Nintendo in my eyes has always been the go-to company when it comes to releasing games that are perfect for getting your whole family and friends together and just having a brilliant gaming experience, whether this is with the Mario and Sonic games, Mario Kart or Super Smash Bros. It’s one of the main reasons why I always have a Nintendo console in my console collection or multiple for that matter. The Nintendo Switch, in my opinion, has taken this to a whole new level with the various way you can play as well as its roster of games available, so when a game comes along that offers 51 worldwide classics all in one place how can you not pick it up? 51 Worldwide Games is a fantastic addition to anyone’s collection and definitely one that can get you and your family through these times when you’re limited on what you can do. You can play classics like Four in a Row, Dominoes and Slot cars to name a few all from the comfort of your own home or even while down at the park. This game offers something for everyone and hits the ball out of the park as a contender for the best party game available to date on the switch.
It doesn’t come with a complex story and massive RPG elements but doesn’t let that put you off it, it still offers hours of gameplay with the huge amount of games available within this one game. It’s like gameception, a game within a game. Simple play it on the big screen docked or make room for it on the table in the dining room or living room and sink your teeth into all the different games at your fingertips.
Each game has its own rules and mechanics that are explained before you actually play them, some use motion controls, others you just need to use the joy-cons. Others can be played by touch screen while being played in undocked mode which is cool but I personally found these ones to be buggy as it wouldn’t always register what you were doing, which sometimes led to you losing or making mistakes. It was also the same problem with some motion control ones. For example when playing bowling with my family the actual movement of the arm and the way you released the ball took forever to register and when it did eventually work you would always hit just one pin or get a gutter ball which sucked. This led us to avoid the game altogether which is a shame because I love bowling, it was similar with Darts but that one was a bit easier to get the hang of and wasn’t as buggy.
I love the visuals for all the games and I love how you get little avatars that explain every single game to you. For example, I had never heard of Carrom before playing 51 Worldwide Games and now I would consider myself to be a master. It’s fantastic the way you can just pick up and play all the games with ease and also introduce new ones that people may have never seen before like Shogi. I love Chess and when I was obsessed with anime I watched one that had Shogi in it, from then on I told myself that I would love the opportunity to play a game of it and because of this game I can. It teaches you everything from the ground up and literally feels like you are being trained by pros which I adore because I’m able to now play online against others and put up a fight, still waiting on that win though. Even though the game’s visuals can be considered childish it doesn’t stop me a twenty-six-year-old spending most of my evenings getting my ass kicked by random players online or handing it to them. You may be worried that because of all these games that you may have never played before you’d have to sit through pages of reading rules, well that’s not the case as this game has voiced characters that explain everything to you in their own quirky way that is enjoyable to sit through and listen to, it also provides hints and tips before playing to give you that extra bit of information.
51 Worldwide games technically have an unlimited amount of replay value, whether it’s playing on a single system, locally with others or competitively with people online because of this I can honestly not see myself never getting bored with the game. Sure it might only make an appearance when the family gets together or when I can finally see my friends again but I know that when it does get played I will have hours of fun and it will make a lasting impression on the players who played it. I do enjoy playing it online as I can finally start playing chess again with like-minded people as well as Dominoes and Blackjack but if I and my partner want to just switch off after a hard day at work, we can play these games that we used to play when we were kids and just relax and enjoy the evening… yeah, that never happens. It always gets competitive and gloves come off.
Docked Vs Undocked
I’m torn between Docked and Undocked for 51 Worldwide Games because I enjoy being able to play it on the go and while I’m at work on lunch but at the same time it’s nice to all be in the same room and playing it on the big screen. The only thing that bugged me with it was that when you play four players on one system you only get two games to play these being Blackjack and Ludo which is a shame and when you play with three people it allows the above plus Chinese checkers. This kind of puts a downer on getting everyone on at the same time but doesn’t stop the fun, when playing with two joy-cons on the same system you get 40 games to play which is a lot better and you’ll just find yourself taking turns which isn’t a problem if you have patience. A cool feature for the game is when you have more than one switch that has the game installed you can set up a Mosaic lobby where you can play the games across up to four switches, this, in turn, creates a big table and looks amazing. When you play slot cars and see the track go across all four switches it really adds to the experience. The cool gimmicks with the touch screen and motion controls help make a diverse way to play the games available but sometimes fall flat as they are just too buggy and clunky, however, 51 Worldwide Games is perfectly at home on the Switch and whichever mode you find yourself using it offers tones of fun and hours of gameplay at your fingertips.
51 Worldwide Games is a must-have for anyone that has a family switch or just want to have a good party game at their disposal when they have people around. Don’t get me wrong it is fun to play on your own because you can play against AI and other players online but it truly shines when playing local with friends and family. I definitely would say it is worth every penny, the asking price is £34.99 and you get a whopping 51 games. If you think that a single chessboard is about £15.99 on Amazon, a Scalextric is about £49.99 for a good one and so on, you’ll get all of these on one device for way over half the price, so you’d be silly not to pick it up. Don’t get me wrong it does have some bugs and the fact that while playing on a single device you don’t get a huge amount of games it makes up for it with its local switch mode, online mode and the hours of fun you’ll be having with your friends and family. 51 Worldwide Games is the perfect Switch game and really adds to the roster of games to get for any Switch owner and for these reasons I’m more than happy to give it an 8 out of 10.
51 Worldwide Games can be purchase here for £34.99
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51 Worldwide Games
51 Worldwide Games: Local Multiplayer Guest Edition is available to download for free from Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, allowing up to three consoles to connect via local communication with a player who owns the full game. Use it to enjoy a selection of games in local wireless multiplayer or try out Mosaic Mode!
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