Balatro Earns $1M in Eight Hours

Balatro is available on Steam, offering a roguelike poker game for Windows that tries to up the ante on the deckbuilding genre. Developer LocalThunk and publisher Playstack played this hand last week, and word is it raked on over a million dollars in the first eight hours of release. Here's the Launch Trailer and here's the deal:
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.

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Feb 28, 2024, 00:20
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Re: Balatro Earns $1M in Eight Hours Feb 28, 2024, 00:20
Feb 28, 2024, 00:20
 
They just were dealt good cards.
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Feb 27, 2024, 22:36
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Re: Balatro Earns $1M in Eight Hours Feb 27, 2024, 22:36
Feb 27, 2024, 22:36
 
The absolute worst take on this game I've read.
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Feb 27, 2024, 22:28
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Re: Balatro Earns $1M in Eight Hours Feb 27, 2024, 22:28
Feb 27, 2024, 22:28
 Jivaro
 
I love success sotries like this in this industry.
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Feb 27, 2024, 20:26
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Re: Balatro Earns $1M in Eight Hours Feb 27, 2024, 20:26
Feb 27, 2024, 20:26
 
Yakubs wrote on Feb 27, 2024, 19:46:
Not a fan of this game. Felt a little too lacking in nuance. Is your chip generation high? Pick multiplier stuff. Multiplier high? Pick chip generation. Can't find what you need? Restart.
So basically it's like any rogue-like/lite...
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Feb 27, 2024, 19:46
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Re: Balatro Earns $1M in Eight Hours Feb 27, 2024, 19:46
Feb 27, 2024, 19:46
 
Not a fan of this game. Felt a little too lacking in nuance. Is your chip generation high? Pick multiplier stuff. Multiplier high? Pick chip generation. Can't find what you need? Restart.
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Feb 27, 2024, 19:25
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Re: Balatro Earns $1M in Eight Hours Feb 27, 2024, 19:25
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I think this game is great.

pssst...

"Combine valid poker hands with unique Joker cards in order to create varied synergies and builds."

Wink

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Feb 27, 2024, 15:57
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Cutter wrote on Feb 27, 2024, 14:57:
So he says, but that's seriously doubtful from the look of it. Making wild claims sure makes free publicity easy to get however. $20 for a crappy looking card game when you have 100s of similar apps online for free or a $1 or $2? Um no.

Its $15 on Steam and I paid around $10.50 for it on a discount site. Its a fun game that the steam fest demo (one of the top picks of the fest) sold many on getting it, including me. That said, the full game has a bit too much RNG for my tastes. I generally like to try playing bad or sub par decks I'm given to make it work. After 10+ hours to get a win, I don't recommend that for this game. Hold R to restart the game at level one is a shortcut every player of this game should learn.

For ten bucks its ok and at least the dev listened to complaints early on about one boss fight being just a total run killer and nerfed it in a patch last week.
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Feb 27, 2024, 15:23
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Cutter wrote on Feb 27, 2024, 14:57:
So he says, but that's seriously doubtful from the look of it. Making wild claims sure makes free publicity easy to get however. $20 for a crappy looking card game when you have 100s of similar apps online for free or a $1 or $2? Um no.

It's a rogue-like. It's getting a lot of press leading into this claim, and it's not a standard card game.
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Feb 27, 2024, 15:22
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Cutter wrote on Feb 27, 2024, 14:57:
So he says, but that's seriously doubtful from the look of it. Making wild claims sure makes free publicity easy to get however. $20 for a crappy looking card game when you have 100s of similar apps online for free or a $1 or $2? Um no.

I love when you do this routine

Cutter doubts they made that much money!
Didn't read article either, per the usual.
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Feb 27, 2024, 14:57
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Re: Balatro Earns $1M in Eight Hours Feb 27, 2024, 14:57
Feb 27, 2024, 14:57
 
So he says, but that's seriously doubtful from the look of it. Making wild claims sure makes free publicity easy to get however. $20 for a crappy looking card game when you have 100s of similar apps online for free or a $1 or $2? Um no.


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Feb 27, 2024, 14:06
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Beamer wrote on Feb 27, 2024, 13:57:
Prez wrote on Feb 27, 2024, 13:54:
They will be laying off a third of their work force within the year.

I think this was made by one guy, so I guess that means cutting off a few fingers?
A leg?
Does he have a choice, or do we (the shareholders) make it for him?
At least he'll have enough money to sue his employer. I heard he was pissed because he was thinking of unionizing.
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Prez wrote on Feb 27, 2024, 13:54:
They will be laying off a third of their work force within the year.

I think this was made by one guy, so I guess that means cutting off a few fingers?
A leg?
Does he have a choice, or do we (the shareholders) make it for him?
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 Prez
 
They will be laying off a third of their work force within the year.
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