Review: 51 Worldwide Games (Nintendo Switch)

Clear the table and settle down with friends and family to enjoy a diverse collection of timeless favorites, in person or online**, in 51 Worldwide Games. From ancient board games to modern classics, relaxing solitaire games to fast-paced toy sports, experience the games that have shaped cultures around the world.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 2.3gb download size.
  • Three ways to play-single system/local play/online.
  • Single system-1 or 2 players.
  • Every game begins with a skippable tutorial on how to play the selected game.
  • Each game has a set of challenges that reward you with a medal.
  • Unlock helpful hints by playing.
  • Depending on the game you can unlock game variations, higher difficulties, or maybe new rules.
  • Games can generally use the touchscreen, joycon, or motion controls for play.
  • Full touchscreen control.
  • List of games-
    • Mancala
    • Hanafuda
    • Backgammon
    • Renegade
    • Draughts
    • President
    • Dominoes
    • Speed
    • Hare and Hounds
    • Blackjack
    • Four-in-a-Row
    • Chess
    • Shogi
    • Mini Shogi
    • Ludo
    • Riichi Mahjong
    • Sevens
    • Golf
    • Darts
    • Texas Hold’em
    • Nine Men’s Morris
    • Air Hockey
    • War
    • Carrom
    • Chinese Checkers
    • Yacht Dice
    • Takoyaki
    • Billiards
    • Hex
    • Spider Solitaire
    • Gomoku
    • Matching
    • Bowling
    • Shooting Gallery
    • Slot Cars
    • Dots and Boxes
    • Hit and Blow
    • Pig’s Tail
    • Mahjong Solitaire
    • Last Card
    • Fishing
    • Klondike Solitaire
    • Toy Tennis
    • Toy Football
    • Toy Curling
    • Toy Boxing
    • Toy Baseball
    • Battle Tanks
    • Team Tanks
    • Sliding Puzzle
    • 6-Ball Puzzle
  • Piano-chance to just chill out and play the piano.
  • Recommend games via the world tour guide button.
  • Look at what games are playing and recommending.
  • Online-friends only or anyone.
  • Local play-2-4 local machines or mosaic where you put two Switches together lengthways.
  • Local two-player one console-play with touch or Joycons.
  • Local Switch owners can download the FREE guest edition to join in on a select amount of games.
  • Random game choice button.
  • Running counter of who’s won what games and it can be reset.
  • Very simple easy to learn controls.
  • Great game to have when traveling with kids or friends.
  • Solo two-player experiences.

Cons:

  • Not all games are compatible with local play or Switch sharing.
  • It takes a bit of getting used to the touch screen or motion controls.
  • No online leaderboards for competitions.
  • Some games come across as way too basic.
  • Few games I’m surprised made it in.
  • No way to customize your experience like avatars or in individual games.
  • The second player on the same console can’t have their own profile and is always a guest.

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
7.8/10

Summary

This to me is the digital version of that game set you would buy on holiday for a few guid. It was a Fold up board with bags of pieces allowing you to play like 50 different games, the pieces had magnets and it was a popular thing on caravan holiday sites, anyway history lesson over, 51 Games is a fantastic set of games that supports a lot of ways to play, love that they brought back the download and play so other Switch owners can grab a free edition and play some games with you. The games play just fine and have a few challenges in them but it’s a game you play for multiplayer. Solo play is fine but you have no leaderboards to compete on or anything. Overall its a great set of games and someone’s favourite will be on it, perfect for keeping the kids quiet.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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