Console: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: March 3, 2017
How we got the game: We bought it
Snipperclips was an adorable launch title for the Nintendo Switch, starring two characters that shared paper- and scissor-like qualities. While it can be a one-player game, the charm of Snipperclips is when you get multiple people playing together either as a team or competitively to solve the puzzles.
Snipperclips is a puzzle game, full of levels designed to make the players think and work together in order to successfully solve them. Each player is armed with a Joy-Con held horizontally to control one of the little characters. The characters can cut each other into various shapes and sizes in order to find the best look to solve the puzzle.
The controls were good, though there were a lot of buttons to remember. We often snipped each other when we meant to jump and so on. You could jump, crouch, stand on your tip-toes, snip, and reform yourself once or all the way. Using the joystick to move was a little fickle sometimes as well. You had to be precise but one little centimeter of moving the stick, your character would run sometimes.
The puzzles were varied, with some needing the characters to cut out certain shapes, either out of themselves or from part of the level’s background, having to reunite frogs, catch fish, or carefully transport bird eggs to nests, and aiding this female character that Rachel named Linda with collecting hearts and jewels, as a few examples.
I enjoyed some puzzles more than others. I liked cutting ourselves to match the different shapes, but I could have done without the bird egg levels. Linda was pretty good as well as the frogs, fish, and catching fireflies. For those ones, you had to really think outside of the box to cut yourself or around yourself to make the level work. I enjoyed just making myself into different shapes.
The graphics are one of the best aspects of this game! The characters are downright adorable with their animations, particularly with their facial expressions. They giggle when snipping at each other, cheer and sigh in relief when a puzzle is solved successfully, and even look exasperated at the television screen once in a while if a puzzle is taking too long to solve.
The characters definitely give this game personality. If you’re going to have a game that’s 100% puzzles with no storyline, you have to make it interesting somehow. The picture was clear and crisp with the Switch’s graphics, but the animation was cartoony which was refreshing to have over most 3D games now.
The music went very well with the graphics, I think. The music wasn’t too invasive while you were trying to concentrate on the puzzles, and the sound effects and the voices of the characters were spot-on. It kept you engaged without breaking your concentration.
The music was relaxing even though we frustratingly yelled at each other a couple of times. Despite how hard it can get, the game is light-hearted and supposed to be pretty simple (as simple as puzzle games go).
While Snipperclips is fun to play with friends, once you finish up the puzzles… There’s not much else to do. It’s a charming game, but short — it only took Rachel and myself a couple of sittings to finish the levels of the main mode. We may return to the game only if we miss the cute characters and want to play something mindless since we’ve already solved the puzzles.
We have yet to try out Party Mode where you each play as multiple characters at once. We may return to that for an added challenge at some point. I would also love to play with friends because I’m sure having four people play at once is difficult, but fun. Still, each level didn’t take too long and there were only 15 levels for three areas. I do wish there were more.
4 out of 5 lives.
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