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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Balatro (2024) is a card battle game where you build poker hands using special cards that turbo-charge your hand to beat the round challenge score. Play involves combining classic poker hands with Jokers, Tarot and Planet cards that create combos and enhancements to your hand.

Balatro is a poker-inspired deck-building game where you play multiple poker hands to score enough points to meet an increasing target. Each round you have a certain number of hands to play and limited chances to discard cards for new ones. You earn points for the hands you play, but this can be hugely increased with combinations of special cards you also have in your deck. For example, you can make Full Houses worth more, or get more points if you play three Straights in a round.

As you progress you learn how the Jokers, Tarot, Planet and Spectral cards work together in complex combinations. They can be used to increase the value of hands you are playing, power up your cards and even change the rules of the game or the balance of playing cards in your deck. The key is using these varied instruments that create combinations that increase your score the most. Understanding how each of the individual cards best works with other cards is a big part of the fun.

The result is a game where you immerse yourself in the web of card-to-card interactions and synergies. There's even an in-depth stats screen to study your best hands and most used Jokers.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Balatro 10 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 days ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Sequencing game with Collecting, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour to play a round of this game.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The level of complexity of the card interactions requires a good grasp of systems thinking. Having strong mathematics skills is also helpful for enjoying the game.

CostsCosts

Balatro usually costs £12.79.
 

Balatro

Steam Store PC £12.79
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/02/2024

Out Now: PC

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Sequencing (Collecting, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead, Board, Cards and Pixels

Developer: Local Thunk (@LocalThunk)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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