A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players are encouraged to work together and are rewarded for using critical thinking skills to complete each level. In many cases, extra points are up for grabs if players are able to minimize damage to the objects they pick up.
Positive Role Models
Though there isn't much of a narrative, Jobski is a helpful little saucer that uses its abilities to aid others.
Ease of Play
Controls are simple and easy to learn. It's easy to tell when an object is close enough to its target location and when it isn't. There aren't many instructions beyond the tutorial, but each goal is self-explanatory.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Part Time UFO is a physics-based puzzle game available for download on Nintendo Switch. Players sputter around as Jobski, a UFO stranded on Earth and tasked by a local farmer to find odd jobs helping earthlings with simple to increasingly complex puzzles. Using an extendable claw much like those found in infamous carnival attractions, the challenge of this title is matching dexterity with minor UFO mods purchased with in-game currency that can potentially help you clear puzzles faster. While frustrating at select moments, there are no penalties for trying a level multiple times.
Is It Any Good?
Though single-player mode is a blast on its own, co-op mode is where this puzzle game excels. For some time, the Switch has been in dire need of more dynamic co-op experiences, and Part Time UFO is a new release that's sure to satisfy kids and parents alike. While the maximum number of players is capped at two, there's a good reason for this -- the puzzles are structured slightly differently in multiplayer mode versus single-player, and including more than two UFOs would overcomplicate the game mechanics. There's room for expansion, though, since there aren't many technical differences between playing alone or playing with others. A competitive mode or a separate achievement list could have made this feature an even larger triumph.
Conversely, in single player mode, Part Time UFO isn't an obvious hit at first. Seemingly simplistic on the surface, players who give up after having to repeat a few levels may never pick up the game again. But those who stick around are in for a treat. Expect to feel either on top of the world -- perhaps literally if you're attempting the treacherous Tower of Infinity level (where players are asked to stack objects that are larger and more difficult to control as high as they can possibly go) -- or utterly defeated yet again by the last-second collapse of something like a cheerleader pyramid. While some levels are a breeze, the satisfaction from completing loftier objectives, such as certain height benchmarks on the Tower of Infinity, is substantial, especially when considering the added challenges of a miniature platform to balance on and even tighter per-object time limit. Additional medals warrant attempting each level again and again, and after the fallout of more than a few failures, dedication will reward those worthy of wielding the claw's power.
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