Texas Hold'em Hand Held Game
Games has come out with a challenging hand held
game based on the World Poker Tour. You start
the game out with $5,000 in chips facing 5 computer
opponents. As you build your chipstack and eliminate
opponents, other players take their place until
you make it to the final table and win the big
This hand held electronic game has some surprisingly
good features, it has 8 different styles of opponent
(from rock tight to maniac) and they play pretty
well, realistic dealing algorithms, the ability
to speed hands up once you're out, and you can
see most details of a hand at one glance. The
game will also let you know when a new player
has taken a vacant seat. In addition, you can
play a little while and come back to the point
where you left off at any time. The game is designed
well and looks good.
Unfortunately, the game also has some big weaknesses
due to the nature of a hand held game. For example,
the icons used for the card suits takes awhile
to get used to due to limited space (the heart
icon for instance has the diamond inside of it).
Also, you can't really tell how you are doing
in the tournament since you can only check the
chip stacks of players at your table and you have
no idea how many players are left (supposedly
you start with 200 opponents).
the game looks great (for a handheld) and plays
decently, it is a bit boring and slow if you're
used to the faster pace of playing online. This
game would make a decent stocking stuffer for
a young fan (early teens at the latest) of poker,
it might actually keep them away from the computer
for awhile so you can play some online. I don't
recommend it for anyone who plays poker on a semi-serious
basis and expects to learn anything about their
game, but young kids may get a few hours entertainment
on a long car trip.
seen the game retailing online for approximately
$19.99 - $34.99, but I'd try and find it on sale
if you're interested in it as a gift.
this and other reviews in the Lizard Lounge.