Parents' Guide to

Good Job!

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Office-themed puzzler rewards creative and logical thinking.

Game Nintendo Switch 2020
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This quirky puzzler defies easy comparison. Good Job! draws players in with a simple yet alluring presentation composed of brightly colored objects and stick figures viewed from a raised isometric perspective, then grabs attention with an unexpected level of interactivity. Players can move just about anything by grabbing it or just bumping into it. You need to be careful not to be too destructive or distracting, though. Simply nudging a table won't adversely impact your score, but get a little rougher, and you'll start to break stuff and annoy people, resulting in a worse grade at the end of the puzzle. Restraining yourself can be hard, though. The game's physics allow for all sorts of impish shenanigans, like using a power cord stretched taught across a hallway to create a slingshot-like band that can launch cabinets and chairs across the office. Experimenting to see what the game will allow you to do is half the fun.

Indeed, the freedom given to get things done your own way can be gratifying. Unlike many puzzle games, which force players to identify very specific solutions, much of what you do in Good Job! is up to you. You don't have to follow a set path or go about things a certain way -- you can instead create your own solution. Your way of accomplishing a task may not be the most efficient or least disruptive means available, but coming up with a novel solve can prove much more satisfying and rewarding than simply working out how to do something the way the designers want us to. It's often funnier, too. There's plenty of opportunity here for players to make themselves laugh as they bumble their way through the office and discover new things they never knew they could do. Good Job! is a bit eccentric, but puzzle lovers with a sense of humor and a creative streak should be well served.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo of America
  • Release date: March 26, 2020
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Fantasy Violence
  • Last updated: March 31, 2020

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