21 Nintendo games have just received their PlayScores this January 2018. Let’s check them out right now!


When Switch gets a chance to showcase its power, it delivers. PolyKnight’s exploration game soars through the ancient skies and abandoned oceans. Uncover the long lost history of this gorgeous universe and grab a bit of self-discovery lessons along the way.

Collect relics and wander around with colorful technologies because this game receives a Provisional PlayScore of 6.83

Lost Sphear

Square Enix’s homage to their classic JRPG days. Inspired by Chrono Trigger and serves as a spiritual successor to I Am Setsuna, follow a young boy named Kanata in his quest to eliminate a mysterious “White Fog” that’s slowly devouring their hometown.

The game gained praises due to its nostalgic moments, but sometimes fell short in its familiar execution. As usual the characters are memorable and the story melts our hearts. It receives a Provisional PlayScore of 6.91

Of Mice And Sand: Revised

Survive in an alien desert in Switch’s simulation game. Be in charge of your very own rodent crew and navigate around the dunes in search for treasure. Fill it with riches because the open sand contains intriguing items. Customization and longevity is the game’s purpose. Make your ship impenetrable and make it last against the desert’s surprises. It receives a Provisional PlayScore of 7.01

Azkend 2: The World Beneath

When Match 3 games take itself seriously, it delivers. 10tons’ casual indie puzzler takes you to a jaw-dropping match three experience filled with beautiful backdrops. Sometimes the game can be a bit different with its varied modes including a hidden object style, and a meaningful storyline with voiceovers. It has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.01


This competitive arena game is blowing up on the Switch. Bloober Teams’ intense action-arcade multiplayer lets players bomb their way through a violent bomb bonanza. Control one of its eight unique characters with varied skills that change the flow of battle. To put it simply, it’s like a skill-reliant Bomberman, with more variety.

Make your way through its eight campaigns for each of the characters and show them who’s the best at blowing things up. It receives a Provisional PlayScore of 7.01

Kirby Battle Royale

Nintendo’s adorable pink blob has met his match. Fighting against multiple versions of himself, go in an epic tournament against Kirby’s rivals... himself. With up to 4 players, go on a local or online match with your fellow Kirby’s and show them who’s the best. There’s countless of game modes to choose from and a single-player story to find out what brought this carnation-colored cutie into this world. It receives a PlayScore of 7.06

Pic-A-Pix Deluxe

This is the ultimate edition of the popular picture crossword game. Featuring a unique gameplay where players form pixel-art pictures similar to Picross, Nonograms, and many more. It contains up to 300 new puzzles and it’s bigger compared to the previous one. Players can also utilize the Switch’s touchscreen handheld mode for a casual puzzle solving experience.

Grab a friend, or call some of your family members and spend hours and hours of classic puzzle-solving fun. It has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.09

Ambition Of The Slimes

When a game tries to empathize one of the most iconic creatures in fantasy, it does it with humor, and substance. Pun intended. Control slimes, they are versatile, they can use magic and of course they can multiply. Give them their rights by using their unique ability to take control of their opponents’ bodies.

This change of pace is unexpected for RPG standards, but it does change some of our perspectives towards these little goos. It has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.18


If you think playing with portals was fun, how about the ChromaGun? Designed to rip the fabric of space and time by playing with colors. Use it to solve the game’s meticulously crafted puzzles and survive a test-chamber filled with laser grids and droids. Exit this dastardly creepy facility and don’t trust talking robots (if you ever find one).

Obviously inspired from Valve’s Portal series, it has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.21

Tachyon Project

Inspired by classic shoot’em ups, this dual stick shooter boasts unique enemy types, weapons, and power ups to rekindle a once successful genre back to the modern players. Switch users can experience a riveting trip to Earth. Take the role of Ada, a software program designed to hack into our planet’s most secure servers. Enter a plethora of neon-colored goodness in a world trying to blow you apart.

