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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Nov 19, 2019
    80
    A multiplayer exclusive for Nintendo Switch you can't miss out on.
  2. Nov 28, 2019
    80
    The Stretchers is a deceptively simple co-op game that manages to be fun for every second of it’s brief run time, delivering interesting levels and hilarious chaos as your shout at your partner (or left hand) to just pick up the damn stretcher.
  3. Dec 5, 2019
    80
    Imagine the joy you felt playing Untitled Goose Game for the first time, then imagine playing that with a friend. Sprinkle in a dash of Overcooked, a smattering of Crazy Taxi (or The Simpsons: Road Rage) and you'll get a good idea of the terrific fun that can be had with The Stretchers.
  4. Nov 24, 2019
    75
    The Stretchers is a very original, casual and fun idea, which can be enjoyed alone but shines especially in the two-player mode. Unfortunately, the experience will be short.
  5. Dec 30, 2019
    70
    The Stretchers may stretch that smile over your face, with its funny ragdoll physics and clumsy multiplayer moments. It may be short and lacks replay value, but for the while it lasts, it is sure to bring a bit of hilarious sunshine to that rainy day, we all get to live sometimes.
  6. Nov 19, 2019
    70
    The Stretchers may not look visually appealing and it controls a little rough around the edges, but it’s also a hilarious time from start to finish. Best enjoyed as a co-op experience, this is the kind of surprise I’m more than willing to embrace from Nintendo in the future.
  7. Jan 24, 2020
    60
    The Stretchers is a jovial, anarchic affair. It looks like a Dreamcast title and, in some respects, feels like playing one too. That comparison isn't meant as a pejorative to say it's dated, as it isn't, and certainly it has a charm all of its own. Despite some small annoyances, it is the freshness, and an arcade-y fun-ness that feels like something off of Sega's last console. This is brimming with engaging ideas, which constantly build on or mix up the core mechanic, which taken on its own merits is strong.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Feb 1, 2021
    8
    This underrated gem of a game lands somewhere left of the middle between Crazy Taxi on the Sega Dreamcast and the comics of Joan Cornellà.This underrated gem of a game lands somewhere left of the middle between Crazy Taxi on the Sega Dreamcast and the comics of Joan Cornellà. Literally the first real Laugh Out Loud moments since I’ve owned a Nintendo Switch occurred today during our first session with this game. Recommended game for 2 player couch coop with your younger kiddo. My 6 year old held up really well and the 9 year old aced it. We had so many laughs, great stuff! Expand
  2. Jan 10, 2021
    8
    The game is pretty good. Not so much arguing as a game like overcooked. The only thing is the game is a little short. Would wish for a fewThe game is pretty good. Not so much arguing as a game like overcooked. The only thing is the game is a little short. Would wish for a few more levels. It’s cool how you can travel around the map and find cool Easter eggs as well. Expand
  3. Mar 3, 2020
    5
    The premise is great, and the animations and rag doll physics initially create hilarious situations and moments. Two main issues bring theThe premise is great, and the animations and rag doll physics initially create hilarious situations and moments. Two main issues bring the game down though:

    1. The controls are simply too finicky. You're meant to press a button to grab the nearest object, whether it's a door, a chair or a person's foot, but more often than not, the character ends up grabbing something else than you intended. It's simply not intuitive enough.

    2. Although you get a score at the end of each mission, you're not told if you did well or not. Giving out bronze/silver/gold depending on your score would have done a lot to the replayability and enjoyment. As it is now, you don't really care if you did okay or not, and it all gets a little pointless as it's not a challenging game to begin with.

    Fixing these issues and a few other details could really have made this game amazing! You can still have fun if you're fun people playing, and driving your ambulance on the fully explorable island between missions is a great addition that adds variation and "meat" to the experience, but all in all, it's hard to recommend unless you've already played all the other great co-op games on Switch (the Overcooked! games come to mind) and crave even more.
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