If you missed part one (or two or three or four) and aren’t sure what this is all about, I basically just decided to go through the Nintendo eShop and play every single game demo in alphabetical order. It’s a huge undertaking, but somebody’s gotta do it! Well, actually nobody has to do it. I just thought it would be fun to try a bunch of different games from all kinds of genres.
This group actually had several games that I had already played or were already on my wish list. Did the latter meet my expectations? Will I buy them? Or will I banish them forever?! Let’s find out…
I marked my favorites with a 🦄 (unicorn).
30 More Nintendo Switch Game Demos
Should you buy these games?
- Darkness in Flame: Enemy in Reflection: I really liked what I played of the previous three games, but I feel like with this one, they tried to have too many moving parts. And for some reason, I had trouble selecting items. I’d try to pick up an item to use it, but nothing happened, and it showed as unselectable, until I clicked on HINT, then it would hightlight that item, and then I could use it. Very annoying.
- Desktop Dodgeball: The controls are easy, but the gameplay is kind of boring. It auto-targets for you, so there’s not much to it. At least in the game modes available in the demo.
- Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories: I have no idea what I was playing. You basically wander around and try to survive during an earthquake? I sucked at the surviving part…
- 🦄 Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny: I love the art style. The characters and story are fun. I like the tactical combat. I do wish the controls were a little more intuitive (why is the execute/end turn in a different menu?!), but I really enjoyed it! Onto the wish list!
- Doodle God: Evolution: Combine elements to create new elements to create Earth. Cool premise, boring execution, and terrible controls.
- DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT + A NEW POWER AWAKENS: Not my kind of game, and I never watched Dragon Ball Z so I felt zero connection to this world or characters. The controls are weird, since I don’t play this type of battle game at all.
- 🦄 Dragon Quest Builders: Well, since I had already played and loved the sequel, I knew I was going to at least like this one. It’s essentially the same game with a different story. I’ll buy it later.
- 🦄 DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2: I actually beat this entire game during the week-long free trial and absolutely loved it.
- 🦄 DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age: I was already interested in this one, and then I started playing and there’s a dog! It’s the little things that make a game. But it is a fun turn-based RPG….with a dog.
- Dream House Days DX: The name and icon make this look like a wedding sim, but it’s an apartment manager. It’s fine. Nearly identical to every other 8-bit management sim.
- Dungeon Village: This is basically like every other 8-bit management simulator, but the theme is unique (town for adventurers)! I actually think this one is pretty fun, although I wouldn’t buy it.
- Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires: That demo was crazy short, but the game looks and runs terribly. I actually did surprisingly enjoy the gameplay. But the camera is the absolute worst, making it hard to see what you’re attacking! And pop-in is a huge issue.
- Farm for your Life: The controls are atrocious, so I barely got to play much. I love farming sims, but I want to relax, not take five minutes trying to water one crop!
- Figment 2: Creed Valley: I bought the first game but still haven’t played it. This definitely has me intrigued though. I do like the art style and music better than the actual gameplay, but it’s fun.
- FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition: I don’t get it. I feel like I was missing something super obvious, but I have no clue.
- 🦄 Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes: I have Three Houses on my wish list already, but I didn’t know anything about this game. I really enjoyed it! I’m not huge on action fighting games, but this one suited me (probably because there’s lots of difficult/playstyle settings). I also found the characters intriguing. Although the camera did jump around crazily at some points, making it hard to see.
- Fitness Boxing: I loved boxing in WiiFit, but this is not that. Sadly. The visuals are unappealing and unmotivating.
- Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise: I liked the actual boxing better in this sequel, even though the game seemed to less responsive. Like it didn’t register a lot of my punches, and there was a significant delay in the haptic feedback, which was distracting. Also, the visuals are way too flashy.
- Flowlines VS: This is a pretty basic connect the endpoints game, but it’s very finicky. I hated how moves would be considered “mistakes” when it was the game controls not player error.
- Freedom Planet: It’s a Sonic copycat. Enough said.
- Fuga: Melodies of Steel: This is a game I couldn’t decide if I wanted on my wish list or not, but that’s what game demos are for! The graphics are great. The turn-based combat is good. But I’m not a fan of the story. It seems to be inspired by WWI.
- FUSER: Honestly, I don’t get it. I’m not a music person to begin with, and I was just confused. I don’t want to play as a DJ. I’d rather play a straight rhythm game.
- Game Builder Garage: Honestly, this is a super cool idea, just not something I’m interested in. And it seems geared toward a younger audience. So kids who may want to build their own game will likely get something out of it.
- Gelly Break Deluxe: This demo is extremely short, but it was fun! This is a 3D platformer with twin-stick elements, and a fun color swap mechanic. I don’t know if I’d buy it based on just this level, but I did like what was offered.
- Gems of Magic: Father’s Day: If you’ve played any Match 3 games, this is that, but less fun.
- Georifters: This has to be inspired by Sugar Rush! But as a puzzle platformer. I love the concept, but the controls are not smooth at all. If those are fixed in the full game, I’d say this is worth checking out.
- 🦄 Glam’s Incredible Run: Escape from Dukha: This game was already on my wish list because I absolutely love the look of it. And it’s going to stay there for now, because it’s hard! I do love how there’s no penalty for dying. You just keep trying over and over and over again until you get through the level. It just takes practice, and awesome platforming skills.
- GOD EATER 3: That demo was tiny, and the game is kind of ugly. I’m not into these action fighting mission games to start with, and this confirmed that. The commands also didn’t work as written. It says press R to switch between blades and guns, but I’d have to press a billion times before anything happened.
- Graceful Explosion Machine: This is a fine space shooter. I actually like the graphics, and think the flip mechanic is pretty fun. Just not my jam.
- Greak: Memories of Azur: I love this art style! I’m not big into hack ‘n slash games, but this one has a certain charm. It’s also one of those co-op games, where you can play alone and control both characters at once. I’m not very good at it. Definitely play with someone else for best results.
And that was 30 more game demos for the Nintendo Switch! Which of these games sounds interesting to you? Which have you played?