The critically acclaimed card game is now available on PC! Dead Man’s Draw is a simple and strategic game of luck and skill that boils down strategy gameplay into a single, tense decision: to play it safe or risk everything in pursuit of killer combos and boundless treasure.
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Very Positive (250 reviews) - 86% of the 250 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 6, 2014

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“The risk/reward gameplay combined with just the right amount of strategy makes Dead Man’s Draw a fun casual game.”
DieHardGameFan

“A card game that's actually done well.”
9 – Cublikefoot

“a fun and innovative card game”
8.5 – Softpedia

About This Game

The critically acclaimed card game is now available on PC! Dead Man’s Draw is a simple and strategic game of luck and skill that boils down strategy gameplay into a single, tense decision: to play it safe or risk everything in pursuit of killer combos and boundless treasure.

Key Features

  • Risk vs reward gameplay – Simple and strategic card game puts everything on the line for a single, tense decision
  • Create killer combos – Clever use of each card’s special power is key to victory
  • Dozens of tournaments – Unique rules add hours of new twists to gameplay
  • Eighteen game-changing traits – Customize your gameplay with special powers
  • Beautiful art without hardware requirements – Enjoy top-tier presentation and intricately detailed graphics without needing an expensive machine

How it Works

Players take turns drawing cards in search of the greatest number of points. The simple point values of each card are important, but their special abilities are even more critical. Swords steal cards from your opponent, Mystics reveal the next card, and combining a Chest with a Key leads to a huge bounty of bonus treasure. Clever use of each card’s special power leads to victory, but daring to draw is just as important – though any card could lead to a dramatic bust, it could also propel you to glory.


Traits and tournaments make every game of Dead Man’s Draw unique. Making your Cannon special ability discard an opponent’s entire suit instead of a single card alters the path to victory for both players. Special tournament rules like collecting the cards from your opponent’s busts force you to approach every turn differently. Dozens of tournaments each bring a unique twist, and each of the 18 traits has a profound effect on gameplay.

Upgraded for PC

The original Dead Man’s Draw on iOS was praised by users on iTunes (4.5-star average) and critics alike, getting positive reviews from QuarterToThree.com, 148apps.com, PocketTactics.com, and more. This PC version is better than ever:

  • No microtransactions or in-app purchases – all content is available, and traits can be used without spending gold
  • New Mermaid suit ability – Mermaids now allow you to replay a card in the river, leading to even bigger combos and epic turns
  • New Sirens trait – Steal any card your opponent replays with a Mermaid
  • Rebuilt for PC – Higher-resolution graphics and a UI specifically built for mouse-driven play

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista SP2
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.5 or Higher Compatible Video Card
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1024x768 and 16-bit or higher color depth required
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Very Positive (250 reviews)
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pab.MadBalls
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
Damn addictive simple card game, super fun!!! shame that it doesn´t have multiplayer, it would be so radical! :D
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HawtHead™
( 31.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
Now this is just a good solid card game. Love it!! Straight forward, challenging and from one level to the next, strategy changes. Play it.
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Hafswerk
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
Definitely recommend this!

+ Easy to learn but has a bit of depth
+ Plays fast
+ Good mix of luck and strategy
+ Nice looks

- Wish it had multiplayer
- Sound bugs out with external audio interface 1 in 2 play sessions, solution is restart of interface and keep playing

I ordered the psysical card game in order to play with friends.
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Nax_o
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 1
Wish i could give a neutral review as this game does not really deserve positive review necessarily but thumbs down is too harsh. especially as the price is right and the game delivers basically what is promises. Basically.

Game mechanics has two things that deserve attention: too much RNG based gameplay which in turn slowly but surely sours the gameplay once you put in more than a few hours. Every game is a RNG luck fest of defeating your opponent with trait Y who in turn uses X while rules Z are in effect.. Not bad - for awhile.... but the random feeling win-loose chains really dont make much sense after some time. You can't look back and say 'i should have done that hand differently. You can - and must - put in some tactics to how you play but this far no specific strategies are winning strategies because of RNG.

Buyer beware.

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Nao 尚
( 25.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 26
I appreciate how hard it is to create a card game with new rules. Well, there are books around here with rules for hundreds of Solitaire game and 2-player games made with regular cards, so you can always get inspiration from those, I guess. This one game uses a custom deck with many more suits, each being associated with a power-up.

