Poker Pals Review
- A very neat idea.
- As the board fills, the options for high scores become endless.
- The jokers can be as much a hindrance as they are a help.
Combining poker and scrabble ends up with a fun competitive game that should appeal to board and card game fans alike.
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Poker has taken the world by storm for quite a few years or so and there are plenty excellent poker titles available for your iPhone. Words With Friends took Scrabble and made it into a very popular online game. Aspyr Media has decided to combine the two and this is how we have Poker Pals.
Yes, this is a turn based poker game played on a board. You play your hand, and then your opponent can use the hand you placed to create their own hand. Once the board starts filling, points can be gained from multiple directions upon placement, and the corners can be used to your advantage for massive points. The corners are where the jokers are. They are wild-cards. When placing a hand next to a joker, it will act as the fifth card, and automatically turn into the card that would be most beneficial point-wise for the hand played. The game ends when all spaces on the board have been filled.
The presentation is hardly worth mentioning. The cards and play field are easily readable and the sound effects are neither obtrusive nor immersive. The game can be played versus a computer opponent of three difficulty levels, online friends or random players, or in a hot seat mode on the same iPhone.
Poker Pals is a simple concept that works well enough to make it a fun board / card game experience. While we would like to see a recall button instead of having to drag all cards back off the board when thinking about turns, there's not much to go wrong with here if you're looking for a fun, competitive board game fix.
DescriptionIf words games and poker had a wild child it would be Poker Pals.
Play your friends in a truly unique game of poker. Take turns building 5-card poker hands by strategically combining your cards with the cards on the board. Play off your friend’s hands to create new exciting hand combinations. Every hand you play awards you points; the more hand combos you play, the more points you’ll receive.
PLAY AGAINST YOUR PALS
BUILD HUGE COMBOS
TWO GAMES IN ONE: EPIC for long strategic games or CLASSIC for faster play
iPAD RETINA GRAPHICS
UNIVERSAL APP FOR ALL YOUR DEVICES
For more information or support, please visit www.chillingo.com.
PRAISE FOR POKER PALS
“Imagine if Poker by Zynga and Words With Friends were combined to form a super-addicting hybrid of the two. Well you can stop imagining because thanks to Chillingo fantasy is now reality with Poker Pals” — AppPicker, 4/5
“Poker Pals just boarded my Addiction Train…” ¬— Appy Awards
"...I would be snatching up my iPod every couple of minutes to make my next turn, juggling several games at once, like a crazed poker addict." — TouchArcade, 4/5
"Poker Pals is the best online turn based game in the App Store that you will no doubt love every minute of." — Apple N Apps
"Poker Pals is a brilliant mix of poker and Scrabble that shouldn’t be missed." — GameZebo
"...the core game is a lot of fun (especially as an asynchronous title), and you can start games with friends right through Game Center..." — TUAW, 4/5
"Poker Pals is an unusual, simple, and fun multiplayer title that hides a surprising amount of depth." — Pocket Gamer, 8/10
“Chillingo answered with a perfect game for the casual market: Poker Pals. A game that doesn’t demand that you know poker that well, but still retains some of the excitement of the real thing.” — TouchGen Editor’s Choice
“All in all, Poker Pals is an awesome mash-up of two classics, and we can’t recommend it enough to fans of board games.” — Slide to Play, 4/4
What's New in Version 2.0New EPIC game mode
iPad Retina Graphics
Shared account across all devices
And much more…