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Singled Out is a Great Five-Minute Game

Don’t judge a criminal by their looks.

Is that the moral of Singled Out by Matt Lanville? Who knows. But what I do know is that you’ll be using three defining features to try and find the criminal within ten seconds. Shoot the wrong suspect and you’ve got yourself a big problem.

In Singled Out, available from today on Switch, you’ve got one goal and one goal only: find the criminal. He’s hiding among other possible suspects, but you’ve got an advantage on him. You know three of his facial features to help you ascertain the real from the fake.

The entire game takes place on one screen. On the left side are the three features of the criminal that you’re looking for. On the right side, you’ll see a bunch of floating heads. You’ve got ten seconds to identify the correct person to shoot. Sounds easy? Well, these criminals will all look pretty similar and ten seconds isn’t as long as you think it is.

And that’s the genius of Singled Out. While there’s really only one thing for you to do, it’s challenging and it’s fun. There are 30 levels for you to take on, increasing in difficulty as you continue. And while it’s been available on Steam since last September, the Switch version includes a new challenge mode.

Singled Out is perfect for when you’re in the waiting room for a dentist appointment or just want to play something for five minutes while you wait for your food in the microwave. It isn’t complicated, it isn’t bursting with a story or other big details, but it’s good, easy fun. For less than a fiver, it’s well worth picking up.

Becca knew that she would be addicted to video games for the rest of her life when she saw the first pixelated zombie shambling across her TV screen while playing Resident Evil 3. She particularly enjoys being scared, laughing until she cries, or just plain crying while experiencing games. When she isn't playing games she loves spoiling her cat Usagi and eating any kind of sushi she can find.