Face increasingly hard waves and waves of enemies and 4 unique bosses. It’s a game to test your fingers, and it received a Provisional PlayScore of 7.21


Outrun the end of the world in this adorable platformer from Coatsink Software. Embark on a journey to survive when a great and terrible storm destroys your home. Aid helpless villagers and use Shu’s special abilities to traverse treacherous paths. Search for the missing sanctuary and find a way to stop this mysterious storm.

The game has over 21 expansive levels filled with gorgeous detail. When you’re not busy saving people, unlock secret collectibles and listen to the game’s sweet soundtrack. It receives a Provisional PlayScore of 7.45


A surprisingly stylish Indie game from The Game Bakers. Bullet hell meets action-packed hack and slash action. The game takes place in a seemingly destroyed future filled with ancient wonders and pulsating lights. The main character wakes up in a confined world and his only hope is to kill the jailer to be free. It receives a Provisional PlayScore of 7.46

World To The West

Follow a ragtag group of characters in this exploration-heavy adventure game. After a mysterious teleportation mishap, guide these four heroes in a quest to find glory, vengeance, and a way back home. When you’re not fighting enemies, solve environmental puzzles that require creativity among the four heroes, and witness a story of grand mystery shrouded in danger. It receives a Provisional PlayScore of 7.46

Draw A Stickman: EPIC 2

Remind yourself of the good ol’ pen and paper days in this indie-adventure game from Hitcents. Use your imagination and enter a magical storybook full of mystery and wonder. Breathe life into your very own stickman and challenge yourself to unlock every collectible object the game offers.

Embark on perilous journeys that involve fast-thinking and a buddy at your side. Use your wide array of creativity to outsmart the dangers that lie ahead. Simply choose an assortment of pencils, and make the world your own. It has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.59


Another puzzle game with a unique twist. In a world where the universe is just beginning, fill the empty void with DNA. Race against the clock by finding the numbers in their correct order… by counting up, down, and doing both at the same time.

It features 77 stages of reaction-based puzzling, 6 modes of play and a soundtrack to keep you lost in the experience. It receives a Provisional PlayScore of 7.59


An indie adventure game where you overcome 36 levels and fight a variety of robots. Trust your abilities and solve a series of puzzles to reach the end of the maze. Help this 6 year old genius rejuvenate her dying world with the help of her adorable metallic friends. It receives a Provisional PlayScore of 7.68

Stickball! A Dodgeball Adventure DELUXE

Make enemies in this hilarious sports game. This over the top version of dodgeball lets players test their skills with their friends and family in a brutal battle royale. Go on epic 4 player brawls and unleash unfair powerups against your opponents because why not? Experiment with the game’s absurd system and reinvent your strategy for that juicy friendship breaking victory. It has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.76

Pokemon Crystal

Relive this classic Game Boy Color game with added new features. Straight from the magic of the year 2000, this showcases the series’ early days and familiar nostalgic moments. For the first time in the series, choose between a male and female character and battle Pokemon all around its world. Find secrets, encounter the mythical Celebi and be the very best.

As part of 3DS’ Pokemon Bank, players can bring their favorite Pokemon into Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon. It has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.92

Super Meat Boy

This tough as nails platformer is finally on the Switch. Play as an animated cube of meat and save your girlfriend from an evil fetus. Yes, it does sound crazy. Leap over walls, buzz saws, crumbling caves and pool of needles just to save the girl of your dreams. Fair warning for new players, this is a really brutal experience so if you’re in it for some casual good time, you’re in the wrong game. Think of it as the Dark Souls of platformers. It receives a Provisional PlayScore of 8.17

Darkest Dungeon

Dive into the deepest dungeons with your part of heroes and conquer the hellish monstrosities that await you. As you reach darker lands, you'll also be facing against your human desires, with famine and disease haunting your every step. With permanent deaths and procedural dungeons, every playthrough is an all new experience. It receives a Provisional PlayScore of 8.21


The Switch’s highest rated game this January. Also one of the rare tough as nails platformer on the market. From the creators of TowerFall, help Madeline survive her inner demons and reach the top Celeste Mountain. Make it through hundreds of hand-crafted challenges and control your frustrations with the game’s brutal level design and difficulty spikes. It has a Provisional PlayScore of 8.92