Cut it Out, Together!

Snipperclips puts a smile on my face. Very few games, even triple-A titles, do that as consistently as this co-op puzzler, developed by SFB Games and published by Nintendo. Ingenious puzzle design gives way to creative problem-solving in an original concept unlike anything I have seen before. Every wacky idea that works brings joyful surprise. Its expressive characters and colorful visuals ooze with charm, organically leading to uncontrolled laughter. It’s rare for a game to make me feel so giddy.

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My wife and I have these same expressions when playing.

As the name Snipperclips suggests, the game revolves around cutting, yet there are no scissors. Instead, you get Snip and Clip, two U-shaped paper-thin creatures with legs who can cut each other by overlapping their bodies. The shape you snip out depends on how much you overlap. You can trim your partner or go all-out and cut him out of existence with a complete overlay. But the more you cut, the less he’ll be able to cut you back with his diminished surface area. Luckily, you can easily reform your original shape if experiencing major cutbacks.

You’ll need to produce effective shapes to solve the game’s single-screen brain-teasers. Beyond cutting, you can run, jump, duck, and even rotate your body. A combination of these actions will help you when you’re tasked to fill in a shape, cut out an image, rotate a lever, or push a button. But when the game asks you to complete oddball tasks, like carrying a long pencil to its sharpener or escorting a hamster ball to the other side, sense goes out the window. You’ll find yourself bouncing a pencil on each other’s heads or creating scoops to trap the hamster ball in. Or was it bouncing the hamster on your head and creating a slit for the pencil? The puzzle design lends itself to innovative solutions as opposed to a single answer. Snipperclips rewards imagination. At worst, you’ll giggle as your characters hilariously fall on their faces. At best, you’ll let out a cheer, having solved the puzzle in your own unique way.

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Puzzles require co-operative creativity.

In later levels, not only do the challenges become more creative, but you’ll also have to perform multiple actions in succession. For example, you may need to snip your friend into some tool that can rotate a flower-shaped lever. This lowers a platform underwater, which you must ride to scoop up fish. Your friend then needs to open a cage for you to trap the fish in. Such inventive puzzle design forces you to ponder what shapes would be best to do multiple tasks. Then once you think you’ve got it, you’ll still need to achieve it; this can lead to antics where you or your partner insists on a solution, trying desperately to make it work.

I’ve been mentioning partners because Snipperclips functions best as a two-player game. The game does support one-player, allowing you to switch control between Snip and Clip. Although it captures the essence of creative problem-solving, it becomes tedious to repeatedly switch characters when puzzles were clearly designed for simultaneous co-op play. You’d also miss out on the dialogue, banter, and laughter that playing with a friend can provide.

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I assure you this makes sense.

Besides the main World mode, you can play with up to four players in a Party mode, composed of puzzles designed for four on-screen characters to complete. You can play with a minimum of two people, but both of you will need to switch between characters as in single-player. Party mode provides even more creative puzzles like rotating and dropping puzzle pieces to form a cat and working together to keep a paint blob contained within a rectangle. I have to give credit to SFB games. They could have simply created four-player derivatives of the core game’s puzzles, but they put in the effort to create over a dozen new specialized trials.

The remaining Blitz mode is a less inspired three-game collection of multiplayer games. Hoops and Hockey are simple variations of their respective sports, except with the added hilarity of cutting each other mid-game. Dojo is a simple cathartic experience where you and a friend snip each other to the death. Though these mini-games provide little depth, they’re fun diversions when your mind gets tired of solving tricky puzzles.

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If you thought 2-player was chaotic, try 4-player.

Otherwise, the game is pretty short with 45 main levels and about a dozen additional four-player levels. By the end, when the puzzles were most complicated and inventive, I wanted more. It’s difficult to replay the levels if you know the solution, but it’s a great game to show others, especially non-gamers. The game is easy enough to figure out even if the puzzles are not. And it’s hysterical to fail and see your characters look as ridiculous as possible.

