[Nintendo Switch] Traffix Review
Traffix from Nerd Monkeys is a fun, minimalist puzzle game about directing traffic. Learn more about it in our Traffix review!
Traffix from Nerd Monkeys is a fun, minimalist puzzle game about directing traffic. The rules are very simple: vehicles will approach the different intersections in each stage, and you must either press the A button or tap the light on the screen when playing in Portable or Tabletop Mode or when playing Traffix on a Nintendo Switch Lite. If you double-tap, then you’ll let through all cars waiting on that lane. To stop the next car or cars arriving at the intersection, press the A button or tap again.
Things start to get tricky when you realize that, just like in real life, drivers can become very impatient. An impatient driver is not good because they can get angry, which will count as an incident for that stage. If any of the cars end up crashing, then that will also count as an incident. On top of this, cars that crash will start to block the traffic, so you’ll need to either quickly tap on them or press the ZL or ZR buttons to remove them from the screen. Things will start off slowly since you will only need to worry about one traffic light, but you’ll soon have to take care of more than one, adding more buttons into the mix, which can lead to mistakes.
Your adventure will take you through many cities, each one with different requirements and a different layout, as well as a Normal difficulty setting and a Chaos difficulty setting you can unlock after completing the level on Normal. The cities you’ll visit are Berlin, Rome, Jakarta, Athens, Shangai, Moscow, Dublin, Cairo, Mexico City, Sidney, Havana, Amsterdam, New Delhi, Cape Town, Auckland, Barcelona, Budapest, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Paris, Seoul, Dubai, Buenos Aires, London, San Francisco, Vancouver, New York, Rio de Janeiro, and Lisbon, so there’s plenty of content to enjoy in this budget release.
Every car that makes it through in one piece will add to the bar on the upper left part of the screen. Below this will be the number of incidents you’ve had while playing the game. Once the bar is full, you’ll complete the level. After finishing a level, you will see how many cases of road rage you had during your watch, as well as how many accidents there were. If you want to get a three-star rating for the level, then you’ll have to be very careful as you pay attention to everything that is going on. Chaos Mode for a level can only be unlocked if you get a three-star rating for it, so if you’re the type of gamer who likes to 100% a game, you’ll probably have to replay some levels.
If you’re looking for a fun puzzle game with a minimalist look in which you have to direct traffic in dozens of cities around the world, then Traffix is exactly what you need. The game is out on Nintendo Switch with a $4.99 price, making it an easy one to recommend.
This Traffix review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Nerd Monkeys.