Simply Poker Squares Review

Our Review by Kevin Stout on August 2nd, 2011
Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: ACE
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Simply Poker Squares is a universal poker solitaire app with some weird, but cool, achievements and a fun look.

Developer: Yo Yo Games
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Game Controls Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

I’m a Texas Hold’em fan. I host a poker game every Friday night with my friends where we play Texas Hold’em. I also occasionally play in tournaments. I love poker and when I saw a solitaire poker game, Simply Poker Squares, on the App Store I absolutely had to try it.

First of all, I didn’t realize that Poker Solitaire was an actual solitaire game until after I played the app for a little. It sort of blunted my amazement of how addicting the game was when I realized that the developers didn’t come up with the game. But even with the fact that it’s already a game, digital versions of games that include scoring are always better because no one has to keep score!

It’s quite obvious that I loved Simply Poker Squares. I believe I would rank it in my top ten iOS games, if I was asked to list them. Basically, the goal is to lay out a 5x5 grid of cards one at a time to try to make various poker hands vertical and horizontally (the two diagonals do not count). Each poker hand has a different point value (lowest at one pair and highest at royal flush). The player is playing against his or her own high scores. The game is incredibly simple, but fun and addicting (especially for poker fans).

The game has a few customizable features such as changing the background color and the art on the back of the cards. Statistics for how many times each hand was played can be accessed. There are 24 achievements to try to get, including weirdly specific hands such as all-black cards with A, A, 8, 8 in sequence.

Simply Poker Squares is by far the best solitaire game I’ve ever played, not just on the iPad, but in general (and that includes the awesome solitaire mode in Carcassonne!). Simply Poker Squares is a universal app and costs $2.99.
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