S NIP PER CLIPS: CUT IT OUT, TOGETHER
Developer TBA Publisher Nintendo Origin TBA Release March
In this quietly delightful cooperative game. two players each control a charming avatar, and are able to cut strips off their partner to solve single-screen puzzles. At first you’ll trim each other down to form simple shapes, but before long you’ll be making basketball shots, sharpening pencils and popping balloons. As anyone who’s ever assembled flat-pack furniture with a partner will attest, the key to success is a mix of communication, execution and a cool head, but there’s almost as much fun to be had in messing it up – and messing with each other – as there is in executing a plan perfectly. Based on a game made by a two-person UK team and first showed off at GDC 2015, it’s not just a pleasant surprise as a game but for what it tells us about Nintendo’s attitude towards indies. On current evidence, Switch is going to need their support.