The Nintendo Switch, a versatile console loved for its portable and home gaming capabilities, brought forth a treasure trove of exceptional titles.
However, not every game on this platform achieved the same level of excellence. Amidst the successes, a handful of unfortunate games emerged that left players feeling disappointed and bewildered.
Marred by lackluster gameplay and questionable design choices, these games embody the less celebrated side of the Switch’s expansive library.
Join us as we journey through gaming’s most notorious missteps, unveiling the worst Switch games of all time, forever remembered for their regrettable impact.
#10. Morphies Law
- Release Data: Cosmoscope GmbH, 2018
- Genre: Action » Shooter » Third-Person » Arcade
It’s disappointing to see that Morphies Law, despite its promising concept and appealing aesthetic, is hindered by poor design choices, unpolished gunplay, and technical glitches.
The game gives off the impression of being incomplete and unrefined.
All in all, its current state is a letdown and can be considered a failure.
#9. Boost Beast
- Release Data: Arzest/Arc System Works, 2017
- Genre: Puzzle » Matching
If you own an average-sized smartphone, you would be better off getting the game on that platform.
While it’s crucial for the Switch to offer a varied selection of games, Boost Beast falls short in providing a satisfying experience.
Even without an alternative for a straightforward and traditional match-3 game, it is difficult to recommend Boost Beast to anyone.
#8. Whipseey and the Lost Atlas
- Release Data: Daniel A. Ramirez/Blowfish Studios, 2019
- Genre: Action » Platformer » 2D
While Whipseey may seem like a charming homage to the classic Kirby games, its shortcomings become apparent in comparison to the original Kirby’s Adventure.
The entire game is shorter than just the first world of Kirby’s Adventure, which is already accessible through the Switch Online NES collection.
In short, it’s hard to suggest spending your money on this game.
#7. Flip Wars
- Release Data: Over Fence, 2017
- Genre: Puzzle » General
Although it comes at an affordable price and might provide some short-lived entertainment, its repetitive gameplay, lackluster visuals, and overall dullness fail to engage players for the long run.
While the game is functional, that’s about the extent of its positive attributes.
In almost every aspect, it falls short of expectations and can be considered a failure.
#6. Senran Kagura Reflexions
- Release Data: Honey Parade Games/Marvelous Inc., 2018
- Genre: Adventure » General
Senran Kagura games have often incorporated fan-service, but they’ve managed to integrate it into enjoyable gameplay experiences.
However, Senran Kagura Reflexions takes a different approach, feeling more like a collection of extra features found in the main games.
The game essentially comes across as a demo and might not provide enough value even for those interested in such content.
#5. Blades of Time
- Release Data: Gaijin Distribution, 2019
- Genre: Action » General
Describing Blades of Time as ‘unenjoyable’ is an understatement for the extent of its issues.
This game is practically unplayable due to its glitchy and low-quality gameplay. Despite having potentially interesting elements, the broken mechanics make it a painful experience.
In short, the overall quality is so poor that players would likely avoid subjecting themselves to such torment.
#4. The Deer God
- Release Data: Cinopt Studios LLC/Blowfish Studios, 2017
- Genre: Action » Platformer » 2D
Among the multitude of indies available on the Switch eShop, The Deer God stands out as a disappointment.
Despite its intriguing premise, the gameplay quickly becomes monotonous and uninteresting, lacking any motivation to engage for extended periods.
And in comparison to other indie titles, The Deer God pales in comparison, making it a poor choice for your investment.
#3. ARK: Survival Evolved
- Release Data: Studio Wildcard/Solutions 2 GO, 2018
- Genre: Action Adventure » Survival
Could this be the worst game on the Switch? It’s certainly a strong contender.
Ark: Survival Evolved has one of the worst conversions to the system, which contributes to its potential standing as the worst.
And even if the game operated smoothly and didn’t have unappealing visuals, it might still only manage to be a mediocre survival game.
#2. Ancient Rush 2
- Release Data: Heideland GameWorks, 2019
- Genre: Role-Playing » Action RPG
The gameplay mechanics of this game, which is a variation of Pong where a single ball must clear the board, quickly devolve into frustration.
In short, the experience is akin to Angry Birds, but without the charm or reward factor that made the latter a hit.
#1. Vroom in the Night Sky
- Release Data: Poisoft, 2017
- Genre: Sports » Individual » Biking
From the very beginning, the game fails to make a positive impression and unfortunately, it doesn’t manage to redeem itself as players progress.
With a very short completion time of just an hour or two, and no compelling reasons to revisit it, it is an experience to avoid at all costs.
While the Switch delivered countless unforgettable experiences, these titles serve as cautionary reminders of the industry’s occasional missteps.
Let us remember them as important lessons in the ever-evolving world of gaming.