[Nintendo Switch] Please, Touch the Artwork Review
Please, Touch the Artwork from Nakana.io and Thomas Waterzooi is a chill art game experience inspired by the work of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. Check our Please, Touch the Artwork review!
Please, Touch the Artwork from Nakana.io and Thomas Waterzooi is a chill art game experience inspired by the work of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. Since you’re in a museum, you’ll be interacting with 160 paintings split into three exhibits, and you can play them in any order and change between them as you see fit. They have been created to provide an experience that is easy-going and stress-free so that its puzzles don’t overwhelm you. You’ll customize your experience by answering some questions so that the game can get a better feel for your expertise with puzzle games and nudge towards the right option to get going.
Please, Touch the Artwork is one of those Nintendo Switch games that can only be played by using the console’s touchscreen, which means you’ll have to play this one in Portable or Tabletop Mode, or on a Nintendo Switch Lite. You can start with Boogie Woogie, where you will learn more about Woogie, a small square that is joined by Boogie, a square that is a bit bigger. As you progress and complete each level, you’ll learn more about how their relationship evolves through new scenarios.
They complement each other perfectly and are very much in love! All they want to do is Boogie Woogie, so you’ll help them have fun and move around the screen from point A to point B. They live in a small frame, so it’s always easy for one to find the other. You’ll be given a set number of tries and must give it your best effort to bring them together. New elements are introduced at a steady pace, which changes how you approach subsequent puzzles, such as white squares that change Woogie’s direction by twisting him to the left. But what if you run into a red square?
Another exhibit is New York City. It’s inspired by Mondrian’s paintings of the same name, and it tells the story of someone who ends up moving to New Your City and ends up with a lot of mixed emotions. As you move through each section of New York City, you’ll be collecting letters to reconstruct poems. You can change directions at intersections, and once you’ve collected all letters, you must then retrace your steps to reach the exit. You’ll know how many letters you need to collect thanks to the number on the black line you control.
Things start off easy enough as you move through the city’s streets, discovering new areas, but you start to get a feeling of nostalgia and a bit of dread as you progress further and further, completing more of the poem as you explore considerably larger areas with lots of traffic, overpasses, and tunnels. The screen starts to angle up, and you get a sense of claustrophobia setting in. Maybe life in the big city is not everything it’s cracked up to be. Everyone is always rushing, and no one seems to have the time to stop for a moment and take in the moment. Add having a long-distance relationship after the move, and you can get an idea of how going from a small town to live in New York City can end up making someone feel anxious.
The last exhibit is called The Style, based on the De Stijl movement founded back in 1917, in which elements are reduced to their essential forms and colors by only using black, white, and primary colors. You’ll start with a blank canvas, and once you touch it, the first chapter will begin – let there be light! One canvas will be white and will ask that you don’t touch it, while the other one will be black and will demand that you touch it. After that, you’ll have to create a line. And then another one. And another one!
You’ll have to pay attention to the image on the left so that you can use the canvas on the right to copy it as needed. Pay attention to the order of the elements presented at the center of the screen since they will show you the order in which you’ll be drawing each type of line, which changes what you can and can’t do to complete the image during each step of the process. And once you have to also take primary colors into consideration, you’ll need to tap in the right order to bring the art to life!
Please, Touch the Artwork is a colorful and interesting puzzle experience inspired by the work of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian that offers a very chill trio of experiences on Nintendo Switch. You’ll be playing this one at your own pace with no timers to worry about, and it should take you around 2-3 hours to complete all paintings – depending on your expertise with puzzle games. And if you ever feel stuck, you can always use the handy hint button to keep going. Please, Touch the Artwork is out now on Nintendo Switch with a $7.99 asking price.
This Please, Touch the Artwork review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Nakana.io.