The hardest part is balancing it out, I guess. DMD doesn't do it with flying colors, though. You can only unlock tournaments one at a time. If you really suck at a particular set of rules, you're screwed, you just can't finish the game. I'm only halfway through it and with about 12 hours of playtime, I'm guessing there's at least 25 to 30 hours of time to play. It's all very artificial, though... After a while, new tournaments are just variations on the previous ones, with harder AI, etc.

My biggest issue with the game is the complete lack of a story. There are characters; tournaments all have a title that supposedly draws from pirate lore. Great. But no one has anything to say, you just play against them and I guess you have to make up your own story.
The soundtrack is very limited, too. There's a quasi rip-off of the Pirates of the Caribbean score used in the main menu (at least it's longer than the very similarly PotC-themed single track from Clicker Heroes), and a more ambient song used during games. Overall, it looks like most of the development time was spent on refining the game rules. To each their own.
I'll also note that some of the special rules are self-contradictory, and as such the AI appears to be cheating, when it's just not applying the rules properly. I don't know what to say about that. This game is getting old, I doubt it'll ever be fixed.

If you're into hard casual games, walk the plank and give this one a try. It's well worth its price on sale. Maybe even at full price. I don't know, I'm not used to buying games full price any more... I'm so scared they'll get bundled the following week for a buck. Yes, it has happened before, and it will happen again™.

EDIT: I finished the game after 25 hours. In line with the last of story, there is absolutely no ending. No even a congratulations message for finishing all 60 (?) tournaments. Gosh, I wish it weren't so addictive... At least, now I can move on. Game isn't too hard because it relies so much on luck, and getting XP on losses means you'll eventually unlock everything, including unbeatable combos like Misfire/Parry or Plunderer/Davy Jones' Locker, etc. The fun comes in trying to find the right combo for each duel. Unfortunately, after the first half, all of your adversaries start using the same usual combos, so there's nothing new to see beyond the first dozen of hours. Still, well worth its price.
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PageWraith
( 29.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 21
A time killer, just realize there is NOTHING random about the cards. At one point you will play numbers instead of suits. You will notice that you are pulling 3 card doubles about 80% of the time. Let's see, 2 cards drawing a third, 7 numbers total. That's 2 cards of 7 that will cause a double and 5 cards that won't. Does it seem like you are playing those odds. Now add the 2 card doubles. This game also has tension builders that are not needed. You have to rush your discard pick because it moves right away. The computer's is figured before the graphics even shows but the screen pauses and slowly scolls like it is choosing at a relaxed pace. Creating what seems to be an unfair illusion because the computer does not need that relaxed pace. Now the "Busted" graphic does get old but it is also creating tension. First, you are being told repeatedly that you have failed. Next, clicking the mouse should remove it and the cards, starting the next hand. It doesn't work, you have to press the mouse a second time to remove the cards. Thus you try to match the timing of the double click or wait for "busted" to disappear on it's own. As that tension builds you are now button mashing thinking that will speed it up. One click should finish the process but they want that tension there. It helps the AI appear to be a tougher opponent. Actually the AI follows a pretty basic set of commands. In the end the Devs ruined the game by adding these things so I cannot recommend it.
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drakeo76
( 60.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 21
I really like this game, it is fun and challenging, it passes the time when there is a spare ten minutes here and there.
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Blitz
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 20
Fun and easy to learn keeps the interest by changing the play as you progress. Its so frustrating that you have to keep playing to 1) see if you can get 3 stars for each round 2) to see if you can get more traits unlocked 3) if you can get more gold. Worth the money and time
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Brother Alpha
( 20.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 11
A Risk. vs. Reward card game. The basic rules are very easy to learn and as you go up levels, you gain access to special abilities that add a lot of variety to game. It is a solo game, but one that has hours and hours and hours of replay value. Even at full price, it is worth picking up. If you get it on sale, it is a real bargain.
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Crystal Rose
( 16.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 11
'Draw If You Dare' But get greedy, you'll lose everything to your Bloodthirsty Pirate opponents! A simple and fun little card game to learn. Chain together card combos to rack up points, Explore unique powers granted by mystic jewels and see how they can help you out, Test your strategies against different levels of Pirates, who are more then willing to take everything you have in a blink of an eye...(Including cards)!
Highly addictive and tons of fun! You'll need all the help you can muster from the mystic jewels you've collected and the special abilities cards.
If you love card games, this one is highly recommended and fast paced with decision making fun! (Also, check out their web site. Really cool and worth a look!) Enjoy the game!
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Huskabee
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 9
A good card game for relaxing, Just wish you could play vs real players as well.
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madclown
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 8
A game that I despise myself for letting it rot in my library. It's fun and simple yet challenging at times. Only downside is that it lacks multiplayer. If Stardock decides on releasing a multiplayer to this game, well, that would be awesome!

