As one of a select few Nintendo fans who were able to get hands-on time with the Nintendo Switch, I knew that I wanted to try the big three: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Splatoon 2. Once I demoed those, I began exploring the lesser known titles. To my absolute delight, Snipperclips – Cut It Out, Together! quickly turned this not-so-known title into a top-tier demo experience.
The preview was simple – another Switch player and I control a humanoid-figure, where we were able to cut the other character into different shapes to complete various puzzles. After a quick tutorial to practice the mechanics of moving, rotating, and cutting the characters, the challenges of the demo began.
With the minimalist tutorial and straightforward controls, I was off chopping my companion in seconds. Experimenting with the mechanics was an enjoyable side adventure before both of us decided to complete the first objective. We would cut each other into literal pieces, get a good laugh and repeat. Once we agreed that it was time to focus on the goal, I continued laughing out loud (yes, literally lol’ing) at our blunders. This was only enhanced further with the characters’ emotions through the demo. The whimsical pink and yellow characters were wonderfully adorable with their cries of pain, diabolical glances towards each other and jovial celebrations of triumph.
The level design and aesthetics continued this theme of cuteness with their simple structures, yet deceptively challenging objectives. The graph paper backgrounds, along with the crafty look of pencils, rulers, and erasers, brought contributed to a gameplay environment that was unique and fun. These little details in the characters, levels, and world-building resonated with the sheer fun of the adventure.
Though I was only able to play for about ten minutes, the demo sufficiently convinced me that Snipperclips is a must-buy the moment it is available for the Nintendo Switch. I had so many eccentric and funny moments with a complete stranger that I can only imagine the shenanigans that will occur with friends. Nintendo has a new charming hit on their hands – I’ll just have to practice scrapbooking in the meantime.