Platform: Nintendo Switch
Version Reviewed: eShop Download
Category: Fitness, Sports, Multiplayer, Other
No. of Players: up to 2 players
Release Date: June 16, 2020 (Worldwide)
With the global pandemic that is COVID-19 causing dismay in many countries, plenty of companies, including Nintendo, have to let their employees work from their homes. One such development team at Nintendo have created a simple free game for folks to download and play on Nintendo Switch. The game is Jump Rope Challenge and it will be available to download from the Nintendo eShop until September 2020.
There is no story to Jump Rope Challenge so I will give you the basic plot. You play as a bunny who hops over a Jump Rope (or Skipping Rope as it is known in some countries). The idea is to simply find time during your day to take a break and play jump rope to help get the body moving.
To play Jump Rope Challenge you will need to use the Joy-Cons. By holding one in each hand, simply rotate your hands as you would with an actual jump rope. You can add a bit more authenticity by jumping as well though you don’t have to if you don’t want to. You have a starting limit to reach 100 jumps. After that, you will be asked if you want to continue. You can keep jumping until you have had enough.
You can take a break at any time by pressing X. Once you have rested, you can take over from where you left off, your previous jumps will still be recorded. You can play as many times a day as you like but the game will only record your highest score up to 1000 for that day. After that, your score is no longer recorded. Every day your score will start afresh so you can try for a new high score if you want.
Two players can also play together with each player holding a single Joy-Con. The score will count both jumps together (it will count as two jumps in the main score). Two-player mode can be accessed by simply pressing – or + on the Joy-Con. It is a simple “Jump in – Jump out” affair (pardon the pun) meaning you don’t have to start playing together of finish together. You can also change users without coming out of the game by pressing Y on the main menu.
CONTENT & FEATURES:
To be fair, there really isn’t much in the way of features but there are a few things that I can mention. After jumping the rope 100 times, you receive a new background. The background is a real-life image that can be anything from cats to fish. It is not possible to change the background, even after multiple days of playing.
What you can change, however, are the clothes that your rabbit is wearing. To change your rabbit’s outfit, press either left or right on the directional buttons with the Left Joy-Con and Y or A on the Right Joy-Con. The costumes can be a white dress, a striped T-Shirt a tuxedo, and the like to spruce up your character a little bit.
If you feel that your Daily Challenge Goal is a little low, you can alter it by pressing + on the main menu. You can choose between 100, 200, 300, all the way to 900. If you want to give yourself that extra challenge, the option is there.
I must say, that there really isn’t much that can be commended as regards to audio. There are sound effects for every time you jump. They also imitate what you see in the background. If you have a cat in the background, every jump you make, you will hear a meow sound.
There is also some clapping every time you reach 10 jumps (50, 60, 70, 80, etc). It is quaint and perhaps a little charming. I’m sure it will be more entertaining for young children than for young adults.
VISUALS & PERFORMANCE:
The visuals, much like the game itself, are very simple. It has a young children’s cartoon aesthetic (Like Peppa Pig for example). The Background on the other hand is a live photograph. That really is about it.
It seems strange to talk about this but the performance is very solid. The game runs very well on Switch as you would expect. Jump Rope Challenge is not graphically or visually demanding so there really is no reason for there to be issues otherwise.
Jump Rope Challenge is really is a simple game. The fact that the developers have created this little game whilst working from home and have offered it as a free download is commendable. It is a very easy, very basic game, that’s sole premise is simply to motivate you whilst stuck in the home. I have no real qualms, especially for a game that is free and made with good intentions. I would perhaps have liked that the backgrounds could have been changeable as well but other than that, it is what it is.
If you are thinking of downloading this game, it is free until the 30th of September 2020. It hardly takes up any space on the console with a file size of 78mb. It must be noted that it is not advised to play if you are pregnant, have heart, respiratory, orthopedic conditions, high blood pressure, or difficulty with physical exercise. Any issues with chest tightness or difficulty breathing, stop playing immediately. I know it seems odd to mention this in a review but when Nintendo themselves felt it necessary to mention this on their Game description page for Jump Rope Challenge, it only seemed right to bring them up in the review as well.
Jump Rope Challenge is a simple game that is meant to be played in short bursts. It is not intended to be a system seller but rather to entertain and motivate those who are stuck indoors.
THE VERDICT: 7/10
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This post was written by Mike Scorpio