Also, if you are interested in a more detailed review, you can find it here
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KamiKatze
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 6
Just... one... more... round... Oh is that sunrise outside?
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gruntbug
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 26
I love this single player card game. Lots of strategy involved, plus some luck too. I WISH it was available on Android - I would play the heck out of it there (it IS on ios)
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Lady Santa
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 20
The card game itself is original and interesting. It's fun to play and discover at first.

However, it does get repetitive after a while, because it's incredibly luck based. You can tell yourself you're using sneaky tactics, but at the end of the day, you're given a random card, and there is one optimal way to use it, so thinking of new strategies is useless. Also, you play versus all kinds of different characters, but they all make the same moves, and use the cards the same way.

Regardless of that, I think it would be a decent game if it had a multiplayer option. I mean - that's why you usually play card games. It'd be fun to play with friends, see who gets lucky and who doesn't.

But with no multiplayer, it's unfortunately a game that gets old very fast.
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SpaceCouncil
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 18
ARRGH to the winner be the spoils, the loser, TA DAVY JONES LOCKER WITH YAR!

Dead Man's Draw is a deceptively simple game based on both skill and luck together. In all honesty its about 40% luck 60% skill.

The core game is based on 1v1 drawing from the same deck, once the deck is gone the player with the most points win. How do I earn points you ask? Well, let me tell you. There are 10 suits which have numbers on them 7 to 2. Each card in your hand adds to your point value. However only the highest card in each suit counts. Each suit has a specific ability once drawn which are slowly introduced and pretty easy to quickly grasp. But a few examples are the canon suit makes your opponent discard a card or the mystic suit allows you to see what card is next in the deck.

You can pull as many cards from the deck as you want each turn unless you pull 2 of the same suit, then you bust and all the cards drawn are discarded. However further into the game there are modifiers that may change this function.

There is no multi-player which is a little sad but its still very enjoyable against the AI. The game is also slightly RPGish in that you earn experience points even if you lose, though not as many. It'd be cool if it had some tech trees or something to tailor your own progression but you earn XP fast enough where that doesn't really matter. The games aren't very long either, probably 5-7 minutes if I had to guess. The XP earns you levels which at each level unlocks either a new character portrait or a character trait which is essentially an additional modifier to the core rules. Using the example from before, the mystic trait would change when the mystic card is active, it would reveal the next 3 cards in the deck rather than just 1. The other traits are similar in this fashion. Once multiple traits are unlocked you can choose from them before each match to attempt to thwart any rule changes that may make you play more defensively or cautious rather than an all out attack or risking a bust.

The game is split into tournaments, each having their own modifiers on the core game as well as each opponent within having modifiers of their own. Which leads to what is a very simple game into something that keeps you on your toes and keeps you switching tactics to progress.

THE GIST
Very fun, enjoyable casual filler game that is easy to grasp but hard to master with a side of luck thrown in. May the best pirate win.
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ZombieDad
( 14.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 9
A fun casual card game. Recommended.
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xXBigDadXx
( 39.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 8
[EN]
A simple and well done card game based on luck and strategy. Nice music. Easy to learn. There is ten decks of cards at our disposal which have special abilities and additionally 18 traits you can choose from during a game. 60 tournaments add variety to the game. Short sessions – ideal if you’ve got only few spare minutes to play. Challenging as you progress. Unlocking all achievements is quite a challenge.

I recommend it especially on sale.

[PL]
Prosta i całkiem nieźle zrobiona gra w karty, oparta na szczęściu i strategii. Przyjemna muzyka. Łatwa do nauki. Do dyspozycji jest 10 różnych kolorów talii ze specjalnymi właściwościami oraz 18 dodatkowych umiejętności, z których możemy wybierać podczas gry. 60 turniejów urozmaica naszą rozgrywkę. Krótkie sesje – idealne, jeśli masz tylko kilka minut, żeby pograć. Zdobycie wszystkich osiągnięć jest nie lada wyzwaniem.

