In my quest to log as many hours as possible this weekend with the Nintendo Switch, I inevitably found this digital-download-only game.
First, this is a first-party Nintendo title, though it feels like an indy game. That isn’t a bad thing. It’s been on my radar for quite some time, and I’d been just as eager to play this as Zelda.
What it is: Snip and Clip, the yellow and pink paper shapes in boots (seen above) must work together, snipping and clipping each other into various odd shapes to solve puzzles and…I don’t know…save the day, I guess. Who am I kidding: It’s a puzzle game. The world isn’t in danger.
While the title looks and feels more like a mobile game than a console title, it’s still a freaking blast!
The way the game is designed, it is a two-player co-op (though single-player is available and possible, just not as much fun). Warning, if you and your partner cannot communicate effectively throughout the course of game play, you will have a very strained relationship very quickly. So bear in mind, if you like puzzles, yet don’t have a great time with this one, it may be the company you’re keeping.
My son and I logged quite a few hours with this one. He’s 10. I’m not gonna lie. It was, at times, highly frustrating, but we worked through it, we both learned a few things, and in the end, it was a ton of fun. The puzzles range in difficulty and vary, but the goal is typically either a) fit inside the outline or b) move an object from A to B.
Four-player mode does exist, but the communication problem present in 2-player is magnified in 4-player. We played a good hour or two with 3 of us in a four-player mode, where one person swaps between two characters, and everyone works together to solve the problem. Good luck with this one.
There was a second four-player mode, but after a while with the first, we admittedly did not play that one as it sounded like we would be competing against each other. My curiosity was admittedly piqued, but the others weren’t on-board.
While I have not played the single-player mode, my son did for quite some time, and you simply push a button to swap between Snip and Clip, where the idle character magically maintains the pose you left them in.
Overall, I would highly recommend the game. While on the surface it feels like something that’s been done before, it feels completely original in execution. I laughed and giggled at the sounds the characters make as you cut them apart, which range from disgust at times to complete and uncharacteristic pleasure at others. The hilarious and off-beat faces each character makes as they hold a pose over an extended period is gold.
The premise of the game is simple, and anyone can pick up a controller and enjoy it, whether you’re killing a few minutes or a whole afternoon. What really sells it isn’t one thing over another, but a compilation of all the small things, which shows why Nintendo constantly excels at making games that people flock to, time and again, and return to over and over.
If you like a challenge, a brain-teaser, and/or are just looking for a goofy way to spend time with your friends, this is a sure-fire thing, and at only $20, that’s cheaper than most board games these days. You can watch the video below, and if you’re still not sure, there’s a free demo on the eshop that you can explore.