If you’re like me, your favorite thing about your Nintendo Switch is that you can play home console-quality games while you’re trapped in a flying tin can of death, i.e. an airplane. In fact, the thing I’m most looking forward to about Thanksgiving (besides seeing my family, I guess) is having an excuse to stock up on a bunch of Switch games and ports I’ve missed out on and play them while I’m traveling.
Of course, not just any game will do. I don’t want to go spending hundreds of dollars on games I probably might not play again once I’m back on the ground. Thankfully, the Switch has one of the best selections of inexpensive indie games of any genre for any console.
Here are some of the best Switch titles to play on an airplane this holiday season:
As long as you’re good about not screaming in frustration every time you die, Dead Cells is the perfect game to play on an airplane. Its random level generation means no two run will be the same, and it’s challenging gameplay means you’ll die enough times to get you through your flights and layovers.
Into the Breach
The roguelike strategy game Into the Breach’s basic principles are easily digestible, but it’s difficult enough to master that you’ll have plenty to chew on while you’re flying. Its port to the Switch is extremely elegant in how it handles its controls, and the different enemy designs and biomes you’ll battle in keep things interesting.
Celeste is one of those platformers that will suck you in with its ingenious level design and clever core mechanics. Part puzzle game, part twitchy dash-a-thon, Celeste is one of the best-rated games of the year, and its bonus levels in particular will make the flight fly by.
I’m sure you’ve already played Stardew Valley, but I can’t really make a list for great games to travel with and not include the phenom farming simulator, right? Stardew Valley’s got everything I look for in an airplane game: It’s deep but not too deep, it’s infinitely replayable, it’s got a goofy story, and it isn’t too mechanically challenging.
Save Me Mr. Tako!
Sometimes, all you want is a classic platformer. Save Me Mr. Tako is exactly that. Looking exactly like a lost Game Boy game, Save Me Mr. Tako is about a helpful octopus who gains new abilities with different hats. It’s charmingly straightforward, but it still manages to include side quests and challenging puzzles.
7 Billion Humans
I’ve always wanted to study programming, but I’m a dummy with a short attention span. Thankfully, 7 Billion Humans makes programming fun by turning it into a game. While you’re flying home to eat a bunch of food with your nuclear family like any good capitalist, you can play 7 Billion Humans to remind you that you’re just a cog in the machine, man.