Space. The Last Frontier. It’s travel – sorry, uh, these are the best space and sci-fi games to find on the Nintendo Switch, despite the fact that none of the developers on this list actually was into the space.
What makes a good space game? Well, first of all, it has to take place in space, and don’t tell us that technicallyThe earth is in space because you know what we mean. Space, other planets, moons, interstellar travel are all fantastic beginnings for a good space game.
But space isn’t all about traveling between the stars and shooting bad aliens. Extraterrestrial science fiction can explore topics that are less possible in our current realities – like the existence of new and diverse flora and fauna, or what it’s like to terraform and colonize a planet. What does it mean to be separated from your family by a few hundred light years? What does it mean to sleep in a cold dream? What if aliens are neither good nor evil, but just as complex as humans?
All of the games we’ve compiled on this list have something interesting, exciting, or educational about space, and we highly recommend that you give them a try (or at least add them to your wishlist). And stay tuned because people will probably never get tired of a good space story!
(Oh, and if you’re looking for space shooters, then some might be on this list, but you’ll have better luck with our list of the best Nintendo Switch Flight Sim and Space Combat Games.)
Publisher: Private department / Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Obsidian has created a beautiful slice of space filled with genuinely interesting characters and superb writing that brings the often standard side quests and missions to life with a wit and charm that is too often lacking in the genre. Fallout in space? Absolutely. But there is nothing wrong with that.
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In Heaven’s Vault, you play as an archaeologist who travels the riverways of a fictional galaxy to find out what happened to a lost civilization from fragments of their writings. This is a unique take on space travel, in which an entire race of people exists solely because of what they left behind.
Publisher: System Era Softworks / Developer: System Era Softworks
Many space games involve the organizational joy of building and maintaining a space base, but often these games position you as an omnipresent SimCity-style celestial being. Astroneer puts you on the ground, moving giant building blocks on its own and terraforming the planet with just a portable terrain tool. On the colorful, varied and deadly planets of Astroneer, an amazing amount of discoveries awaits you, and the essence of the game in collecting resources is incredibly interesting.
Publisher: Asteroid base / Developer: Asteroid base
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is one of those chaotic couch co-op games that’s great for parties and partners alike. Space themes aren’t overly complex, but this list introduces it as a space shooter genre that does things a little differently – with love, bunnies, and teamwork.
Publisher: sea bass games / Developer: sea bass games
Everspace is a rogue piece of single-player space combat where you constantly weigh the cost (or benefit) of exploration versus running away before enemy forces show up. The plot hook means that frequent deaths are expected (and even required), and although you will lose your ship, the credits earned can be spent before the next attempt; constant upgrades and unlocks turn failure into progress. Sure, you’ve bought a farm in an exciting aerial brawl or an infamous showdown, but at least you’ve got something to show.
Publisher: Aspir / Developer: Biovar
Star Wars has been a mainstay of pop culture for so long that it’s sometimes hard to remember that it’s about space and not just Skywalker dating. KOTOR does an exciting job of creating a world that feels like it has adequately “lived in,” and much of that can be attributed to a deep dialogue system that ensures that even conversations with the same NPC make more sense. than one or two lines. Plus, there is a morality system! Everyone knows that space is morality.
Publisher: Take-Two interactive / Developer: Take-Two interactive
Tales from the Borderlands is absolutely excellent at creating a look into the Borderlands universe, which is jam-packed with entertaining action and populated by well-written characters that you’ll really care about. It consistently delivers real belly laughs over ten hours of work, manages to portray the emotional journeys of its main characters convincingly, has a strong line in the romantic plot and what’s more, it does it all while giving fans of its source material a lot. about returning characters, lore, and a healthy dose of the show’s trademark gritty humor to indulge in.
Publisher: PLAYISM / Developer: Petit Depotto
Players take a seat on a spaceship currently under siege by the Gnosia, humans who have been infected by the alien presence and are forced to wipe out humanity and spread the infection to the rest of space. It looks like the only way to defeat Gnosia is through good old-fashioned democracy. With a surprisingly deep story for such a simple game, a clever narrative explanation of the mechanics, and enough chaos in the discussions to keep you guessing, we had a lot of fun with this game.
Publisher: Vertex Pop / Developer: Vertex Pop
The Graceful Explosion Machine is a masterful example of how to make an arcade shooter the right way. Attractive visuals and extremely finely tuned gameplay combine to make this game memorable and addictive for anyone who wants to dive into a fast-paced action-oriented game. It may be “just” a side-scrolling space shooter, but like any good sci-fi, it tries to break stereotypes with rich colors, bold geometry, and a chaotic yet minimalist aesthetic. After all, why should space be boring?
Publisher: Double damage games / Developer: Double damage games
In many space games (both movies and TV), the protagonist is positioned as Mister Cool Hero who is magically good at everything and has come out of nowhere to claim to be the Savior of the Galaxy. Not Rebel Galaxy Outlaw, whose Juno Markev is nothing more than a space cowboy among space cowboys on a mission of revenge. RGO is a galaxy where space truckers exist in a universe full of dark deeds and unreliable scum.
Publisher: Aspir Media / Developer: Polyknight Games
InnerSpace takes you on an isolated adventure; you will travel (almost) alone through a world where physics is upside down, exploring many strange, inside-out alien planets. Each planet is made up of once inhabited islands surrounded by water, where gravity pulls outward from the center and small hints of former life can be seen. The whole idea seems quite majestic, and the aesthetic style of the game perfectly confirms this; the worlds really seem like wonderful places.
Publisher: humble set / Developer: Blue Manchu
In Void Bastards, players take on the role of an endless procession of dangerous prisoners aboard the monolithic Ark of the Void, a massive space prison whose occupants are being thawed one by one from cryogenic sleep by the ship’s onboard artificial intelligence, BACS, in order to travel to the infamous Sargasso Nebula. The main fights are simple, but they add extra spice with fantastically evocative graphics and keep things interesting with hackable turrets and a few other BioShock-style elements that give you the chance to fight the many Screws, Juventuses, Tourists and Ghosts you have as you cross the Sargasso Nebula , you will encounter a slightly strategic rise.