The Best Dark Games for Nintendo Switch

Update : Outbreak The Fedora Files: What Lydia Knows added at rank #37.
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Terror of Hemasaurus (2022)

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

A retro city smash 'em up with satisfying destruction physics. Play as a Giant Monster unleashing terror upon mankind in this modern arcade experience with the action turned up to eleven.


  • local
  • dark
  • destruction
  • humor
  • dinosaurs
  • pixel
  • arcade
  • 4-player
  • cooperative
  • comedy
  • scroller
  • physics
  • retro
  • funny
  • sci-fi

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Justice Sucks (2022)

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

JUSTICE SUCKS is a stealth/action game about a killer robot vacuum cleaner on a quest for vengeance through a 90s TV universe. Stalk your prey, hack smart devices, turn them into deadly traps and consume the blood of your enemies to unleash devastating powers.


  • stealth
  • dark
  • hacking
  • cats
  • satire
  • 1990s
  • humor
  • tactical
  • shoot-em-up
  • character
  • robots
  • top-down
  • squad
  • colourful
  • gore

3

Burnhouse Lane (2022)

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

Burnhouse Lane tells a story of Angie Weather, a one foot in the grave agency nurse attempting to complete five impossible tasks in order to win her life back. Solve puzzles, make friends and enemies, run, hide and fight in this dark adventure that'll take you on a trip to another world and back...

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  • horror
  • dark
  • cats
  • psychedelic
  • humor
  • scroller
  • choices
  • action-adventure
  • drama
  • psychological
  • atmospheric
  • surreal
  • multiple-endings
  • story
  • adventure

4

Bleak Sword DX (2023)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch

Discover and destroy increasingly horrifying creatures across an oppressive lofi world, wielding fierce weaponry and powerful magic in this pocket-sized action adventure.

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  • hack-and-slash
  • fantasy
  • dark
  • rogue-like
  • pixel
  • swordplay
  • 2d
  • fight
  • atmospheric
  • boss
  • minimalist
  • linear
  • gladiator
  • action
  • action-adventure

5

Bramble: The Mountain King (2023)

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

Bramble The Mountain King is a grim adventure set in a world inspired by dark, Nordic fables. Explore the beautiful yet dangerous and twisted land of Bramble in your endeavour to rescue your sister. Traverse a wondrous landscape and survive deadly encounters with Bramble's many hideous creatures.

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  • horror
  • platform
  • dark
  • exploration
  • narrative
  • puzzle
  • boss-fight
  • cinematic
  • adventure
  • mythology
  • action-adventure
  • fantasy
  • story
  • emotional
  • lore

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Blade of Darkness (2021)

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

Unleash your inner warrior in Blade of Darkness! You'll explore a dark fantasy world, wield a variety of powerful weapons, and face off against gruesome foes. With four unique characters to choose from, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, you'll need to strategize to conquer your enemies. Despite its flaws, this game delivers a satisfying and immersive hack 'n slash experience.

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What we like:
  • Engaging combat with a variety of weapons
  • Immersive and detailed world
  • Four unique characters to choose from
  • Satisfying dismemberment system
  • Atmospheric music and narration
What could be improved:
  • Steep learning curve and difficult controls
  • Weak storyline and character development
  • Some weapons are practically useless
  • Repetitive gameplay

  • dark
  • fantasy
  • souls
  • rpg
  • gore
  • action-adventure
  • hack-and-slash
  • combat
  • violent
  • third-person
  • action
  • atmospheric
  • medieval
  • difficult
  • lore

7

Labyrinth of Galleria: The Moon Society (2020)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Playstation 5 Playstation 4 vita

Explore a mysterious underground labyrinth and discover its secrets in Labyrinth of Galleria: The Moon Society. With stunning visuals and an engaging storyline, this dungeon-exploring adventure game filled with mystery and charm boasts over 50 hours of exploration and the ability to customize up to 40 fighters. Join the adventure and discover the secrets of the Labyrinth of Galleria if you dare!

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What we like:
  • Engaging storyline
  • Stunning visuals
  • Improved puppet creation and formation adjustments
  • Weapon synthesis allows for added buffs and status ailments
  • Robust cast of colorful characters
What could be improved:
  • Gameplay can feel like a full-time job in order to beat the final boss
  • Some mechanics can feel like they are designed to torture players
  • Map and confirm button bugs
  • Lack of guidance on crucial story beats may lead to missed features
  • Not beginner friendly

  • dungeon-crawler
  • dark
  • rpg
  • japanese
  • turn-based
  • comedy
  • jrpg
  • dungeon
  • fantasy
  • humor
  • anime
  • strategy

8

GRIME (2021)

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PC Windows stadia Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Xbox Series X Xbox One Nintendo Switch Mac OS

Dive into the twisted world of GRIME, a challenging yet rewarding action-adventure RPG. Absorb your enemies, use their traits against them, and explore surreal environments. Face the unknown, unlock new abilities, and indulge in death-defying combat. Are you ready to conquer this world of anatomical horror and intrigue?

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What we like:
  • Compelling and twisted world
  • Satisfying and responsive combat
  • Engaging exploration and movement
  • Unique parry and absorption mechanics
  • Generous progression system
What could be improved:
  • Lacks a strong narrative
  • Map functionality could be improved
  • Occasional sound glitches during boss battles

  • souls
  • surreal
  • boss
  • metroidvania
  • dark
  • platform
  • action-adventure
  • 2.5d
  • combat
  • boss-fight
  • exploration
  • rpg
  • scroller
  • cinematic
  • action

9

Little Misfortune (2019)

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PC Windows Xbox One Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch Mac OS Linux Android IOS iPhone

Led by her new friend, Mr. Voice, Misfortune ventures into the woods, where mysteries are unraveled and a little bad luck unfolds.

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  • dark
  • horror
  • psychological
  • interactive
  • cult
  • cute
  • point-and-click
  • choices
  • humor
  • fantasy
  • exploration
  • story
  • horrors
  • adventure
  • eight-year-old

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Hunt the Night (2023)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows

Plunge into a retro-style action-adventure game that combines a fast, skilled gameplay with dark fantasy and lore. Play as Vesper, a virtuous member of 'The Stalkers,' and explore the vast world of Medhram, filled with ruins and horrors.


  • gothic
  • dark
  • souls
  • boss
  • fantasy
  • top-down
  • pixel
  • hack-and-slash
  • action-adventure
  • 2d
  • character
  • action
  • rpg
  • boss-fight
  • challenging

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