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Video Poker Deluxe app review: a fun and additive video poker game
Video Poker Deluxe by Happen Labs is one of the most addictive video poker apps you’ll find in the App Store. There are certainly fancier games out there but this app sticks to the basics – it provides a fun environment to satisfy your poker fix, and stays away from all the added bells and whistles. What it does offer is several alternative poker games to satisfy the poker itch, and an authentic casino style of game play. If you’re a poker fan you’ll definitely want to include this one in your app catalog. This is a free app and it’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
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With all the poker games available in the App Store it’s tough trying to sift through them to find one that stands out a little. What makes Video Poker Deluxe appealing is the range of choice available in this one. There are sixteen different poker variations to choose from, so you’re almost certain to find something you like. It doesn’t have the realistic graphics you might find in some other poker apps, but the great choice more than makes up for this – after all, sitting around a virtual poker table doesn’t actually enhance game play in any way.
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There are ads in this app but you don’t have to view them – if you do, you can get extra coins to extend your daily play. That’s probably the only major drawback of this game you’re only given a set amount of credits per day, once they run out you’ll have to wait till the next day to play again or purchase more coins as an in-app purchase. The actual display is a great reproduction of the standard video poker game you’d find in any casino. This app will require 18.8 MB of available space on your iOS device.
How to Play
The main interface features simple colorful buttons that you can tap on to access the game of your choice. Each game has a slightly different set of rules giving you a bit of variety that helps to keep things interesting. One thing that is a little annoying is that every time you start a game it asks you if you want to view a video to get some free coins before you can continue. However, once you get this out of the way the game’s a lot of fun. For the record, this is not a traditional Texas holdem app, which seems to be the craze these days.
At the top of the app window is a breakdown of the different hands that you can win with, as well as a breakdown of points you’ll receive for each different kind of hand. You have the option of betting one coin at a time or as much as five at a time – it depends on how much you’re willing to risk. When you‘ve had enough of one particular game you can simply tap on the menu button in the bottom left corner to return to the main screen so that you can select another one. There’s also Game Center integration so you can easily compare your score against others around the world.
Pros and Cons
- Sixteen different varieties of poker games
- Authentic casino style video poker game
- Different hands and their values are displayed prominently at the top of each game
- You can get extra coins at any time by viewing ads
- Pop ups prompt you to view ads at the beginning of every game
- Includes in-app purchases
- Doesn't really teach you how to play Texas holdem or other variations of poker
If you love the game of poker you won’t be disappointed with Video Poker Deluxe. With sixteen different variations of the game this app is full of choice. For the poker aficionado, this one’s definitely worth the download.
Cherry is a hard-working writer and an aspiring web designer who can't go a day without using her favorite apps. She's always on the lookout for new apps and enjoys discovering ones that others have overlooked.