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Top 10 most beautiful Switch games

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Top 10 most beautiful Switch games

Games have also attracted players for both their gameplay and their visuals, and these are some of the best visually stunning games out there.

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Updated: Original article by Allison Van Oirschot, updated by Dann Sullivan

There are so many games out there now for the Nintendo Switch, from tiny indie titles through to massive triple-A efforts, To say that Nintendo's Switch has been a success would be a massive understatement, and that's truly showcased by the sheer depth and diversity of its library.

Sometimes you'll sit down and you'll want to play something that makes you think, like a great Switch puzzle game, other times you'll want to be on the edge of your seat with an adrenaline-pumping shooter or racing game on your Switch; But, at some point, you'll just want to sit back and get fully absorbed into a beautiful world, washed over by the style and fantastic visuals. That's where our list of the most beautiful Switch games with gorgeous artwork comes in.

Had to cut down a few gorgeous titles from the list of the most beautiful Switch games

Now, just because we've classified these games as having beautiful artwork doesn't mean that they're not in those other genres we alluded to. In fact, we've got a racer in here, and a few puzzlers too. It was actually hard whittling the list down to the ten that make up this article, there are so many stunning games out there (the puzzle game is particularly abundant in them) and recent years have really seen the level of visual quality getting better and better as free-use engines continue to improve. We've got everything in here from platformer to puzzler, and there are even a few titles in there that might surprise you.

From the realistic through the magical and onto the mind-bendingly surreal, these are Pocket Gamer's top 10 most beautiful Switch games with truly captivating artwork.

 

 

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1
What Remains of Edith Finch

Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Available on: iOS + Switch
Genre: Adventure
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What Remains of Edith Finch

When it comes to discussing the most beautiful looking games on the Switch, we simply had to kick off this list with What Remains of Edith Finch. It's an instantly memorable game in that it doesn’t just have one set defined style, instead, it moves between realistic artwork into a comic style.

The story tells of the many strange and melancholic deaths of the Finch family, as narrated by Edith, the last Finch alive. Explore the old Finch house and find stories of late family members telling what lead to their deaths. Some are kind of funny, like Walter Finch finally emerging from 30 years underground only to be run over by a train. Others really punch your heart with feels like Gregory Finch drowning in his bathtub as a baby or Lewis Finch becoming so lost in his mental fantasy world, he decapitates himself with a fish de-header. The dev team really poured their souls into this wonderful game, in more ways than one.

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2
GRIS

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Available on: iOS + Android + Switch
Genre: Platform
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GRIS

A surreal, dreamlike experience about a girl dealing with a painful tragedy while lost in her own massive world. Help her on her sorrowful journey as she gains powers to get her through every stage. A game free of danger, frustration and death, marvel at the colorfully detailed backgrounds while enjoying the calming soundtrack.

It’s hard to put into words how beautiful this game is, and how it’s not afraid to show the raw grief the girl is working through. Did you know that the word ‘Gris’ not only refers to the girl’s name, but is also Spanish for grey? An apt name, considering her emotions and appearance at the beginning. It is the second time we are mentioning this enchanting title, as it was already featured on our list of the best-looking Android games too.

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3
Sky: Children of the Light

Available on: iOS + Android + Switch
Genre: Adventure
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Sky: Children of the Light

How could we have a list of the most beautiful Switch games without including Sky: Children of the Light? This absolutely awe-inspiring title from the creators of Journey launched just a few years back and utterly stunned players with its sweeping vistas, soaring flight segments and varied environments.

Your journey begins with you setting out across the world with a simple-seeming task of freeing the various spirits that have been trapped throughout the world's various levels. Much like Journey, you're not alone though — you can see other players — but unlike it, you can befriend them and use emotes to communicate with them.

It's going to be a long time before we forget about our time soaring over beautiful, lush meadows, or speeding our way down slippery, icy glaciers.

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4
Eastward

Developer: Chucklefish
Available on: Steam + Switch
Genre: Adventure, RPG
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Eastward

The world is on the edge of collapse but at least it’s beautiful. Follow John and Sam as they travel through their whimsical society and fight a deadly entity consuming the land. This is truly pixel art at its finest, with gorgeous nature backgrounds and colourful misshapen towns filled with quirky characters of all kinds. Use John’s trusty frying pan or Sam’s kinetic powers to fight all kinds of dangerous monsters. Will this found family survive the dangerous wonders of their dying world?

