Review: Snipperclips - Cut it out, together!
Posted 10 Mar 2017 at 16:16 by Anil Parmar
When it was announced that each Nintendo Switch would launch with two Joy-Con controllers, many hoped that the system would be able to deliver some superb local multiplayer titles. What I didn’t expect is for the first standout multiplayer title to come from a third-party. Snipperclips - Cut it out, together, a new I.P developed by SFB Games and published by Nintendo, is not only a brilliant title but it’s also a must have for any Nintendo Switch owner.
The concept behind Snipperclips is simple; you play as a colourful, papery character who can cut other paper characters into certain shapes. The controls are simple and within minutes of booting up the game I felt like I had a good idea of what I could and couldn’t do.
The great thing about Snipperclips is how far the level design can take such a simple concept. In one level you may decide to cut one player into a point so that they can pop a balloon, but minutes later you’ll find yourself cutting each other in such a way that you can transfer a basketball from side of the screen to the next. The levels are designed so that whilst one solution may trump the rest, players can often solve puzzles with their own abstract ideas. The lack of a time limit encourages creativity and the game benefits from it tremendously.
In terms of presentation, the game has a fairly clean and simple look but the colourful artwork complements the gameplay well. The on-screen characters will regularly giggle and squirm as you try to cut them into the shape and it’s oddly charming. The one downside is the soundtrack; the limited number of tracks soon became quite irritating.
For a budget title there’s a surprising amount of content to revisit too. The game comes packed with three modes, with the bulk of the content coming from the World Mode, playable by either one player or two. It took me roughly three hours to clear each stage whilst playing with a partner, but I imagine that it would have taken a bit longer had I chosen to play alone. There’s also a Party mode which doubles the fun and allows up to four players to solve puzzles cooperatively. The levels in this mode are similar to those found in World Mode but are designed around having additional characters on the screen.
Finally, there’s a competitive mode called Blitz Mode that features three mini-games, including a death match mode that is a surprising but amusing addition.
The Nintendo Switch launch line-up may be relatively sparse but it’s allowed a game like Snipperclips to stand out and get the attention that it deserves. It may not be a big budget title but if you look past the simplistic visuals you’ll discover a superb multiplayer title that anyone can enjoy. Snipperclips is simple and accessible but manages to do a lot with what it has, and it’s undoubtedly the perfect fit for anyone looking for a local multiplayer game on the Nintendo Switch.
N-Europe Final Verdict
Snipperclips is great fun to play and the charming art style not only provides visual appeal but is also used to great effect in the core mechanic. The cheap price also makes it an easy investment and one guaranteed to bring you a lot of fun.
Charming art style
Accessible multiple for anyone to enjoy
Short World Tour Mode
Music is repetitive