Poker has been growing in popularity again over the last couple years. With multiple shows, console games, and all sorts of swag and merch available, it’s not surprising to see a large selection of poker games at the app store. Recently, I was dealt the World Poker Tour’s (WPT) official app and this review will show you how it played out!
Any fan of poker will be familiar with the World Poker Tour. Whether it be from tv, a game or the internet, the WPT probably has you hook, line, and sinker. The WPT tournaments are a staple in the scene and I was pleased when I found out that they were releasing a game on the iPlatform.
Every time you launch WPT, a nice video plays, showing an official video. The problem is that it plays every single time and can get a little annoying. Afterwards though, you are greeted by a really nice UI. Graphics and colors are vibrant and the menus and info screens look great.
A nice feature you can see right up front is the ability to import music from your ipod. Unfortunately though, I was not able to find a way to turn it off once I started it while in a game. Another fun feature is the ability to customize your avatar. You get one to start with but you can use your winnings to purchase one of the many different custom outfits available.
As for game play, there are both local and online multiplayer available. Online you can either play simple multiplayer based on a few parameters or enter into tournaments. I was glad to find both, and was even more happy to see that they kept everything separate: your online wins and losses don’t affect your offline totals and vice versa. The obvious benefit here is that you could practice as much as you want offline without risking your online earnings.
Controls in WPT are simple: a lot of tapping or swiping to bet/raise/fold. Visually, it’s a little less fancy than the menus and other pages but it still looks nice. They even added in a bit of animation to the characters at the table when they toss bets out. Also available in game is the ability to view/add to your buddy list and chat with the people at the table.
Playing the hands is enjoyable. There is some unnecessary stuff though, such as pauses for bets even though you’ve already gone all in and don’t really have an option but to pass. Also, at the end of a hand during the “Showdown”, the highest available hand from each player is flashed above their cards verrrry quickly. So quickly in fact, that if you aren’t paying attention you’ll definitely miss it. Afterwards, the hands are all shown with the winner clearly marked and the resulting winnings/loses shown to the side.
In the end, even with the oddities mentioned above, or my inability to find a pause button for the music player, I still enjoyed this game. It may not be as flashy as some competitors, but it is built solidly and sensibly. All the proper effort went into building a real stand up game that I think fans of hold ‘em poker will be able to appreciate.
|Title:||World Poker Tour Texas Hold ‘Em (v1.45)||Developer:||Hands-On Mobile|
|Price:||$3.99||App Size:||4.5 MB|