If you are a fan of board games, dice, cards, and enjoy discovering what people around the world have invented to keep you entertained, you will love Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics. As its title suggests, there are 51 games to be discovered on this cartridge for the Nintendo Switch.
Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics in detail
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Reviewed on: Nintendo Switch Lite
Style: Board games
Available game modes: solo, multiplayer (1 to 4 players local and online)
ESRB ranking: E (For All)
Operating language: Game available in French
51 classic games to (re) discover
In this compilation, 51 board games are combined in one cartridge. You will spend hours playing chess, backgammon, Yam’s, Japanese Mahjong, bowling, Solitaire or any other game of the same kind. Everyone can find their favorites there. In the lot, only a handful didn’t catch me. The batting average is pretty good in my case.
A brief explanation of the rules is launched at the start of each activity. It is presented in a fun way by a family who loves board games. Parents and children have fun sharing their favorite games with others. They mention their origins, the countries that invented them and some facts about them. It’s light and informative.
A beautiful re-imagination of a Nintendo DS success
First, regulars will recognize his title. Clubhouse Games was a Nintendo DS game released in 2005. I purchased it and completed all 42 games included. The current Nintendo Switch edition has 51. Some have changed but most are returning. One of the things I like is that these games are easy to learn. We are guided to choose the right cards, or at least we are prevented from cheating. In board games and miniature sports, training will be the key to success.
One of the attractions of a compilation like this is to discover a variety of games. I noticed that many offer a variation in their approach. Billiards can be played in classic mode, the game of 8 or the game of 9. It will be fun to offer them to my group of friends at our future social evenings.
Different ways to play
Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics adapts to the different ways of playing the Nintendo Switch. Most of the time, I used the console buttons or the touch screen, especially for card games. For the latter, it works quite well. However, I had problems with the pins where my finger on the touch screen dropped my ball more often than not.
If you are connected to the TV screen, you can opt for Joy-Con. Some games including bowling and darts will use Joy-Con controllers to add movement to our games, reminiscent of Wii Sports games! This works convincingly. You have to get used to it at the beginning but once comfortable, it’s going very well. It will be perfect for many, while up to four players can connect locally.
Whether you are alone or in a group of up to four locally or online, Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics adapts to each situation. We can play:
- With a single Nintendo Switch console
- With several consoles in mosaic mode – some games allow you to paste up to four Switch screens to enlarge the game board.
- By downloading a “Guest Edition” to play 4 consoles locally with a single purchased game
- Online up to four players – We select three games that we want to try online. While waiting to be paired, you can launch any game solo on your console. When the multiplayer game is ready, let’s go. I like this way of waiting, without having the impression of finally waiting!
A simple, refined but generic presentation
The presentation of Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics Is simple. All games are accessible from the start. We make our selection by clicking on it, or we launch a game randomly by pressing Y. A notification next to each indicates which ones we have played, and which ones we have completed. That is to say, we won a game in all the available variants of an activity.
The music is generic. Almost calming. For a game that I like to throw in a moment of relaxation playing cards or dice, this is perfect. We recognize the sounds of each game that give the impression of playing it for real. We hear the balls falling into the wooden boxes and the billiard ball being struck and pocketed. It’s a nice touch. Also very cool to see each game board in a thematic setting. Attention to detail has been achieved on this side.
Find your classics in Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics on Nintendo Switch
If you are a fan of board games or want to discover new ones, Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics is ideal. This cartridge contains many known or slightly less known games. There are many classics to discover, or to revisit. You will remember the evenings spent playing President, checkers and dominoes. Or do you prefer a soccer or miniature curling match?
+ 51 games to do and redo
+ The multiplayer waiting room
+ Discover games from all over the world
+ The added anecdotes enrich the experience
+ Integration of several ways to play to facilitate the local multiplayer experience
– Some games have difficulty with touch screen controls
– The explanatory phase with family members is cute at first, but becomes tiresome in the long run
OVERALL CLUBHOUSE GAMES EVALUATION: 51 WORLDWIDE CLASSICS
Gaming experience: 3.75 / 5
Graphics: 4.5 / 5
His : 4.25 / 5
Potential life / Replayability: 4/5
Overall rating: 4/5 (82%)
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Thanks to Nintendo of Canada for the media copy that made this test possible.
The images illustrating this article come from my game on Nintendo Switch.