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High Stakes

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Blood is Life! 50 Points

Unlock Orlok

Doubled Down 50 Points

Win a Bonus Round

Rent is Due 50 Points

Unlock Houkin

Zamorit Chervichka 50 Points

Unlock Zver

Get a Life 100 Points

Beat the Game

Get Two Lives 100 Points

Reach Streak 2 (Beat the game twice in a row)

Third Time's a Charm 100 Points

Reach Streak 3 (Beat the game three times in a row)

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Las Vegas 2024. Vampires have stolen your blood. Play the card game of your life and win it all back.


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Every round you will be dealt 9 cards face-down. The goal of the game is to flip as many cards face-up as possible. There is one Vampire card and 8 value cards ranging from 2 to 9. There is always only one copy in each card on the board. If you flip the Vampire card you lose the round.


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Complete rows or columns to unlock Hint Tokens.


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If you think you know where the Vampire card is you can use the Stake to stab it immediately for more points.

Flipping a card will raise the stakes. If you flip over all value cards or stab the Vampire the stakes will be added to your winnings. If you flip the Vampire the stakes will be substracted from your winnings.


You can use the button in the lower left corner to pass a round. You will keep the stakes but you need to pay a penalty of the value of two card flips.


Each match lasts 5 rounds.


Use the blood you win to unlock opponents with higher payouts. You win the game if your reach 5000ml. Your progress will be saved between matches. But if you lose all your blood your savegame will be wiped and you need to start over.


Win Streaks - If you beat the game you will start a Win Streak. Beating the game again will increase the Win Streak by one. If you ever die or restart a game in progress you will lose the Win Streak. An exclamation mark behind your Win Streak count means you are pushing your all-time best Win Streak. The game will also keep track of how many attempts you've made so far.


NOTE: If you ever feel like the game hasn't unlocked a Medal you should have recieved, reload the page. All missing Medals should unlock on the Skull screen.


UPDATE: The game now becomes more difficult as the Streak number increases. The Pass penalty is now based on the current Streak.


Credits



This game was created as part of the A Game By Its Cover Jam 2020. The goal was to create a game based on of the cartridge covers from the Famicase Exhibition 2020. The cover to High Stakes was created by Tyler Q Anderson and Jamie C Lee.


The game was written and designed by Krystian Majewski, an Independent Developer and the host of the Lazy Devs Academy video channel.


The music was composed by Gruber Music.


The game is written entirely in Pico-8.

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Is there any strategy to this? Because I'm not seeing any -- game seems to be entirely luck.

You could have a "safe" 3+ that ends up being the vampire. Meanwhile, you could have a 50% chance with a 9+ that you may as well take by staking it, but still 50% chance you'll lose that.

Only thing I try to do is take "risky" guesses early on, where the penalty is less, but still.

You can sometimes confirm with 100% what the vampire is, but most times you cannot.

really fun, there's nothing else to say it's just great

I need an app of this game, i would play every days

Very addicting lol, every time I'm bored and don't have anything to do I open up this game

Good job :))

Great card game, kind of like Blackjack in unpredictability. Get's kind of repetitive though, it would be great if more features were added.