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5
Mutazione

Available on: iOS + Steam + Switch + Apple Arcade
Genre: Adventure
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Mutazione

Drama and the supernatural combine in this story-rich adventure filled with secrets. The word ‘mutazione’ is Italian for ‘change’ or ‘transformation.’ A good word to use, as after a meteor struck a holiday resort, the survivors started going through changes. One hundred years later, humans and supernatural creatures live together in their own little world.

Play as 15-year-old Kai desperately trying to take care of her grandfather, Nonno. Explore the hand-illustrated world filled with lush plants and unique wildlife while searching for ways to help. Make friends and plant musical gardens before setting off to save the community from the darkness.

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6
The Alto Collection

Available on: Switch
Genre: Platform
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The Alto Collection

If you're a Switch enthusiast and you've not heard of the Alto series then you've really missed out. They've been around for quite some time now and when it comes to platformers they're a real standard of quality. Now, a platformer might not seem like the most exciting type of game to play, so let me explain it better.

In each of the entries, you're coasting down sweeping hills, dodging obstacles, making jumps and collecting boosters. The majority of the screen, however, is centered on the horizon that you're - in 2D platformer style - coasting along in front of. The beautiful ombre/gradient backgrounds, soothing sounds and simple objects against those wonderful backgrounds all combine to make for a game that, despite how easily you can wipe out, never stops being soothing.

The Alto Collection is a combination of the original two Alto games, Alto's Adventure and Alto's Odyssey, and it's a beautiful, beautiful experience.

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7
GRID Autosport

Publisher: Feral Interactive
Available on: iOS + Switch
Genre: Racing
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GRID Autosport

Racing games have always been at the peak of visuals, and those that use sleek cars and clean tracks certainly have an easier job than those that muck about with dirt and city-scapes. GRID Autosport sits somewhere in the middle, with visually stunning vehicles and courses that are flanked by crowds, towns and more. It's track racing, but the handling is tight and natural feeling and you have full control over the vehicle as it weaves through other racers.

There's a pretty cool campaign mode in there, and a decent variety of levels... but let's not let that distract from the topic at hand: it's absolutely beautiful. That's why it was also included on our list of best-looking iOS games.

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8
Night in the Woods

Publisher: Finji
Available on: iOS + Steam + Switch
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Night in the Woods

At the end of everything, hold onto anything. Ominous words for an ominous game…that happens to have anthropomorphic animals. With graphics akin to a children’s storybook coupled with plenty of adult themes, play as recent college dropout Mae as she reconnects with her old friends and readjusts to life in a small town.

But all is not normal in Possum Springs, and suspicions start when Mae and co. find a severed arm in the middle of the sidewalk. Things only get stranger when people start disappearing and Mae begins to have strange, trippy dreams. Fall vibes and melancholic darkness meets exploration and deep conversations. Play again and again to see all of what this world has to offer.

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9
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

Developer: Capy Games
Publisher: Capy Games
Available on: iOS + Android + Steam + Switch
Genre: Adventure
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

A pixel art game that combines mythology, psychology, and prog rock. Play as a lone female warrior, the Scythian, on a quest to find and destroy a magical book called the Megatome. Moody lighting combines with simple yet detailed backgrounds to make a pulse-pounding musical adventure. Manipulate the land, sea, and sky to make your way past obstacles and reach your destination. This is truly a game you must play to fully understand.

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10
Gorogoa

Developer: Jason Roberts
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Available on: iOS + Android + Steam + Switch
Genre: Adventure, Puzzle
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Gorogoa

We've written a lot about games that have beautiful artwork, be that backgrounds, characters or locations, but Gorogoa is incredibly special because the artwork in question is also the main gameplay mechanic. In Gorogoa you work your way through the game by twisting the beautiful scenes and frames into different positions in order to reveal the next area of the puzzle. It's completely hypnotizing and makes for an incredibly clever puzzle about perception, like a fixed-view twist on the puzzles of The Witness.

Gorogoa divides your screen into four panels, each of which can contain an illustration. Drag on the border of an illustration, and often you'll drag away a layer atop a new world, changing the panel's context entirely. Each scene is poignant, beautiful or enigmatic, and it's incredibly hard to forget the wonderful artwork that serves as a beating heart to this magical puzzle game. A fitting title to close off the list of the most beautiful Switch games in 2022, don't you think?

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