Developer: SFB Games
Release Date: March 3rd, 2017
For the Switch’s launch, most of the ado went towards Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, rightfully so. But there were still plenty of other treasures waiting under the launch surface and Snipperclips happens to be a diamond. It has classic Nintendo written all over it. They may not have fully developed it, but you can instantly see why they would want this to usher in their new system. Snipperclips is an imaginative and unique puzzler game different from anything else you’ve seen or played.
Snipperclips has a very simple, but addictive setup. You by yourself, or with a friend, take control of two pieces of construction paper in levels all paper inspired. Using the two pieces, the game will force you to snip pieces off to form new shapes to solve a variety of puzzles. The puzzles will range from cutting each other into pieces to fill a shape to operating simple pulls and levys. If you snip the wrong pieces off you can reform and start from scratch. This will take you through multiple puzzles to solve with plenty of variety for something unlike anything else we’ve played before.
If you are just playing by yourself, the game feels wholly complete. If you are playing with a friend, it will take it to a different level. Depending on who you’re playing with, it will make the puzzles much easier by combining to minds, or much more rage inducing as you try to order each other to do what you want each other to do. Either way it will be lots of fun, even if it complicates things a little more as you try to perfect that cooperation. If you want to make things even crazier, the game does go up to four player for some true insanity and inspired entertainment. No matter how many friends you play with, multiplayer is extremely convenient by having each person using one Joy-Con half as their controller.
The game drips with charm and easily becomes one of the Switch’s must have games right from the start. It is such a simple construction that offers multiple levels of complexity. Some of the puzzles will certainly get your head scratching, but they never feel impossible and feel utterly satisfying when you figure them out every time. As a launch game it works perfectly, showcasing off the split Joy-Con play as well as reminding us how Nintendo can still surprise us with brand new experiences. As a game in general, Snipperclips is an amazing experience you will want to share with everyone.