Oh, the joys of Black Friday! The marvelous time of year where people kill each other to get a few dollars off a desired guilty pleasures. What was my guilty pleasure you ask? Well, I thought I’d pick up 1-2 Switch for cheap since I had a $20 gift card at Bestbuy and they were selling it half off.
In short, worst guilty pleasure ever. But why? Let’s find out.
What kind of game is 1-2 Switch? Is it a cow milking simulator? Is it a runway to strut your stuff? Could it be a tool to improve your lock-picking skills? Well… kind of. The best thing I could say about the gameplay is that it is a tech demo. There’s nothing else to it.
One tech demo has you pick a lock by feeling the vibrations in the Joy-con. This was a good idea. Unfortunately, it only goes downhill from there. The dance-off games don’t feel very responsive, and I still don’t understand how they score you for points. The eating game just made me sad inside, because I wasn’t really enjoying a hearty meaty sandwich. It just taunted me.
The crowning jewel though was the cow-milking game. Not only does it not work that well, but you look stupid doing it (which I understand can be the enjoyment of it).
Nintendo says that there are 28 games, but a few of them are the same. It almost felt like they were cheesing their numbers. Two of the games are literally both the gunslinger game. One just tries to mess you up by saying stupid things other than go, and the other one doesn’t.
I really scratched my head in wonderment as to why Nintendo believed this game was worth $50. It should have been a pack-in title. It’s clearly built to be one.
Do you like stock photos and clipart? No? Well, that’s pretty much what this game is.
There’s nothing flashy or different about 1-2 Switch. The game was extremely disappointing in this department. It felt like they were originally trying to make it a Wario Ware game but then gave up halfway through.
Overall, it was extremely underwhelming. Most of these actors just looked mildly confused and appear to be faking fun as opposed to actually enjoying these “micro-games.”
Once again we’re back to the clipart thing. The sound effects are generic, and the music is uninspired. Need I say more? It gets the point across, but that’s about it.
1-2 Switch was clearly designed to be a pack-in title for the Nintendo Switch. It shows off a couple key features of the Nintendo Switch but does it in the most lackluster way possible. Its visuals were generic, the music was generic, and there was nothing really deep or complex (other than maybe the version of liar’s dice it provides).
I played this with my family for about an hour, and we were done afterward. We literally played every game on the list. There were 28 games but nothing to play.
It feels like someone’s failed high-school project. I wouldn’t pay $50 for that, and neither should anybody. It feels like Nintendo swindled me, even though I only technically paid $6 including tax.
I would say avoid this game if you can, unless you have a sick burning curiosity like I did. Curse my terrible habits; don’t be like me, kids.
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- It has like 2 good games
- My little brother liked it
- Kind of demonstrates joycon capability
- Waaay overpriced
- Gets stale fast
- 28 games, but nothing to play
- Dull visuals and clip art
- Feels like someone's failed high school project