Not every game has to be a huge, 60-hour epic that’s out to prove how games are art! Sometimes it’s enough to take a simple concept, build up some gameplay around it and see how far you can run with it. And that’s exactly what we’ve got in the download-friendly Slice It!, a port of Arc System Works’ 2010 mobile game that’s now the long journey over to the 3DS.
At first, there’s not a whole lot to say about how you play Slice It!. You’ve got a shape. You need to chop that shape up into a number of segments. Draw a line starting and ending outside the shape to, well, Slice It! Continue doing so until you’ve gotten the shape where it needs to be, then move on to the next. Repeat until done. Right?
Well, no, because Slice It! has a few tricks up its sleeve. It’s not long before more requirements are imposed on your murderous slicing ways. You might need to carefully manage the size of the segments you produce, for instance, or use a painfully limited number of slices. Sometimes you can’t slice through certain areas at all. Before long, Slice It! is less about slicing and more about thinking. Thinking makes my brain hurt, but I persevered.
This is a simple enough game to get a handle on and puzzle fans are bound to love it. It’s also easy to hand this off to someone without too much gaming experience and have them pick it up without any trouble. You’ll hold the 3DS sideways, a la Hotel Dusk or Brain Age, and slice with the stylus. It’s an immediately understandable control system that ensures the game works well on this platform. Likewise, the simple graphics and sound keep the game from becoming overstimulating, so you can focus on the growing pain in your head as you try to solve some of the later puzzles.
As mentioned, Slice It! is also available on mobile devices; it’s not really necessary to play one version if you’re familiar with the other. Generally, though, it’s an interesting puzzle game that’s worth a look if you’re a fan of this type of mind-twisting experience. Careful, though: try not to snap and go around slicing pets or family members. It won’t end well.