The summer is starting to wind down, but there are still plenty of games lined up for the Switch! Here are some of the August releases our team is most excited for!
The Falconeer: Warrior Edition – August 5th
The Falconeer has been around for a little while on other platforms, but is finally headed to Switch with all sorts of new content. This is an open-world-ish aerial combat game set in a post-flood apocalyptic world with giant bird mounts and lightning guns. What more could you want?
Haven Park – August 5th
I already wrote an entire article about why I'm in love with the mood and pacing of Haven Park. But to make a long story short, if you have nostalgia for The Great Outdoors or just need a slower, more meditative game, this game is here for you and highly recommended. Check back for a review on launch day, where we'll doubtless have even more praise to pile on Haven Park.
A Monster's Expedition – August 5
This game is already both a crowd favorite and a critic favorite; this year's International Games Festival put it on multiple short-lists, and the response from players has been overwhelmingly positive. It's not hard to see why – the charmingly-simple art style and timeless push-block puzzle mechanics should make this one easy to love.
Dodgeball Academia – August 5th
If you grew up on the GBA, you absolutely need to check this one out. I’ve been playing an advance copy of Dodgeball Academia, and so far it looks to combine the gameplay of Super Dodge Ball with the RPG mode Mario Golf: Super Rush was missing, all folded up in a goofy world full of sports anime tropes.
Fire Tonight – August 12th
Fire Tonight caught my attention at E3 this year for its vibrant sense of setting and aesthetics. It may seem like a simpler puzzle-adventure, but that's fine – not every game needs to be grand in scope. Rather, this seems promising because of its narrow focus on telling a tight story between just two characters. Small but well-curated experiences make for some of the most Switch games to date, after all.
Road 96 – August 16th
Narrative adventure games are my absolute jam. A lot of the time, I get this in a slimmer visual novel format. But Road 96‘s approach is more “a choose-your-own adventure book for modern audiences”. I'm absolutely here for it, too; its short-lived Steam demo naturally cornered me into genuinely-ambiguous situations, surprisingly few of which were “choose A or B” dialogue trees. I look forward to playing – and replaying – this one to test the limits of its storytelling.
Monster Harvest – August 19th
I love farming and crafting, and I love Pokémon. So this “monster collecting and farming action RPG with a twist” sounds intriguing. The artwork feels very Stardew Valley as well, so that is another plus. This is one of those games where if done correctly, could be amazing…but there are going to be a lot of comparisons for it to compete with. There is currently a demo available for Monster Harvest on Steam if you are interested in trying it out!
Mayhem Brawler – August 19th
I'm extremely hesitant about a game that uses “Excessive Force” as a section title in its product description, but the gameplay in this looks pretty darn fun. I'm hoping that it gives some context that makes it feel not horrible to be a cop punching random folks. Super Punch Patrol was a great game, but being a brutal cop pulled me away from it.
King's Bounty II – August 24th
While I will admit I have not yet played the original King's Bounty, it has been on my never-ending “to be played” list. With the acclaim it received and the fanbase that is anxiously awaiting this sequel, King's Bounty II has a lot to live up to. However, from the little bits we have seen, it appears that this strategic ARPG is one more to add to my “to be played” list.
I'd better get started on the original King's Bounty soon!
Baldo – August 27th
Baldo is an action RPG that combines gameplay elements from The Legend of Zelda franchise with the aesthetic of a Studio Ghibli film (e.g. Spirited Away). Exploring a world populated by bizarre cartoon creatures sounds exactly like my cup of tea, so this game landed on my wishlist immediately after I saw the reveal trailer. If you're a fan of either of Baldo's sources of inspiration, definitely be sure to give it a look!
No More Heroes 3 – August 27th
Travis Touchdown, everyone's favorite light saber-wielding otaku assassin, returns for more mayhem this month! In this sequel to the cult classic duology of Wii games, Travis has moved on from fighting other assassins to battling with aliens. I'm definitely looking forward to returning to the world of No More Heroes for more intense and stylish hack-and-slash action. Newcomers should be advised that this series is known for its irreverent, suggestive, and profane humor, so make sure that's something you're comfortable with if you're going to be diving into No More Heroes for the first time.
(The game's developer put together this catch-up video for new players which gives a good sampling of the franchise's tone. Warning: While the trailer at the top of this section is pretty tame, the catch-up video is very much NSFW.)
KeyWe – August 31st
My husband and I have been having fun playing cooperative games lately, such as Overcooked and Ibb & Obb. So, KeyWe looks kind of awesome. Also, crazy. And weird. But awesome. This is a cute little co-op game about two kiwi birds working in a post office (because that always makes sense?). The description says you must jump, flap, peck, and butt-slam across an interactive landscape.
Butt-slamming kiwi birds have to be good. Right?