Best Switch Games For Short Play Sessions

It used to be that we’d take our 3DSes with us on holiday, public transit, and to hospital waiting rooms, because it was easy to pick up and put down a game on this tiny little handheld, and to put it into sleep mode whenever your attention was needed.

These days, we’re more likely to take a Nintendo Switch with us whenever we know there will be long periods of downtime, and though a Switch isn’t quite as portable as the chocolate-bar-sized 3DS, it can still fit in a bag or a very large pocket, if you’re lucky. There are plenty of games on the Switch that slot in perfectly to a 15-30 minute session, too — so we’ve assembled a few of the best right here!

It’s worth noting that pretty much any roguelike or puzzle game makes for great short play sessions, but we’ve tried to keep it a little varied, with online multiplayer games, story games, and even RPGs that work really well in short bursts. Enjoy!

Slay the Spire (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Humble Bundle / Developer: Mega Crit

Release Date: 6th Jun 2019 (USA) / 6th Jun 2019 (UK/EU)
Gnosia (Switch eShop)Gnosia (Switch eShop)

Publisher: PLAYISM / Developer: Little Depotto

Release Date: 4th Mar 2021 (USA) / 4th Mar 2021 (UK/EU)
Dicey Dungeons (Switch eShop)Dicey Dungeons (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Entertainmentware / Developer: Entertainmentware

Release Date: 15th Dec 2020 (USA) / 15th Dec 2020 (UK/EU)
Cozy Grove (Switch eShop)Cozy Grove (Switch eShop)

Publisher: The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild / Developer: Spry Fox

Release Date: 8th Apr 2021 (USA) / 8th Apr 2021 (UK/EU)
Baba Is You (Switch eShop)Baba Is You (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Hempuli / Developer: Hempuli

Release Date: 13th Mar 2019 (USA) / 13th Mar 2019 (UK/EU)
FEZ (Switch eShop)FEZ (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Polytron / Developer: Polytron

Release Date: 14th Apr 2021 (USA) / 14th Apr 2021 (UK/EU)
A Monster's Expedition (Switch eShop)A Monster's Expedition (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Draknek & Friends / Developer: Draknek & Friends

Release Date: 5th Aug 2021 (USA) / 5th Aug 2021 (UK/EU)

From some of the best puzzle designers in the world comes A Monster’s Expedition, an adorable and relaxing open world puzzle adventure for monsters who love to learn about humans. By pushing trees over to create pathways, you’ll explore hundreds of islands near and far to learn about the history of “humanity”.

Any of Draknek’s games — including Bonfire Peaks and Cosmic Express — make for brilliant, if frustrating, short-session games.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

Publisher: nintendo / Developer: nintendo

Release Date: 20th Mar 2020 (USA) / 20th Mar 2020 (UK/EU)
Minit (Switch eShop)Minit (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Developer Digital / Developer: Developer Digital

Release Date: 9th Aug 2018 (USA) / 9th Aug 2018 (UK/EU)
Neon White (Switch eShop)Neon White (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Annapurna Interactive / Developer: Angel Matrix

Release Date: 16th Jun 2022 (USA) / 16th Jun 2022 (UK/EU)
DOOM (Switch)DOOM (Switch)

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks / Developer: panic button

Release Date: 10th Nov 2017 (USA) / 10th Nov 2017 (UK/EU)
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 (Switch)Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 (Switch)

Publisher: SEGA / Developer: SEGA

Release Date: 8th Dec 2020 (USA) / 8th Dec 2020 (UK/EU)


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