5-of-a-Kind

I like Poker Smash enough to play the demo more than once, but not enough to actually play through the entire trial period. Puzzle mode is pretty cool, though I still have trouble looking for straights and flushes and not just matching up similar colors.

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Sicher Smash!

Poker Smash has the best presentation of any XBLA game. There are scrolling leaderboards on the menu, everything looks and moves slick, graphics are smooth, bright, shiny, music is decent, and everything is cleanly presented. And I couldn’t even be bothered to finish the trial time. It’s not a bad game, but it doesn’t grab me despite all the beautiful trappings. I might give it a second go, as I was having difficulty matching anything other than 3-5 of a kind. Any flushes or whatnot were purely accidental.

A neat little feature are random challenges which pop up that give you 10 seconds or so to match a specific set of cards, like 3 aces or 5 kings. Actually there are a lot of cool little features in the game, which bugs me that I don’t like the game more because I really appreciate touches such as these.

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