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Video Poker for BlackBerry Smartphones updated to v2.0 - now with OS 7 support

By Alicia Erlich on 1 Oct 2011 10:54 am EDT
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Video Poker for BlackBerry Smartphones

If you want the casino feel without losing your paycheck, then check out Video Poker by Chef Delivered Ltd. The developer behind Solo Deck has just released a brand new version of the classic game for BlackBerry smartphones. This is specifally designed to take advantage of the higher resolution OS 7 devices.

Currently, it comes with three variations of video poker which you can play single or three-handed: Jacks or Better, All American, and Deuces Wild. Layout is pretty simple, you have your pay table on top and the cards layed out below. Players can bet from one to five credits on the random 5-card hand they are dealt and decide which cards to hold until the final draw determines the results. You can even change the overall look of the game by changing the skin and the designs for the card faces/backs. Plus there's a strategy mode where it will evaluate your hand to make sure you pick the "best" cards before the final draw.  

Features  

  • The user interface takes advantage of touch screens on newer models, and adapts the screen layout to portrait or landscape mode. Keyboard use is supported simultaneously.
  • Tablet/pad editions of the game have enhanced graphics and features such as swipes and gestures for navigation among the game's several screens. You can also choose different designs for the card faces, and different skins (the overall look and feel of the game).
  • The volume level for sound effects can be adjusted, or turned off completely if you need to play in a quiet environment.
  • There are currently 3 variations of the game built-in: Jacks or Better, All American, and Deuces Wild. The first 2 variations are very similar, having slightly different pay tables. The third game changes the 4 deuces into wild cards, with its own unique pay table.
  • This Video Poker app has options for both single-hand, and triple-play games. The single-hand game is pretty simple, as already described. In triple-play, there are 3 poker hands on the screen. The game deals to the hand at the bottom of the screen; when you hold cards in this hand, the cards in the same position(s) in the hands above are automatically held also. Each hand uses its own deck of cards.

This is a pretty addicting game if you love poker and it runs smooth on all my devices. Video Poker is available for BlackBerry devices running OS 5 and higher for a low price of just $0.99. There is also an optimized version for the BlackBerry PlayBook and you can download either the free trial or the full featured version at just $0.99. Just be warned that the trial requires a restart after every game. 

More information / purchase Video Poker from BlackBerry App World   
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9 comments

NickA

I downloaded the trial and it's pretty good. But there is some message about not being allowed to post a link to the paid version and supporting independent developers. So I'm not sure if the developer is slamming RIM or what.

Either way, I didn't buy it because of that message. Totally unprofessional.

Ugh, may as well. Third!

padplaygames

Let me explain what that's all about without encouraging lawyers to jump into the fray.

Several weeks ago, there was a lot of discussion about developers receiving email from lawyers on behalf of a company, which is not RIM but whose name I won't mention, seeking royalty payments for patent violations. As far as I can tell, this particular company produces no products of its own, but makes a very substantial living by vigorously enforcing patents which it owns. They are, of course, permitted to enforce compliance with their property. One of these patents, related to "in-app purchases", is being interpreted by that company to include free apps that provide a web link to the paid version of the same app. In other words, merely providing the ability to go to a web page for the app is covered by that patent. There are many who disagree with that interpretation. But as a small developer, if you receive a legal letter wanting royalties over that exact issue, you have very little choice, and certainly not deep enough pockets to defend yourself in court.

There were numerous reports a few weeks ago of small developers receiving such letters, in Canada as well as the U.S.

I was in the position of having such links from my free apps to the paid versions but not (so far) a legal letter.

Out of fear and exasperation, I changed the free apps, removing the links and substituting a message instead.

I apologize if the wording of the message does not tell the whole story, or sounds "unprofessional". Perhaps I can change the wording to make others feel less threatened by it. I cannot afford the risk of having to pay royalties, or else be sued, over a link from one app to another, when the validity of the patent is questionable (according to some). There is only so much one can say in a limited space, on a very complicated issue.

www.padplaygames.com

ekafara

Good idea. I know of the company and they are a bunch of dirtbags.

DarshOne

sweet! look at those awesome graphics! im so glad its only 1$! you'd never find an app this polished for that cheap in the apple app store or the andoid market!

padplaygames

Tip for users with keyboard-only smartphones, such as the BlackBerry Bold 9780:

Navigation on the Options screen without a touchscreen is not my favorite, but still doable. Use the trackpad with scrolling motions to navigate among the fields on the Options screen. As the focus changes, you will see the fields being highlighted.

For fields that have multiple items to choose from, such as the game list, skin, and cards, the space key makes the currently highlighted item "selected". You can then scroll to move on to the next item.

The volume slider is a bit more tricky. When it has the focus (it will get a thin border outline), hold down the ALT key then change the volume up or down by scrolling left and right on the trackpad. You can also (when volume has the focus) press the physical menu key (the one to the left of the trackpad) to bring up a menu, which has a "Change Option" item. Selecting that in turn brings up a dialog box, which reacts to left/right scrolling, followed by a click of the trackpad to accept the new setting.

These controls are a bit clunky, but they are the standard controls built into the BlackBerry system. Life is much much easier with a touchscreen!

www.padplaygames.com

joesworld

"specifally designed to take advantage of the higher resolution OS 7 devices" ? From the screen shot it looks like a game from the 90's. I hope it's a fun game, and will be trying out the demo, but to tout the graphics is pretty funny :)

padplaygames

The reviewer chose a screenshot from the Classic skin, which is intentionally patterned after machines that are still out there. A more modern look and feel is available within the app.

www.padplaygames.com