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Sunshine Shuffle (2023) is a narrative game where you play poker with talking animals who each have a criminal past. It's based around the group's regular Texas Hold 'Em poker game. It stands out for the endearing Robin Hood story and the unusual blend of story and poker - well, perhaps not all that unusual.

You play cards with the remaining members of the Morning Shift, a group of working-class animals who took on the Fishie Mob to redistribute its unfairly won wealth. As you play a series of games of poker you discover the story of how they managed to rob the largest bank on the Eastern Seaboard.

As you progress, and win hands, you can decorate the ship with lights, chairs, card decks, tables, plastic skeletons, fish bowls and dice-themed carpets. As well as winning you work to unlock conversations to find out about their lives before and after the infamous heist.

The result is a game that fuses poker and storytelling. It may look like Animal Crossing, but the narrative here is a noir tale told with the pain of hindsight.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Sunshine Shuffle 14 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative and Strategy game with Battle, Collecting and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Simulated Gambling.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN.
The game is rated PEGI 18 in Europe, but this is only because of the simulated gambling, rather than any other mature content.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to be able to follow the story to enjoy the game. The Poker aspect of the game requires considerable skill. Parents should also make an informed decision about the appropriateness of this gambling content, although it's not classed as this by Gambling Commission as there is no monetary value to the tokens you win.


Sunshine Shuffle usually costs £8.50.

Sunshine Shuffle

Steam Store PC £8.50
Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 24/05/2023

Out Now: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Strategy (Battle, Collecting and Simulation)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cards and Cartoon

Developer: Strange Scaffold (@StrangeScaffold)

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