I recently had the opportunity to play Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics and it's a great deal of fun so allow me to share my first impressions of Nintendo's latest casual compilation of delightful games.
At its core, Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics is simply as the title would suggest: 51 games from all over the world that you select from a menu. However, it has a lot more personality than I was expecting with its clever use of game pieces that are shaped like folks of all ages. Upon booting up a game for the first time, you get to watch a goofy scene with 2 or more of these chums talking about the game in a little sketch which can be quite funny and sometimes informative. Thankfully, you can dive deeper into each game's rules and strategies by reading the always handy "How to Play" info screens. Anyway, you can invite certain characters to join your home menu who are experts in certain genres such as Nintendo History and Solo Fun and they each come with an appropriate selection of games.
Although all of the presentational aspects impressed me a great deal, the main appeal of Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics are the games, of course. You'll get to enjoy a variety of board and card games, mini-games such as bowling and darts, and there are even plenty of arcade-style games like a fun tank combat game. Each game may have a list of challenges that award you with Medals as well as Personal Best scores and unlockable trivia so there's an impressive amount of replay value for each individual game. Of course, these challenges are fun to master when you're playing solo but you can also enjoy Clubhouse Games with up to 4 local or online players.
As I worked through the games, I found that I was learning a surprising amount. Not only was I being introduced to new games, I was also figuring out strategies for games that I've been playing for years thanks to the helpful in-game tutorials and challenging AI. Who knew playing a bunch of classic games could be so educational? As a result, I can see Clubhouse Games being a fantastic learning tool for children. Seeing how people have been playing games over the centuries is actually quite an eye-opening experience but at the same time, it's highly enjoyable. Plus, the fact that you can literally share the fun with folks from all over the world is quite fitting.
Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics debuts for Switch on June 5th and you can look forward to reading my full review prior to its release date. For now, stay safe and have fun. See you online!