Welcome! Halloween is gone and we are gearing up for the celebrations that are coming. November already, it’s scary when you look back at how quickly this year has passed again. Time to look at the upcoming new release games on our favourite handheld, the Nintendo Switch, for November 2022. Plus, don’t forget we now also feature Upcoming Steam games. For those of you who prefer gaming on Steam!
Not all games to be released are on the list here. Alternatively, you will see games that the other gaming sites don’t mention. We are taking notice of these games. If given half a chance, you can expect reviews for many of them! It should be noted that unless we have some personal experience with the game, there’s a link to the descriptions on the Nintendo website.
Puzzle-solving and life-sim meet in a cosy, no-combat, coyote adventure! Uncover the mysterious, magical past of Lonesome Village and save this town from the hands of evil. You’re new to the quiet village of Lonesome, once known as Ubhora. With nothing but your can-do attitude, a map, (and a secret past?), you’re ready to find answers to your strange dreams as well as a home in this cosy community. But not everything is as it seems in the village.
Paula reviewed Lonesome Village on the Switch, giving it a score of I like it a lot.
Lonesome Village is a sweet, wholesome adventure game; the standout feature for me was all the puzzles I enjoyed. The game took around 6-7 hours to complete, but I think that will depend on how quick you are at solving the puzzles. It is suitable for all ages to play, even though younger children might need help completing some puzzles.
How to Say Goodbye is a beautiful narrative puzzle game inspired by picture books. Reorganize the environment and solve puzzles to help a group of ghosts on their quest to finally move on.
Overcome tricky grid-based puzzles to lead the ghosts onward and travel through more than 15 chapters, from your kitchen to the moon. Solve numerous conundrums in a universe inspired by illustration and great classics of children’s literature (Tomi Ungerer, Tove Jansson, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Maurice Sendak…)
Pilgrims is a playful adventure game, created by the team behind Machinarium and Samorost. Roam the land as you please and make new friends, share a laugh with your fellow travellers and help them complete their little stories, your way. How many different solutions can you find? Don’t beat it – play with it! Solve the various tasks using dozens of items and unique characters without being obliged to follow a single designated path.
Paula reviewed the game and gave it an I Like It
Pilgrims is an enjoyable and entertaining adventure game for as long as it lasts. However, be aware that you are getting little gameplay time for your five bucks. Of course, it does have a little replayability, though I enjoyed it the first time, I didn’t enjoy it as much on my second playthrough as I already knew how the game pans out.
Every journey changes the point of view – it grows with the traveller. Our game tells a story about self-exploration, transformation and understanding the world around us.
The plot of the game is inspired by real events when people began their conquest of space by sending animals to the stars. We intended it to be a kind of tribute to all the animals that paved the way for humans to go into space. Most of these animals – the first astronauts, did not survive the journey. Our story tells of the adventures of a dog named Bea, who… managed to beat the odds.
Bea is a cheerful and courageous character, but the player must remember that she is just a… dog. She has all the characteristics of a mongrel – she barks, likes to chase her own tail, and learns about the world through her senses. Bea can sniff, listen and observe. These are the main mechanics of detective mode which will help her in exploring and understanding her environment.
Bea travels through space discovering more planets. Each planet is different and has its specific inhabitants, who can either become friends with the main character or be very unfriendly towards her. We are convinced that exploring this amazing world together with Bea will give the player a lot of satisfaction and pleasure.
Yair gave us his thoughts on Space Tail: Every Journey Leads Home when he gave it the score of I like it a lot in his review.
Space Tail: Every Journey Leads Home is distinctive in quite some ways. The way this game reflects such an inspiring concept that gives homage to such deserving animals is excellent and worthy of applause. It comes from a sad reality that most animals did not make it back when sent to these missions. Yet, Space Tail: Every Journey Leads Home paints a fantasy of bravery, courage, and a deeper understanding of self-exploration, be that in outer space or within yourself.
Other than that, for platformer enthusiasts, this game will not fail you, as it is pretty challenging with its puzzles and exploration features. For players that enjoyed the series of Ori, games like Limbo or similar titles, this might be for you as well.
In a vibrant and colourful world, players will tend their crops, befriend the townsfolk, overcome threats, and discover the origins of the world and the truth behind the calamity along the way.
The story begins when the player wakes up in the middle of “Quietus”, a calamity that comes with each change of season and threatens all life.
This simulation action RPG is a Rune Factory game with a Square Enix twist.
Celes made her preview based on the demo which you can read here:
Unfortunately, the demo only gives you two chapters or 15 days of gameplay whichever comes first. So, finding out the depths of where Harvestella’s systems can go wasn’t really possible. That said it has the foundations of something solid and I for one cannot wait to see what the full release brings. Harvestella’s art and music are breathtaking and the story that I was able to preview has hooked me.
