Snipperclips

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Snipperclips
Snipperclips.png
Promotional image showing the main characters, Snip (magenta) and Clip (yellow)
Developer(s) SFB Games[a]
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Adam Vian
Producer(s) Takao Nakano
Toyokazu Nonaka
Designer(s) Adam Vian
Programmer(s) Tom Vian
Daniel Gallagher
Artist(s) Catherine Unger
Composer(s) Calum Bowen
Engine Unity
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch
Release
  • March 3, 2017
  • Snipperclips Plus
  • November 10, 2017
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Snipperclips: Cut It Out, Together![b] is a puzzle game developed by SFB Games and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. The game was released worldwide as a launch title for the Nintendo Switch on March 3, 2017.[1] The game makes use of a snipping mechanic to allow players to cooperate and solve shape and physics-based puzzles. An expanded version, titled Snipperclips Plus, was released on November 10, 2017.

Gameplay[edit]

Snipperclips is a co-operative puzzle game for up to four players. In the main World mode for one or two players, players control two characters named Snip and Clip, who each possess shaped bodies that can be rotated in place. When the two characters overlap each other, one player can snip the overlapped portion out of the other player, altering the shape of their body. Using this mechanic, players must come up with creative ways to solve various puzzles, each with unique objectives. Objectives include fitting inside a shape template, carrying objects such as a basketball or pencil to a specific area, or cutting out a pointed end in order to pop balloons.[2] Additionally, up to four players can play the game's Party and Blitz modes. Party mode features unique puzzles designed for extra players, while Blitz mode features various competitive games, such as basketball, hockey, and snipping deathmatches.[1]

Development[edit]

The concept for Snipperclips was originally developed in Adobe Flash by British independent developer SFB Games under the name FriendShapes.[3] The game, designed by brothers Adam and Tom Vian during a one-day game jam, was first showcased at EGX 2015 and was featured in the Game Developers Conference's 2015 European Innovative Games Showcase.[4] SFB Games approached Nintendo about publishing the game and began development on the full game in 2016 using the Unity game engine.[5] In January 2017, the game was announced as a new IP for the Nintendo Switch, under the new name of Snipperclips.[6] The game was released as a launch title for the system via the Nintendo eShop on March 3, 2017.[1]

Snipperclips Plus[edit]

An updated version of Snipperclips, titled Snipperclips Plus, was released on November 10, 2017. The updated version adds thirty new levels across two new worlds, a new multiplayer mode, and a new mode allowing players to attempt completed puzzles using randomly shaped bodies. The game was released as a standalone retail product, and was also made available as a downloadable content add-on for the original game.[7]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic80/100[8]
Review scores
PublicationScore
IGN8/10[9]
The Guardian4/5 stars[10]
Metro8/10[11]

Snipperclips received generally favorable reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[8] IGN gave the game 8/10, praising the game's multiplayer experience and presentation.[9] Metro gave the game 8/10, calling it "one of the best co-op games in recent years".[11] The Guardian described it as "addictive".[10] Polygon stated that Snipperclips was "a tricky, tricky game of logic and cunning".[12] The website later ranked it 48th on their list of the 50 best games of 2017.[13] During their financial briefing in April 2017, Nintendo reported that over 350,000 digital copies of the game had been downloaded.[14]

The game also won IGN's award for best puzzle game of 2017,[15] whereas its other nominations were for "Best Switch Game",[16] "Most Innovative",[17] and "Best Multiplayer".[18] The game was also nominated for "Best Switch Game" at Destructoid's Game of the Year Awards 2017,[19] and for "Nintendo Game of the Year" at the Golden Joystick Awards.[20] In Game Informer's Reader's Choice Best of 2017 Awards, the game took the lead for "Best Puzzle Game".[21] It also won "Family Game of the Year" and "D.I.C.E. Sprite Award" at the 21st Annual D.I.C.E. Awards,[22][23] and was nominated for "Game, Puzzle" at the National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards.[24][25] It received nominations for the British Academy Games Awards 2017 for Family Game and Game Innovation.[26][27]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Additional work by Nintendo Software Technology
  2. ^ Known in Japan as Issho ni Chokitto Snippers (いっしょにチョキッと スニッパーズ, Issho ni Chokitto Sunippāzu)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c http://www.kotaku.co.uk/2017/02/24/snipperclips-hits-switch-at-launch-costs-17-99
  2. ^ "A Better Look At Snipperclips, The Switch's Co-Op Puzzle Game". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  3. ^ "European Innovative Games Showcase Friendshapes". GDC at YouTube. November 19, 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "The 2015 European Innovative Games Showcase". GDC Vault. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  5. ^ http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2017/03/feature_snipperclips_-_working_with_nintendo_to_create_a_switch_co-op_classic
  6. ^ "There Was Something Odd Going On With Nintendo Switch Game Snipperclips As I Had Already Played It A Year And A Half Ago - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News". Bleedingcool.com. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  7. ^ Rollins, Steven (September 13, 2017). "Snipperclips is Finally Getting a Physical Edition, Along With New Levels". Gamnesia. Retrieved 2017-09-13. 
  8. ^ a b "Snipperclips - Cut it out, together!". Metacritic. Retrieved 8 December 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Dornbush, Jonathon (6 March 2017). "Snipperclips: Cut It Out Together! Review". IGN. Retrieved 29 June 2017. 
  10. ^ a b Webber, Jordan (15 March 2017). "Snipperclips review: addictive shapecutting fun for Nintendo Switch". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  11. ^ a b GameCentral (6 March 2017). "Snipperclips review – cutting edge co-op". Metro. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  12. ^ Frank, Allegra (10 March 2017). "Snipperclips is the super cute, anti-Mario Party". Polygon. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  13. ^ Polygon staff (18 December 2017). "The 50 best games of 2017". Polygon. Retrieved 11 February 2018. 
  14. ^ Whitehead, Thomas (28 April 2017). "1-2-Switch, Snipperclips and Super Bomberman R All Had Positive Launches on Nintendo Switch". Nintendo Life. Nlife Media. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  15. ^ "Best of 2017 Awards: Best Puzzle Game". IGN. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  16. ^ "Best of 2017 Awards: Best Switch Game". IGN. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  17. ^ "Best of 2017 Awards: Most Innovative". IGN. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  18. ^ "Best of 2017 Awards: Best Multiplayer". IGN. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  19. ^ Valdez, Nick (14 December 2017). "Nominees for Destructoid's Best Switch Game of 2017". Destructoid. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  20. ^ Gaito, Eri (13 November 2017). "Golden Joystick Awards 2017 Nominees". Best In Slot. Retrieved 4 January 2018. 
  21. ^ Cork, Jeff (4 January 2018). "Reader's Choice Best Of 2017 Awards (Page 3)". Game Informer. Retrieved 18 January 2018. 
  22. ^ Makuch, Eddie (14 January 2018). "Game Of The Year Nominees Announced For DICE Awards". GameSpot. Retrieved 18 January 2018. 
  23. ^ http://www.kotaku.co.uk/2018/02/23/breath-of-the-wild-wins-big-at-2018-dice-awards
  24. ^ "Nominee List for 2017". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. 9 February 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018. 
  25. ^ "Horizon wins 7; Mario GOTY". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2018. 
  26. ^ deAlessandri, Marie (15 March 2018). "Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice at forefront of BAFTA Games Awards nominations". The Market for Computer & Video Games. Retrieved 15 March 2018. 
  27. ^ Makedonski, Brett (12 April 2018). "BAFTA names What Remains of Edith Finch its best game of 2017". Destructoid. Retrieved 13 April 2018. 

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