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Warp Shift (Switch) Review

by Julia Gomez - April 19, 2018, 4:42 am EDT
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This celestial puzzler packs a pretty punch.

Warp Shift begins by introducing you to its heroine, Pi, who must overcome a series of puzzles in order to find her way home. In the intro, we meet her sidekick: a floating cube that assists you along your journey. Mesmerizing music and a beautiful setting draw you in for a relaxing puzzler that is great fun.

This game is beautiful, and looks nice on the Switch. The five worlds are each carefully designed, adding to the interest of the game as you progress through the levels. Against a planetary backdrop that shifts ever so slightly as you work, you solve a series of puzzles that rely on the manipulation of your surroundings. Move blocks to help Pi get to the exit, and on to the next puzzle you go.

The puzzles are sufficiently challenging and the difficulty increases at a moderate rate. Each new world adds a different twist, requiring new ways of thinking without disrupting the core gameplay. The levels can be solved in as many steps as you need, but using the least amount of moves gets you a perfect three stars. Efficiency is key if you want to get those perfect scores, but failing to use moves wisely won’t keep you from progressing. This allows you to play at your own pace and skill level while providing incentive to come back and replay levels.

While the three-star ratings are some incentive for replay, I would say the game is otherwise lacking in that area. Achieving three stars does not get you anything but the pride of succeeding. That being said, the game works well and is a great addition to my collection of puzzlers. The touch controls on the Switch are well used here, and I even liked them better than using the Joy-Con. It is also fun to dock it and go for those perfect scores with the help of family or friends.

If you are looking for a puzzle game to spend a couple hours enjoying, Warp Shift is a great choice. Its design is unique and pleasing to the eye, and the puzzles themselves are a challenging yet relaxing way to spend some downtime.


  • Relaxing gameplay
  • Wonderful aesthetic
  • Lacks replay incentives

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Game Profile

Genre Puzzle
Developer ISBIT

Worldwide Releases

na: Warp Shift
Release Mar 27, 2018

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