Guest1249 just beat me, and I don’t care.
Using poker as a base for a casual match game is not new, and Chillingo released a great multiplayer game called Poker Pals ages ago. With that success in the baggage, and the constant hunt for a new casual title it is not surprising to see Swipe The Deck from the same publisher.
The first thing that annoyed me about the game is the actual title of the game. Swipe The Deck is forgettable at best, but even worse is the fact that it doesn’t fit in with the gameplay. There isn’t any swiping going on, and you don’t handle a deck of cards. Rather you handle a whole bunch of decks randomized.
The gameplay is fairly simple, and is catered to a casual multiplayer experience. Before a round you can choose upgrades, and this to me is a big no no in multiplayer since it wants you to use IAP to beat your friends. Once a round starts you have two minutes to make as many matches as possible. I say matches because that is what it is. I thought I was supposed to make proper poker hands, but there is no real need to focus on those. You can just as well just match three eights, or two kings as make a royal flush or full house. The score is tallied on strength, and number of matches made. After three rounds the game is over, and the winner is crowned.
It sounds like a game that might be quite fun, but for some reason it isn’t. As there are so many matches available on the board it is more a matter of frantic matching than puzzle. The graphics also feel drab, and slightly tired. Made to look something akin to a poker table with a casino style the game tries a bit too hard. There is too much going on, and it all looks a bit cheesy.
There are some issues getting into the game as well. I had to connect my old Facebook account to the game to be able to play by myself. Otherwise it is a multiplayer game only using Game Center. Why I got a guest name despite being logged onto Game Center is beyond me, and every random game I started was against guest players.
Swipe The Deck is a casual game that on paper looks great, but translated into the finished product it didn’t work out. I find myself not feeling engaged when playing, and since there is some issue with Game Center I don’t care if I win since my opponent don’t know my name. With a couple of updates it might find the fun lacking.
Swipe The Deck $0.99 Universal for iPad/iPhone/iPod
Seller: Chillingo Ltd