For those looking to add some indie games to their Switch this spring, now is the time. Devolver Digital announced its Spring Sale on April 2, which includes both new and popular titles from the publisher
The Austin, Texas-based company has specialized in publishing indie games since its founding in 2009, and has never been afraid of pushing the envelope. Unique art styles and a healthy dose of humor are the foundation of Devolver’s flair. It sets its games apart from the rest, but buying a stylish indie game can feel like a gamble sometimes, especially at full-price.
The Spring Sale, which runs until April 21, offers those new to Devolver’s titles an opportunity to try out some of the publisher’s games without the commitment of spending fifteen to twenty dollars. But for those who are unfamiliar with Devolver, here are the games in the Spring Sale that we recommend.
Getting the obvious out of the way, this collection includes both Hotline Miami and Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, which are developed by Dennaton Games. A fast-paced, top-down shooter game, Hotline Miami is one of Devolver Digital’s most popular titles, if not the most popular. Colorful pixel art sets the scene for an alternate 1989 Miami, where the player character, clad in a chicken mask, guns his way through various settings. Gameplay is quick, brutal and flashy. Players who enjoy games like DOOM will enjoy Hotline Miami’s blood-pumping combat. However, the game is certainly a challenge — so be prepared to die a lot.
The Hotline Miami Collection is normally $24.99 on the Nintendo Store, but is on sale for $12.49.
In a complete U-turn from Hotline Miami, Gris is Nomada Studios’ watercolor wonderland. Set to a beautiful instrumental soundtrack, this side-scroller puzzle game takes place in a fantasy setting full of forest creatures and ancient structures. The game’s objectives include solving puzzles, gathering stars and escaping a swarm of aggressive, inky birds. With no dialogue and no other characters aside from the player character, the game’s vague storyline is suggestive of something more metaphorical.
Gris is a treat for anyone who enjoys puzzle games. We recommend players who enjoy narrative experiences like What Remains of Edith Finch or Firewatch, or games like Journey, to check out Gris. Normally $16.99, the game is on sale for $8.49.
Colorful and creative, Heave Ho is a multiplayer game for up to four people developed by Le Cartel Studio. Players have to grab onto each other to stretch and climb their way through levels of cooperative puzzles and obstacle courses — or fall to their deaths. Heave Ho’s shared screen co-op means there are plenty of opportunities for hilarity to ensue: there’s nothing to stop players from making things difficult for each other, and the obstacle courses allow for much trial-and-error. Both the colorful, graphic style and shared screen gameplay lend themselves well to the Nintendo Switch platform.
This goofy game is great for playing with others. Anyone who likes the Jackbox Party Pack series of party games or Overcooked will get a fun time out of Heave Ho. Normally $9.99, the game is on sale for $6.99.
Described on Steam as a “violent ballet,” DeadToast Entertainment’s My Friend Pedro is new to the Switch and answers the question: What would you do if you woke up one day and a banana started talking to you? Except you can also bend time to make yourself a better killer. My Friend Pedro is in the same vein as some of Devolver Digital’s other fast-paced shooter games. It refines and expands on the style of combat seen in Hotline Miami. The 3D environment makes this a more dynamic side-scroller, with intricate battles at every turn.
My Friend Pedro is great for players who enjoy twists on the shooter genre — think Super Hot. Normally $19.99, it’s on sale for $13.99.
For those looking for something slower-paced, Deconstructeam’s The Red Strings Club is a good choice. This narrative experience takes place in a cyberpunk world, and follows a group of complex characters as they fight back against a corporate conspiracy. It’s a story-based game players can sink their teeth into, exploring topics like humanity and mental illness. It isn’t bad to look at, either; the game’s pixel art is dynamic and well-animated. For players who enjoy games with dialogue trees, or any narrative-based games, The Red Strings Club might be a next favorite. It’s worth checking out for players who enjoy Bioshock, Undertale or The Wolf Among Us.
The Red Strings Club is normally $14.99, but is available on sale for $7.49.
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Devolver Digital's Spring Sale on the Nintendo Switch Store will run until April 21. Here's what games we recommend players should try.