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Review: Balatro is gaming’s best time thief since Vampire Survivors

Simple to pick up, impossible to put down, this card roguelike is a masterclass of simple, yet brilliant mechanics

Developer
LocalThunk
Key Credits
Luis Clemente (Composer)
5 / 5
Review: Balatro is gaming’s best time thief since Vampire Survivors

Balatro is an astonishingly addictive take on Poker that's utterly impossible to put down. Occasional difficulty spikes aside, it's a piece of simplistic genius that we'll keep on our Steam Deck forever.

  • Rock solid mechanics
  • Jokers make every run unique
  • Perfect for Steam Deck
  • Runs can be short and digestible or literally endless
  • Rare difficulty spikes
5 / 5
Version tested
Steam
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