Griffin Technology, a well known maker of iPhone and iPod accessories, announced today that they had released their first game for the iPhone and iPod Touch: 5 Card Touch [App Store]. The game is described as a "Vegas-style" video poker game and is the first in a series of applications coming from Griffin.

"We are thrilled to roll out an even greater selection of offerings for iPhone and iPod owners" said Paul Griffin, founder of Griffin Technology. "Now Apple fans can get everything they need for their iPhone and iPod collection from Griffin, including cases and accessories, interactive games and more"

Griffin Technology? Making an iPhone game? My curiosity piqued, I immediately went to download the $1.99 game.

Overall, I was disappointed, even at $1.99. I mean, it is what was advertised: video poker (specifically Jacks or Better). The game provides you with an initial $1000 bankroll and the ability to add money at any time, but the game is as basic as can be. It also goes against the video poker convention with which I am familiar where you select which cards you would like to keep (or hold). Instead, you are expected to tap on the cards you wish to discard. This may seem like a minor point but uncomfortable to play if you are used to the other method.

While I'm encouraged that the iPhone is attracting more developers, I'm hoping to see more substantial offerings from Griffin in the future.

Game Details

Name: 5 Card Touch
Developer: Griffin Technology
App Store Link: Buy
Price: $1.99
Compatibility: iPhone and iPod Touch

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  • http://www.lockergnome.com/digged Matt McCarty

    How many poker/card games can the iPhone have?

  • http://www.lockergnome.com/digged Matt McCarty

    How many poker/card games can the iPhone have?

  • arn

    seems only a few actual Video Poker games... which some people enjoy.

  • arn

    seems only a few actual Video Poker games... which some people enjoy.

  • Neal Erickson

    I bought this a few days back. I agree that the tap to discard rather than the tap to hold took awhile to get used to.

    I have had it freeze up twice, though. Restarting the iPod didn't help. I had to plug it into iTunes, uninstall the app and reinstall it. Hopefully the Burning Monkey people will have an iPod Touch/iPhone version of Burning Monkey Casino. That video poker is great and has lots of types.

  • Neal Erickson

    I bought this a few days back. I agree that the tap to discard rather than the tap to hold took awhile to get used to.

    I have had it freeze up twice, though. Restarting the iPod didn't help. I had to plug it into iTunes, uninstall the app and reinstall it. Hopefully the Burning Monkey people will have an iPod Touch/iPhone version of Burning Monkey Casino. That video poker is great and has lots of types.

  • http://scottj.info/ Scott Johnson

    I definitely enjoy video poker games on occasion. It's too bad this one is so bare.

  • http://scottj.info/ Scott Johnson

    I definitely enjoy video poker games on occasion. It's too bad this one is so bare.

  • http://macbytes.com Mudbug

    that backwards "tap to discard" part would be a deal-killer for me. The real games in the casinos have you tap to hold, which makes a whole lot more sense. Are any of the online casino folks making apps where you can play for real money?

  • http://macbytes.com Mudbug

    that backwards "tap to discard" part would be a deal-killer for me. The real games in the casinos have you tap to hold, which makes a whole lot more sense. Are any of the online casino folks making apps where you can play for real money?

  • arn

    @mudbug I think Apple might not allow that. (real gambling). The most likely people would be the Full Tilt folk. But like I said, I doubt it.

  • arn

    @mudbug I think Apple might not allow that. (real gambling). The most likely people would be the Full Tilt folk. But like I said, I doubt it.