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Friday 19 January 2018

Nintendo Switch reviews: Snipperclips, 1-2-Switch, Super Bomberman R, Fast RMX

Snipperclips (Nintendo Switch) 4 stars; Age: 3+

Snipperclips
Snipperclips
1-2-Switch
Super Bomberman R
Fast RMX
Ronan Price

Ronan Price

THROWING shapes never has had such meaning as it does with Snipperclips, an entertaining introduction to the social side of the Nintendo Switch.

This clever riff on papercraft plays perfectly functionally in single-player mode but it’s only when you gather two or more players that it really burns brightly. Across more than 60 levels, the goal each time remains simple, though sometimes elusive or even downright mysterious at first. Two colourful 2D characters must combine their efforts to, for instance, pop a balloon or shepherd a ball into a net.

They do this by snipping chunks out of each other to form the shape of, say, a spike, or a hook. Even when it’s obvious what to do – and it sometimes isn’t – the physics-based puzzles allow several solutions in the early levels, though it becomes more prescriptive later on. That’s mildly amusing when playing alone. But split up the Joy Cons into a pair of controllers for two-player mode and you have a recipe for raucous collaborative hilarity.

The solutions demand precision clipping, no easy task when relying on the coordination of two separate players as you throw and hack shapes around the screen. Some puzzles even permit four-player chaos, which is at fun as it sounds.

The trouble with Snipperclips is its short duration, something alleviated by its mid-range price.

1-2-Switch

(Nintendo Switch) 3 stars; Age: 3+

THE Wii bowled everyone over at first largely thanks to the genius bundling with it of the sensational Wii Sports. Switch’s launch features no such generosity, presumably in part because Nintendo had no sure-fire hit on hand – and the new Zelda is just too good for that purpose.

Certainly, 1-2-Switch would have seemed a likely candidate but, frankly, it’s no Wii Sports.

A collection of mini-games designed to showcase its host platform, 1-2-Switch discourages players from looking at the screen, save to read the instructions or move to the next level.

But across the 28 vignettes on offer, there’s rarely more than a few minutes’ diversion in each.

Kudos to Nintendo for encouraging us to wrestle playfully with the physicality of the Joy Cons.  You might be asked to snatch your controller off the ground before your opponent when a bell rings, for instance. Or to stand perfectly still in an odd yoga-like pose.

Yet none of these grab the interest the way bowling or tennis did in Wii Sports.

Super Bomberman R

(Nintendo Switch) 3 stars; Age: 3+

STILL going after 30-odd years, the Bomberman franchise has weathered much experimentation but this version for Switch goes back to basics. It might not have the variety of some of the 70-ish instalments but the solid gameplay at the core of Super Bomberman R still stands up.

As always, Bomberman jogs around a grid-like maze, pausing to plant explosives that crumble obstacles, torch monsters or – just as likely – blow him accidentally to smithereens.

Its lo-fi presentation harks to another era despite the lofty price tag and the ropey online multiplayer practically demands you stick to local multiplayer. But having thrived for three decades, there’s life in the old formula yet.

Fast RMX

(Nintendo Switch) 4 stars Age: 3+

THINK WipEout. Think F-Zero. Fast RMX may not be quite as slick as its inspirations but proves a damn fine approximation of eye-bleedingly quick futuristic races around insane floating tracks.

In fact, RMX stands for Remix because this edition repurposes Wii U game Fast Racing Neo with shinier visuals and a handful of extra tracks. Neo was none too shabby to start with and RMX polishes the high-speed racing to pleasing effect.

RMX spits out 60fps at 1080P, making a fine showcase for Switch’s graphical prowess, something that only Zelda: Breath of the Wild displays among the launch titles.

The likes of F-Zero had more personality and WipEout had the benefit of flashy weapons. Yet RMX satisfies the urge to blast down a narrow, twisting track at 1,000kmh. And at a mid-range price, it comes second only to Zelda in the Switch launch line-up.

Read more: Nintendo Switch review: Nintendo creates an ingenious hybrid

 

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