Gra warta polecenia zwłaszcza w promocji.
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Clockwork
( 38.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 17, 2015
I got a lot of hours out of this game before I kinda burned myself out on it trying to get all the achievements. It is definitely an achievement-fueled game, for me at least. It's a pretty fun little card game that makes you think some and changes things up from game to game. I may go back and finish what I started some day and rate it higher. The music will drive you nuts eventually. Turn that ♥♥♥♥ off when it starts to or it will start to make the game a little stressful. 7/10
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Elgroth Talvinen
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 15, 2015
Ye scoundrels, who likes a good ol' gamble,
speed yer ships hither and stand in awe
For apart from booty, gold and rumble
Ye shall be playin' Dead Man's Draw!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Wish i could give a neutral review as this game does not really deserve positive review necessarily but thumbs down is too harsh. especially as the price is right and the game delivers basically what is promises. Basically.

Game mechanics has two things that deserve attention: too much RNG based gameplay which in turn slowly but surely sours the gameplay once you put in more than a few hours. Every game is a RNG luck fest of defeating your opponent with trait Y who in turn uses X while rules Z are in effect.. Not bad - for awhile.... but the random feeling win-loose chains really dont make much sense after some time. You can't look back and say 'i should have done that hand differently. You can - and must - put in some tactics to how you play but this far no specific strategies are winning strategies because of RNG.

Buyer beware.

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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
ARRGH to the winner be the spoils, the loser, TA DAVY JONES LOCKER WITH YAR!

Dead Man's Draw is a deceptively simple game based on both skill and luck together. In all honesty its about 40% luck 60% skill.

The core game is based on 1v1 drawing from the same deck, once the deck is gone the player with the most points win. How do I earn points you ask? Well, let me tell you. There are 10 suits which have numbers on them 7 to 2. Each card in your hand adds to your point value. However only the highest card in each suit counts. Each suit has a specific ability once drawn which are slowly introduced and pretty easy to quickly grasp. But a few examples are the canon suit makes your opponent discard a card or the mystic suit allows you to see what card is next in the deck.

You can pull as many cards from the deck as you want each turn unless you pull 2 of the same suit, then you bust and all the cards drawn are discarded. However further into the game there are modifiers that may change this function.

There is no multi-player which is a little sad but its still very enjoyable against the AI. The game is also slightly RPGish in that you earn experience points even if you lose, though not as many. It'd be cool if it had some tech trees or something to tailor your own progression but you earn XP fast enough where that doesn't really matter. The games aren't very long either, probably 5-7 minutes if I had to guess. The XP earns you levels which at each level unlocks either a new character portrait or a character trait which is essentially an additional modifier to the core rules. Using the example from before, the mystic trait would change when the mystic card is active, it would reveal the next 3 cards in the deck rather than just 1. The other traits are similar in this fashion. Once multiple traits are unlocked you can choose from them before each match to attempt to thwart any rule changes that may make you play more defensively or cautious rather than an all out attack or risking a bust.

The game is split into tournaments, each having their own modifiers on the core game as well as each opponent within having modifiers of their own. Which leads to what is a very simple game into something that keeps you on your toes and keeps you switching tactics to progress.

THE GIST
Very fun, enjoyable casual filler game that is easy to grasp but hard to master with a side of luck thrown in. May the best pirate win.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
[EN]
A simple and well done card game based on luck and strategy. Nice music. Easy to learn. There is ten decks of cards at our disposal which have special abilities and additionally 18 traits you can choose from during a game. 60 tournaments add variety to the game. Short sessions – ideal if you’ve got only few spare minutes to play. Challenging as you progress. Unlocking all achievements is quite a challenge.

I recommend it especially on sale.

[PL]
Prosta i całkiem nieźle zrobiona gra w karty, oparta na szczęściu i strategii. Przyjemna muzyka. Łatwa do nauki. Do dyspozycji jest 10 różnych kolorów talii ze specjalnymi właściwościami oraz 18 dodatkowych umiejętności, z których możemy wybierać podczas gry. 60 turniejów urozmaica naszą rozgrywkę. Krótkie sesje – idealne, jeśli masz tylko kilka minut, żeby pograć. Zdobycie wszystkich osiągnięć jest nie lada wyzwaniem.

Gra warta polecenia zwłaszcza w promocji.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
The card game itself is original and interesting. It's fun to play and discover at first.

