Merry #Switchmas to everyone! The Nintendo Switch is finally here! There’s something about a new Nintendo console that turns a 32-year-old man into a 12-year-old — I couldn’t sleep last night and I paced around the house this morning, waiting for the postman to deliver my precious. But at long last, it came.
I couldn’t wait to set it up and jump into the vast world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But when I opened the box, I saw that I had made a Goron-sized mistake. I accidentally ordered the Wii U version instead of the #Switch one.
Well, no Zelda for me yet, as I now have to wait for the return/replace process before I can play that amazing piece of art. But there is good news.
Instead of climbing mountains, cutting down trees and exploring Hyrule, I went into the eShop and downloaded Snipperclips: Cut It Out, Together!, hoping to recover at least a few hours of afternoon entertainment following such a letdown. #Snipperclips offered me more than that.
Indie developer SFB has served up a fun but challenging cooperative game, with one of the most unique mechanical premises in puzzle gaming. Each player controls a popsicle-shaped paper humanoid that's able to rotate, duck, jump, tiptoe — and cut the other players into pieces.
In order to solve puzzles, your popsicle people must cut one another down into certain shapes. Some levels require players to be chopped to fit into a specific outline. Other levels make you shape the characters into tools, like gears or baskets, in order to transport an object or climb over obstacles. Players must think, communicate, and act together to complete each puzzle.
Each player controls the game using a Joy-Con turned sideways, so two players can jump into the action right out of the basic Switch box. For 3–4 player games, you need additional Joy-Cons. The SL and SR buttons found on the inside top of the #joycon — the side that connects to the Switch console — are used to rotate the character and players use these buttons more than any other.
This is where my primary complaint with the game lies, with my fingertips quickly becoming sore after about an hour of pressing and holding those tiny buttons. This is more of an issue with the Switch’s design and my life as a rather large gamer — 6 foot 6 inches with massive hands — than with the game itself. My wife did not have this problem and felt the controls were comfortable, so I think it’s just me.
Cute But Challenging
Snipperclips may look cute and cuddly, with its cartoon drawing style, but most levels provide a solid challenge. The game does not penalize you for mistakes and encourages experimentation; you can instantly reform the characters into their starting shapes with the press of a button. Most puzzles have no definite solution, so players can take a unique and fresh approach each time through the game.
There are three game modes: the standard 1–2 player World Mode offers several maps full of different level themes and puzzle challenges; a 2–4 player Party mode provides a more chaotic cooperative experience with double the characters and double the challenge; and a Blitz mode pits 2–4 players against each other in hockey, basketball, or an all-out cut-’em-up battle!
Snipperclips is designed for 2–4 players, but it is accessible as a solo experience. The single player and 2-player mode puzzles are identical, the only difference is that the one player controls both characters by pressing a button to switch between them.
This game is perfect for couples. My wife and I love playing this game together. There are so many different levels and modes available that it will be a long time before Snipperclips feels repeated or stale. It's unknown how many levels World mode offers, but we have played through at least 40 different puzzles with no end in sight. Party mode has a separate set of levels, so there are well beyond 60 unique puzzles (and likely many more) between the two modes.
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A $20 Steal
Overall, Snipperclips is a huge value for its $20 eShop price tag. It’s certainly not Breath of the Wild, but it shows that the Switch has excellent indie game support and is ready to offer more than one high-quality game out of the gate. If you’re looking for a fun, unique puzzle game to play with friends or a significant other, then Snipperclips is a must-buy for your new Nintendo Switch.
I never would have thought about this game if it weren’t for my Zelda-ordering blunder. But I’m glad it happened as it allowed me to experience this gem, and I look forward to many more hours of puzzle solving with popsicle people.
You can find Snipperclips in the Nintendo Switch eShop now for $19.99. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think of the Switch so far.