The Best Action challenging difficult Games for Nintendo Switch

Update : Moonscars added at rank #3.
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Verlet Swing (2018)

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Verlet Swing is a curious game where you must swing and manoeuvre through obstacles towards a shimmering goal in order to escape. Target something, then use the left thumbstick to guide you through the air, timing your swings correctly to avoid obstacles and crashing into the ground. With 100 levels to clear, each with their own online leaderboards, it provides plenty of challenge and satisfaction.

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What we like:
  • Unique concept
  • Interesting visuals
  • Exhilarating experience with sound of air rushing around
  • Reasonable price considering the amount of gameplay
  • Chilled out vibe with themed levels
What could be improved:
  • Repetitive tasks
  • Some stages can feel unfair

  • fast-paced
  • surreal
  • editor
  • level
  • abstract
  • 3d
  • action
  • first-person
  • challenging
  • replay-value
  • difficult
  • platform
  • manipulation
  • sport
  • corridor

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Grimvalor (2018)

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GrimValor is a dark fantasy action-adventure game with smooth controls, fast movements and challenging enemies. You will need to master basic movements, earn new abilities and access items while taking on powerful bosses. Enjoy an immense amount of content with no IAPs or ads.


What we like:
  • Smooth controls
  • Fast movements
  • Challenging enemies
  • No IAPs or ads
  • Robust RPG mechanics
What could be improved:
  • Collision detection can be gummy near walls and platform edges
  • Occasional attempts at story-telling not up to standards of the rest of the game

  • boss
  • platform
  • combat
  • challenging
  • tall
  • action
  • souls
  • boss-fight
  • entertainment
  • zombie-type
  • mad
  • nice-looking
  • puzzle
  • difficult
  • fast-paced

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Moonscars (2022)

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PC Windows Playstation 5 Xbox Series X Playstation 4 Xbox One Nintendo Switch

Moonscars is a 2D souls-like, non-linear platformer that marks the debut of developer, Black Mermaid. Play as Grey Irma, a "Clayborn" with a head full of questions and an eyeful of stunning pixel art. Experience the mystery of Moonscars while exploring themes of identity. Enjoy fluid and gratifying combat with melee moves, special attacks, witcheries and amulet stones.


What we like:
  • Beautiful pixel art
  • Well written story
  • Excellent voice work
  • Satisfying parry system
  • Great use of light to create silhouette-like foregrounds
  • Unique enemies with visual cues
  • Stunning soundtrack with choir vocals
  • Replay value through side quests and trophy hunting
What could be improved:
  • Trial and error approach can make some boss fights difficult

  • souls
  • boss-fight
  • platform
  • boss
  • metroidvania
  • 2d
  • combat
  • pixel
  • gothic
  • fight
  • action
  • challenging
  • difficult

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DARK SOULS: REMASTERED (2018)

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Dark Souls: Remastered is an improved version of the classic action role-playing game from the last generation. It includes all the content from the original game, as well as some additional features such as improved visuals and dedicated servers for smoother online play. You can expect intense bosses, beautiful areas to explore, and an incredibly rewarding experience.


What we like:
  • Improved visuals
  • Dedicated servers for smoother online play
  • Additional content in Artorias of the Abyss DLC
  • Matchmaking system closer to Dark Souls III
  • Supports 32:9 aspect ratio on PC
What could be improved:
  • Cutscenes slightly zoomed in compared to original version

  • boss
  • boss-fight
  • rpg
  • fantasy
  • difficult
  • combat
  • dark
  • action
  • souls
  • online
  • battle
  • challenging
  • fight
  • exploration

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Hungry Shark World (2016)

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Glutwell is back with a vengeance and this time they're targeting Baby Sharks. Use your skills to fend off Glutwell and rescue Baby Sharks before it's too late! Unlock GAIA and unleash a field of mines with the new ability: Petal Bloom!

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  • underwater
  • arcade
  • boss-fight
  • entertainment
  • endless
  • adventure
  • casual
  • edutainment
  • action
  • dinosaurs
  • cartoony
  • difficult
  • boss
  • challenging

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Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King (2019)

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Xbox One Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch PC Windows

The Disney 16-bit classics Aladdin and The Lion King return!


  • classic
  • platform
  • mystery
  • privacy-policy
  • adventure
  • retro
  • best-selling
  • real-time

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Pukan, Bye-Bye! (2018)

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PC Windows Xbox One Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

Created to enrage.

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  • platform
  • casual
  • portal
  • privacy-policy
  • retro
  • programming
  • achievements
  • physics
  • adventure
  • football
  • reflexes
  • action
  • challenging
  • difficult

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10 Second Ninja X (2016)

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Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 PC Windows vita Xbox One

10 Second Ninja X is a 2016 platform game developed by Four Circle Interactive, and published by Curve Digital. The game was free for PlayStation Plus subscribers in March 2017.[5] The game was released on July 19, 2016 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows and Xbox One, and is planned to release on Nintendo Switch in 2021.[6][7]

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  • ninja
  • robots
  • platform
  • action
  • fast-paced

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Killer Chambers (2019)

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Linux Xbox One Nintendo Switch PC Windows

Help Brave Lord survive the Killer Chambers and defeat the bosses summoned by Lord Grave! Quick reflexes and good memory are the keys to success in this unforgiving action-platformer. Can you clear all 5 floors and get the King's Crown?

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  • bullet-hell
  • platform
  • pixel
  • reflexes
  • funny
  • boss
  • fantasy
  • action

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Azuran Tales: TRIALS (2018)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows

Azuran Tales: Trials offers a different take on platformer gameplay with a hardcore combat experience, punishing levels and brutal enemies to defeat.


  • platform
  • 3d
  • dark
  • rpg
  • fantastically
  • challenging
  • choices
  • fantasy
  • inventive
  • souls

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