Dogs Playing Poker Review
- 'Learning' AI.
- Individual character personalities.
- Excellent game tutorial for new players.
- Multiplayer would have gone down a treat.
Dogs Playing Poker may sound like a gimmick, but instead of a pop culture mess it's an amazing Texas Hold'em game that may even convert your friends to trying out this insanely popular style of Poker.
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It's such a simple idea, but Dogs Playing Poker could easily have been a hard one to stomach thanks to C. M. Coolidge's paintings holding a dubious position in pop culture and its assorted ephemera. Thankfully instead of some tacky attempt at cashing in on a pop reference Dogs Playing Poker by Candywriter is probably one of the friendliest and certainly furriest Texas Hold'em games for the iPhone.
The tutorial is simply brilliant and gives players a chance to not only learn the game's controls, but to play through various hands to help those unfamiliar with Texas Hold'em to get a good grounding in the game's basics. Some familiarity with Poker will help, but definitely isn't necessary. The game is controlled through simple menu choices and bets can be raised by dragging the edge of their button. Each dog in the game has a particular set of tells to learn making the game far more interesting for advanced players.
Aside from a few additional references to Coolidge's original paintings, Dogs Playing Poker uses a clean and simple cartoonish design for the dogs. Games take place everywhere from a Chinese restaurant kitchen to a Pound. Full playlist support is available for iTunes, but you'll want to keep the music turned down to keep track of each dog's various signals.
On the surface of things Dogs Playing Poker doesn't seem like a serious Hold'em game, but once you dive in you'll be pleasantly rewarded with clever AI and individual personalities that round this in to a App for the iPhone.
Description♠ GET YOUR PAWS on this iOS classic and enjoy stunning graphics and hilarious blue collar poker action against a whole bunch of dogs, a fox, and a walrus! Put on your poker face and step into beautifully detailed rounds that include a junkyard, pound, train car, den, and the dogs' favorite Chinese restaurant: Chang's Kitchen!
Check out the reviews to see how much players of all skill levels are enjoying Dogs Playing Poker!
=== Reviews ===
★★★★★ "...an ideal app for getting people interested in Texas Hold 'Em." - SlapApp
★★★★★ "an incredibly satisfying poker experience..." - Gamezebo
★★★★★ "The dogs ooze with personality..." - TouchReviews.net
★★★★★ "The best poker game on the App Store. Period." - US Reviewer
=== Key Features ===
✔ UNLOCK BREEDS
Create your own dog and unlock a new dog breed with each tournament victory! Breeds include Labrador, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Bulldog, Husky, Pug, Poodle, Basset Hound, Rottweiler, Boston Terrier, Maltese Yorkshire Terrier, and many more!
✔ LEARN TO PLAY
Need to brush up on your Texas Hold 'em skills? An easy-to-follow Tutorial has been included to help beginners get up-to-speed.
✔ PET THE DOGS
Give your dog love by rubbing his or her belly. Pet the other dogs and see what happens! Tap your dog multiple times to make him or her snarl and howl!
✔ ADVANCED AI
We've been developing the artificial intelligence at work in Dogs Playing Poker since 2007. From the moment you play your first hand, the dogs will be studying your game and adapting accordingly.
✔ PERSONALITIES GALORE
From the petulant little Chihuahua to the lethargic Mastiff and the big betting Poodle, each of the characters has been carefully developed to provide a unique challenge.
Each of the dogs have "tells", or noticeable reactions that give you clues as to the hands they hold! Learn them all!
✔ GET SCHOOLED
Dogs Playing Poker analyzes your skills and grades your luck, trickery, and overall performance!