If you’re looking for a fast paced card game that is easy to play and only costs a buck, Poker Attack from Seahorse Software is a good choice.
If you are familiar with the game of poker, you’ll know that hands can have:
One pair: Any two cards of the same value
Two pair: 4 cards of the same value
3 of a kind: 3 cards of the same value
4 of a kind: 4 cards of the same value
Full House: A combination of one pair and three of a kind
Straight: All 5 cards in sequential run like 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Flush: All 5 cards are in the same suit
Straight Flush: Same as a straight but all 5 cards have the same suit
Royal Flush: 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace of the same suit
The object of Poker Attack is that you want to build the 4 best hands at one time by moving the cards around between the hands. Sounds easy right? It’s not. Mainly because you only have 30 seconds to shuffle the cards around.
The game board has 4 hands (rows) of cards. To move the cards around, you tap one card then a 2nd card to swap their locations.
While the 30 seconds of each round is counting down, you can hear a ticking clock, or you can choose to listen to any songs in your iTunes collection. The album art even displays at the bottom of the game board, which is nifty. The only ‘issue’ with this feature is that the game doesn’t save your playlist when you exit and come back into the game.
With only 30 seconds per round, the game can feel a bit hectic. Pausing the game by tapping the countdown clock seemed like a good way to take a breather and figure out your next move. The darn developer thought of that though and covers the playing board when you’re paused. Drats!
High scores can be sent to the global best scores list, which is nice for those of you that have a competitive spirit. As you can see from the screenshot above, my progress so far has been pretty bad. I’ve never been very good at timed games, but this one is great to play anytime I have a few minutes for some fast paced poker fun. I like it and you probably will too. Give it a try.