Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! is one of the quirky games that shows off the Switch's uniqueness and suitability for local cooperative play. I played through about 1/3 of this game with my buddy Joker and about 2/3 of it with Hope, one of my harder working and better behaved students, during various lunch periods over the past two months. While it's possible to play the game solo, it's really not worth playing solo. To get any real enjoyment out of Snipperclips, it's basically mandatory that you play with a friend.
In Snipperclips, you and up to three of your friends play as little pieces of paper with legs and a face. You have you figure out how to solve various puzzles by working together and cutting each other and your environment into a variety of shapes. It starts of simple with obviously solved puzzles, but the game gets extremely challenging in a few points. The types of puzzles vary a bit in objective. Sometimes you have to cut yourselves to make a certain shape together, sometimes you have to cut a provided background into a certain shape, sometimes you have get specific fish into a bowl, sometimes you have to have to fill a container with slime, etc. It's limited enough that you can get a feel for certain types of puzzles, but it has enough variety to keep things from getting stale.
There are three different game modes in Snipperclips, your standard World mode for one or two players as well as Party and Blitz modes for two to four players. The World mode is the "main" game with three worlds containing roughly fifteen levels each. Party mode has additional puzzles designed for extra players. Blitz mode contains competitive games like basketball and snipping deathmatches. I've only messed around briefly with Blitz and Party modes; I usually only have one other person playing with me, and those who know me can tell you that I'm not a very competitive person, always choosing cooperative play over competitive play when it's an option. I do very much like that there's a competitive option for those who want some competition instead of or in addition to cooperation.
You'll be playing the game with just the Joycon, so make sure that you have enough Joycons to accommodate however many players you have and that you're comfortable with controllers that small. You technically can play with a more traditional controller configuration like the Joycon grip (I've hard that the Pro controller isn't supported although I've not tried it), but you only use one control stick, the two shoulder buttons, and the four face buttons, so a single Joycon gives you all that you need.
Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! is a simple game in concept, but the various puzzles you'll solve can get extraordinarily tricky, and there really is a true feeling of accomplishment when you finally figure how to and actually manage to solve some of them. It forces real critical thinking and cooperation to finish, and a few of the puzzles are downright brutal to solve. For $20, it's not an inexpensive digital-only title, but if you've got a friend or two who will play with you, it's well worth the investment. If you've got a Switch and some friends, this is not a game to miss. It's silly, it's lighthearted, it's a mental challenge, and it's great fun with a friend. Definitely recommended.
My Rating - 4 Neps
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