If the gameplay somehow doesn’t make you laugh, the slapstick characters will. Snip and Clip are very goofy, expressive creatures. They chuckle when they’re being cut, gaze in shock when they’re sheared too much, stick their tongues out after performing a cut-and-run, and appear disgusted when you screw up a puzzle. Their cartoonish faces deliver the message that Snipperclips is all about enjoying yourself in their wacky world. And what a world it is. The landscapes are inspired by office supplies, graph paper, video games, and scientific tools. There is so much charm to be found in its blob creatures, 8-bit princesses, and bouncing frogs. The catchy soundtrack is filled with synthesized boings and horn sound effects that emphasize its silly nature. The music never got old, even while spending nearly half an hour trying to complete a puzzle.

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In the words of Uncle Joey, cut it out!

Conclusion

Snipperclips is an absolute delight that should not go overlooked. This charming title had the ability to pull me away from Breath of the Wild, while still providing truly innovative puzzle design. This game unsurprisingly works better as a multiplayer experience, inviting others to join in with its cartoonish designs and side-splitting gameplay. Snipperclips isn’t a long game, but it’ll still provide hours of head-scratching, gut-busting, body-snipping fun.

Score: 9/10

Note: A review copy was used for this article. This review was posted on DarkStation.

You can catch my wife and I play through Snipperclips on our YouTube channel! New episodes posted on Mondays! Full playlist is here:

What are your thoughts on Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together? If you have a Nintendo Switch, how are you enjoying the launch lineup? What do you think about the Nintendo indies, or “Nindies” so far? Please share any thoughts you have in the comments section below! Thanks for reading!

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42 thoughts on “Snipperclips (Switch) Review

  1. Great stuff. I had a similar enthusiasm for Snake Pass. Absolutely love that game. Have you had a choice to play it yet. I play it with a friend, taking it in turns, something you and Mrs. Panda can do as well.

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    1. Thanks! I haven’t played Snake Pass yet, but it’s probably something I will try out in the future. Snipperclips allows us to play co-op, which has been incredibly fun for Mrs. Panda and me! We love being able to play games together like that!

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  2. Great review! I love Snipperclips! This game is such a charming little gem. It’s so much fun to play as a co-op. When I’m not laughing out loud, then I’m scratching my head–‘cuz some of these puzzles are actually pretty tricky. It’s a fantastic combination of silliness and brain teasers. I haven’t had the chance to test out the game with 4 players yet, but I expect there will be even more uncontrollable laughter. It makes a good party game, but it’s definitely not the same if you’re playing by yourself. I wish there more stages; it goes by pretty fast. I’m really happy this was a Switch launch game. Because sometimes you just need a break from long Breath of the Wild sessions.

    I hope everyone enjoys watching the video! The people at play are quite lovely. 😉

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    1. Thanks so much as always! I’m so happy to be playing this together, and I’m glad you get as much out of it as I do! I can’t get enough of their silly expressions! I really hope that I can try 4-player out soon. I just need to find some more Joy-Cons. Playing 4-player with 2-players works, but it’s certainly nothing compared to how chaotic it must be to have 4 people snipping and clipping at once. I do wish there were more stages though. The number included is great, but I wanted to see more unique challenges, especially since some of the trials are essentially repeats. Still, it was a great launch title to have, and I’m glad Nintendo fully supported this indie! And yay, I can’t wait for people to see the silliness from the video!: D Thanks again!

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  3. Nindies? LOL! I was sold when I saw your playthrough a week or so ago. I’ll definitely be downloading this whenever I can get my hands on a Switch. I’m sure my girlfriend will get a kick out of this. She loves cute games.

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    1. Haha, Nintendo’s words, not mine! But I’m so happy, both that you liked my video, and that it made such an impact on you wanting to play it! We have so much fun playing through Snipperclips together, and I bet it’d be a perfect game for you to enjoy with your girlfriend. It’s very easy to get into, and it is indeed cute and silly! Hope you can get a Switch soon, and I hope you continue to enjoy my videos! Thank you very much for your support! 😀

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    1. The look is part of what makes me laugh so much while playing the game. That, and the bizarre puzzles. I have to say, non-gamers in the same room have been pleasantly surprised by how fun it is when they try it out. I’m not saying to get a Switch for this game, but she may end up liking it if she tried it out. You never know. 😉

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      1. By Christmas, there’ll hopefully be some really great games to look forward to. My most anticipated is still Super Mario Odyssey. So that sounds like a good plan! I do wonder if there’ll be a price drop in its first year though. I guess 3DS had one very early on, but out of necessity.

