The Original Mobile Games (Switch Review) | Short and Sweet | Please Play It

The Original Mobile Games (Switch Review) | Short and Sweet | Please Play It


Hello, and welcome to Please Play It, the
series in which I implore you to…Please Play It. Today’s episode is going to be short, to the
point, and a bit weird…but ultimately on an interesting game that I just want to help
others know exists. Enter “The Original Mobile Games”, played
here on the Nintendo Switch. Right off the bat you probably know if you’re
in or out looking at this one. Just like the description on the eShop puports,
these are digital recreations of actual real life games and puzzles, some going back as
far as almost 150 years. What you see is what you get here. By using the Joycon’s amazing futuristic motion
prowess, you manipulate each board, generally with the goal of getting small balls into
holes, though there are other puzzle types here like shifting these colored blocks into
the correct spaces as quickly as possible for a recorded fastest time. These can range from being incredibly simplistic,
to incredibly frustrating depending on your patience and tolerance levels. Personally, my frustration and anxiety leads
to kinda shaky hands so I found some puzzles more challenging than you might, and admittedly
I have plenty left to complete. Again, this video is more for a broad overview
than an in-depth puzzle by puzzle teardown. I’m sure at some point in your life you’ve
come across a game like these and already know if you find them interesting or not. But even if you don’t, the pros here should
still be appealing. The main reason I would suggest “The Original
Mobile Games”, is that something like this is so bizarre and novel that it’s almost worth
a purchase just to support the endeavor, everything else be damned. I haven’t played any of these specific puzzles
in real life so I can’t speak to the authenticity of the “feel” of the games, but they all behaved
as I would have expected. These are full-on digital replications of
gaming history, all presented in this nicely simplistic fashion that leaves the focus entirely
on the puzzles. Additionally, each game has a few paragraphs
of history you can read that help give some context and help you appreciate each one beyond
being an abstracted relic of the past. My one gripe with the presentation is that
there’s only one piece of music, a few more would have been appreciated, but for the price
it’s hard to complain much. Oh, by the way, this game is dirt cheap, at
least at first. You can buy in for $2, which gets you 6 puzzles. From there, each additional “pack” is roughly
another dollar shaking out to about 27 games altogether. All in all, it’s still pretty cheap though. Honestly, I’d be okay if they just kept pumping
out these add-ons. This entire package is such a cool thing that
I’d gladly throw them a few more bucks here and there if they can keep these coming. I really adore quirky releases like this,
the idea that I pretty much now have a virtual showroom of historical handheld games that
I can take anywhere and show to anyone is just so neat. If you couldn’t tell, I’m really enamored
more by the novelty here than the actual games themselves. To me, these were more interesting, thought
provoking, and frustrating than fun…but that’s my general feeling on these sorts of
games when they’re physically in my hands too, so I knew what I was signing up for going
in. As someone who isn’t an expert on the history
of these games, this is about the extent I can say. But as long as I’ve helped a few more people
know that this exists, then making this video was worth it for me. Hopefully it was at least interesting for
you to discover this, and maybe you’ll go check it out. Please Play It. Thank you to my Patrons for enabling me to
make videos on weirder titles like this. Y’all da best.


9 thoughts on “The Original Mobile Games (Switch Review) | Short and Sweet | Please Play It

  1. im kind of a big fan history, especially if its on cultural stuff like games and toys are. the gameplay looked fine but knowing theres historical information and probably a lot of care and effort into recreating the feeling of the game, im totally picking it up, especially for that price

  2. How did the physics feel? They look pretty spot on, but looks and feel are two separate things for physics based games

  3. The minimalistic presentation and low price made me assume this was some sort of bizarre low effort port of a mobile game. I'm glad this video and the entire series exists even as an exercise in not being so cynical about things before getting a chance to see the effort put into them.

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