The Best Action-adventure Games for Nintendo Switch

Update : Umbraclaw added at rank #16.
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Shadow Man Remastered (2021)

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PC Windows Xbox One Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

Shadow Man Remastered is an action-adventure game set in a grimey, industrial hellscape. Play as Michael LeRoi, a supernatural superhero brought back to life by voodoo priestess Mama Nettie who implanted the Mask of Shadows into his chest. Explore labyrinthine worlds and battle enemies using your Shadow Gun and Voodoo magic.

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What we like:
  • Unique control system allows player to use a distinct item in each hand
  • Restored content not found in any original releases
  • Great voice acting
  • Terrifying soundtrack
  • Labyrinthine world
What could be improved:
  • No map system to help with navigation
  • Platforming can be hit or miss due to camera angle

  • platform
  • tps
  • action-adventure
  • metroidvania
  • 3d
  • horror
  • exploration
  • third-person
  • old-school
  • retro
  • shooter
  • adventure
  • atmospheric
  • demons
  • dark

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Strayed Lights (2023)

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

Dive into Strayed Lights, an immersive action adventure where you battle emotion-deformed creatures in a dreamlike world. With a vibrant color palette, stunning visuals, and a strong soundtrack, you'll be captivated. Master the innovative combat mechanics, face memorable bosses, and explore beautifully crafted levels. Will you restore light and face your inner demons?

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What we like:
  • Vibrant, wild color palette
  • Captivating soundtrack
  • Innovative and challenging combat mechanics
  • Memorable boss encounters
  • Beautifully crafted world
What could be improved:
  • Minimal and confusing story
  • Some upgrades feel less helpful
  • Lack of enemy variation

  • action-adventure
  • combat
  • boss
  • soundtrack
  • atmospheric
  • souls
  • boss-fight
  • story
  • fantasy
  • cinematic
  • philosophical
  • dark
  • emotional
  • fight
  • stylized

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Figment 2: Creed Valley (2022)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 5

Figment 2: Creed Valley invites you on a captivating musical journey through the human mind. As Dusty, you'll tackle inventive puzzles, engage in unique boss fights, and explore a world filled with creativity and emotion. With its compelling story and surreal landscapes, this game promises an unforgettable experience.

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What we like:
  • Intriguing puzzles and boss fights
  • Engaging storytelling
  • Unique and creative world design
  • Improved controls and mechanics
  • Memorable music and sound effects
What could be improved:
  • Less engaging than the first game
  • Occasional bugs and visual glitches
  • Simplistic combat

  • puzzle
  • surreal
  • soundtrack
  • action-adventure
  • rhythm
  • mind-bending
  • isometric
  • boss-fight
  • hand-drawn
  • story
  • exploration
  • fight
  • cooperative
  • controller-support
  • cute

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Death's Door (2021)

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Xbox One PC Windows Nintendo Switch

Death's Door is an action-adventure game that follows a crow reaping souls. You must explore the world of doors, find each one and battle enemies while unlocking new skills and magic powers. The game features smooth controls, great aesthetics and an in-depth story that will keep you engaged for hours.

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What we like:
  • Challenging boss battles
  • Meaningful dialogue about life and death
  • Excellent exploration and hidden areas
  • Fluid and accessible combat
  • Beautiful art style and graphics
What could be improved:
  • Lack of a map can be frustrating
  • Can rely too much on obnoxious enemy waves
  • Linear

  • dungeon
  • boss
  • isometric
  • zelda
  • action-adventure
  • boss-fight
  • combat
  • exploration
  • souls
  • puzzle
  • adventure
  • platform
  • battle
  • challenging
  • fight

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The Wild at Heart (2021)

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Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch PC Windows Mac OS

The Wild at Heart is a beautiful and joyous tale of discovery, full of quirky characters, exploration and puzzles. You play as Wake, a young scallywag searching for excitement who stumbles upon an adventure to save the world and reunite the Greenshields. With its hand-drawn art style, mysterious creatures and day-night cycle adding tension to the gameplay, you'll be sure to have some exciting escapades!

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What we like:
  • Quirky characters with unique traits
  • Beautiful artstyle
  • Light combat & puzzles that increase in difficulty
  • Day-night cycle adding tension to the gameplay
What could be improved:
  • The standard loop:go here - do that
  • Parts of the narrative are well-honed

  • puzzle
  • hand-drawn
  • crafting
  • story
  • action-adventure
  • fantasy
  • emotional
  • time-management
  • 2d
  • atmospheric
  • colourful
  • resource-management
  • survival
  • exploration
  • adventure

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Nocturnal (2023)

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

After years of traveling, Ardeshir finds his native island covered in a mysterious fog. Carve your way with fire and steel to find out what happened to your people in this action-platformer game. You’re the only one who can discover the secrets that lie beyond the Mist.

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  • platform
  • scroller
  • soundtrack
  • 2d
  • linear
  • narration
  • action-adventure
  • mystery
  • hand-drawn
  • dark
  • puzzle
  • demons
  • exploration
  • combat
  • eroge

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Super Chicken Jumper (2021)

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

Super Chicken Jumper is a hardcore retro platformer that offers an addictive and rage-inducing gaming experience. Play as a superhero chicken and help Mrs President take down huge bosses across 6 unique worlds, while avoiding an array of obstacles. Equip yourself with an array of tools and equipment to give you a fighting chance against the mutated bosses!


What we like:
  • Simple approach
  • Colourful aesthetics
  • Cute graphics
  • Cooperative gameplay
  • Flappy Bird-like gameplay
  • Endless option
  • Brutal and unfair challenges
  • Basic concept with power-ups to change the course of the game
What could be improved:
  • Brutal difficulty curve and unforgiving mechanics that will make you wince with failure repeatedly
  • Cinematic not for everyone
  • Basic button layout can be fiddly to master at times

  • anime
  • cute
  • action-adventure
  • colourful
  • cooperative
  • local
  • souls
  • 2d
  • pixel
  • funny
  • runner
  • multiplayer
  • arcade
  • difficult
  • procedural

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Nuclear Blaze (2021)

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Nuclear Blaze is a unique 2D firefighting game from the creator of Dead Cells, with all the devastating backdrafts, exploding walls and sprinklers you could expect. Fight your way through a mysterious facility and try to keep the blaze under control.


  • platform
  • 2d
  • action-adventure
  • mystery
  • scroller
  • exploration
  • atmospheric
  • pixel
  • colourful
  • rogue-like
  • action
  • investigation
  • full-blown

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Bluey: The Videogame (2023)

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

Play a brand-new story set across 4 interactive adventures, explore iconic locations, play your favourite games from the TV show and also play with your friends and family in local multiplayer.


  • cartoony
  • dog
  • local
  • cooperative
  • action-adventure
  • friends-and-family
  • colourful
  • multiplayer
  • interactive
  • family-friendly
  • adventure
  • cute
  • park
  • exploration
  • recreation

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Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time (2020)

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IOS iPhone Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Xbox One PC Windows

Become Samurai Jack, the greatest warrior across time. Journey through time to finally stop Aku’s evil reign in this new adventure told by the creators of Samurai Jack.

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  • hack-and-slash
  • action-adventure
  • quick-action
  • combat
  • sword
  • action
  • adventure
  • platform
  • non-combat
  • character
  • non-player
  • souls
  • must-play
  • battle
  • skill

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