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Review – Snipperclips

by on March 22, 2017
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Release Date

March 3rd, 2017

Developer

SFB Games
Publisher: Nintendo

 

The Nintendo Switch has been in our hearts and minds for several weeks now.  A lot has been said about the system, both good and bad.  I have read many complaints about the launch lineup as well.  It is easy to disregard the other titles that came out along with Breath of the Wild.  One launch title, Snipperclips, is a title that should not be missed!

Snipperclips is a colorful puzzle game for up to four players.  There are different modes, depending on how many players are in the game.  Each character can be ‘snipped,’ or shaped in a variety of ways.  The purpose behind this is to give you flexibility to solve the puzzles.  The puzzles require you to do different things like put a ball in a hoop, or carry something from one place to another.  Each puzzle felt different and challenging in it’s own unique way.  Along with the variety of puzzles, you also have a variety of solutions that are available for each puzzle, which allows players to solve puzzles however they see fit.  In one particular puzzle, my friend and I needed to carry water from one location to another.  After cutting a cup shape into our character, I decided to try and jump, causing the water to fly over to the designated area.  My friend decided to take her time and walk slowly to the destination.  Each solution wasn’t perfect, but it speaks to the accessibility of this game to allow players to solve puzzles however they see fit.

The Joy Cons are used to solve each puzzle.  I admit that the controls were a bit challenging, especially having to his specific buttons on a small controller.  On the Joy Con, you use the joystick, a few buttons to jump and cut, and buttons on the top that you press with your pointer fingers (see picture below).

Holding the controller, like the picture above, was a bit challenging.  The controllers, as you may know, are pretty small and are hard to hold if you have large hands.  The buttons on top are important for rotating your character and positioning it in the right way for the other players to cut shapes into you.  Luckily, there is a button to reset your character if you cut too much or if you need to start over.  This is a nice touch to Snipperclips, especially if you want to solve the puzzles in different ways.  When characters overlap each other, you can see outlines to help you make precise cuts.  The overall gameplay, despite the difficulty of the tiny controller, is one of the best parts of the game.  The variety brings a very high replay value to Snipperclips.

A lot can be said about the art design in Snipperclips.  The game is really colorful and charming.  The developers add some nice little touches, especially in the facial expressions of the characters.  Anytime you crouch, jump, cut, or carry will cause facial expressions to change in a very humorous way.  As I mentioned, the game is very colorful with nice music and sound effects to go along with the game.

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Snipperclips is a very fun and addicting puzzle game that showcases the potential fun that the Switch provides.  I wish the Joy Cons were a bit easier to hold, but I guess the pro controller could solve that problem if you have one.  The challenging puzzles and variety of solutions are what makes Snipperclips a must own for the Switch.

Snipperclips if available now for the Nintendo Switch for $19.99.  We highly recommend it!  If you have it for the Switch, let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Note: GameOctane Editor Ryan Welch received a code for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.

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Positives

Puzzles with depth and challenge
Fun art design
A blast with multiple players

Negatives

Can be challenging with small buttons on Joy Cons

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A-

 
Graphics
B+

 
Story
C

 
Replay Value
A+

Total Score
B+

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The challenging puzzles and variety of solutions are what makes Snipperclips a must own for the Switch. The art design is a plus, although the controllers can be hard to handle if you have big hands.

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