01st Oct2019

Digital Shorts: ‘Chop’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition Britt takes a look at Chop, a a new multiplayer game available now on the Nintendo Switch.


Although there are quite a few single-screen multi-player action games on the Switch, Chop deserves to stand out as it’s one of the strongest examples of this niche genre.

I quite often have gaming nights and a good fast-paced multi-player game goes down well, the problem is that it’s such a populated genre that games can sometimes slip through the cracks. What makes Chop different is not only the level of crassness and gruesomeness but in how each character has slightly different abilities and the game catches a good balance of skill and randomness.

In Chop (Currently local multiplayer only, 2-4 players), the main focus is to kill one of the other players, which opens up a portal through which you can escape. Presented in 2D, the Borderlands-esque graphics (and vibe) set the tone and the game is quick and brutal with a touch of Towerfall in how you have to pick up your weapon to re-use it.

The main buttons – dash, throw sword, jump etc. are the same for each character but they each have a unique feature such as the ability to teleport to their thrown weapons, throw two swords or perhaps use telekinesis to pull your sword back to you (my favourite) the key is the subtle differences in how each character plays and the balance of the game. The levels are quite varied in how they may have environmental hazards and screens that flip, among other nice touches such as power-ups scattered around the stage.

There are three game modes included to add variety and the ability to go it alone or team up if you fancy mixing things up. The music is over-the-top rock which suits the zany feel of the game perfectly, sometimes games with this aesthetic can just use thudding metal which is tedious but there’s an energy to the music which is a good fit here.

If you are a fan of single-screen multiplayer action party games, Chop is one I’d recommend although the high level of gore, violence and certain character gesticulations probably aren’t for everyone but I lapped it up, there’s one kill animation especially that made me clutch my pearls and say, “Crikey Moses”. All in all, good, fast fun, especially after a few ‘sharpeners’.

Chop is available on the Nintendo eShop now.


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