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Card Shark

Nerial, Nerial Limited, Devolver Digital
Jun 2, 2022 - PC, Nintendo Switch

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PC Gamer
86 / 100
Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Game Informer
6 / 10
9 / 10
Hobby Consolas
80 / 100
8 / 10
IGN Italy
9.2 / 10
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Card Shark Trailers

Card Shark - Release Date Trailer - Nintendo Switch thumbnail

Card Shark - Release Date Trailer - Nintendo Switch

Card Shark | Shuffling to 2022 | Nintendo Switch & PC thumbnail

Card Shark | Shuffling to 2022 | Nintendo Switch & PC

Card Shark - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch thumbnail

Card Shark - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch

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Critic Reviews for Card Shark

A fresh, high stakes take on card-based videogames, sure to appeal to more than just deck-builders.

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It reminds me of a story about Ricky Jay, the great and much-missed close-up magician and historian of magic. After a particularly dazzling piece of card control performed for a New Yorker writer, he was asked if there was anyone left in the world who would still play cards with him.

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Metro GameCentral

8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

A wonderfully unique historical adventure whose seemingly simple gameplay is made wonderfully tense by artful presentation and a sharp script.

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Card Shark features an attractive art style, subtle writing, and a promising premise. But I couldn’t get past my dislike of the core gameplay encounters and the endless teaching segments. I applaud the effort to pull together a unique concept, but the accompanying frustrations mean I have to discourage a sit-down at this particular table.

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A tale of high stakes con artistry in the early 1700s, Card Shark never lets up as it teaches you card trick after card trick, has you run con after con while immersing you in a conspiracy that'd make a royal blush.

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Card Shark is not a card game, but one that revolves around cheating with them, with an interesting backstory and unique aesthetic. You can put "buts", such as that in the end it is limited or a collection of quick time events and minigames, but it does everything so well, and it is so addictive, that in the end you will end up noticing ...

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Some dizzying tricks and cheap, sudden encounters aside, Card Shark feels like a genuine and charming mystery interwoven into a very interesting series of mechanics mimicking the fascinating sleight of hand behind card tricks. Don’t get me wrong, the concepts won’t exactly give you the dexterity you need to do these tricks yourselves, but the proper utilization of them throughout the game was a fun aside to a story that’s really about digging into the backroom secrets of 18th century aristocracy. With fun animation, narrative, and music to sell that venture, Card Shark comes out with a purse that’s far more full than it is light.

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Between court intrigues, disguises, deceptions and sleight of hand, Card Shark tells an historical era through a story, which, like the truth, is a prism with well-defined faces capable of reflecting light in an iridescent way. Nerial new game is a brilliant take on narrative adventure and card games, where the gameplay makes you feel in the mind of a real cheater in his never ending game against the destiny in search of freedom.

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