What parents need to know
Everybody 1-2 Switch! is the sequel to 1-2 Switch!, launched in 2017 at the same time as the Nintendo Switch.
The title is a party game that, ironically, makes little use of television. Indeed, in this unique party game, we are regularly invited to look our opponents in the eye and interact physically with them, in a selection of mini-games that takes advantage of the unique characteristics of joy-cons.
A new addition to this sequel allows you to play games with up to 100 players, who then use their smartphones as controllers.
The games are varied: sometimes we have to answer quiz questions as quickly as possible, hide a controller in the room, find precise colors in our real environment, or do as many squats as possible in a given time.
The game was provided by the publisher for review. It does not influence our opinion.
Level of experience required
The imagery is colorful and appropriate for all audiences.
No content of a sexual nature.
Explanations are given aloud, it is rarely necessary to read.
The controls are usually very, very simple. However, we must use the gyroscopes of the controller or our phone to move our body, which may be a problem for players with reduced mobility.
No additional paid content.
Local game modes
You can play a local game, from 2 to 100 players. Some mini-games only work with joycons or a phone, while some can be played with both types of controls.
It is important to note, however, that there is no single-player game mode. You will definitely have to play with friends.
Online Game Modes
No online mode.
Everybody 1-2 Switch! Hides some good ideas, but like its predecessor, the offer of mini-games is too thin and the duration of the mini-games too irregular to make it an essential of your parties at home.
In fact, the offer is even slimmer than in the previous episode; if 1-2 Switch! had 28 mini-games, its sequel has only 17. Everybody 1-2 Switch (which we will write E12S for the rest of this text) tries to give the impression of a greater number of games by offering more difficult variants of regular mini-games, but we are not fooled; The selection is very small.
The other concern is that the mini-games are very uneven. Some games like Photo Color, which shows us a color and asks us to photograph an object of the same color in the room as quickly as possible, are a success. It’s original, it’s the kind of game that’s only possible with a phone in hand, and when we tried it, everyone started flipping all the items in the living room frantically to find the perfect shade.
Others, like Bingo, are much less inspired.
As if that were not enough, the duration of the explanations may kill any momentum in your party. At the beginning of each mini-game, we are presented with a video of actors playing the games, followed by explanations, followed by testing the controllers and the movements we will have to make, to finally let us play. Sometimes we had to go through a minute of explanations, for a game that lasted less than 10 seconds. Enough to remove all oxygen from your party.
We obviously couldn’t test a game with 100 players (we don’t have enough friends, nor a big enough lounge, it would seem), but we can easily imagine that it can be exciting for a game or two.
But unless you are very fond of party games, or you organize a party with a lot of highly motivated guests, we suggest you skip your turn, or fall back on safe bets like the Mario Party or Jackbox series.
Our rating : 10 / 20
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