Snipperclips - Cut it out, together! is perhaps the most low-key Nintendo Switch launch title. It’s hard for the multiplayer eShop title to stand out among its stablemates — which include one of the greatest games of all time and some better-known indies — but Snipperclips deserves a place on any Switch console. Especially for anyone who grew up wasting hours away on aggravating party games with a group of friends.
Polygon recently put the game to the test for a Facebook livestream, which you can watch above. The first thing anyone watching may notice is that we, uh, didn’t have the easiest time with all of the puzzles. Snipperclips is a tricky, tricky game of logic and cunning, as well as shouting and screaming and yelling and ... you get the point.
As the subtitle suggests, the game stars four pieces of paper who can deform each other in order to complete some surprisingly complex shape puzzles. There are three modes that support between one and four players, but it was the four-player party mode where the game really clicked.
Again: By clicked, we really mean that we got into the groove of how Snipperclips foists teamwork upon players who may not be used to working together. Although Nintendo’s other venerated party game series, Mario Party, has as many collaborative minigames as it does those competitive ones, it’s not a franchise that celebrates friendship. Instead, it’s almost become a meme that Mario Party will tear even the closest pals apart as they gun for the most gold stars by the end of the board game’s turns.
Snipperclips does the opposite. There are no sub-goals, no time limits; the only objective is to solve the puzzle, and doing so hinges on players figuring out how to communicate. There’s no way to finish a four-player Snipperclips game without the help of every single person involved.
As you’ll see above, maybe that’s not always enough ... but team Polygon surely came away closer than it started by the end, developing our own Snipperclips language and cheering each other on to finish up the puzzles. (The same can’t be said for the more chaotic blitz mode, wherein it’s everyone’s duty to screw up the opposing players as much as possible.)
Every Nintendo console deserves a heartwarming, friendship-building exercise. Snipperclips is just that, even if its puzzles sometimes will best the most intelligent of friend groups.