However, it does get repetitive after a while, because it's incredibly luck based. You can tell yourself you're using sneaky tactics, but at the end of the day, you're given a random card, and there is one optimal way to use it, so thinking of new strategies is useless. Also, you play versus all kinds of different characters, but they all make the same moves, and use the cards the same way.

Regardless of that, I think it would be a decent game if it had a multiplayer option. I mean - that's why you usually play card games. It'd be fun to play with friends, see who gets lucky and who doesn't.

But with no multiplayer, it's unfortunately a game that gets old very fast.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
A time killer, just realize there is NOTHING random about the cards. At one point you will play numbers instead of suits. You will notice that you are pulling 3 card doubles about 80% of the time. Let's see, 2 cards drawing a third, 7 numbers total. That's 2 cards of 7 that will cause a double and 5 cards that won't. Does it seem like you are playing those odds. Now add the 2 card doubles. This game also has tension builders that are not needed. You have to rush your discard pick because it moves right away. The computer's is figured before the graphics even shows but the screen pauses and slowly scolls like it is choosing at a relaxed pace. Creating what seems to be an unfair illusion because the computer does not need that relaxed pace. Now the "Busted" graphic does get old but it is also creating tension. First, you are being told repeatedly that you have failed. Next, clicking the mouse should remove it and the cards, starting the next hand. It doesn't work, you have to press the mouse a second time to remove the cards. Thus you try to match the timing of the double click or wait for "busted" to disappear on it's own. As that tension builds you are now button mashing thinking that will speed it up. One click should finish the process but they want that tension there. It helps the AI appear to be a tougher opponent. Actually the AI follows a pretty basic set of commands. In the end the Devs ruined the game by adding these things so I cannot recommend it.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
I appreciate how hard it is to create a card game with new rules. Well, there are books around here with rules for hundreds of Solitaire game and 2-player games made with regular cards, so you can always get inspiration from those, I guess. This one game uses a custom deck with many more suits, each being associated with a power-up.

The hardest part is balancing it out, I guess. DMD doesn't do it with flying colors, though. You can only unlock tournaments one at a time. If you really suck at a particular set of rules, you're screwed, you just can't finish the game. I'm only halfway through it and with about 12 hours of playtime, I'm guessing there's at least 25 to 30 hours of time to play. It's all very artificial, though... After a while, new tournaments are just variations on the previous ones, with harder AI, etc.

My biggest issue with the game is the complete lack of a story. There are characters; tournaments all have a title that supposedly draws from pirate lore. Great. But no one has anything to say, you just play against them and I guess you have to make up your own story.
The soundtrack is very limited, too. There's a quasi rip-off of the Pirates of the Caribbean score used in the main menu (at least it's longer than the very similarly PotC-themed single track from Clicker Heroes), and a more ambient song used during games. Overall, it looks like most of the development time was spent on refining the game rules. To each their own.
I'll also note that some of the special rules are self-contradictory, and as such the AI appears to be cheating, when it's just not applying the rules properly. I don't know what to say about that. This game is getting old, I doubt it'll ever be fixed.

If you're into hard casual games, walk the plank and give this one a try. It's well worth its price on sale. Maybe even at full price. I don't know, I'm not used to buying games full price any more... I'm so scared they'll get bundled the following week for a buck. Yes, it has happened before, and it will happen again™.

EDIT: I finished the game after 25 hours. In line with the last of story, there is absolutely no ending. No even a congratulations message for finishing all 60 (?) tournaments. Gosh, I wish it weren't so addictive... At least, now I can move on. Game isn't too hard because it relies so much on luck, and getting XP on losses means you'll eventually unlock everything, including unbeatable combos like Misfire/Parry or Plunderer/Davy Jones' Locker, etc. The fun comes in trying to find the right combo for each duel. Unfortunately, after the first half, all of your adversaries start using the same usual combos, so there's nothing new to see beyond the first dozen of hours. Still, well worth its price.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Just... one... more... round... Oh is that sunrise outside?
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
'Draw If You Dare' But get greedy, you'll lose everything to your Bloodthirsty Pirate opponents! A simple and fun little card game to learn. Chain together card combos to rack up points, Explore unique powers granted by mystic jewels and see how they can help you out, Test your strategies against different levels of Pirates, who are more then willing to take everything you have in a blink of an eye...(Including cards)!
Highly addictive and tons of fun! You'll need all the help you can muster from the mystic jewels you've collected and the special abilities cards.
If you love card games, this one is highly recommended and fast paced with decision making fun! (Also, check out their web site. Really cool and worth a look!) Enjoy the game!
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98 of 128 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 6, 2014
I love card games! And i love pirates! I love this game.

