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Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

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  • Summary: Help the citizens of earth as a cute little UFO with a handy extendable claw

    Move objects to the designated platform and balance, arrange, and build to help earthlings complete jobs! Tasks range from farming, fishing, and stacking cheerleaders. Wait…what? Each puzzling job has multiple
    Help the citizens of earth as a cute little UFO with a handy extendable claw

    Move objects to the designated platform and balance, arrange, and build to help earthlings complete jobs! Tasks range from farming, fishing, and stacking cheerleaders. Wait…what? Each puzzling job has multiple objectives hinted at through pictures. Solve them to earn in-game medals and unlock even more jobs—just keep an eye on the timer.

    Pass a Joy-Con™ controller to a friend for some duo UFO puzzle solving

    Recruit a friend and complete any job in cooperative mode. Each job also has a more difficult variation that’s perfect for two players. Jobs may have more objects to move or other challenges to keep the action fresh for your UFO buddy. Two claws are better than one!

    Reach for the stars (and a high score) in the Tower of Infinity

    The sky’s the limit in the Tower of Infinity mode! Stack objects that are flown in on helicopters to build the tallest tower you can. Be careful not to let anything fall of the platform or the round will end. A second player can join you on your journey to build the tallest tower possible.

    Take on jobs like helping a farmer load a truck, arranging circus animals, and rebuilding a temple. In addition to the medals you’ll earn to unlock other stages, you’ll receive some in-game currency for each job you complete. Redeem your hard-earned currency for adorably useful costumes. Dress like a ninja for a sneaky look and a speed boost, or don the safety helmet to stop quickly when zooming around the screen.
    Check out the Feats of Glory for extra challenges to complete as you play. For example, try to transport a total of 160 objects across all jobs or get a total of 54 medals. Complete four of these feats to unlock an animated illustration.
    Once you master your claw-swinging, object-stacking skills, you can go for a treasure hunt! In this mode you must solve puzzles and collect treasure as you explore treacherous ruins. Whether you want to help out earthlings, build your Tower of Infinity, or explore for treasure, the Part Time UFO game is full time fun.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Nov 1, 2020
    90
    The mobile version of Part Time UFO already had the charm of a Kirby game, the physics-based chaos of World of Goo and the compelling claw machine mechanics of Nintendo Badge Arcade. This new Switch port builds on top of that already impressive stack by adding a co-op mode that betters Snipperclips and chucks in an infinite mode that provides the sort of quick-fix joy that hasn't been seen since Paper Plane on DSiWare. It may be a game about picking things up, but the real challenge will come when you try to put it down.
  2. Nov 3, 2020
    85
    With a host of extras and the ability to play on a big screen, this is the definitive version of Part Time UFO. A lovely title with the cutest aesthetic in recent memory, you’ll be humming the theme song and smiling as you pick up and play this awesome puzzle title.
  3. Nov 12, 2020
    85
    With new features, modes, and various quality of life upgrades from its mobile origins, Part Time UFO on Switch continues to exemplify the fun and quirky sensibilities of HAL Labs without losing a step or grip.
  4. Nov 2, 2020
    80
    An uproarious, fine, original and as a whole catchy experience that seems out of this world, where HAL Laboratory's stellar creations definitely belong.
  5. Nov 3, 2020
    77
    This is an small, addictive game, that’s perfect for short sessions. If you missed it on mobile, give it a try on Switch.
  6. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Feb 17, 2021
    71
    The variety of maps, tasks and challenges is one of the strong suits of Part Time UFO. Even though the gameplay mechanics are pretty simple, clever puzzle design keeps the player entertained for many hours. [Issue#251, p.71]
  7. Oct 30, 2020
    70
    Part Time UFO is the best game I've ever played where you control an alien ship while completing mundane tasks. Okay, that didn't sound like a glowing endorsement but it is a cool little game and it's even more fun when you play it with a chum.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Nov 4, 2020
    10
    Part Time UFO on Switch is legitimately one of my favorite games to come out this year. The main adventure itself remains excellent, whilePart Time UFO on Switch is legitimately one of my favorite games to come out this year. The main adventure itself remains excellent, while the new additions and modes augment the experience and increase the content substantially. Because of these new elements, adding $4 to the price tag of the game seems entirely justified to me. I highly recommend trying out Part Time UFO if you haven’t already, it’s relatively inexpensive and well worth the investment. I hope to see HAL continue to produce more small projects akin to this one, they’re clearly quite talented at crafting gameplay experiences for this scale. Expand
  2. Nov 13, 2020
    10
    Part Time UFO on Switch is legitimately one of my favorite games to come out this year. The main adventure itself remains excellent, while thePart Time UFO on Switch is legitimately one of my favorite games to come out this year. The main adventure itself remains excellent, while the new additions and modes augment the experience and increase the content substantially. Because of these new elements, adding $4 to the price tag of the game seems entirely justified to me. I highly recommend trying out Part Time UFO if you haven’t already, it’s relatively inexpensive and well worth the investment. I hope to see HAL continue to produce more small projects akin to this one, they’re clearly quite talented at crafting gameplay experiences for this scale. Collapse Expand
  3. Sep 23, 2021
    10
    This game is pure gba era design, and one of the best puzzle platformers of all time. I can't believe this was originally for mobile, it is aThis game is pure gba era design, and one of the best puzzle platformers of all time. I can't believe this was originally for mobile, it is a very high quality game, and i hope to see more like it, or even a sequel going forward. I paid something like eight usd for this, and it is more than worth that amount.

    If I have a criticism, and hopefully someone involved in the making of the game will read reviews, it is that the goal system needs to be fixed. Some goals, such as "find the criminal" are too on the nose, once you know there is a criminal it becomes very easy to do. This would be much better left unsaid, and then the player can discover it for themselves. Other goals like "everything has to be upright" should be explicitly stated OR hidden until after your ffirst completion like in Captain toad. Also I would like more goals per level, because they really add depth.

    Overall I love this game, and recommend it to anyone with good taste.
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  4. Apr 24, 2021
    8
    What is it with HAL and puzzle games, man?! This is probably my second favorite puzzle game, right behind freaking TETRIS.
  5. Oct 30, 2020
    8
    A fun unique game from the makers of kirby. When I purchased this game I didn't know it first came out on mobile, but the controls translatedA fun unique game from the makers of kirby. When I purchased this game I didn't know it first came out on mobile, but the controls translated well to switch. The gameplay may be repetitive for some, although the game is short enough that I didn't feel that way. I recommend anyone into physics based puzzle games to pick up this game. Expand
  6. Jan 2, 2022
    8
    If you're on a budget and looking for a cheap game to play with friends then this is one of the best options.