Developer Nerial Publisher Devolver Digital Format PC, Switch Origin UK Release TBA 2022

A game about lightfinge­red trickery was always going to live or die on how it felt in the hands. So what a treat to report that this game of 18th-century chicanery is as absorbing to play as its premise suggests. Mastering cheating techniques not only involves digital dexterity, as you attempt to catch a peek at a rival player’s cards while pouring wine without overfillin­g the glass, but memorising signals, too. Under pressure, the signal for the Queen of Diamonds might not immediatel­y come to mind, but then in some cases it pays to deliberate­ly lose a hand – particular­ly when suspicious eyes are watching.

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