Good:
- Simple to learn
- Nice mechanics
- AI knows math =) (trust me, not all games have this)
- Beautiful artwork

Bad:
- Expensive compared to the iOS version, you can play for free on the ios, but it have microtransactions
- Dont have multiplayer (lot of potential lost)
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34 of 36 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2014
Dead Man's Draw is a pleasant 1 vs 1 card game with fun mechanics that keep you on your toes with every card you draw. It would be awesome if they updated the game for multiplayer or at least put out a similarly priced sequel that includes it.

Matches with real people would be a total blast with how fast and furious the action can get in this game. With the right draw no lead is safe.
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33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2015
Warning! This game is incredibly luck based. If you can not take losing in a graceful way I would recommend skipping it.

That said, Dead Man's Draw is a very polished card game with a decent learning curve and simple gameplay you can easily get the hang of. You can make a lot of combos with a lot of cards and you will probably have a few good hours with it.
While it may seem the AI cheats, to this point I have not found it to do so. In fact, for a large part of the game the deck is stacked in your favour by giving you two traits at once while the AI has only one. The AI though is incredibly agressive, prefering to use cannons to blast your hand over potentially winning moves. This is quite annoying if you're just starting out, but often it leads to the AI impotently blasting away your 7 score card to reveal a 6 underneath, barely doing anything.

The AI does not seem to be able to really understand the game, it's functional, but feels very much like it follows a flowchart rather than that it plays the game. All opponents are the same as well, all following the same AI.
Luckily, where the AI does not change, the traits they use does, and the game has interesting ruleset changes after every 'tournament' (A string of a few matches) you play to keep things interesting.

As much as it looks like it may be enjoyable with a friend, it does not have multiplayer at this point. To continue on with its flaws, the game needs you to play a lot to unlock things. To the point where it begins to feel like grinding, and that the randomness begins to get annoying after yet another loss to an AI using a trait that you haven't even unlocked yet.

Is it polished, entertaining, and an interesting game?
Yes

Worth 10 euro?
I'd be sceptical. If you can find it on sale you're sure to get a few hours of amusement out of it, but otherwise it might be hard to get your money's worth.
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39 of 51 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 7, 2014
A tactical card game with a mix of luck and thought. You might like it if:

+ You like cardgames that have a decent amount of luck,
+ You like making tactical combos with the situation at hand
+ You have a weakness for pirates
+ You like tactical/puzzle kind of game which provides many different challenges by having differenttakes on the rules
+ Choosing 2 bonusses/modifiers is enough strategy for you.
+ You like unlocking new possibilities
+ You want a quick game

You might not like it if:
- You're looking for Multiplayer
- you want deckbuilding
- you get frustrated about luck easily
- You're looking for visual spectacle.

