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.
User reviews: Very Positive (170 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 6, 2014
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"Decent card game with cool buffs and RPG elements via unlocks. A great filler game when you dont know what else to play. 50/50 Luck and strategy. 7/10"
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Reviews

“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 8 / 7 / Vista SP2
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.5 or Higher Compatible Video Card
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1024x768 and 16-bit or higher color depth required
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
It gets repetitive after few hours of play but if you don't mind it, it's great casual card game and it got me interested for some time. It offers many challenges, though it'd deserve more variable traits and characters, because there is only 9 character artworks that repeats and that feels cheap after few matches.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Simple and addictive card game, plays more like War and crazy 8's than MTG or any other combat games. I enjoyed it so much I ordered the physical board game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Do you like card games? If so, then this relatively unknown gem is one that you need to add to your collection. The game was so well-received that Mayday games (in conjunction with Stardock) made a physical version of the game that can be purchased at Amazon and other retailers.

Dead Man's Draw is a pirate-themed card game with an interesting rule-set that changes each game. Each of the 10 suits has it's own unique 'ability'. Additionally, players can choose up to two 'triats' each hand that invariably change the gameplay and adds to replay value.

There are some things that the game could have done better. The lack of multi-player is the biggest thing missing from the game. Another thing that would have made the game even better would be a 'free-play' mode; the game is very structured -- which is great for learning the game -- but that 'structure' means that the game will decide who you play, in what order you play them, and any special rules for that particular game/hand.

Dead Man's Draw is an entertaining card game that can be played for 5 minutes at a time or 5 hours at a time. If you like cards and you see this on sale ... get it.
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95 of 122 people (78%) found this review helpful
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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37 of 46 people (80%) found this review helpful
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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