The Nintendo Switch is now out, along with several launch titles that show off both the portability and the flexibility of the system. If your kids don’t have the patience to curl up on the sofa with a time-intensive game, or if you just want to sneak in a few quick minutes of gaming to yourself, the Nintendo Switch offers a few games that are perfect for a few minutes of play.
These three games might be ones you can pick up and put down in a matter of minutes, but that doesn’t mean they’re short on the fun.
This party game is a collection of mini-games that couldn’t be better suited for a party or when the neighborhood kids end up at your house. With 28 mini-games packed into one tiny cartridge, 1-2 Switch puts quick fun in the palm of your hand.
Kids will probably love playing quick games that test reflexes like “Telephone,” striking a pose in a dance off or on the runway, and everyone loves the milking the cow game. (How could you not?)
While my daughter and her friends love a few minutes of play here and there, none of their gaming sessions with 1-2 Switch last for more than 10 minutes. It’s unfortunate this title wasn’t chosen as a bundled game for the console, but if you’re looking for a family game that can give you a few minutes of giggles time and time again, pick up this party game.
Super Bomberman R
Super Bomberman R is a colorful 3-D puzzle game that puts the player in control of one of eight characters. Story mode takes one or more players through stage after stage (50 in all) of baddies and bombs. Place the bombs to take out the enemies and open pathways and make your way through the maze to reach the stage’s goal.
Like most games, the more players, the more fun, so team up with the kids or friends to make your way through the maze together. Playing solo isn’t as enjoyable an experience.
Tip: There’s no tutorial, so be sure to look inside the game case for special moves unleashed by the controller buttons.
If you’ve never played a Bomberman game before (like me), you’re probably missing out on the nostalgia factor that probably gives this game an extra boost. Most stages are solvable in a few minutes, so if that’s all the time you have to spare, Super Bomberman R is one of those games you can pick up and put down and still feel like you accomplished something.
From the hilarious expressions on the colorful characters’ faces to the ingenious puzzles to its low price, everything about Snipperclips was a hit in our house. You and a partner snip and clip shapes out of each other to solve the puzzle’s goal.
Communication is key as you hash out what needs to be done together. From landing a basketball in the hoop to sharpening a pencil (which sounds simpler than it is!), the goal can only be reached if you work together to accomplish it.
The difficulty in some puzzles may leave some kids frustrated, but together you can figure it out. “It’s hard, but it’s not screaming-at-the-Switch hard,” says my eight-year-old about Snipperclips.
Do one puzzle, or ten, and you and the kids will have a great time.
GeekMom received promotional copies for review purposes.
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