The Best Exploration Games for Nintendo Switch

Update, : Islets added at rank #9.
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Journey to the Savage Planet (2020)

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Playstation 4 Xbox One PC Windows Nintendo Switch stadia

Onward To Adventure In this colorful, co-op adventure game you play as the newest recruit to Kindred Aerospace. Dropped onto an uncharted planet with little equipment, you must determine if this planet is fit for human habitation but perhaps you are not the first to set foot here…


  • exploration
  • first-person
  • colourful
  • adventure
  • cooperative
  • sci-fi
  • platform
  • boss-fight
  • comedy
  • crafting
  • metroidvania
  • combat
  • dark
  • action-adventure
  • open-world

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Unsighted (2021)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Xbox One Playstation 4

EXPLORE YOUR WAY. Awoken to a world ruined by war, Alma must traverse the vast city of Arcadia before the life force of her friends and herself withers away. Time is ticking, and every moment matters. Who will you save, and who will you leave to turn UNSIGHTED?

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  • exploration
  • combat
  • pixel
  • boss
  • souls
  • top-down
  • metroidvania
  • dungeon
  • rpg
  • robots
  • crafting
  • zelda
  • war
  • puzzle
  • post-apocalyptic

3

Alba: a Wildlife Adventure (2020)

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

Even the smallest person can make a big difference. Join Alba, as she sets out to save her beautiful island and its wildlife. And possibly start a revolution.

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

4

Axiom Verge 2 (2021)

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Linux Playstation 5 PC Windows Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

Explore a sprawling, alien world in the sequel to the award winning Axiom Verge.

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  • exploration
  • alternate
  • metroid
  • boss
  • sci-fi
  • platform
  • boss-fight
  • metroidvania
  • combat
  • non-linear
  • retro
  • narrative
  • underwater
  • adventure
  • melee

5

A Short Hike (2019)

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Linux Xbox One Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch Mac OS PC Windows

Hike, climb, and soar through the peaceful mountainside landscapes of Hawk Peak Provincial Park as you make your way to the summit.


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

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F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch (2021)

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PC Windows Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Nintendo Switch

F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch is a Metroidvania action game featuring exploration, intense combat and challenging platforming.


  • platform
  • metroidvania
  • exploration
  • combo
  • boss
  • combat
  • mech
  • robots
  • fight
  • boss-fight
  • war
  • narrative
  • challenging
  • side-scrolling
  • steampunk

7

Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan (2021)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Xbox One Playstation 4

Save whimsical creatures with the power of kindness in order to recolor a black-and-white world in Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan, a wholesome 2.5D Adventure-RPG!

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  • platform
  • battle
  • exploration
  • turn-based
  • puzzle
  • rpg
  • adventure
  • combat
  • colourful
  • family-friendly
  • cartoony
  • waker
  • taming
  • rhythm
  • narrative

8

Supraland (2019)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Xbox One Playstation 4 Mac OS Linux

Embark on a valiant quest to save your toy village in the hit first-person open-world puzzle platformer! Roam and explore a huge interconnected world. Unlock powerful new abilities and combine them to overcome imaginative puzzles or uncover shrouded secrets. Defeat charging hordes in fast, frenetic first-person combat as you battle your way towards an audience with the Blue King. Game features:- 12–25 hours of open-world puzzle, action and platformer gameplay- A grand adventure in a tiny "sandbox", with rewarding exploration gameplay and hundreds of secrets to discover- Discover exciting upgrades and unlock a wide range of game-changing weapons and abilities- Family-friendly visuals combined with countless crafty puzzles

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  • puzzle
  • sandbox
  • exploration
  • metroidvania
  • platform
  • first-person
  • adventure
  • open-world
  • combat
  • cartoony

9

Islets (2022)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Xbox One Xbox Series X

Take to the sky and reunite a fragmented world in this surprisingly wholesome metroidvania! Help Iko adventure across beautiful hand-painted islands, receive letters from a quirky cast of characters, and face powerful monstrous adversaries.


  • platform
  • boss-fight
  • boss
  • metroidvania
  • cute
  • exploration
  • colourful
  • pirates
  • atmospheric
  • combat
  • fight
  • story
  • bullet-hell
  • inventive
  • 2d

10

Before I Forget (2020)

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Xbox Series X Xbox One Nintendo Switch Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Explore the present to uncover the past, in a short story of love and loss and a life well-lived.A narrative exploration that examines a world where memories are constantly fading and jumbled. A game about dementia and what happens when you can't hold onto the things you've done or the people you've loved.

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  • walking-simulator
  • short
  • exploration
  • emotional
  • beautiful
  • mystery
  • narrative
  • atmospheric
  • first-person
  • thought-provoking
  • stylized
  • 3d
  • piano
  • colour
  • dream

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