The Best Adventure open-world Games for Nintendo Switch

Update : TRANSFORMERS: EARTHSPARK Expedition added at rank #17.
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Alba: a Wildlife Adventure (2020)

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IOS iPhone Nintendo Switch PC Windows Xbox One

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure takes you to a beautiful Mediterranean island to save endangered animals and clean up litter. With over 60 species to document, using your phone app, you'll go on an adventure to make a difference in the world around us. Enjoy a relaxing and feel-good experience with a great soundtrack and stunning visuals. Join Alba and her friend Ines and help them on their mission to save the island and the world!

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What we like:
  • Cute and wholesome with calming music and nice art
  • Addictive gameplay focused on exploring and photographing wildlife
  • Strong sub-theme of photography
  • Fun story with a good message
  • Bug-free and runs smoothly
What could be improved:
  • Limited achievements
  • Traversal can be boring towards the end of the game
  • Game could have been longer with more content

  • exploration
  • open-world
  • adventure
  • relaxing
  • cartoony
  • nature
  • collector
  • creature
  • cute
  • colourful
  • family-friendly
  • construction
  • economy
  • 3d
  • table

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The Pathless (2020)

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Playstation 4 Xbox Series X/s Xbox Series X Xbox One Nintendo Switch IOS iPhone PC Windows Mac OS Playstation 5

Embark on an epic adventure on a mystical island to dispel the curse of darkness in The Pathless. With your eagle companion, explore breathtaking landscapes and engage in unique boss battles against giant corrupted spirits. The emotionally resonant story, fast-paced gameplay, and stunning visuals and music make for an immersive experience that you won't forget.


What we like:
  • Well-written characters and story
  • Satisfying movement mechanics and puzzles
  • Stunning visuals and music
  • Unique boss fights
  • Relaxing gameplay
What could be improved:
  • Repetitive gameplay
  • Lack of tutorial and map system
  • Potential overpricing
  • Inconsistent performance
  • Tedious exploration

  • open-world
  • boss-fight
  • puzzle
  • exploration
  • boss
  • stealth
  • archery
  • shooter
  • adventure
  • battle
  • action-adventure
  • rhythm
  • stylized
  • story
  • narrative

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Lil Gator Game (2022)

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

Embark on a joyful journey with Lil Gator in a vibrant, open-world island filled with quests, friends, and fun. Swing your stick sword, glide through mountains, and bop cardboard baddies. With no health bar, it's a no-pressure adventure that captures the essence of childhood playtime. Experience a heartwarming story, delightful dialogue, and a relaxing gameplay that leaves you with a meaningful message.

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What we like:
  • Humorous and touching story
  • Fantastic art and good tunes
  • Relaxing and fun gameplay
  • Includes a speedrun mode
  • Carries a meaningful message
What could be improved:
  • Short playtime
  • High price for the content
  • Some bugs and performance stutters
  • Some in-game tasks lack clear direction

  • cozy
  • wholesome
  • short
  • adventure
  • lgbtq
  • funny
  • relaxing
  • cute
  • open-world
  • family-friendly
  • 3d
  • platform
  • colourful
  • park
  • pretend

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A Short Hike (2019)

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PC Windows Mac OS Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Xbox One Linux

Join Claire on her vacation and take a hike to the top of Hawk Peak in A Short Hike. Meet quirky characters, gather collectibles and uncover secrets across the charming island park. Enjoy the original soundtrack that perfectly captures the game's atmosphere. Don't let the game's title fool you, there's plenty of adventure waiting for you on this short hike.


What we like:
  • Immersive gameplay with a captivating story and charming characters
  • Beautiful pixel art and evocative soundtrack that complement the game's atmosphere perfectly
  • Rich and detailed world with lots of secrets to uncover
  • Short and concise game that provides an enjoyable and fulfilling experience
  • Great value for money
What could be improved:
  • Cumbersome inventory system
  • No map

  • park
  • relaxing
  • exploration
  • cute
  • adventure
  • flight
  • open-world
  • walking-simulator
  • inventory
  • parkour
  • funny
  • nature
  • platform
  • vertical
  • short

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Outer Wilds (2019)

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

Unravel the mysteries of the universe in Outer Wilds, an award-winning open world game. Explore an ever-evolving solar system, uncover alien secrets, and enjoy a thought-provoking narrative. With no enemies to fight, you're free to discover at your own pace. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in space!

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What we like:
  • Unique and immersive gameplay experience
  • Beautiful and intricate world-building
  • Thought-provoking narrative
  • Encourages fearless discovery
  • Captures the mysteries of the universe
What could be improved:
  • May cause motion sickness
  • Game's physics can lead to unexpected deaths

  • exploration
  • mystery
  • discovery
  • puzzle
  • open-world
  • space
  • sci-fi
  • endless
  • adventure
  • story
  • first-person
  • day
  • narrative

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2016)

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Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch Xbox One PC Windows Playstation 5 Xbox Series X Xbox 360

Immerse yourself in the award-winning fantasy world of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition. With stunning graphics and all-new features like dynamic depth of field and volumetric god rays, this epic adventure comes to life like never before. Explore new quests, characters, armor, weapons, and more with the full power of mods. Discover why this game has won over 200 Game of the Year Awards and experience limitless possibilities.

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What we like:
  • Immersive gameplay with endless possibilities
  • Engaging storyline and lore
  • Wide variety of quests and activities
  • Strong modding community with infinite customization options
  • Ability to connect and bond with others through gaming
What could be improved:
  • Combat and animations may not be as polished as desired
  • Frequent updates and mod compatibility issues

  • rpg
  • dragon
  • open-world
  • dungeon
  • fantasy
  • adventure
  • combat
  • skill

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Bilkins' Folly (2023)

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Playstation 5 Playstation 4 PC Windows Nintendo Switch l

Percy’s on a quest to find his missing relatives, and he needs your help! Join him and his beloved dog Drayton as they adventure through a series of unusual islands, solve puzzles to uncover valuable treasure, and bring to light the foreboding family secret buried beneath it all.

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  • nonlinear
  • adventure
  • puzzle
  • dog
  • colourful
  • multiple-endings
  • pixel
  • choices
  • exploration
  • family-friendly
  • cute
  • open-world
  • skill
  • light-hearted
  • pirates

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Traveler (2015)

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early access Nintendo Switch Playstation 5 PC Windows Playstation 4 Linux Mac OS

Building the game as Open World so you are able to go on in your speed - just to tell, only the ones who want to explore will find out the ultimative ending. Traveler contains 8 different themed worlds you are able to explore by your own.


  • character
  • quick-time-event
  • shooter
  • story
  • episodic
  • loot
  • adventure
  • rpg
  • customization
  • action
  • first-person
  • pve
  • comedy
  • open-world
  • narrative

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GRAND MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE WONDERLANDS (2022)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Android

Grand Mountain Adventure: Wonderlands lets you explore freely and at your pace entire ski resorts and the surrounding mountains. Unlock ski lifts and reach new areas by competing in challenges, or enjoy the scenery while you find your own path down the mountains.

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  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • sport
  • open-world
  • simulation
  • beautiful
  • casual
  • racing
  • adventure
  • exploration

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (2017)

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It's about TIME! Join your favorite Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities as they go head-to-head with the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror in the all-new, original adventure, LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2!


  • puzzle
  • cooperative
  • villain
  • boss-fight
  • open-world
  • superhero
  • battle
  • boss
  • lego
  • alternate
  • medieval
  • fight
  • sandbox
  • adventure
  • multiplayer

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