Review: 'Swap This!' (Switch)

Review: 'Swap This!' (Switch) TWO TRIBES PUBLISHING

When a game is really good, it can sometimes be difficult to review it in a succinct way, making sure that you give enough attention to all its strengths. Likewise, if a game is really bad, it can be difficult to make sure you've fairly explored all of it in your review without just focusing on the flaws. But the most difficult game review, I feel, is a bland, blah game that's right there in the middle. That's where I am with Swap This!

Let me get this out of the way right at the start. Swap This! isn't bad. It's also not good. It's just kind of … there. It's a puzzle game where you swap colorful blocks and try to make a match of four or more, à la Candy Crush. You have a bunch of frozen fish in blocks of ice and you can swap them around however you like until you make a match of at least four blocks connected to one another. Occasional powerups and roadblocks pop up, but otherwise, that's the core game play.

There are a few little things I feel I should mention to be fair. If you're making a match, don't wait for the match to explode with points, keep swapping! If you line up four red fish and you just happen to have a fifth red fish somewhere else, you can swap it out quickly and add it to the reaction. The game modes focus on constant action, meaning that if you're not swapping blocks, you're losing. And those game modes? Timed, Attack (a big fish is slowly lumbering toward you and every match delays his arrival), and a few puzzles. Not a rich amount of content by any measure, but still serviceable.

The graphics are what you would expect, colorful and cartoony, and the extremely limited music serves its function without becoming too annoying or distracting. Playing touch games on the Switch still feels a little awkward for me, but it works for the genre. It was only a minor nuisance to realize I couldn't pick modes or select options with the controllers, something that I got over quickly.

So what's the final verdict on Swap This!? It's... a game. It doesn't really do anything to stand out, for better or worse. Do you like tile matching games? You'll probably be okay with this. It won't wow you, but you'll be okay with it. Other games have done much better with the genre, and yet, still more have done much worse. This game falls squarely in the middle. It's... safe. Dare I say a little boring? Content-wise, there's enough to explore for roughly an hour or so before it's all redundant, but if you want something you can play while waiting in line at the DMV, you could certainly do worse. You could also do better.

Final Score: 5.5 out of 10

A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of review.

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