Swords & Poker Adventures is a game of unique design and elements. It is a continuation of a series, but unlike previous installations, this game is free to play with in-app purchases.
In Swords And Poker Adventures you travel the game world going from level to level fighting foes through the use of poker. In the battle you and your battle foe are presented with nine trump cards arranged in a three by three square and four cards each of your own. Your objective is to make the best poker hands you can with two of the cards in your hand and three cards in a row from the nine trump cards. The greater the hand you can make the more damage you deal your opponent. When you or all of your opponent’s chips (hit points) are gone the battle is over. If no character loses their point by the time all the cards have been played, the character with the least coins wins.
With battle over you are returned to the level map after receiving your rewards. Your chips aren’t restored automatically but you can restore them manually once per level without spending any money. You can use gold you have collected during your battles to upgrade your health and buy equipment. Gems can also be used, but acquiring them means shelling out real world money.
Swords And Poker Adventures is fairly simple and doesn’t take much to pick up on how to play. As long as you have a good knowledge of what each hand in poker does you’ll do well. The graphics have been upgraded from previous installments to look more appealing.
Swords & Poker Adventures has a good overall design. The animations flow well without any jerkiness or delay and so you could quickly go through several battles without any issues.
One of the biggest problems with the Swords And Poker Adventures is certainly the annoying music, which seems to take its inspiration from Zelda games. I’m also unconvinced playing a game of poker against a bear is a great idea, but maybe that’s just me. It would have been better if the opponents were other human characters, in my opinion.
The biggest issue with Swords And Poker Adventures is the continuous repeating of levels. Each level is the same with just another set of cards and the same problem to solve. Yes you have different opponents with varying health, but defeating them doesn’t require anything more than poker hand knowledge and some luck. For the average player, this could get tedious. It is also difficult to get much game play done before your stamina is out and you have to wait for the game to auto-generate it back or you buy more stamina. Swords And Poker Adventures certainly wouldn’t be entertaining on a long train trip or commute. An obvious feature that would have been nice is some sort of multiplayer component. Without that, replayability is essentially nill.
The in-app purchases are an interesting blend. If you want to speed your way through the game then they are necessary. However, if you want a game which will be with you for a long time and you can pick up and play over several weeks or longer, then the in-app purchases are completely unnecessary. Still, having to wait to play is an IAP tactic that doesn’t feel great.
Swords And Poker Adventures is a game which has promise for some people: very casual poker-lovers. Those who do not like the card game should probably avoid this game completely.
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+Easy to pick up and play
+Free to play
-Each level is pretty much the same
-The stamina system means you have to buy IAP or are playing over a number of weeks.