Cardful Planning Review (Nintendo Switch OLED)

Our Cardful Planning Review is all about an action-puzzle game with a twist, as you take on the role of a brave little playing card on an epic adventure through a dangerous dungeon. Do you have what it takes to battle your way through 100+ levels and takedown “The Bad Hand” to save your beloved card companion? Use the four unique suit abilities to solve puzzles and outwit your enemies, and collect modifier cards to boost your value and advance through the dungeon.

Cardful Planning Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 88.6MB download size.
  • Puzzle gameplay.
  • Tutorial pop-ups as you play.
  • Online leaderboards.
  • Three ways to play Chill, Speedrun, and fewest deaths.
  • The goal of the game is to get to the exit, you open the exit by having a matching card.
  • Green cards on the grid will increase your card value whereas the red ones will lower it.
  • Each card class (clubs etc) will have unique abilities like picking up boxes.
  • Restart room menu option.
  • Minimalistic yet powerful presentation.
  • Good brain food.
  • Can play using analog or d-pad.
  • Clever level design.

Cardful Planning Cons:

  • Ramps the difficulty up quite quickly.
  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • No touchscreen support.
  • A lot to take in.
  • Could have been done with a room reset button or undo the last move.
  • The room layout doesn’t reset upon death.

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Cardful Planning:

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Developer: Walk Home Games

Publisher: Thalamus Games

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  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10


Cardful Planning really is a surprising game, you expect it to just be a game about moving around an area a set way and matching your card to the exit card. But it’s not… It has much more going on, each card suit has a unique ability tied to it and this can be a real game-changer. Within the game, you will need to move boxes, create pathways and avoid the many obstacles. The way to look at it is Cardful Planning is a game you put on after a long day and just work your brain out one last time for the day, it’s a delightfully innovative title, and well worth checking out.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!