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Balatro

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Balatro is a poker-inspired roguelike deck builder all about creating powerful synergies and winning big.
Combine valid poker hands with unique Joker cards in order to create varied synergies and builds. Earn enough chips to beat devious blinds, all while uncovering hidden bonus hands and decks as you progress. You’re going to need every edge you can get in order to reach the boss blind, beat the final ante and secure victory.
The definitive poker roguelike experience.
Endless possibilities - every pick-up, discard and joker can dramatically alter the course of your run.
In-depth campaign mode complete with 8 difficulties, as well as challenge, daily and seeded runs.
Deftly deploy an array of potent tools: different Decks, Jokers, Tarot cards, Planet cards, Spectral cards, and Vouchers. Use these versatile instruments to ignite a combo frenzy and turbocharge your poker hands, crafting electrifying, adrenaline-fueled synergies.
150 Jokers, each with their own unique abilities
15 Decks with distinct modifiers to choose from for each run
5 potential variants of each Joker which add further abilities
22 Tarot cards variants that can enhance your regular playing cards
11 Planet cards that help level up your possible poker hands
32 Voucher cards to help provide permanent buffs for your current run
Immerse yourself in Balatro’s distinctive psychedelic world. Let the synthwave soundtrack wash over you - wind down, escape the daily grind and prepare to enter the ultimate roguelike flow state.
Improve your collection and discover new cards and secrets with every single run.
Make use of the in-depth stats screen to study your best hands, most used Jokers, and more!
Immerse yourself in the CRT fuzz and enjoy detailed, hand-crafted pixel art.

System requirements for PC

Minimum:
  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS *: Windows 7, 8, 10, 11 x64
  • Processor: Intel Core i3
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatible graphics card, integrated graphics
  • Storage: 50 MB available space
Recommended:
  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

System requirements for Nintendo Switch

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Last Modified: Jun 24, 2024

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1.67%
Flushed
Play a Flush with 5 Wild Cards
1.67%
Tiny Hands
Thin your deck down to 20 or fewer cards
1.67%
Extreme Couponer
Discover every Voucher
3.33%
High Stakes
Win a run on at least Gold Stake difficulty
10.00%
Nest Egg
Have $400 or more during a single run
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Balatro reviews and comments

I got my first win pretty early. First night. I had this really great combo where I had a joker that 1 in 4 upgrades the hand played. Plus this really good joker that adds the number times you’ve used a hand as the multiplier. So I used two pair every single hand I could. Got it super upgraded. And it kept getting better and better due to levels and the number of hands played. It wrecked.

This seems like it will be a fun pure strategy game. I hope it has some decent legs. It seems like it could, as long as there feels like there are enough unique strategies. If I end up chasing similar versions of my original winning strategy every time then I’ll up getting bored.

Got my second win, with the red deck this time. I got a joker early on that gave a +4 mult per diamond and then I spent the rest of the game manipulating my deck it have as many diamonds as possible. I upgraded flush as much as possible and it was really really good. There were a few other factors that really upped the synergy. This is a clever roguelike. I really have no idea how long it’s going to hold my attention but I like the structure to the game.

Damn, I had a pretty good run going with blue deck level 2. Then I failed on the last boss ante. It was the violet one that’s the very large blind. 300,000. I couldn’t get there. Only like 180. Wasn’t even close. My flaw in my run I learned was that I had pretty much only invested in jokers, and planets. I skipped card packs and tarots because one of my jokers got +3mult for skips. It made a great consistent hand that was really good right up until it couldn’t reach that upper limit.

Current Score: B+
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