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  4. Awesome review! Kris and I have yet to play this game, but we’ve seen play-throughs of it (including yours!) and we can’t wait to try to play it ourselves. It looks adorable, hilarious, and just all around fun.

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    1. Thanks so much Rachel! You have it from the bundle already, correct? I think you two would love playing co-op together. Seems like it would be a great fit! Hope you enjoy, and look forward to hearing what you think! And thanks again for checking out our playthrough! There’s more wackiness to come! 😉

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  5. A coworker bought the Switch and brought it over to the office. After showing me his current state in Breath of the Wild he said “Hey, you need to check this game out”. Snipperclips was the game he was talking about. I played through the first few levels and loved it. It’s definitely part of my to-buy list once I get the console, and your review made me even more excited! =D

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    1. Awesome! I’m happy that Snipperclips is making its rounds. It’s really fun, though doesn’t get as much coverage despite Nintendo actually publishing this indie title. It’s great that people can just show their Switch games around, thanks to its portability. Awesome that you loved it, and I’m glad that my review has gotten you more excited! Thank you very much! 😀

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      1. You are welcome!

        And it’s indeed awesome one is capable to take those games around with them and show it to other people. It’s word-of-mouth marketing at its finest.

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  6. As always, incredible review!!

    I played a little of this at the Nintendo Switch pre-launch event I attended. A real learning curve to hit in the beginning but tons of quirky fun once you’ve learnt and become used to the controls.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! Snipperclips is one of those games that seems like it would be confusing at first glance or first play. But once you get into it, it’s really fun and easy to play. I showed it off to a non-gamer the other day, and she really liked it, stating that it was fun and the controls made sense to her. So Snipperclips is definitely accessible for those willing to try it out. Glad you got a chance to play it at a pre-launch event! Thanks again!

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  7. Great review! This game surprised me and my fiancée and made a cross-country flight fly by super quick. We played for over 2 hours straight and didn’t even realize it! It was like we pulled it straight out of the Nintendo Switch commercial 🙂

    She’s not a gamer so explaining the mechanics was a little tough at first, but it’s amazing how the quirkiness sucks you in and makes you want to keep going. Extremely well made indie! Also, playing the 4 player mode with two people is great because it’s all about perfect timing.

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    1. Thank you so much! And that is super awesome to hear! I love how not only did you play it together for 2 hours, but it was also on a flight. Truly the Switch commercial come to life! 😀

      Even better that she enjoyed it even though she’s not a gamer. The charm and clever puzzles do a great job in sucking in people, regardless of experience in games. This past weekend, I introduced this game to a couple in which the wife was not a gamer. They were addicted and played the whole thing from beginning to end. We were there for 7 hours and ended up watching their baby while they played through. It’s so hilarious to watch others play and see what solutions they come up with. Also fun to see how well they work together. Seriously, Snipperclips should be a valid form of marriage counseling, haha!

      We also played through some more 4-player that day, with just 2 people (no 2nd pair of Joy-Cons yet…), and it’s really engaging. The puzzles seem so much harder. You’re right about the perfect timing. They’re cleverly designed and make use of each separate player. Love this game!

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  8. In the last paragraph section before the conclusion it looks like you missed a word, I think. “Snip and Clip very goofy, expressive creatures.” Unless you were using their names as the words themselves there maybe? Just thought I’d mention it in case that was actually a typo. One of the things I wondered is… how much does this game cost? I mean, it looks neat and all but I don’t know that I’d want to go recommending it at full game price. Then again, I don’t have a Switch so I’m in no position to judge, really. Otherwise your review sounds pretty much like what I expect, based on all the gameplay I’ve seen of it. Then again, when you’re avoiding Breath of the Wild coverage you tend to see a lot of this game. Also, congrats on being able to score review copies of stuff, man. That’s crazy. I lost the giveaway I saw for a Switch so I just won’t have one for quite some time. So much for being able to play Yooka-Laylee 😦 Sorry for my bad vibes. I’ll stop now.

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    1. Thanks for letting me know! It’s fixed now. The original post of the review didn’t have it, so I’m guessing that something went wrong when I copied my revised draft to WordPress. Thanks again!

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