“Briefly entertaining gaming mash-up that’s too shallow for any long-term appeal.”£0.69
The best thing about Poker Pals is that if you’re the sort of person who’s run out of friends willing to play Words With Friends with you because you always win, you’re less likely to run out of people willing to play Poker Pals with you, because wins aren’t quite so certain. Sadly, that’s not much of a draw because the core game’s a lukewarm cross between poker and Scrabble that never really does it for us. You’re dealt racks of five cards that you lay out on a grid to try and make high-scoring hands and, similar to Scrabble, you can lay your cards across existing hands for MASSIVE COMBOS. Which is all super in theory, but quickly wears out its welcome. Poker’s a brilliant gambling platform but a pretty naff card game, and tarting it up like this doesn’t make it much more exciting. It’s fun for a bit of casual play with chums and randoms, but nothing special, plus you’ll tire of the single-player version (against THREE whole AI players!) in record time.