With a title that rolls off the tongue and boasting an impressive amount of games, Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics could be the perfect purchase to keep you entertained during these unprecedented times. However, with 51 titles, are there more duds than Classics?
Fitness games, party games and even cardboard, Nintendo’s innovation is evident with the Nintendo Switch and here we are again with another niche entry into the Nintendo Switch library.
51 Worldwide Games is simply essential for families. It’s approachable, inclusive and a ton of fun. Similar to previous Nintendo titles such as NintendoLand and Wii Sports, anyone can pick up a joy-con and play. Playing with others is simple, create a lobby and your friend can just simply join. Yes, it’s that simple, which is not the case with many other Ninty games.
From Chess to Toy Football and Mancala to Bowling, the game truly has something that will appease gamers of all ages. The range of games included is remarkable, however, some may feel overwhelmed. Do you know your Draughts from your Checkers? Well, fear not, each game comes with an annoying skit and some instructions and even tutorials (for more complex games) to help you learn the basics. Not only this, but there are also tips and assists to help you get to grips with the game.
Each game has been lovingly crafted to work on both the TV and in handheld mode. A range of control types can be used, however, every game can be played with standard controls. Motion controls were responsive and worked particularly well with bowling. Touch controls worked well on curling and would be perfect for gaming on long journeys.
Discovering new games is the appeal here. I fell in love with a range of titles that I’d never heard of! Adding to this element of discovery, you are also given facts about that game so you learn about the history of the title too. It’s these little additions that really shows the love that has gone into the creation of Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Games.
Although simple, the aesthetics have that Nintendo charm and polish. It’s surprising the level of detail that has gone into the game. Scuffs and scratches adorn surfaces and the animation of the shimmering water is impressive. The characters you encounter are plastic figurines which link in well with the overall theme of the game. These characters are dotted around a globe and have ‘playlists’ for you to experience. Want to play solo? Go to a character and they will have those games ready for you.
With music taken straight from the Wii cutting floor, the sound is adequate background music. However, the sound of shuffling, pieces being placed on the board and dropping of counters is perfect and adds authenticity to the virtual rendition of the games.
With a range of multiplayer options including one system and multiple, single-player challenges and customisable game modes, this game has everything to keep you and your friends and/or family thoroughly entertained. The game embodies the nature of the Switch with the number of options available to play and due to this, gamers of any age or experience will want to play. Those who are lucky enough to have several Switches in one household can play certain games with Mosaic Mode. This is where the game expands over several screens which will make for some multiplayer mayhem!
Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics has something for everyone. It may not be the game you play for hours on end but it’s definitely something that you’ll keep coming back to. Whether you are playing online with friends, at home with the family or alone in bed, you’ll find it hard to not enjoy the simple, yet charming collection of mini-games on offer. Another classic from Nintendo gets the Thumb Culture Gold Award.
Disclaimer: A code was received in order to write this review.
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