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Texas Tea Review

By Damian Chiappara, on September 25, 2009


Texas Tea
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PROS

  • Some unique and fresh puzzle gameplay.
  • Online leaderboard and achievement access via OpenFeint.
  • Your game will continue if you leave the application.

CONS

  • There is a slight learning curve in how the game works and how to play.
  • Players cannot use their iPod during gameplay, despite turning all game sounds off.
  • The gameplay seems a bit too easy; players can get through without ever getting a larger combo.

VERDICT

Texas Tea offers some new puzzle gameplay to players at the expense of a small learning curve and may be worth the current price depending on your love of board based puzzle games.


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Texas Tea is an eclectic mix of puzzle games such as Bejeweled, Yahtzee and Poker all mixed into one. The game borrows elements of all these games and has created its own unique puzzle gameplay experience. Players will have to match dice combinations on the game board to turn the game tiles behind them to black oil.

Players control their dice removal by swiping two or more matching boxes together for a combo. The dice combos are taken from poker, as players can line up pairs, straights and flushes. Players will also need to switch tiles in order to line them by tapping on two tiles to do so. The controls are simple but can take some time to comprehend as the game instructions can be a bit confusing at first glance.

The visuals are simple and do their job but feature some nice backgrounds for a bit of variety in each level. The game sound is also a bit plain, but with the amount of sound options available, it’s annoying that players cannot use their iPod during gameplay even with all game sounds turned off. The game features one main mode with leaderboard and online options via OpenFeint.

At first glance, Texas Tea seems like a confusing mixture of puzzle games. But after a short while, you’ll get into the swing of things. The gameplay is enjoyable but players can easily get through the game scoring pairs rather than going for larger combos. But if tile matching games with poker rules sounds like something you could get into, then you may want to have a look at Texas Tea.

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