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Where Cards Fall

Snowman, The Game Band
Nov 4, 2021 - PC, Nintendo Switch

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67 / 100
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Critic Reviews for Where Cards Fall

Where Cards Fall is a lovely puzzler that fails to capitalize on its innovative premise. While The Game Band nails the design, the gameplay experience is hindered by fiddly controls that mar the experience. Puzzles are enjoyable offering a suitable level of challenge but fail to deliver any truly memorable moments. Although the developer’s desire to tell a sympathetic narrative is clear, its delivery lacks the nuances required to engage the audience. Even though there’s an ace somewhere in the hole, several issues leave the game in the lurch.

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The parts of Where Cards Fall I remember most fondly are when it gets out of its own way. When the game successfully captured my interest, it directed my attention towards a beautiful world with a welcoming atmosphere. I vibe out on the board game aesthetic and enjoy the puzzles. But when the game is running too fast near the start, or too slow at the end, you can see the faults that are being concealed. Beyond the mask lies a story that does not engage and presentation that at times does a disservice to its mechanics.

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The Game Band did a great job with Where Cards Fall as it is a perfect amount of puzzle, but without a lot of frustration attached. The main gameplay mechanic of moving and adjusting a stack (or several stacks) of cards is clever, and beautifully thought through, and well-executed. It is a puzzle game that I highly recommend.

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While a fun puzzle platformer in terms of gameplay, Where Cards Fall's plot can become a bit of a chore, and it's controls leave more to be desired.

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Where Cards Fall is a worthwhile puzzle game that genre enthusiasts should definitely add to their gaming library. With clever mechanics, a lovely and slightly abstract setting, and well-done learning curve; it's quite a swell experience.

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Despite its simplicity, ease, brevity and limitations, Where Cards Fall is certainly an accessible and unique game when viewed from the point of view of its core mechanics based on building card houses. Thus, the title is recommended for anyone who wants a unique, meditative and casual space puzzle experience. But it doesn't suit the most demanding puzzle gamers for its low challenge and simplicity, and probably not even those hoping for a deeper narrative.

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Where Cards Fall uses unique concepts to create a pleasant puzzle. The mechanic of expanding decks to create buildings is explored through interesting puzzles that are more complex than they seem. The controls and camera have issues, but it's possible to get around those. Besides that, the game is captivating thanks to its soft atmosphere and beautiful visuals. The narrative explores an universal theme, but it hinders the experience by being boring and sluggish. Overall, Where Cards Fall is creative and pleasant despite its imperfections.

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Where Cards Fall has a uniquely interesting puzzle mechanic with a melancholy vibe that will please those who love to feel their way through a title. While the story is difficult to grasp, those who prefer puzzles over story won’t mind that too much, as the puzzles themselves are the driving force behind the game and more than make up for any perceived issues. If you’re looking for something familiar with a novel twist, play your cards right with Where Cards Fall.

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