The timing of 51 Worldwide Games couldn’t be better — in the midst of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis and the ever-increasing need for self-isolation, it’s a must-have collection of quirky (and flat-out popular) games from around the globe.
OzGameStop’s listing of 51 Worldwide Games’ contents was spot on the money, meaning this little Switch title provides access to card games like Blackjack and even UNO (aka Last Card in this collection), digitised versions of Air Hockey, Baseball, Curling, Slot Cars, Football, Connect 4 (erm, Four-in-a-Row) and even dice games like Yahtzee (ahem, Yacht Dice). As you play each title, you’ll unlock trivia about it and its origins, and winning games of each title will earn you the right to play against harder AI opponents if playing in solo mode.
It’s a simple concept that provides hours of fun across 51 diverse titles, though you can also choose to spice things up by playing a random game or simply using a globe to explore titles according to their country or origin or genre. If you’ve got a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, you can even head online and play games against friends or strangers, and locally, you can play select games using JoyCon or touch controls. Mosaic Mode is perhaps the most interesting, letting you chain together four local Switch consoles to form a larger play area; given the current state of the world, we were unable to test this mode.
There’s no point in reviewing each of the 51 games, but generally, the collection is polished and quite enjoyable. Some, but not all, games have assists or the option to undo a move and that’s always a better experience than having to restart a match after a flub. A majority of titles offer different levels of AI difficulty and even more offer rule variations that can be toggled on and off as you better understand what you’re doing.
There’s also some quintessential Nintendo polish, offering a lively, boppy and fun soundtrack at the same time it wants to hold your hand and ask you what your favourite food is to populate an online persona that no one will look at. It’s unneccesary, sure, but it doesn’t get in the way and can’t be faulted.
I chose to play most games against the computer, though a two-player, touchscreen enabled round of Air Hockey was absolutely the most enjoyable experience I had with 51 Worldwide Games. A personal leaderboard helps to further your play, highlighting your best performances across the library and also pointing out where you need to improve.
If you enjoy board games, card games or dice games and own a Nintendo Switch, this one’s really a no-brainer. Priced at $60 AUD, you’ll certainly get more than your money’s worth from this collection. 51 Worldwide Games heads to Nintendo Switch on 5 June.
51 Worldwide Games was reviewed using a promotional code on Switch, as provided by the publisher. Click here to learn more about Stevivor’s scoring scale.