A cute indie title that is surprisingly enjoyable
Few indie titles feel as suited to the Nintendo Switch as Snipperclips. Originally one of the console’s launch titles, it has since grown into something bigger and better. Snipperclips Plus is a recent edition of the game that includes new DLC and a much-needed boost of its content.
The premise of Snipperclips is this: as two weird paper creatures, players must cut each other into shapes to fulfill various objectives. The standard mode is something like a story, as 1-2 players traverse through five different kingdoms. Each is uniquely stylized and home to its own, exclusive levels.
Though levels range from reuniting a family of frogs to salvaging a sunken treasure, each is predicated upon its original premise. Snipperclips never loses sight of what it is and each level simply provides a new perspective of what a player can do.
Snipperclips starts off fairly easy, but each kingdom gets subsequently more difficult. Though the first two kingdoms are host to only a few difficult levels each, the later kingdoms are host to the opposite principle. As one progresses, more will be asked of them, both in terms of teamwork and the precision of shapes needed for success.
It is significantly harder to rotate the nuts and bolts of the third world than it is to hook the balloons of the first. In some later levels, my fingers were burning trying to meet the minute details needed.
In fact, though the progression is a nice teaching tool, the necessary precision can sometimes be a little too taxing. As someone whose hands are stressed by almost constant typing on keyboards for writing and work, I was perhaps especially prone to being made uncomfortable. But there are some very small changes needed at times and I don’t think it would always be just me.
Other than its unique system, what is most enjoyable about Snipperclips is its style. Each kingdom has its own aesthetic and is arranged in this order: Noisy Notebook, Retro Reboot, Silly Science, Cosmic Comics and Toybox Tools.
Though the arts and crafts feel of the levels is largely maintained, a different aspect is highlighted in each kingdom. My own personal favorite was the Cosmic Comics kingdom, which found its style in superheroes and cartoons.
Though it can be played single-player, multiplayer is definitely the best means of experiencing the game. Not only is single-player much more difficult, but it is remarkably lonely, as one character always sits motionless as one switches between. Snipperclips is a great game for getting to know someone better and it is the other’s absence that stands out when one plays alone.
Though the ‘campaign’ is only two-player, there are versus and cooperative modes available for up to four. The cooperative mode expands upon objectives seen in the story mode and features some 27 levels. Some of these can be quite hard and it should be a challenge fitting for a night with friends.
Versus mode, on the other hand, is fairly simple. It takes concepts like players cutting one another and turns them into combative modes, such as one where players literally try to snip each other to pieces. Each game featured here is vaguely sport-like and doesn’t take much to figure out. Familiar concepts like hockey and basketball have a unique twist, however, as the ability to cut opponents and allies remains.
The final mode of Snipperclips is Stamps and it is definitely the most abstract of them. Given a blank canvas, players are tasked with creating their own artworks. The players themselves function as the stamps and they are limited only by their own precision and the colors available.
Snipperclips Plus is available as its own title and as DLC for the original. As DLC, the game adds two new kingdoms to the original three, along with some new multiplayer content. The game can be purchased for $29.99 or as DLC for $9.99.
Overall Score: 8.1 (81%)
Summary: Snipperclips has a nice boost in Snipperclips Plus. It feels as if it completes the game, and it is recommended for fans who thought the original was too short. The package is a fun and unique concept, and its artsy nature feels perfect for the Switch.
- Wonderful, creative concept
- Great standard mode
- Art style is fun and unique
- Local multiplayer easy with two Switch controllers
- Has something for everyone
- Singleplayer is lonely
- Sometimes physically difficult to be precise
- Standard mode only available for up to two players