Swords & Poker Adventures
Advance in an expansive world and defeat blocking monsters in each zone using great poker hands. Use strategies to make the best hands and combos in the shared board and wisely equip magic, shields and weapons to facilitate the gameplay.
A vast world with diverse landscapes and monsters
Tons of magic upgrades, weapons and shields to unlock and use
Simple rules and immersive gameplay
Original artwork and good soundtracks
Konami Digital Entertainment
Konami Digital Entertainment
July 17, 2014
Swords & Poker series has a new entry for the mobile, Swords & Poker Adventures created by Konami. It still has the swords & poker gameplay in the center stage and presents that core in an adventurous journey.
Featuring an expansive world, Swords & Poker Adventure has players advancing across diverse lands by defeating monsters on the way one zone after another. And the battle is settled via pokers.
The card battle rules are simple. Battle is turn-based and fought on a shared 5*5 board of cards. As a game starts, nine random cards will show up and take up the central 9 squares. Players in their turn can draw two cards from the hand to make a row, even diagonally, and a valid poker hand so as to inflict damage on the enemy monster.
By a valid poker hand, it includes ten types including pairs, straight, flush and three/four/five of a kind and so on. And a skillful hand can create amazing combos of more than one type. And there is also an all-mighty Joker card that can be of great help in creating a powerful poker hand. Jokers will randomly show up on the board. Meanwhile, players can switch one out of four cards in the hand randomly into a joker when the Wild Card gauge is filled up to full.
Swords & Poker Adventures is easy to pick up, only if its tutorial is overhauled to be more newbie-friendly. For players who haven’t tried the Swords & Poker series before, it is rather confusing, particularly about the “valid poker hands” rules. It requires individual’s exploration in the Help section to get the hang of the gameplay. In fact, the Help serves more like a tutorial covering everything ranging from the poker hands & combat to world map & shop.
Currently, there are over 50 unique zones scattering in a world filled by forests, oceans, volcanoes and asteroids. Each zone in turn consists of multiple monsters with a boss fight in the ending. As they advance, players will encounter increasingly tougher enemies that not only have higher HP but are also equipped with different magics, weapons and shields.
Similarly, players can unlock and then purchase tons of items to boost their poker battle. Different weapons equipped allow players to deal a varying amount of damage when they make a different hand, and some also has one or two special status effects like self-heals, penetration of enemy shield or disabling all enemy weapon effects.
And before every battle, players can choose up to three magic, unlocked in the first place, with the first being free and the other two paid for, to take and use in the game. Transform the card in the center of the grid to a joker, boost the damage if there are spades in a poker hand, and more damage in a bonus row and so on – the magic types are as diverse and useful. Moreover, there are also shields and health upgrades that can be unlocked and bought in the shop.
A free to play title, Swords & Poker Adventures has the “matched” systems of IAP and Energy bar. From health expansion to items, all need to be purchased for either the gold coins earned by winning battles or gems rewarded upon the completion of each zone. It requires certain grinding and waiting to horde enough coins/gems to get the desired weapons or magic. Surely, a quicker path is always there paved by real cash. And the energy-based timer infringes on the fun more obviously. While the addictive poker battle immerses one into the world, the energy bar is ready to kick him/her out. Otherwise, it is simply a great game. [App Link]
Watch the Tutorial of Swords & Poker Adventures