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.
Card shark is more like a visual novel combined with a bunch of mini-games. The exquisite graphics style and witty writing make me very satisfied. Even if there are some compromises in gameplay, Card shark is still an excellent work.
All this is beautifully brought to life with scribbly, expressive character portraits, wine-coloured backdrops and a cosy, mock-serious score that suggests a chamber-music troupe lurking just across the salon. Card Shark isn’t always this charming, however. Building the story around perfecting tricks makes for plenty of repetition, whether practising in the coach or restarting a scenario with little more than the shirt on your back. Nerial does its best to avoid a traditional game-over – you can actually cheat death – but it’s easy to imagine a better-resourced version of the game in which every loss sends you along a wholly different story branch. Still, mastering a new con is always worth the trial and error – as is the thrill of taking a duke to the cleaners.
Card Shark is not going to change the video game landscape, but it has enough tricks up its sleeve to compete in the indie space. The whole package feels fully realized, even if it doesn’t hit on every one of its mechanical gambles.
Card Shark is an original concept and an intriguing demonstration of how the art of deception can be used to uncover the truth hidden in the upper middle class. Unfortunately, some technical problems have compromise the general experience of the game.
Like missing out on the ace of spades in a disheveled gatherer do not cheat yourself into missing out on this game. Plug in your joystick and enjoy the satsifying feeling of cheating your way up through the french enlightenment age social ranks - but watch out for the cutthroats along the way. A card game cheat is only as good as his lightning fast dexterity.
If you in any capacity enjoy history, card games and intrigues, then please do yourself the service of buying and playing this game. Also even if you dont enjoy those things but savour the sweetness of a puzzle well solved, then this game is for you.
Save for the sometimes bothersome quick time events, this game is an indie gem and seriously underrated. Nerial has made a game so good you almost feel like keeping it to yourself, just to savour its delicious cheats.
A must play game if you're into card games and you like cheating in card games. The game is quite unique and it's simple and fun to play. The story is quite interesting but not the best. There're some issues I have with the game like you get one trick wrong you lose is bit lame I wished they made it so that you still have a chance. But the game seems to focus mostly on telling the story and doing those little card mini-games so I might be nitpicking here.
Card Shark it's one of the best games in 2022, beautiful art style, orchestral soundtrack, interesting plot and unusual gameplay as for me.
Nerial and Devolver Digital thank you for best game in 2022.
SummaryCard Shark is an adventure game full of cunning, intrigue, and delectable deceit. "Our adversaries tonight? An unscrupulous group of scoundrels and rogues, rumoured to possess an unlimited fund between them. If we stick to the strategies you’ve learnt, this will be a walkover."
- Comte de Saint-Germain
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