Clubhouse Games: 51 Worlwide Classics | 1st July, 2020 | 21:00hrs | rating: 2/5
51 classic games, from card games and board games to toy curling, darts and air hockey.
GAMEPLAY: Most games work as you expect, whether you use touch screen or the joy-con. (Though air hockey and a few others are weirdly clumsy with the latter.) When playing alone, beating the CPU’s difficulty settings is the goal, and although a majority are very easy even on “impossible”, others are impossible for me and pointless to even try anymore.
AUDIOVISUALLY: Very nice visuals for this kind of game. All the audio sounds like it’s ripped straight out of Mario Party, which isn’t a bad thing.
STORY/PRESENTATION: There are some “skits” where voice actors tell a little about each game, and best case teach you how to play. It seems nice at first, but it ends up being quite useless and I started skipping even the ones I had not seen. At least the overall presentation is very slick.
MULTIPLAYER: Obviously the entire point of this kind of package, and it works well enough playing 2 people on one Switch. It stops there though, as barely any of the games support 3 or 4 players, and the online is a laggy mess. The heck Nintendo, even the 15 year old Nintendo DS predecessor worked flawlessly! Also, I can’t find any online statistics or ratings whatsoever, which makes it nearly pointless.
Some games, like Mancala and the original 6 Ball Puzzle are a lot of fun, and I learned several new classic games, but overall this is a disappointment. I looked forward to playing online reversi/renegade on my Switch, but browser versions on the phone work much better. It just has to be better than this, and it doesn’t deserve a high rating.