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Part Time UFO

By Angelica Guarino, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Co-op mode shines in delightful, addictive puzzler.

Game Nintendo Switch 2020
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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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