If there is one consistent message in 2020, this is this: People must stay inside. Corona virus has made people take shelter and civil unrest has made the curfew spread.
As America swings from one crisis to another, domestic life becomes more important because families see hours of quality time stretching before them. They can spend it with the Netflix series or switch to “Clubhouse Games: 51 Classics Worldwide” on the Nintendo Switch.
Yes, the title doesn’t really roll, but the latest entry into the console library packs a lot of entertainment for family game nights. By utilizing the versatility of Joy-Con and the touch screen system, the developers at Agenda have programmed 51 enhanced games plus an imperfect piano for players.
This list is a mix of card games, board games, curiosity based toys and other entertainment. “Clubhouse Games” supports up to four players and has an online mode. Through a program that can be downloaded for free on Nintendo eShop, players who have complete games can play with other console switches. That means one full version can support many consoles for local games.
In essence, “Clubhouse Games” is a party title. This is a project that excels in group settings – much like board games. Competitors can debate the lucky roll at Yacht Dice – aka Yahtzee – or they can test their skills at Darts using Joy-Con’s motion controls.
The game itself does not take too long and is easy to pick up and play thanks to its familiarity. Players will know games like Chess, Domino, and Chess. They will even recognize copies of childhood favorites like Sorry !, Uno and Connect 4, even though they are registered under a name that is not protected by copyright.
The agenda utilizes the power of visual Switch to create a live facsimile of various games and adjust each so that it feels close to the original. The sensation of touch dropping the chip on the Four-in-a-Row board wasn’t there, but the core strategy of rethinking the opponent remained.
“Clubhouse Games” has an exchange. Although the nuances of the classic game aren’t entirely there, the fact that players can jump without preparing parts or cleaning up is a major benefit. It also allows players to rotate entertainment with fast speed. If your group decides Toy Boxing doesn’t cut it, you can switch to Blackjack in one minute. If Slot Car Racing becomes blunt, players can try their hand at 6-Ball Puzzle, a “Tetris” style game.
The great thing is that “Clubhouse Games” counts wins and losses for each competition. This is basically a biased number and arbitrator though I will not try to argue about rules with the Switch. It will ignore you.
If a player wants to enjoy the “Clubhouse Games” interference alone, the Agenda also supports it with an excellent single player mode. This gives them access to all 51 games. Players only need to fight with the computer. In addition, titles such as Klondike and Spider solitaire are meant to be played alone.
The agenda rewards players for their victory with medals and players can try more difficult versions to test their abilities. They can even get cosmetic enhancements such as Mario-themed cards to play through single player mode.
The most surprising element of “Clubhouse Games” is the educational factor. Many of the 51 classics throughout the world come from different cultures and have a long history. The agenda acknowledges that and gives players the background behind games such as Mancala, from ancient Egypt, and Hanafuda, the card game originally produced by Nintendo.
Developers group activities in themes and tie them up with non-unlockable statues that act as guides through each game. This single-player mode is a great way to learn the basics of each company. This gives gamers the opportunity to learn new entertainment in a friendly environment. They will have all the equipment and virtual rules.
“Clubhouse Games” does a proper job of teaching 51 gamers. Deals like Shogi or Riichi Mahjong are complicated, but fortunately, the Agenda presents this game intuitively. This allows players to learn the game through the best teacher experience.
A slight variation in “Clubhouse Games” is its strength. The developers maximize the fun of this proven game by making it easy to play so the focus remains on what makes each game great. Even if fans don’t like one activity, there are plenty of other activities to choose from and they might be able to find new hobbies to focus their passion on.
‘Clubhouse Game: 51 Worldwide Classics’
3 stars out of 4
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Rating: Every one