With the effects of the COVID-19 continuing and quarantine continuing in some parts of the country through the end of Spring and the beginning of Summer, Old School Gamer shares five games on the Nintendo Switch with a retro edge that are sure to take an afternoon off your hands.

Honorable Mention: Demon’s Tier+: This pixel-art driven dungeon-crawling shooter feels like Gauntlet at times but gets extremely difficult, in the best way possible.

5: Goblin Sword: The gameplay is absolutely inspired by the Wonder Boy franchise and it could use a bit more “soul,” but the action is solid.


4: Night Trap:
The FMV game has aged remarkably in the fact that it’s still easy to play- and just as corny and fun. Totally worth an evening of silliness.


3: Boxing Champs:
Fan of Atari Boxing? Slap on some South Park-inspired visuals and a top-down camera and you have a great little exhibition of fisticuffs.

2: Ding Dong XL: This game requires just one-button and the premise is simple- but that won’t stop you from playing for hours.

1: Baldur’s Gate I and II Remastered: These games have aged- it’s obvious. But damn, are they still deep and fun to play. Never played them before? You’re in for a treat- just don’t zoom in, the visuals are totally mid-late ‘90s PC.

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Patrick Hickey, Jr., is the founder and editor-in-chief of ReviewFix.com and a lecturer of English and journalism at Kingsborough Community College, in Brooklyn, New York. Over the past decade, his video game coverage has been featured in national ad campaigns by top publishers the likes of Nintendo, Deep Silver, Disney and EA Sports. His book series, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews With Cult and Classic Game Developers," from McFarland and Company, has earned praise from Forbes, Huffington Post, The New York Daily News and MSG Networks. He is also a former editor at NBC and National Video Games Writer at the late-Examiner.com