Games that have either come from, or at least simply feel more suited to, the mobile space on Switch are always a bit trickier to evaluate. Pirate’s Gold falls into that category with its visual simplicity, puzzle style that favors touchscreen play, and generally casual-friendly difficulty. The objective, on a general level, is sliding objects around the screen to either match either other with a growing variety of elements to help complicate that along the way, whether directional arrows, dynamite, or other implements. Playing docked is possible, with you using the controller to move an on-screen scimitar as your pointer, but for things like trying to grab coins it can be a bit sluggish. The touchscreen is more obviously preferable, but it does tend to make you reflect on whether you need to play it on a dedicated gaming device a bit. It at least sports a reasonable budget price, so if you’re craving a puzzle experience that’s easily playable on the go and isn’t a dime a dozen already on the platform it may suit you.
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