1-2-Switch Review

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Posted: 3 weeks ago, last updated 13 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.


1-2-Switch is a series of party games that use the Switch Joy-Con controllers in imaginative and unusual ways. Although it looks like a novelty, the focus on physical motion and activity rather than just what's on the screen makes this surprisingly engaging.

Play in most of the minigames is usually multiplayer and involves holding the Joy-Con controllers to mimic a real-life activity. From wild-west duels, cow-milking competitions to copycat dance-offs this is about quick reactions and careful motions. More than that, it's about being a bit silly and laughing together.

There are 28 different minigames, most of which involve two players, who each use one of the Joy-Con controllers and are often encouraged to look at each other rather than the screen during gameplay.

Stand out games in the collection are the cow milking challenge where you motion the controlled in an up and down direction to draw milk from the cow's udders. Then there is the virtual eating game that uses the camera in the end of the Joy-Con controller (yes there's one in there) to get one player to make chomping motions with their mouth to eat lots of different food. There's a game that uses the precise vibration feedback of the controller to get you to "feel" how many balls are trapped inside as you tilt it from left to right.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 2-9 year-olds

Release Date: 02/03/2017

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Creative, Physically Active and Puzzle

Developer: @Nintendo


Duration: It takes between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round of this game.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.


1-2-Switch usually costs £39.99.


Switch £39.99
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Ratied PEGI 7 for implied violence against human-like characters. One of the mini-games finds an actor being hit by a flurry of punches while falling back. This is a still depiction but it looks as if the actor gets punched down. In another mini-game a player is required to quickly draw “a gun” which is represented through the Nintendo switch controller. A revolver is seen on screen and one of the two actors is seen on his knees.

ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Mild Violence. A handful of these mini-games depict violent acts: a boxing mini-game contains a brief animation of opponents throwing punches at each other; wizard duels depict two figures with wands fighting for control over a beam of energy; the sword-fighting mini-game contains clashing sound effects, while the samurai training depicts characters being conked on the head.

Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 2-9 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. The simpler (and non-violent) games like answering a telephone when the controller rings, or cow milking can be enjoyed by really young players provided they have an adult or sibling to explain the game and play with.


We haven't recorded accessibility settings for this game yet. Our 1-2-Switch Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Nintendo) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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