If you’re a student, summer vacation might be here or just around the corner; or maybe you’re taking a well-deserved break from work.
When I’m travelling, I usually have a book and a portable gaming console in my backpack. I think we all can agree that there are moments in our travelling where we have to just… wait. So, what better way to spend that time than with some good games?
Before I begin, here are some of my criteria for what makes a game suitable for travel:
- It has to have a quick and easy save function.
- Simple to flip up, easy to put down. It must be easily detachable; can’t really start an adventure on one of Telltale’s games, if you know what I mean.
- It has to be fun, of course!
My Top 3 Games For Travelling
I used to have my Nintendo 2DS, but now I am fortunate to have my Nintendo Switch, which brings me plenty of different games to play when I am away from home.
This is my top 3 list of games I like to play when I’m travelling:
1: Pokémon (Red, Yellow, Blue)
You probably thought I was going to say Pokémon Go, right? Nah. It’s not the real deal. While I quite like Pokémon Go, that is not what I reach for when I choose to play a game from that universe.
I always turn to the classics, and they are so nice to play when travelling. Even though it’s easy to get hooked, it is a game that is easily “detachable,” (unless you’re fighting a gym leader, then everything can wait!) where you can play small parts of the game and leave on short notice if needed.
Starsceptre is an excellent action-packed retro shooter where you can play levels without having to worry about losing progress. The levels are fairly short, and it automatically saves after each level. I even wrote a review for it here on Nitchi (even though it has changed quite a bit since then, but for the better, if you ask me!). Excellent if you want something retro, fun and challenging.
Also nice if you’re not in possession of a Switch or another portable console, as Starsceptre is available on your iPhone or iPad.
3: Stardew Valley
Making this game available on the Nintendo Switch might perhaps be one of the best decisions Chucklefish ever made. If you want something to calm you down after the continual stress involved with travelling, this is the game for you.
Stardew Valley is a slow-paced, farming game, very relaxing when you need a breather. If you need to save quickly, just go to bed (the save function), but on the cost of cutting the day short.
With the Switch, gaming on the go has never been easier. Let us know if you have any suggestions for other games that are nice for playing on the go!
Happy travelling – see you in a month.