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Genre: Cards, Movie/TV based, Poker :: Players: 2 :: Released: 10/6/08

Pirates of the Caribbean Poker Review

Developer: Disney

Pros

Game Features

Rating/100

Plenty of different games
Decent and fast AI

Cons

Some of the subtleties are a bit hidden

Sound
Help
Save Option
Highscore
Suspend/Resume
Bus/Tube Friendly
See Compatible Handsets

83

Graphics

84

Sound

80

Controls

78

Playability

91

Lastability

83

Review Details
Handset Nokia N81 8Gb
Time Played 4 hours
Game Progress Completed story mode

Costas Stephanides’s Review

Review Date: 23/6/08

I always thought they enjoyed a bit of cribbage


The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is too good to let go and although there might not be a new film out for a while (if ever), it doesn't mean that Disney have to stop making games for it.

Pirates Poker is not just a simple poker game. For starters, there's a story mode where you wander the seas looking for treasure and bumping into characters from the film. Secondly, is not just poker that is on offer. Texas (or Tortuga) Hold 'em and Omaha Hi-Lo are the available poker games. There is also a dice game, Black Jack and loads more card games to play.

Gambling and Disney do not usually go together (could you imagine a Mickey casino in Las Vegas) so they have distanced themselves slightly and changed the standard card suits for pirate theme symbols. The betting itself is rather low key, with a simple predetermined bet/raise amounts. Choosing bet amounts and going all in is possible but understated. The AI plays extremely quickly although on the whole is pretty easy to read. This is more about playing cards with your mates for fun rather than trying to pay off your mortgage down the casino. In avoiding a true casino experience, Pirates Poker lets you enjoy the essence of the thrill and leaves some of the stuffy rules and procedure behind.

The title has plenty to offer but Story mode is the best place to start and gradually learn the multitude of games on offer. The graphics throughout are very good. The playing cards are large and legible, the backgrounds are very detailed and even the characters get a little animated when they lose.

Story mode gives you the chance to cheat a little and play with your enchanted and marked cards. The enchanted deck doesn't mean that you are always going to win but instead that one of you will have a near perfect hand based on the cards on the table. The trick is to master when that guy is you and tease the most gold out of your opponents. It's a cheeky way to get some great hands and helps you play through the long story mode at a decent pace. There is an option to turn the enchanted deck off but then it's a boring battle of pairs.

The whole package has been well designed and thought out. We weren't expecting much as this was a movie game and one of Disney's first forays into the casino but we were pleasantly surprised at how much fun it was. It just goes to show what can be done with a movie license when you have no movie release date to aim for.