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Play OverviewPlay Overview

1-2-Switch (2017) 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.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked 1-2-Switch 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Physically Active game with Creative, Puzzle and Simulation elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated 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.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated General (G) for Very Mild Violence.

Skill Level

2+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. 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.



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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 02/03/2017

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Physically Active (Creative, Puzzle and Simulation)

Accessibility: 14 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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