Game Review: Full House Poker

Poker, tournament poker, and one-on-one poker. Lots of poker.

Overall Score: 4/5

Even though the game has a great experience/level progression system, the lack of multiplayer is disappointing.

Gameplay: 4/5

The game has all the usual rules of poker, and replicates it perfectly. The controls are simple: Tap a button to call/check, slide your cards onto the table to fold, or slide a little scale to raise a bet. The game is always easy and clear to follow, meaning that you’ll always know whose turn it is and what is happening. The one way this game adds onto poker is through the experience system, which gives you points for doing a smart fold, winning a final showdown, and more. These experience points reward you for wise actions, encouraging you to play the game even better. Finally, there’s a tournament mode and a Pro Takedowns mode, which all change the gameplay and make poker a bit more exciting. However, the lack of online multiplayer hurts the game.

Presentation: 4/5

While the sound effects in the game are spectacular (you can tel exactly what’s happening just from the sounds), the background music and the visuals aren’t that great. The music is always the same, and the visuals are extremely basic. The visuals are acceptable and work well, but they don’t impress anyone. However, the load speeds of the game makes it one of the fastest loading Xbox Live game out right now.

Lasting Value: 3/5

The lasting value will depend completely on your willingness to play poker matches over and over again. The Pro Takedowns mode encourages you to play more and gain more experience, but ultimately once you become bored of poker, the game has nothing exciting to make you come back. The inclusion of multiplayer would have be extremely helpful for the lasting value.

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Title: Full House Poker
Price: $2.99
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios

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