Embark on the craziest journey of your life in It Takes Two, a genre-bending platform adventure created purely for co-op. Invite a friend to join for free with Friend’s Pass* and work together across a huge variety of gleefully disruptive gameplay challenges.
Master unique and connected character abilities at every new level. Help each other through unexpected obstacles and laugh-out-loud moments. Embrace the heartfelt story of a fractured relationship.
James gave the game a big Two Thumbs Up, as you can read in his review:
If you have someone else to play with I can not recommend this game enough. Heck this is a game I would go as far as to say it’s worth getting a console or PC for. The game pushes video games forward in the right direction and it’s a darn shame others haven’t taken note of this. A wholesome co-op experience that is guaranteed to entertain.
No DLC, no microtransactions, no exp, no bugs and utter gaming rubbish we so often see in games these days, just a good video game.
It Takes Two is not just one of the best games I’ve played this year. It’s one of the best video game experiences I have ever had, period.
Machinika Museum is a mystery game where you discover beautiful and mysterious alien machines in an atmospheric, galaxy-spanning 3D puzzle game.
Paula reviewed the game on mobile, you can find her review here:
Machinika Museum is a slick and glossy puzzle game. With puzzles that are not too hard nor too easy, they offer just the right amount of challenge to the player.
I was disappointed that the game is quite short at two or so hours of gameplay. Maybe there might be a Machinika Museum 2 in development and this time I hope the gameplay lasts a lot longer!
Imagine every morning waking up during the holiday season and you get to open a new fantastic surprise. A surprise which you can play all day, every day. Grow your stack of presents with 25 different games, which all give you that special joyful Christmas cheer.
There are 25 games in a variety of different game types: Match 3, Candy Lines, Christmas puzzles, 2048 Presents, Pixel Art and Xmas Sudoku. Each day you will have multiple new levels to play!
I reviewed Advent Calendar and said this in my conclusion.
I quite like the idea of an advent calendar in video game form. The individual puzzles offer enough content to keep you interested in short gaming stints, with the addition of multi-player and several levels. The levels also have a short tutorial and are obviously made with care. This will get you in the Holiday mood, and offer some relaxing quality time as well.
Overall, this puzzle game will give you relaxing moments and get you in the holiday mood at the same time!
Lunistice is a 3D Platformer created with simple & fun gameplay and a cute PS1/SEGA Saturn inspired artstyle in mind. Take the role of Hana the Tanuki and jump and fight through her dreams!
James reviewed Lunistice and said this in his conclusion.
Lunistice is a cheerful low poly platformer. Tight controls and charming graphics make this package well worth a recommendation. That’s before I mention the generously low price. This is an ideal pick-up when you want a short project over a gaming weekend. For me, things did start to get too stressful at the end I’ll need a few weeks (maybe months) to recover before I try to improve my rating. If you love your 3D platformers though consider this one to pick. If you still need more convincing then be sure to try the free demo available on the eShop.
The Oregon Trail™ by Gameloft—Experience The Oregon Trail™ like never before. A modern twist on the trials and tribulations of the road to Oregon, this official successor to the global phenomenon will immerse players in exhilarating journeys ranging from the historically accurate to the total extreme. Players will pick their travelling party, stock the wagon with supplies, and embark on an adventure filled with tough choices, new dangers, and unexpected situations. Surviving blizzards, broken limbs, snakebites, exhaustion, starvation, and the dreaded dysentery is no small feat; all the while navigating an untamed frontier to get your party to their new life in Oregon before the winter.
The Mummies are trapped inside the Pyramid where the evil Pharaoh Cleo has imprisoned them. Use your puzzle-solving skills to guide all the Mummies through the various chambers, but watch out for traps!
Control the group of Mummies together as you navigate holes, crumbling floors, spears that come out of the ground, and more! Collect the specific Runes of each Mummy and arrive with all of them, at the same time, to their respective Totems and then open the door and move to the next chamber of the pyramid.
Paula reviewed this game on Steam, find her review here:
The Awakening of Mummies is a fun and enjoyable puzzle game for all ages to enjoy. There isn’t anything inappropriate in the game which would make it suitable for parents to play together with their children. Some of the puzzles, especially the latter ones, require some trial and error to complete them giving you a good sense of satisfaction when you do complete them.
As it says in the title, My Fantastic Ranch is fantastic. A management simulation game, with a graphical style and subject matter that would appeal to younger players, but not to the exclusion of others.
