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Family Friendly Gaming received a digital download code for Placards on the Wii U. This puzzle game has four major worlds of puzzles. These four worlds are The Basic, Adventure, Horror, and Sci-Fi. The first three of those worlds comes with forty-eight puzzles. The final world contains thirty-two puzzles. The cost of Placards at the point in time this review was written was $1.99.

The music in Placards is okay. At times I got annoyed with hearing it over and over again. So I went into the options and found the music can be turned down or even off. The same thing goes for the sound effects in Placards. This downloadable only home console video game has off screen play. In fact I prefer playing it on the Wii U Gamepad and letting someone else use the television.

The controls in Placards felt really odd at first. We rotate or swap four large pixels. What is the goal in Placards? Our goal is to make the pixels match the image on the screen. So we need to rotate colors around to make sure we get it matching perfectly. Placards starts really easy and gets tougher as the game progresses. Placards also shows us how many moves it takes to beat the level.

Not all of the levels are accessible at first in Placards. As families beat levels there are new levels that unlock. Wombat Source put a lot of thought into the pixel art in Placards. They also included a relax mode, and a color blind mode. It is neat to see video game developers implement an intelligent design in their video games. Placards does that in my opinion.

I did not realize how to play Placards at first. I eventually learned and became a master at it. Or as much of a master as my brain would allow. Placards does include an option on how to play. So if you need a tutorial, it is present in Placards. I like how Placards includes a tutorial but does not force it on others. I received enjoyment from playing Placards on the Wii U. It gets really hard later on.
- Sam


Graphics: 70%
Sound: 70%
Replay/Extras: 90%
Gameplay: 70%
Family Friendly Factor: 80%

System: Wii U
Publisher: JH Specialty, Inc.
Developer: Wombat Source
Rating: ‘E’ - Everyone SIX and OLDER ONLY
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