I like to play it every now and then, and it's pretty relaxing and challenging at the same time.
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30 of 38 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2014
Well lets start by saying one thing about this game,how shall i put it "GOD THIS GAMES ADDICTIVE".
Ok got that out of my system now on with the review,this is one of those casual games that just creeps on on you grabs you by the shoulders and says "HEY PLAY ME I AM A REALLY GOOD GAME" and trust me it is just that.
You start the game with a normal hand of cards and when you first start you have no special traits that can be applied to your deck but you earn these as you play and earn points and level up.
Now the object of the game is to win and be in front by the most points come the end of the game,now this is on some games a lot harder than it sounds depending on what special objectives are applied to that game and what special traits your opponent has equipped as these can spell success or failure depending on which ones are equipped.
Some special traits make you draw 3-4 more cards,some let you take an opponents card from any set you havent got and some further still let you play a card from your hand over again and there are many more for you to discover.
The graphics in game do there job (although this game is'nt about graphics to be honest) and the sound does its job also (again not really an issue as this games not about the music either) but its the play mechanics and the actual simplicity of the game that drags you in by the scruff of the neck and wont let go.
Start to play and you'll see why hand follows hand and eventually you realise that you have been sat playing the game for what seems like no time at all and yet 2-3 hours have passed.Now let me say that things start of nice and easy but (and this is where the game gets you) things soon pick up and eventually you end up at one of those pull your hair out moments that a lot of these deceptive games allways seem to posses ("I NEVER GET LIKE THIS I PROMISE" "OH YES YOU DO YOU LIAR" "OH OK THEN I ADMIT I DO OK,HAPPY NOW").
Dont worry about this though and dont let it put you of because as you play the game you will eventually start to learn the little Intricacies this game has and all the little tricks it throws at you and eventually you will wade past that difficult point you were stuck on,to only then get to another point thats just as annoying and just as tricky (but allways in a good and entertaining way).
So in closing if you like your games to be simple yet at times throw you with its twists in gameplay styles and also have the time to learn to play through all that the game throws at you then jump on in "ME BOYO",if not then i would suggest you look somewhere else as this game wont be for you,and remember why are pirates such dastardly deceptive blighters-answer "BECAUSE THEY AAARRRRRRRRRRR" (GOD THAT WAS SUCH AN AWFULL JOKE)
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
This is a fun card game that you can just sit down and play and relax while your doing it. Easy to learn, but that's not to say there aren't things to think about while playing. More strategy in playing your cards are added at the different challenges. And there are a lot of challenges to go through so there is always a reason to keep coming back to the game. The game is more based on luck of the draw than strategy but it's not all luck. You can also unlock abilities by completing challenges that you can use to make certain cards more powerful for your own style of play that you prefer. Up to two can be used after you unlock both ability slots. Overall I recommend the game if you enjoy card games for sure.
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34 of 50 people (68%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 7, 2014
This is the best card game on Steam! (Also one of the few card games lol) This game is easy to learn and very fun to play. It's a game of chance and wits. As you advance the cards have ablitities. This isn't some RPG game. If you like simple card games like you'd play with popular playing cards you'll love this game. It's not poker and you don't have to twist your brain to learn this. You can learn the game in just minutes and it starts with a tutorial. The visuals are great too. The cards look great and the environment has a nice pirate feel to it. So far this game is only single player. Hopefully they'll update it with online multiplayer. If you're still unsure if you want it, download it on an iOS device. It's free in the App Store. $10 sounds like a lot for this game but I gave this game a shot and a few hours later I was still playing! It's addictive :)
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2015
I debated for a while whether I should give this a recommendation or not - and ultimately I have to say no, it doesn't deserve it.

This IS a great little card game and I really like the way it plays. Mechanically it works well once all the different card abilities have been unlocked, and I like how it eases new players in to the game. There is some strategic decision making to be had, and there is also a 'push your luck' aspect which mixes things up nicely. The graphics are good, but the pirate theme is pasted on.

There's two things that stop me giving this a recommendation:

1. There is no multiplayer. If this game had online multiplayer for 2 players I would not hesitate to recommend it. As it stands this omission makes the game feel a bit pricey for what it is.

3. Unbalanced AI. Far too many times the AI will manage to put together a combo that is just amazing (it's not uncommon to see a significant lead wiped out in one hand), or will draw in such a way that it doesn't make sense (for example sometimes the AI will stop drawing after 2 useless low value cards and bank them; this could be a strategic decision, but every time it happens the next card turned over would have made the AI Bust).

It all leads to too much frustration for what should be a fun time waster.
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2014
Fun card game. Suitible for 6 and up. Nice game mechanics and the AI doesn't cheat, always a plus.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 12, 2014
Dead Man's Draw is hard to explain. It's a card game with pirates, and it's a very casual one. Anyone can play it and anyone will understand it, unlike Magic The Gathering. Just believe me when I say that it's a very fun game and one that I'm still enjoying.

You'll be playing tournaments against other pirates, which start off rather easy, but increase in difficulty after just a few of them. And that's not because the game is becoming harder - it plays out the same way in every tournament you participate in - but the rules do change. Where initially your goal is to get the higest score, there'll be tournaments where you have to get a score of 60 or lower or certain drawn cards will be added to your opponent's score. This keeps things fresh and challenging.

You get XP for every opponent you beat and every tournament you complete. Leveling up allows you to unlock perks and portraits. Perks can be used to make your life a little easier. For example, there's a card that allows you to see the next card on the stack and 'activating' a certain perk might allow you to see 2 more after that. There are many more to be unlocked, but it will require quite a few battles. The limit seems to be level 34, by the way.

I'm not sure how many tournaments there are just yet, but there seems to be tens of them. I think I'm about 10-15% finished now so completing the entire game might take you more than 20 hours if I had to take a guess.

