Card games are certainly plentiful on the App Store, and the nice thing is that each one usually offers something different for players to enjoy.
Texas Jack Poker is an entertaining and unique card game that combines Texas hold ’em and blackjack.
It’s a little tricky to get used to, but it’s definitely fun to play once you have the basics down.
Concept and Gameplay:
I play card games relatively infrequently, so I tend to forget basic rules fairly quickly. This is especially true when it comes to various types of poker games.
Luckily Texas Jack Poker, created by Sheldon Martin, teaches new players the basics of the game through a helpful video that can be accessed from the main menu. It covers all of the fundamentals needed to play, so I definitely recommend checking it out when you first download the game.
I won’t go in-depth on how to play Texas Jack Poker, but I will say that it can be very confusing for new players. I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to move the game along. The nice thing about this is that it is single player, so you don’t have to worry about holding up others while learning how to play.
In terms of graphics navigation, I really like the fact that Texas Jack Poker is low-key on both. You won’t see flashy animations or a bunch of fanfare; this is obviously designed to be a simple and straightforward card game.
Just because Texas Jack Poker is single player doesn’t mean you can’t compete with others around the world.
The game features a built-in leaderboard (separate from Game Center), but you have to create an account in order to be ranked.
Texas Jack Poker also includes an impressive statistics section that gives you a detailed breakdown of your performance on a daily, weekly, monthly, and all time basis.
Texas Jack Poker is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. There is a heavy presence of ads, they can optionally be disabled for $0.99. One thing I couldn’t figure out is whether or not you have to buy additional chips via in-app purchase if you happen to run out.
I couldn’t find a way to earn additional chips by watching ads, but hopefully this isn’t the case.
Overall, Texas Jack Poker is a great card game that’s definitely worth a try if you enjoy poker and blackjack. It’s easy to get the hang of it and is a great option for anyone who would rather play solo.
Texas Jack Poker requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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