I had no idea this game existed until it released, but now that I watch the trailer, I’m pretty darn interested. Even though I’m more of a fantasy swords and magic type of guy, I love me some classic board and card games. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics is a game that hearkens back to simpler days before the internet and when we all just had a deck of cards, a few board games and maybe some dice to tide us over.
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Based on Clubhouse Games for the Nintendo DS, this upgraded version brings many new things with it, but it also loses some things. Obviously, the graphics are better. The DS was quite low powered compared to the Switch. You also have 11 more games. With that though, you lose games like Hearts, Spades and Go, probably due to licensing issues.
The new Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics is pretty impressive actually. It features a bunch of games you’ve heard of and maybe even played and some you probably never knew existed. There’s a good reason for that though. The collection comes to your doorstep with a goal – to teach you about a variety of games from around the world and through history. It basically wants to educate you while it entertains you. If you’re willing to step out of your comfort zone, I think it could succeed in this goal and you could have a lot more fun than if you just stick with what you’re familiar with. There are facts about these games built in too and I have to say, some of them are pretty interesting. As someone who prides himself on being pretty good at Jeopardy when I watch it, I didn’t really know many of these game related factoids.
No classic games would really make much sense without multiplayer though, so yes, this game or rather, collection of games, has local and online multiplayer. You can play across several Switch consoles too. There’s even a cool shot in the trailer that shows several people linking their Switches together physically to create a continuous track for toy cars to race on. That’s next level cool.
A handful of games use motion controls too. Games like darts and bowling have you mimicking the real life motion of the sport they’re based on using the joycon. I’m pretty interested in the darts game, if I’m honest. There are also a few games that are clearly meant to look like real life toys. I personally think this is a neat touch. It’s nice to see people create things that mimic real life miniatures. It’s refreshing to see creativity take new forms.
I love the prospect of games like Othello, the built in interactive piano, billiards and more. Sure, you could probably get a bunch of these games on your phone, but having them on the Switch instantaneously associates them with social gameplay, I think. A party, a family night, a reunion, take your pick.
There are definitely a few odd ball games that I probably won’t spend much time on, but I promised myself to at least try games like Backgammon, which I never learned to play but always held a vague interest in learning. All of the games come with instructions, though sometimes they can seem vague at times from what I hear, so it shouldn’t be too hard to open up to the possibilities. There are real time instructions during gameplay as well that basically hold your hand to make things easier. I’d say that’s better than reading Hoyle’s book of card games. Trust me, it’s a dry read.
I love when I see family games come to the Switch. 1,2 Switch was interesting, but lacked the appeal for many as a party or family gathering game that Clubhouse Games could offer. If you’re not accustomed to these types of games, I recommend you at least try them. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics is $39.99 on the eShop and there’s a demo to start with if you’re unsure. There’s bound to be a handful of games that you and your family will enjoy and the demo may help you sort that out.