons. From our chat with creator Tanya X. Short, we know that this intriguing combination of genres and wild concept is going to make for a fun time. It’s out now on Switch, PC and Xbox – via Xbox Game Pass as well! Woohoo!
Axiom Verge 2 certainly feels very “at home” on the Nintendo Switch, given it looks to take heavy inspiration from games like Metroid that came before it in this challenging but gorgeous Metroidvania. A long awaited sequel, Axiom Verge 2 puts you in the shoes of Indra, empowered by the same microscopic machines that are gradually consuming her humanity. She must navigate a dangerous world that blurs the virtual and the real. It’s out on Switch, PS4 and PC today.
A made in Melbourne visual novel about coffee and death, Necrobarista: Final Pour is “the all new director’s cut featuring hours of new content, remastered visuals, and bonus gameplay modes” that’s available now on Nintendo Switch. In our review of Necrobarista, we noted that the game features a “fascinating supernatural setting with an amazing and dynamic art style”. If you haven’t checked it out before, perhaps Final Pour is the perfect opportunity to grab a cup.
If you’re looking for an adorable action-RPG where a young grape protects and rebuilds a whimsical community, you can’t look further than Garden Story.
“In a small, hidden land resides The Grove, a massive tree full of mana. Four settlements surround the great tree: Spring Hamlet, Autumn Town, Winter Glade, and Summer Bar. Denizens of these towns include Greenlings — precious fruit, fungi, and vegetables — Seafolks, and Frogs. Each region appointed honorable citizens as Guardians, leading to safe, happy communities. But now the villages have fallen into disrepair, and the age of Guardians seems to be nearing its end.” Sounds delightful! It’s out now on Switch and PC.
That’s certainly not all though; to add to your shame pile even further, Slime Rancher: Plortable Edition also dropped on the Switch today for those who want another cute farm sim on the go, along with Curious Expedition 2, which “is like a Journey to the Centre of the Earth version of D&D, mixed with narrative roguelike elements, all wrapped up in a streamlined and accessible gameplay experience.” Lastly, casual city-building game ISLANDERS: Console Edition is out now on Switch as well, with Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS5 and PS4 versions dropping on August 26th.
With so many new games to check out, it’s tough to decide what to get stuck into first… but I think Boyfriend Dungeon looks like a must play. There was plenty of other news to get excited about at the Nintendo Switch Indie World Showcase, with lots to look forward to in the future. The indie landscape just keeps getting better and better.