SNIPPERCLIPS Charming and challenging in equal measure.
REVIEW By MIKE HAZLETON and JAY TEE 14/03/17
Physics based, co-op enabled puzzle game with a unique ‘cut out’ mechanic.
Offline - 4, Online - 0
CO-OP / MULTIPLAYER
Same screen co-op, as well as 4 player competitive modes.
None announced yet.
- This was probably my third-most anticipated launch game, after Zelda and Fast RMX, so I wasn't expecting too much. But I've been really impressed. It feels very Nintendo, with the music and character design right up there with their best work. The whole scrap-book aesthetic does feel like a bit of a cop-out (it is quite a cheap, not visually impressive format) but it works really well with the co-op gameplay. - MIKE
- I’ve played Snipperclips in tabletop mode in three different places (coffee table at home, noisy pub, lunch break in the staff room) with three different people. It’s a testament to the strength of the design that in each case, everyone was immediately comfortable with the Joy Cons. The hilarity that ensued as everyone fumbled with the mechanics absolutely sold me on the Switch’s potential for local multiplayer. - JAY TEE
- Clever level design and fun puzzles has made this an instant co-op classic. The levels are challenging but you always know that through experimentation and perseverance you'll be able to get through it. There is a surprising amount of depth to what you can do to beat every aspect. Playing with a Joy Con each is excellent, and is a much better introduction to the concept than 1 2 Switch. - MIKE
- The included mini-games are fantastic. Hockey is a definite highlight. The exaggerated physics (which inevitably lead to numerous own goals) and ‘just one more go’ replayability can very easily create friendship ending rivalries. You have been warned. - JAY TEE
- My only worry is ploughing through the levels too quickly, but with that said, there is a lot of replayability in some of them, and I hope Nintendo opt to build on the concept in the future. I would definitely buy DLC for this! - MIKE
- My one gripe is that it’s a fiddly experience to play solo. You have to bounce between controlling two characters to solve each puzzle, which is a decent solution in theory, but doesn’t really work. - JAY TEE
Snipperclips could very easily be dismissed as forgettable fluff, but it’s a fantastic showcase of same screen co-op that makes it a great launch purchase for the Switch. Here is a game that doubles down on the core concept of Nintendo’s new hardware, and offers an accessible gateway to the most casual of gamers. At every turn, Snipperclips encourages people to gather round and play together. As a proof of concept for the joy cons, it’s essential.
Mike and I have both been putting the game through its paces, so our JTGA review is a combination of our separate experiences, along with some general musings leading to our agreed final score.
As far as I’m aware, this is how basketball is actually meant to be played. Look at their cheerful faces! Also, the yellow dude is wearing a bow tie… as if this game could be any more charming…
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Do yourself a favour: give Snipperclips a go. It’s entirely possible that my low to non-existent expectations actually made this a bigger surprise. Nintendo should be applauded for snapping this one up. As an early adopter of the Switch, at a point where new releases are thin on the ground, this could be the perfect addition to kickstart your collection.