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Balatro

Critics Consensus (Play It)

Balatro is being overwhelmingly praised by critics as a brilliant, addictive, and innovative poker-themed roguelike deckbuilder. The game’s simple yet strategic gameplay, combined with endless possibilities for experimentation, creates a captivating experience that is easy to learn but difficult to master. The game is remarkably accessible, even for those less familiar with poker or roguelikes, making perfect for a wide audience.

Game Info

Balatro is a deck-building roguelite where you must play poker hands and earn chips to defeat enemy blinds. Enhance your deck of playing cards, buy Jokers to modify each hand you play, and discover new and wild synergies to win!

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55% of scored reviews fell within the range of 86 to 92 / 100

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What did you think of Balatro?
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Abbie Stone (PC Gamer)
February 19, 2024
91/100

A roguelike deckbuilder debut already worth of joining Slay the Spire and Monster Train at the King’s table. Essential.

Marcus Stewart (Game Informer)
February 28, 2024
9.5/10

Balatro is an ingenious and entertaining roguelike and one of my favorite games of the year. Playing it has become a near-obsession; everything feels perfectly designed to encourage you to keep trying because that next run could be the run of your life. Even after hours of play, I still can’t overcome Balatro’s biggest challenge: putting it down.

Lyle Carr (God is a Geek)
February 22, 2024
9.5/10

Balatro is a masterfully crafted Roguelike card game, that’s easy to learn thanks to its poker mechanics but hard to master.

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