Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! (Nintendo Switch) Preview

By Adam Riley 29.01.2017 2

Review for Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! on Nintendo Switch

Sometimes there are games that totally catch people off guard, coming with little fanfare or explanation, and that is definitely the case with Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together!. Starting off as a small indie project by SFB Games, under the name of Friendshapes, it seems Nintendo liked the concept so much that it snapped the title up for the Switch launch line-up. On show at the recent Nintendo Switch Premiere event, it was being demoed in a close, intimate setting, with two people sat on a sofa together to highlight the new way of playing that Nintendo is introducing.

At its heart, Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! is quite brutal, with opponents slicing each other apart! Well, obviously that is not the direction Nintendo and SFB Games are going for, since this is meant to be a family-friendly title that inspires co-operation to complete fun goals… but the temptation to chop each other up is strong with this one! The main idea, though, is to form various different shapes by interacting with the two on-screen characters. They can jump around, duck down, and rotate their bodies, all in the effort to form a specific target shape, cutting into each other where necessary, or just overlapping at times.

Screenshot for Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! on Nintendo Switch

Sometimes it will be a matter of standing together to fit within an on-screen outline, whilst other times the requirement is to make two separate shapes and then wander separately over to the different markings elsewhere in the area to see if you have managed to achieve the correct form. Some in-challenge challenges also involve completing a level without making any cuts to your partner at all. Other times it is not just a matter of filling outlines, but completing certain tasks or creating bridges for objects to be transported across.

Screenshot for Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! on Nintendo Switch

Getting a basketball through a hoop by carving a curved shape in the head of one character and trying to scoop the ball into it, and then jump onto the other character, before tilting to drop the ball through the hoop is just one instance of how players are pushed in their way of thinking. The complexity of the objectives varies considerably, easing players in to start with, yet offering sufficient challenge for those thinking Snipperclips will be a mere walk in the park. There are also lots of ways to complete each level, rather like in the Scribblenauts series.

The beauty is that once one character has been cut slightly, what it means is that there is now a brand new tool to cut a unique shape out of the other partner, and vice versa, constantly creating new templates, which is why a handy 'reset' button is imperative to get back to the beginning, or a quick undo to go back a step, as sometimes the creations get a little too wild and dead ends reached. There is a lot of thinking outside of the box required, getting the ol' grey matter working.

Screenshot for Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! on Nintendo Switch

SFB Games' initial concept is obviously the key aspect here, but Nintendo has now added its special touch to give the two characters more life, with funny facial animations, as well as a gorgeous soundtrack with amusing sound effects included…although hearing that over the screams of "Cut me, cut me! No…not like that! Cut my bottom not my top!" is debatable. Part of the actual fun is trying to figure out what to do in a level, before then deciding what shapes are required to tackle the various elements dotted around - like, for example, making one into a pointy shape to burst balloons, but needing the other to be hook-like to actually grab some of the higher up balloons and pull them down for popping. It is sometimes frustrating when things do not quite work straight away, but it really is great because it encourages players to plug away and work together to get through, no matter what, with Snipperclips really rewarding creative thinking.

Screenshot for Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! on Nintendo Switch

Final Thoughts

What a hidden gem! Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together is a definite must-buy on Nintendo Switch, showing off not just a fantastic idea with great puzzles, but driving home the team-work element that works so well on Switch thanks to its 'play wherever, whenever' ethos. Sit with a friend, get family members involved - this is going to eat away at the hours, without a doubt. SFB Games' has struck gold with this one.

Developer

SFB Games

Publisher

Nintendo

Genre

Puzzle

Players

4

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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Comments

Day one for me, everything I've seen of it is fantastic. I can't wait to play this with my brother.

I just hope people bother to watch trailers and demo this, or else it might get overlooked as being too simple and childish.

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