10 Great Switch Board Games You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

The Switch has largely become synonymous with social gaming and partying, especially when it comes to local multiplayer. And it’s no surprise why, like hits like Super Mario Party, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe have endless fun frolicking with friends or family. Still, there are plenty of lesser-known games that, while mostly unnoticed, are just as enjoyable.

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With that said, let’s kick off this party and take a look at ten of the best party titles for Switch that are relatively unknown.

ten Sports party


Of course, there may not be Sports Wii equivalent on Switch, but this compilation of sports games certainly comes close in terms of sensations.

Although it has its share of imperfections, and what some call “superficial” episodes, Sports party makes for a fun little diversion with some friends and a pretty solid sports package. Players can enjoy simple versions of basketball, jet skiing, frisbee, beach tennis, skateboarding, and arguably the highlight – golf. Sports party won’t set the world on fire, though it does have a warm, fuzzy feel of Wii-style nostalgia – motion controls and all.

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9 watermelon party


Although it looks basic on the surface, this colorful Bigosaur party game offers incredibly fun and addictive gameplay considering its low price.

The game is a competitive marathon race to the finish, built around navigation-based puzzles. Players must slam directional tiles and grab all the watermelons on the screen. Apart from simply being faster than their opponent, players also have to deal with unwanted blocks by bombarding them. The gameplay is such that almost anyone can participate in this one, while there’s enough strategy to keep things interesting.

8 tricky tricks


Those who like their board games with a bit of classic puzzle pizzazz should look no further than tricky tricksa game that puts a fun and chaotic twist on the classic Tetris formula. This time the goal is to to construct a Tetris-like a tower with bricks rather than clearing them.

The game works with physics-based tower stacking concepts using very familiar blocks. tricky towers is a clever and colorful little exercise in precision, speed and strategy. It’s especially fun when competing against other builders.

7 joggernauts


fans of Overcooked and his ilk would do well to give this cartoon puzzler a look, with its similar fusion of collaboration and goofy party gameplay.

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The name of the game is to work cohesively with other players and jump to the front of the queue when needed. The goal is to color coordinate your way through side-scrolling stages and clear colorful obstacles with your constantly running heroes. It’s a concept that seems simple on the surface, but can get downright difficult when things pick up speed and signals cross.


6 human fall flat


Speaking of games that require cooperation and communication – No Brakes Games’ human fall flat is an equally fun party. He shares in joggernauts‘ its emphasis on working together to progress and solve puzzles, as well as its general goofiness. But that’s about where the similarities end. The real kick here is the stupidly loose “drunk” physics that make up the movement and mechanics of your pasty avatar.

The game is as fun as it is disorienting, and the weird mechanics present a fun challenge to grope around. Players can participate in online games with a large number of other players to collectively stumble across 3D maps filled with obstacles.


5 Varion


Gamers with a knack for arcade-style retro styling should definitely enjoy this one. Varion is a top-down brawler/shooter that really feels like a blast from the past. Yet the game also has a modern pizzazz with its flashy neon visuals and epic multiplayer mode, where players can battle up to 3 other robots.

Varion offers players intense, action-packed gameplay while keeping things simple and accessible. Studio Rundisc ensures things never get boring with its procedurally generated maps and various modes including Battle, Tournament, and Championship.

4 squared death


Staying on the co-op puzzle theme — squared death is a deceptively difficult game with a colorful blocky aesthetic, giving it a sort of PlayStation 1 vibe. Players will have to work as a team and guide their blocky robot to a color-coded objective, while avoiding a series of hazards and deadly traps.

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This one sounds like this Overcooked style of juggling multiple tasks and working in tandem. Yet it is also very smart in its intricate level design and puzzles.

3 Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz HD


While this lovely Sega party-platformer won’t be dethroning anytime soon mario party, it remains a solid choice for fans of the series. Along with the fun rolling ball platformer, this Wii port also comes with a host of delicious party mini-games. Headliners include Monkey Snowboard, Hammer Throw and the monkey ball classic, Monkey Target. There’s tons of loaded fun in these distinct bite-sized antics.

Additions to this remaster include online leaderboards and a Decathlon mode. This allows players to compete in marathon competitions of 10 mini-games in a row.

2 The Jackbox 3 Party Pack


Really, almost all of several jack box the titles could probably make it on this list – but what fun would that be? But so fair a out of collection should land a spot, it is in the humble opinion of this writer that party pack 3 is the strongest choice. While each compilation contains a handful of entertaining social and party games, this one nails it with a nice balance of goofy humor, exciting questions, and creative exercises.

The culmination of jackbox — other than hilarious Quiplash— is the fact that a mobile device can be used to play every game, turning your phone into a seamless controller. It’s certainly ideal for the amount of typing and silly drawing that some of these titles require.

1 Puyo Puyo Tetris


It may seem strange to include any game with the “Tetrisname as a relatively unknown board game. But in fact, this hybrid puzzler from Sega never really took off, especially compared to the battle royale Tetris 99 which largely eclipsed it. It’s a shame, because it really is an underrated online and local multiplayer game for Switch.

While the PuyoPuyo and Tetris combo might be a bit off-putting, these two similar puzzles really do work well together. Not only that, but the game is packed with content – with different modes of both games, strong online support, and even a story mode.

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