Studio Wumpus’ digital board game Sumer is coming to the Nintendo Switch today, bringing the award-winning game to the portable platform.

Sumer is a game where four players take on the roles of nobles in ancient Sumeria. Each player is trying to gain the favor of the gods by producing goods and sacrificing them in the rituals that get progressively more complex as the game goes on. This isn’t just a simple digital board game where you’ll tick up resources; you have to use platforming skills to move around the map in order to assign workers to produce your goods or take a sacrifice to the top of the temple. A Launch Trailer accompanied the news of its release on the Nintendo Switch:

A game of Sumer typically takes around an hour to complete. Players will alternate between two different segments of gameplay. In one portion of the game, you’ll be assigning workers to create goods and moving around the map to try and meet the quotas demanded in the sacrifices to the gods. In the other segment, you’ll compete in a timed auction to purchase new buildings that will help you produce more complex goods or provide convenient functions like an additional bed for ending your turn elsewhere on the map. You can check out our preview of Sumer to see our thoughts on the game – it’s a good bit of fun for you and your friends.

At the moment, the game doesn’t yet feature online multiplayer on its Steam Early Access version. A Steam Community discussion post from the developers from late last year indicates that they’re still hard at work at getting online multiplayer working correctly, describing it as an “all-or-nothing” scenario. Studio Wumpus has stated that they’ll be releasing online multiplayer functionality as soon as its high-enough quality; we’ve reached out to them for additional comment on the matter. In the meantime, you can pick up Sumer directly from Nintendo or grab the PC version on Steam for $14.99 or your regional equivalent.

Update: We’ve heard back from Studio Wumpus regarding online multiplayer in Sumer. At the moment, the Nintendo Switch version will be local multiplayer only. The developers had to shift focus towards work on the Switch version in recent months, and now they’ll be able to allocate more resources towards putting the finishing touches on online multiplayer. They expect the feature to be ready for the PC version of the game sometime this year. As for the Nintendo Switch, Studio Wumpus has stated that they can’t make any promises as they’re not sure “how well our tech and theirs will play together”, but the indication is that it’s something they would very much like to do.

What do you think of Sumer? Would you prefer to play a game like this on the PC or on a console like the Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the comments below!


Robert N. Adams

Senior Writer

I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!