The Best Surreal Games for Nintendo Switch

Update : Hauntii added at rank #15.
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GRIME (2021)

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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

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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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Creaks (2020)

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Mac OS IOS iPhone PC Windows Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

The ground starts shaking, light bulbs are breaking - and something rather unusual is happening right behind the walls of your very room. Equipped with nothing but wit and courage, you slowly descend into a world inhabited by avian folk and seemingly deadly furniture monsters.


  • hand-drawn
  • puzzle
  • surreal
  • stylized
  • supernatural
  • platform
  • atmospheric
  • linear
  • cartoony
  • relaxing
  • 2d
  • mystery
  • story
  • dark
  • single-player

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Smile For Me (2019)

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

A heartbroken clown, wayward souls, and juicy mechanical lips. As “The Big Event" draws near, help the troubled residents of the Habitat and de-mask the mysterious Doctor Habit... before it's too late.


  • horror
  • lgbtq
  • fmv
  • point-and-click
  • conversation
  • surreal
  • psychological
  • linear
  • hand-drawn
  • multiple-endings
  • cute
  • cartoony
  • 3d
  • first-person
  • comedy

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When The Past Was Around (2020)

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

Experience love, loss, and the journey of self-discovery in 'When The Past Was Around'. Unravel a bittersweet tale through brain-teasing puzzles, beautiful hand-drawn art, and atmospheric violin music. This emotional adventure is short but impactful, leaving you with an unforgettable experience.

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What we like:
  • Stunning storytelling and graphics
  • Intricate and engaging puzzles
  • Captivating, atmospheric music
  • Deep, emotional experience
What could be improved:
  • Short gameplay
  • Lack of depth in symbolism
  • Some puzzles can feel illogical

  • point-and-click
  • puzzle
  • surreal
  • romance
  • hand-drawn
  • abstract
  • philosophical
  • hidden-object
  • interactive
  • fiction
  • music
  • story
  • cute

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Manifold Garden (2019)

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

Rediscover gravity and explore an Escher-esque world of impossible architecture. Witness infinity in first-person and master its rules to solve physics-defying puzzles. Cultivate a garden to open new paths forward, where an eternal expanse awaits.

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  • abstract
  • surreal
  • philosophical
  • nonlinear
  • puzzle
  • psychedelic
  • experimental
  • minimalist
  • multiple-endings
  • first-person
  • atmospheric
  • exploration
  • relaxing
  • colourful
  • mystery

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Promesa (2020)

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PC Windows Mac OS Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch Xbox One

A contemplative experience where you’ll wander through the dreams, memories and fantasies emerging from a dialogue between a grandfather and his grandchild.

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  • surreal
  • underground
  • walking-simulator
  • short
  • experimental
  • relaxing
  • stylized
  • narration
  • pixel
  • psychological
  • cinematic
  • atmospheric
  • shooter
  • exploration
  • story

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Genesis Noir (2021)

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Mac OS Nintendo Switch Xbox One PC Windows

A noir adventure spanning time and space. When a love triangle between cosmic beings becomes a bitter confrontation, you'll witness a gunshot fired by a jealous god—otherwise known as The Big Bang. Jump into the expanding universe and search for a way to destroy creation and save your love.

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  • point-and-click
  • puzzle
  • noir
  • surreal
  • narrative
  • detective
  • exploration
  • adventure
  • hand-drawn
  • minimalist
  • stylized
  • tactile
  • interactive
  • space
  • mystery

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Verlet Swing (2018)

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

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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Dreaming Sarah (2015)

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

Dreaming Sarah is a surreal adventure platformer game with puzzle elements, an engaging environment, an incredibly diverse cast of characters, and of course, a young girl named Sarah. Sarah has been in an accident and is currently in a coma. It's up to you to help her wake up by exploring her dream world. Features: * Explore mysterious psychological areas * Collect, equip and use items * Interact with a vast cast of weird characters * Solve brain-teasing puzzles

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  • surreal
  • philosophical
  • platform
  • metroidvania
  • psychological
  • psychedelic
  • walking-simulator
  • puzzle
  • abstract
  • supernatural
  • exploration
  • pixel
  • atmospheric
  • relaxing
  • adventure

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