Plenty of content here as you can see. Unfortunately there's not much else to do but to battle opponents and level up. I have the feeling that it's missing something, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe I was hoping to see you get money for tournaments that could then be used to unlock things like portraits (instead of leveling up). It's not even worth mentioning if I look back now, but maybe I'm not the only one.

Dead Man's Draw is a fantastic little addictive game and truly is a game for everyone. Highly recommended !

[Rating: 86/100]
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 9, 2014
This game is incredibly addictive. its a card game sure and therefore a casual gamers game but this game is really quite complex and tactical. Don't be put off by the piratey theme of this game, I'm not such a fan either. there are lots of rules but each rule is introduced to you one by one so its easy to pick up. I have alot of games to play at the moment but I find myself putting more hours into this than anything else. despite its complexity I cannot fault this game. its not always easy but it is well balanced and extremely well thought out. I do however wonder why there isn't an option for local or online multiplayer because this would be a great game to play against other people but I guess the the point of this game might be to promote the fact that this game exists as an actual card game. if this is the case then they have suceeded because I assuming I can find a copy I will buy a deck.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
54.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2014
I really enjoyed this game, the rules are really simple to pick up, it's fun to play, the characters are memorable and consistent in 'who they are' with the trait combos they use. The AI is really good and not overly cheaty, there were a couple of times I thought you wouldn't keep drawing like that or you'd have had to have known that card was there to have carried on or to have played that card, but this didn't happen often enough to make it a concern. It is incredibly fair the majority of the time.

Basically cards in your hand are banked, cards in the draw pile are the ones that you play with.
There are 10 suits and each suit has a function.
You're trying to beat the characters and usually you need a score of 65 at least on each game to get 3 stars on a tournament. (It will unlock the other tournaments on just one star though which just requires you to win each game with any score. I was going for the achievement which is why the 65 was important to me.)
You play cards from the draw pile, if you get a duplicate suit you lose all the cards in play to the bust pile (unless your opponent has a trait that puts bust cards into their hand instead)
Only the highest card from each suit is counted towards your score (although there are a couple of tournaments that count every card towards your score)

* Anchors lock all previously played cards so you can't lose them
* Hooks let you play a card from your hand
* Clairvoyant lets you see what's next in the deck. (The mystic trait will allow you to view the next 3)
* Swords lets you play a card from your opponent's hand as long as you don't already have the suit in your hand or currently in play.
* Chest combines with a key card to give you a selection of cards from the bust pile based on how many cards you drew that turn (or your ops hand if you have the plunderer trait. The treasure hunter trait will let you triple the amount of cards you get given)
* Cannon makes you discard a card from your hand which goes to the bust pile, or you can take the misfire trait and you can discard a card from your ops hand instead....if you combine misfire with the scavenger trait, the card you blasted goes in to your hand.
* Kraken makes you draw 2 cards to play so you can't choose to bank the cards you have until you've drawn them. If your op has the beastmaster trait you'll have to draw 4 cards.
* Mermaid lets you replay a card currently in play....Sir Lovesword sometimes uses a trait that banks the card you replay (you can also unlock this trait)
* Maps lets you take a card from the bust pile and put it in play. Ordinarily you get to choose between 3 cards, but the navigtator trait lets you pick from any card in the pile.

You don't have to memorise the suits to play effectively, if you hover over a card it will say at the top of the screen what the suit does.

There are loads of traits to choose from which you unlock as you level up (much more than the ones I've mentioned here) which allow you to manipulate how the suits work for you or against your op.
You can choose 2 traits at a time to use.

I completed the game with 3 stars on every tournament and I tended to stick with the misfire and scavenger traits. I only occasionally swapped one or both of these out for something else.
Here's a tip if you're going for the 3 star achievements....you can only get 70 points in total (unless you're in the tournaments that count every card towards your score) and you normally need 65 points per game, so I played to get five 7's and the rest as sixes if I couldn't get 7's (obviously any extra 7's will allow you to have another suit at lower than 6 and still get the 65 points you need), all lower numbers are dross and can be gambled with. The cannons trait combo will let you steal the 7's you need from your opponents hand. There are a few times this trait combo doesn't work as well, or you'll find it's better to negate your opponents traits instead but for the most part this method worked brilliantly.

There is no multiplayer, which doesn't bother me, I prefer single player games for the most part, this game would be great as a multiplayer though.

I bought Dead Man's Draw when it was on sale for around £1.64 but I think it's worth the £6.99 they normally ask for.

Brilliant game, very easy to learn, simple to play yet there's loads to it :)
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