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Most video games these days are about destruction. Whether you’re slashing or shooting or blowing something up, it’s generally subtractive. Hey, that can be fun, but sometimes you might be looking to build something instead.
While the games we’re gathering here aren’t all that similar, they have one thing in common: Crafting. Often lots of it. Most of them also happen to be more laid back than what you see in a lot of games, but this doesn’t apply to all of them.
I mean, c’mon, it’s right there in the name. While both Dragon Quest Builders games a fun, mixing elements of Minecraft with the lore and style of the mainline Dragon Quest series, the second perfects the recipe, resulting in a game that will keep you hooked.
You probably don’t need me to tell you about Stardew Valley. The game has been popular for years and for good reason. That said, if you’ve got a crafting itch you’re looking to scratch, you could do a whole lot worse than this game.
Everyone knows what Minecraft is at this point, even if they’ve never played the game once. What you may not know is just how well it works on the Switch. While performance wasn’t great at first, a few patches have made in much more playable, perfect for crafting on the go.
ARK: Survival Evolved came to be during a whirlwind of survival games, but this one actually managed to last. Staying alive in this world isn’t easy, thanks to killer dinosaurs and other players who are also looking to survive, so you’ll need to rely on your crafting skills to give you an advantage.
If you own a Switch and don’t own Breath of the Wild, you’re probably not interested. That said, the game has some very interesting cooking and crafting systems, so if you only know the older Zelda games, you might not have though this was worth a look. It absolutely is.
6. LEGO Worlds
LEGO toys were sort of a physical Minecraft before Minecraft even existed, so it makes sense that LEGO Worlds takes that game’s approach with the trademark LEGO presentation. This may seem like an easy cash-in game, but it’s definitely not.
When Terraria first launched, it was pegged as “2D Minecraft.” That’s not an entirely inaccurate way to describe it, but it’s not entirely accurate either. With an emphasis on combat an exploration, Terraria doesn’t feel anything like that game. Though this is an older game, the Switch is the perfect home for it.
The makers of Forager don’t try to hide their inspiration, saying directly that the game is inspired by Stardew Valley, Terraria & Zelda. This open world adventure game is worth playing even if you’ve played those games, as it picks and chooses the right elements from each to make for a compelling experience.
If you’re not sure whether you’re looking for a crafting game or a JRPG, why not both? All of the Atelier games are heavy on crafting, but this entry is one of the first to see widespread acclaim.
Crashlands was around for years before it came to the Switch, starting off as a mobile game. This means that this action RPG performs excellently on the console, but it’s also had plenty of times to streamline the gameplay and crafting systems.
How About Farming Games?
Are you looking for more games with that mellow, agrarian feel? Don’t worry, there are plenty more where this came from. Check out our roundup of the best farming video games!