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Snipperclips

A solid multiplayer game that demands patience and creativity; just try not to murder anyone.

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Nintendo’s Switch, as a console, is all about multiplayer gaming. You’ve got your second controller handy at all times, after all; just detach it from the Switch or controller dock thingy and you’re good to bring in a friend. The question, then, becomes what to play? Well, probably not 1-2-Switch. You may even want consider the explosive Super Bomberman R as well.

And there’s even more, as you might want to pencil in some time with Snipperclips…although you might want to think twice about who you play with.

It’s a little difficult to find another game to compare Snipperclips to because, well, there’s just not a lot like it. There’s a solo option, but in reality this is a game that’s made to play with a friend. Both players hold a Joy-Con and control a little paper person. The two paper people can overlap, and if they do so, a player can press A to cut the overlapping part out of the other player’s character. This is vital to success throughout the game; Snipperclips is all about using this snipping ability and careful maneuvering of both paper people to accomplish various goals; little foibles, like paper people being able to stand on top of one another, can be vital when it comes to solving puzzles.

Said puzzles range in difficulty, but generally speaking it doesn’t take long for the game to start demanding some serious teamwork. Early on you’ll go from constructing simple shapes together to figuring out how to keep a delicate egg from smashing using remote-controlled paper receptacles that you design in tandem. It’s that kind of game. Maybe it’s not Dark Souls, but who can say? It really varies based on who you’re playing it with. Not only will you definitely want to play this one with a friend, but you’ll want to make sure it’s a friend you won’t want to murder when all’s said and done.

Snipperclips’ minimalist presentation makes it easy to see each level, clearly visualizing how you’re never going to get your rock-headed partner to do their part so you can beat this damn game already. There’s a sort of notebook-styled thing going on here, meaning that the game is mostly going to look red as you try and contain your unfathomable rage when the other player fails to make the correct cuts yet again. There’s probably sound, but you’re probably not going to hear it. All you’ll hear are screaming and the sounds of pain.

The point is that despite the cute look and quirky concept, this is a game that rewards patience and creative thinking from both players. Again, you can play solo, but it’s like playing Mario Party by yourself: it’ll only end in tears. The real Snipperclips experience lies in grabbing a pal that you’re willing to lose, crowding around a Switch or TV, and getting to work. When it comes to a multiplayer Switch game available early in the console’s life, this beats out 1-2-Switch any day of the week.

About the Author: Cory Galliher