Wingspan Review (Switch eShop) | Nintendo Life

Bird watching was once a socially exiled territory. One of the reliable spod hobbies, along with trainspotting, and, well, Warhammer.. But now the tide has changed. The pod has power. The former Social Paria is now a cultural arbitrator. It’s cool to be crazy about manga right now. In this world full of topsy, it’s now natural to know about birds. rad..So we have Wingspan, Switch digital adaptation of the acclaimed bird card game. Will it soar into the sky, or will it plunge into the depth of the roar and fly helplessly?

The initial complexity of the game is a bit deceptive. Do you want to change the turn structure? Multiple decks? It’s all a bit overwhelming, but thankfully there’s a pretty good, refreshing short tutorial to introduce you to birdie ropes. It doesn’t carry you throughout the game and trusts that the player understands it without having to repeat it comprehensively. And that’s great. It’s a pace change in a medium that you have very everyday. Anyway, all games like Wingspan are playing. You can read through that tutorial to find out what everything does, but how do they all combine and interact? This is the main purpose of the game and is very similar to what we have done so far. Mystic veil And Faeria – You learn by do it..

So what Do Do you wing span? It’s all very idyllic, but in reality it’s survived with some aggressive economics – Beeconomics? There are four options each turn. Pull a bird out of your hand (this isn’t worth two birds in the bush, contrary to the popular idiom), Take food from the bird feeder and push out the eggs or draw cards from the deck. 8 turns in the first round, then 7 turns, then 6 turns, then 5 turns. Scores will be counted for a total of 4 rounds.

Scoring, like the rest of the game, is a bit complicated. Each round has special conditions that are randomly assigned. Additional points to achieve a specific goal. The number of birds in a particular habitat (grasslands, forests, wetlands), the number of eggs laid, etc. Of course, setting up a deck to achieve one of these goals can fail the next, so you need to plan ahead. Decide exactly where and when to play the bird. This requires a particular type of randomly wound bird food, but a particular type of deficiency can be supplemented with a large amount of another bird food, but will be needed later in the game. You might. It’s all pretty delicate and you’ll need to make sure you have enough food and eggs to carry out your plan.

After playing one or two birds, activate the power from right to left. Certain birds with feathers flock together. This means that here they complement each other well, leading to more food, more birds, and higher scores. Each round gets shorter, so your actions feel more important as the game progresses. You’ll have less chance to create a splash, but you’ll see that the already-occurring bird and resource snowball effects can completely change the outcome of the game each turn. It’s also great and refreshing, as the entire Wingspan session lasts just over 30 minutes. If you lower the rules, very I’m crazy about it.

But we are not keen on how far we feel from other players. Wingspan didn’t seem to be particularly sociable as a game, and we laser-focused on our playfield. It is possible to check the efforts of your opponents, but there are few ways to interact.There’s nothing really in the way follow Someone else’s deck, the game instead prefers everything about the aforementioned resource balance. A kind of competition with a smile and a cheeky wink when pulling all the best birds from a shared card. Still, it can feel lonely, as players rarely influence each other’s playstyle.

But how does it work with Switch? After all, if the port hasn’t reached scratch, any good card game can be a cropper. And, a little unfortunately, the Wingspan on the Nintendo console turned out to be a slightly more complicated bag. The UI is informative and, frankly, very very busy. This is needed to convey a fairly complex game to the player, but with handhelds it turns out that it can be a bit tricky to understand.

So to speak, there are many pop-ups. You will be prompted to make a selection and confirm (for example, press A to select an item from the bird feeder and press Y to confirm the decision). This isn’t an exactly intuitive system, and it’s even less useful that the controls seem to change from time to time. For example, use the cross key to draw a bird card, which is actually an analog stick for navigating the bird card. If you have only one choice, press Y instead of A to see the movement already highlighted. We guarantee to spoil this at least a couple of times per game. It’s a very small frustration, but it can snowball frustration and, as a result, lose the desire to pick up and play simple games.

Still, with gorgeous illustrations and a cute touch, a little trivia about each bird as you play the cards, everything looks and sounds nice. Obviously a lot of effort has been put into presenting relatively complex games for the home console, but the switches have a lot of buttons, and sometimes everything seems a little more. I managed to lock the game several times when I accidentally tapped the A button and got a pop-up message saying there wasn’t enough bird food to perform that action. The pop-up could not be closed. Unless you quit the game and reload.

It was also possible to accidentally trigger and roll credits In the background of the game in progress You must exit after selecting the hide option in the pause menu. Thankfully, Wingspan kept progress in both cases. In fact, you can always interrupt the game and return to it immediately.

There aren’t many modes, but it’s all that matters. Not only local multiplayer, but also AI challenge, Solitaire-Like “Automa” variant, a special take of the game with a smarter computer. You can also look at the birds to get used to their power and see how complete the finished game you have chosen to save for posterity. Of course, you can also bring the game online in real-time (5 minutes per turn) or asynchronous (24 hours per turn) mode. For enthusiasts, you can play up to 10 games at a time. Although we argue that it can be a bit confusing.


Wingspan is a powerful card game for those who have the patience to learn how it works. It’s fun, compulsive, and can sometimes really surprise you with the cumulative effects and consequences. The translation to Switch is a little … difficultBut I certainly don’t want to try it. While handheld is far from ideal, the dock has a lot to enjoy as a sofa multiplayer experience. We’re looking for ways to create the highest-scoring deck, so you can enjoy it alone. Despite some porting issues, Wingspan is definitely a good time and it will be hard to stop after just one game. It’s a lot cheaper than a physical game, so it’s a perfectly viable alternative.

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