The Best Card Games for Linux

Update : Greenland added at rank #33.
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Loop Hero (2021)

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Loop Hero is a rogue-like adventure RPG strategy card game featuring a top-down deck & dungeon-building auto-battler with resource and settlement management systems. The player must traverse an ever-looping route to defeat rivals and build the world around them while managing their resources, equipment and buffs.


What we like:
  • Easy to understand mechanics
  • Aesthetically minimalistic package
  • Procedurally generated path
  • On-the-fly item management
  • Resource management systems
  • 8 bit 80's goth flair soundtrack
What could be improved:
  • Dusty blue & orange colour palette may not be to everyone's taste
  • 40% resource tax when leaving the loop
  • 30% of resources lost when dying

  • card
  • rogue-like
  • tile
  • boss
  • rpg
  • deckbuilder
  • battle
  • pixel
  • strategy
  • endless
  • vampire

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Slay the Spire (2019)

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PC Windows IOS iPhone Android Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Xbox One Linux Mac OS

Slay the Spire is a rogue-like game in which you battle your way up a spire, choosing from multiple directions and facing random events, fights and resting spots. Combat is essentially a single-player card game where you use cards to damage enemies, buff yourself or protect against enemy damage. Each of the four characters have their own play style and unique gimmicks. You can also find relics that provide passive bonuses to help you progress further in your run.


What we like:
  • Easy to learn mechanics
  • Engaging decision making
  • Fun build variety
  • Gradual difficulty ramping
  • Meaningful choices throughout the run
What could be improved:
  • Some builds are locked out at higher ascensions
  • Max-level ascensions can take hours to complete

  • card
  • rogue-like
  • deckbuilder
  • rogue-like-deckbuilder

3

Inscryption (2021)

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PC Windows Xbox Series X Xbox One Nintendo Switch Linux Mac OS Playstation 5 Playstation 4

Inscryption is a digital card game full of charm, humor, and mystery. You move a token on a board one step at a time, encountering different sets of cards, items and buffing your existing ones. Engage in simple turn-based battles against AI foes and take on boss battles for an extra challenge. Uncover hidden secrets in the form of items, cards and lore as you progress through each act.


What we like:
  • Simple gameplay dynamics
  • Addictive
  • Strategize for victory
  • Interesting story
  • Rough-like elements to help you progress
What could be improved:
  • Luck dependent
  • Potential for missed secrets in playthroughs

  • card
  • deckbuilder
  • rogue-like

4

I Was a Teenage Exocolonist (2022)

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Linux Nintendo Switch Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Mac OS PC Windows

Spend your teenage years on an alien planet in this narrative RPG with card-based battles. Explore, grow up, and fall in love. The choices you make and skills you master over ten years will determine the course of your life and the survival of your colony.


  • card
  • deckbuilder
  • choices
  • sportball
  • narrative

5

Tainted Grail: Conquest (2021)

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Linux PC Windows Xbox Series X

In Tainted Grail: Conquest, you take on the role of an eternal hero fighting to keep monsters at bay and try to restore a cursed island that has been thrown into chaos. You will explore otherworldly areas, interact with characters and fight using your customisable deck of cards. With nine classes to choose from, each with unique ultimate abilities and personal cards, you can play your way and build up blocks and summon creatures to help you in battle.


What we like:
  • 9 unique classes
  • Customisable decks
  • Interactive story
  • Variety of passive abilities
  • Procedurally generated zones
  • Alternate victory system
  • Procedurally generated events
What could be improved:
  • Long playthroughs (over 2 hours)
  • Lack of variety in locations aesthetics-wise

  • deckbuilder
  • card
  • rogue-like
  • turn-based
  • rpg
  • dark
  • deck
  • fantasy
  • choices
  • base-building
  • board-game

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Roguebook (2021)

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PC Windows Mac OS Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Xbox One Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch Linux

Enter the magical world of Roguebook, where each page holds a new challenge and adventure for you to conquer. Build your deck, choose two heroes with unique skills, and battle over 40 bosses and enemies. With procedurally generated maps and over 200 cards and relics, you'll never get bored exploring. Can you defeat the Roguebook?


What we like:
  • Engaging gameplay with character progression
  • Excellent deck-building RPG rogue-lite
  • Top-notch graphics and art with fantastic mechanics and balance
  • Highly addictive and infinitely interesting with casual gameplay
  • Offers endless possibilities for strategy and replayability
What could be improved:
  • Fixation on deck size restricts building strategies
  • Deck bloat with no way to remove cards

  • card
  • deckbuilder
  • rogue-like
  • rogue-like-deckbuilder

7

Cultist Simulator (2018)

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Seize forbidden treasures. Summon alien gods. Feed on your disciples. Cultist Simulator is a game of apocalypse and yearning. Play as a seeker after unholy mysteries, in a 1920s-themed setting of hidden gods and secret histories.


  • card
  • rogue-like
  • cult
  • tabletop
  • board-game
  • narrative
  • rogue-like-deckbuilder
  • tile

8

Iris and the Giant (2020)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Mac OS Linux Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Xbox One Xbox Series X Android IOS iPhone

Iris and The Giant is a fusion of the CCG, RPG and roguelike genres. You play as Iris, who must brave her fears in her imaginary world. Dive into a melancholic and gripping adventure, filled with cute monsters and buried memories. Ready to face your inner demons?


  • rogue-like
  • card
  • rogue-like-deckbuilder
  • deckbuilder
  • turn-based
  • battler
  • demons
  • strategy
  • dungeon-crawler
  • mouse
  • replay-value

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Dungeon Drafters (2023)

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Dungeon Drafters is a tile-based dungeon crawler with rogue-lite elements. Explore ancient ruins, loot rare cards and employ clever combos to defeat your foes and build the legendary spell deck that could save the world.


  • deckbuilder
  • card
  • dungeon
  • rpg
  • dungeon-crawler
  • procedural
  • tile
  • movement
  • deck
  • rogue-like
  • grid
  • tactical
  • turn-based
  • pixel
  • japanese

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FORWARD: Escape the Fold (2022)

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Forward: Escape the Fold is a retro-styled, simple, and bite-sized roguelike/roguelite game that is meant to be played in short sessions. It offers fun decision making and the procedurally-generated replayability that fans of the genre crave. The game is very relaxed, offering a very simple premise - enter a procedurally-generated dungeon and fight your way forward until you escape or die. The game's rules are simple, but your choices are carefully considered, and the depth of the game is more vast than expected, creating an interesting dynamic of weighing benefits with the sacrifices made to get those benefits. Combat is extremely simple and any time you come across an enemy that you can attack or be attacked by, your health is reduced by the damage number on the enemy card, and the enemy disappears. Your goal is simply to have more health at the end of each stage than the boss card's damage number.

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What we like:
  • Quick games
  • Easy to learn
  • Lots of replay value
  • Variety of different game modes and challenges
  • Well-designed and challenging
What could be improved:
  • Repetitive gameplay, lacks variety between runs
  • Not challenging enough on classic difficulty

  • card
  • rogue-like
  • turn-based
  • dungeon-crawler
  • procedural
  • strategy
  • choices
  • pixel
  • dark
  • tactical
  • dungeon
  • minimalist

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