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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Snipperclips – Cut it out, together! is a downloadable puzzle game. It's suitable for all ages and can help with shape recognition, problem-solving, and teamwork. In multiplayer games, players must communicate with each other to clip bits and pieces away and create shapes needed to accomplish objectives in new and unique ways. The game's controls are simple and intuitive, easy for gamers of any skill level to pick up and play. There are no time limits on the stages, giving players plenty of time to come up with possible ideas to test while solving the puzzles. Although cutting bits from characters is key to the gameplay, this is presented more as animated arts and crafts versus actual violence.
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What's it about?
In SNIPPERCLIPS – CUT IT OUT TOGETHER!, players take control of Snip and Clip, two animated paper cutouts working as a team to spin, jump, duck, and cut their way into all sorts of various shapes and positions, interacting with the environment in all kinds of fun ways. Together, the crafty duo will have to get a little creative to make it through a series of unique and tricky puzzles. Players can tackle the puzzles solo, swapping between Snip and Clip, or with a friend, with each player controlling either Snip or Clip. And if two players aren't enough for your Snipperclip fun, there also are Blitz and Party modes, which bring together up to four players in challenging team puzzles or action-packed competitive matches.
Is it any good?
While many puzzle games feel like they've been cut from the same cloth, occasionally something truly unique carves out a nice little niche for itself. Enter Snipperclips – Cut it out, together!, a crafty little launch title for the Nintendo Switch. The game is an odd concept, with players literally cutting away at each other like some sort of weird elementary school art class to accomplish some random task. In one early puzzle, you have to work together to cut one player into the shape of a bucket to catch a falling pencil, before tipping it over and guiding the pencil into a sharpener on the other side of the screen. Another puzzle challenges one player to weigh down stray balloons while transforming into a sharp-tipped triangle capable of popping them with its pointy bits. On paper, it sounds confusing and even a bit boring, but in practice, it's actually one of the best puzzlers around.
Snipperclips is fun as a solo experience, but where it really shines is its multiplayer. When you have two people, Joy-Con in hand, it's an absolute laugh riot. What starts off as two people tossing friendly ideas at each other many times turns into a frantic chase as players just start running around trying to snip little chunks out of each other. Still, there's a great sense of accomplishment when the puzzle gets solved and that "Great Work" banner flashes across the screen. And if you think things get nuts with two players, just wait and see what happens when you get a couple more friends in on the action during the insane Blitz and Party modes. Party mode gets the group together to try to solve extra-complex puzzles requiring more than Snip and Clip to complete. Blitz mode pits players against each other in silly little mini-games that run the gamut from 2-on-2 basketball and hockey matches to last-paper-standing free-for-alls where everyone's trying to chop the competition into colorful confetti. No matter how you slice it, Snipperclips – Cut it out, together! is a cut above the rest and a must-have game for the Nintendo Switch.
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