Although you can only have a limited number of creatures on your ranch, there is still plenty to do and keep you entertained. The festivals and some of the achievements are particularly challenging and require more thought than you imagine. I’m looking forward to continuing my adventures in My Fantastic Ranch.
In this game, visit properties and solve puzzles by noting down information and clues on a printed floor plan. Folding, cutting and rolling the floor plans will be vital to beating the game. Each of the 20 stages contains various themes and challenges, including puzzles that involve sound and color. Most stages can be completed in 30 minutes, but some of the larger stages will take more than an hour to solve!
If you like solving riddles but aren’t sure you can beat the game, don’t worry! If you get stuck, there’s a hint function that can help you solve each puzzle. There are also explanatory videos that make it easy for first-timers and beginner puzzle solvers to play too.
I reviewed this game myself, like I did for the first Madorica game as well. It’s a Two Thumbs Up for me (read the review here), here’s why:
There isn’t any other puzzle game on Switch quite like it. The combination of challenging puzzles, the use of paper floor plans, QR codes and silly ghosts is unique.
Play this escape room puzzle adventure alone and get the feeling of great achievement when you get rid of the ghost. Or play it with friends or your kids and have great fun together.
Wobbledogs is a 3D pet simulation where you raise your own personal hive of rapidly mutating dogs, physically simulated all the way down to their guts! It’s a casual and chill sandbox experience for players of all ages who want to care for their very own virtual pets in a surprising, unique, and stress-free environment. The dogs start out relatively normal but mutate and behave in surprising ways as the game progresses and their evolutionary lines advance.
We reviewed the game on Steam and gave it our highest rating, find our review here.
Wobbledogs is odd. Dogs sprout extra limbs, burst from cocoons, and return as ghosts, but none of these aspects feels macabre. Instead, they are marvellously whimsical. There’s always something new happening. Dogs develop personalities, learn tricks, build dens, and play with toys. The breeding mechanics are also surprisingly deep, and while the gameplay loop can get repetitive during long sessions, it’s still solidly entertaining.
Adventure awaits in the Paldea region, a sprawling land of vast open spaces dotted with lakes, towering peaks, wastelands and perilous mountain ranges.
Go freely back and forth between three grand stories as you follow your own path. Beat the eight Gyms spread across the region, in any order, to prove your strength and aim for the Champion Rank!
Enrol at the prestigious academy located in the heart of the Paldea region and study alongside Pokémon. Here you’ll be given a special independent study project known as the “Treasure Hunt”, a grand excursion to hone your skills as a Pokémon Trainer!
Santa has been kidnapped and Holidays are at stake.
Watch Over Christmas is a unique Christmassy game that tells the story of a 12-year-old boy, Cisco. Cisco is called upon to save everyone’s most beloved holiday. On the night just before Christmas, an unexpected visitor will inform him that Santa has been kidnapped and that he is the only hope of saving Christmas as we know it. Through numerous fun and challenging puzzles in the point & click genre, Cisco will find himself on a quest to rescue Santa and the magic of Holidays.
Paula reviewed the game on Steam, you can find her review here:
Watch over Christmas is a delightful point and click game. The lack of voice acting is noticeable but once that’s added it will give the game that extra pizzazz that the game is lacking at the moment. You certainly get your money’s worth in regards to the length of the game, it is a long one. With plenty of puzzles to complete and lots of quirky characters to meet it is an enjoyable game.
A Building Full of Cats is a hidden object game where you need to pet all the cats in the building, with 300+ cats, 5+ floors and 50+ hidden cats.
Our cat lover Mina reviewed the game here:
Overall, this game is cute and fun. Hidden object cat games are a new favorite to me, and I really dig the vibe of A Building Full of Cats. That being said, there are some small improvements that could make this game really special.
Arctictopia is a puzzle-solving game in the Arctic Ocean. Figure out routes and plan your moves to help mama polar bear find her cub on the melting ice.
As the ice sheets melt away, the polar bears’ route home becomes even more treacherous!
Play over 100 levels, collect coins, manage the city and build from houses to skyscrapers to craft a beautiful and breathing city! It features more than 100 challenging Match-3 levels, modular cells for full city customization and several categories of buildings to choose from.
Parents Vs Kids is a family game with a cartoon design that will spice up your daily life at home! The dishes to do, the dog to walk, the rooms to tidy up… Always chores, but no one to do them… Parents VS Kids is THE game that will decide for you who will do them! Compete as a family: Parents against children and may the best one win! Do you win? You choose!
Are parents scared of losing against their skilled children? Don’t worry! The game controls are very simple and often use motion control: shake, aim, and turn the Joy-Con™ of your Nintendo Switch™ to win the game! Everyone has the same chance to win!