The Best Card Games for Xbox Series X

Update : Spellcats: Auto Card Tactics added at rank #24.
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Balatro (2024)

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

Balatro is a thrilling blend of poker and roguelike deck-building that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Master the art of poker hands and harness the power of unique Joker cards to outsmart your opponents. Explore a dazzling world filled with challenges, upgrades, and the addicting rush of unlocking new strategies with every play. Are you ready to take on the ultimate card battle?


What we like:
  • Unique blend of poker and roguelike mechanics
  • Deep customization with Jokers and booster packs
  • Engaging boss mechanics that add to the game's challenge
  • High replay value with endless run and challenge modes
  • Accessible to newcomers while offering depth for veterans
What could be improved:
  • Reliance on luck can lead to frustrating runs
  • High difficulty curve may deter some players

  • card
  • rogue-like
  • rogue-like-deckbuilder
  • deck
  • deckbuilder
  • turn-based

2

Loop Hero (2021)

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

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

3

Neon White (2022)

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Nintendo Switch j Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 5 Playstation 4 PC Windows Xbox Series X/s

Neon White is an exciting game that combines elements of first person shooter, platformer, and visual novel. You play as White as you explore Heaven and take on demons in an arena-style battle for a chance to stay in Heaven for a year. Along the way, you'll discover secrets from your past and develop relationships with other characters.


What we like:
  • Fast-paced action
  • Satisfying weapons with unique abilities
  • Great writing and voice acting
  • Fun characters to get to know
  • Humorous nods to contemporary memes
What could be improved:
  • Predictable plot line at times
  • Some levels can be difficult to figure out the first time through without hints
  • Boss fights are too long without checkpoints

  • card
  • demons
  • first-person
  • platform
  • shooter
  • anime
  • visual-novel
  • parkour
  • fps
  • assassin

4

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel (2022)

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

Get ready for Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, the ultimate digital card game with over 10,000 unique cards! Experience fast-paced duels, build powerful decks, and challenge players worldwide. Immerse yourself in captivating stories and enjoy the stunning HD graphics and dynamic soundtrack. New or seasoned, this game has something for everyone!


What we like:
  • Player-friendly ecosystem
  • Every card attainable through Craft System
  • Impressive visuals and sound effects
  • Fun Solo Mode
  • Ample customization options
What could be improved:
  • Lags behind TCG/OCG
  • Only best-of-one matches
  • Can feel repetitive with top decks

  • card
  • competitive

5

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

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Marvel's Midnight Suns (2022)

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Playstation 5 Xbox Series X PC Windows Playstation 4 Xbox One Nintendo Switch

Marvel's Midnight Suns is a turn-based tactics game featuring superheroes and card-based combat. You must stop Lilith, the Mother of Demons, by creating a custom character and meeting familiar and new heroes. With dynamic battles, customizable characters, explorable hubs with secrets, and comedic banter between characters, it has something for everyone.


What we like:
  • Dynamic card combat system
  • Robust customization options
  • Fully explorable hub with secrets
  • Humorous jokes between characters
  • Unique abilities for each hero
What could be improved:
  • Bloated with currencies and resources
  • Poor visuals for idle animations
  • Visual bug for concealed units
  • Occasional freezing/crashing when saving manually

  • card
  • tactical
  • superhero
  • turn-based
  • strategy
  • battle
  • rpg
  • combat

7

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

8

The Knight Witch (2022)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 4 Playstation 5

The Knight Witch is a Metroid Vania shoot 'em up with spell casting and rogue lite elements. You take control of Rayne, a former Knight Witch trainee on a mission to save her town from an evil emperor's revived golem army. Experience the thrill of battle as you level up and choose between "Knight" and "Witch" skill sets to customize your playstyle.


What we like:
  • Non-linear and utility gated map exploration
  • 360 degree aiming system
  • Accessible shooting mechanics
  • Card system for spell casting
  • Rogue lite elements like hidden bosses and ambushes
  • Armor purchasing with durability and perks
What could be improved:
  • Difficulty of bosses/ambushes not always consistent or explained in game

  • card
  • twin-stick
  • bullet-hell
  • deckbuilder
  • metroidvania
  • shooter
  • battler
  • shoot-em-up
  • exploration
  • boss
  • hand-drawn
  • choices
  • boss-fight
  • fight
  • action-adventure

9

Ruff Ghanor (2024)

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Xbox Series X Xbox One PC Windows Nintendo Switch

Ruff Ghanor is a Deckbuilder game with Roguelite elements, where each collected card represents a crucial action in your journey. Build the perfect deck, strategize, and create powerful synergies as you progress to face your destiny.


  • rogue-like-deckbuilder
  • card
  • rogue-like
  • battler
  • deckbuilder
  • faith
  • lore
  • trading
  • fantasy
  • story
  • hand-drawn
  • dragon
  • magic
  • atmospheric
  • strategy

10

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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