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Ink & Paper: DoodleCut Switch Review

PlatformNintendo Switch
Release Date2/24/23
ESRB RatingE

Ink & Paper is a Qix clone. You know this game. You have an area, and you draw lines to cordon off areas until you get a certain percentage of the area cordoned off. Enemies are floating around and will try to hit you and take your life. However, this is a standard Qix clone; you know what you are getting. There is very little that’s new here besides the hand-drawn theme, which I have to admit is very well done. I used to draw doodles in my notebooks at school, and the game looks like those. But the final nail in the coffin for Ink & Paper is that Mokoko X exists. All Qix clones on the Switch are measured against that game. Mokoko X is awesome. It’s funny, it’s engaging, I want to go back to it. When compared to it, Doodlecut is puny.

The theme is really the only reason to get this.

In the end, Ink & Paper isn’t bad. The main issue here is its gameplay is generic when the theme is stripped out. But there is a lot to play around with, including an expert mode and a two-player co-op. However, even with the extras, I’m not sure this is worth a purchase when there are far better Qix clones on the Switch. Therefore, I will give this a YMMV.

Overall: Ink & Paper: Doodlecut is a Qix clone, and a decent one. However, it doesn’t do enough new to justify its existence in a crowded market.

Verdict: YMMV

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