ShackStream: Indie-licious Episode 156 lets it ride with Balatro

We're playing our cards right and making friends with the joker in Balatro on today's episode of Indie-licious.


You’ve probably already heard of this game. It’s one of the early indie darlings of 2024, but we can’t deny the absolute appeal of the game. It’s Balatro! This game has taken over many of our lives with its quirky mix of Poker and rogue-like design, and with good reason. It’s a cheeky blast, and the topic of our latest Indie-licious ShackStream!

Indie-licious Episode 156: Balatro

Balatro comes to us from the developers at LocalThunk and the publishers at Playstack. This game is a chill and addictive mix of Poker and rogue-like. It’s available now on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and PC. You may have seen our high-scoring Shacknews review, but for the uninitiated, you play against a series of Blind challenges, using the best Poker hands you can assemble from limited plays and discards to get a minimum number of chip score. It gets tough as the minimum increases exponentially, but with the help of rule-changing jokers, tarot cards, and vouchers, you can turn the tide in your favor.

Come watch as we play Balatro live on this week’s Indie-licious, going live on the Shacknews Twitch channel at 1:30 p.m. PT / 4:30 p.m. ET. You can also watch just below.

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Can we collect the jokers, beat the odds, and overcome the Boss Blinds in Balatro? Find out as we assemble our hands and score as many chips as possible on today’s episode of the Indie-licious ShackStream, going live shortly.

Senior News Editor

TJ Denzer is a player and writer with a passion for games that has dominated a lifetime. He found his way to the Shacknews roster in late 2019 and has worked his way to Senior News Editor since. Between news coverage, he also aides notably in livestream projects like the indie game-focused Indie-licious, the Shacknews Stimulus Games, and the Shacknews Dump. You can reach him at and also find him on Twitter @JohnnyChugs.

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