Once you hear about a game enough times, you start to wonder if you're missing something. That's what happened to me with MotionX Poker [App Store] and so I bought it ($4.99) to see what the fuss was about.

MotionX Poker is a dice poker game based on FullPower technology which is a motion recognition technology platform. For this iPhone game, it provides realistic dice rolling physics to provide an impressive package.

Based on dice poker, the game allows you to play against the computer by rolling the dice to make your best poker hand. You get 3 rolls and are allowed to keep whichever pieces you want with each roll. After three rolls, whoever has the best hand, wins. (One caveat for card poker players, due to the decreased probability of a straight, a straight actually has a higher value than a full house in dice poker.)

What really gives this game an edge, however, is the impressive use of the iPhone's technologies to deliver the game to you. Shaking the iPhone itself is what triggers the roll of the dice. The dice bounce so realistically and with such wonderful graphics and sound effects, it gives you the impression you are actually rolling real dice. The game also taps into the iPhone's vibration mode to give you some force feedback while the dice are bouncing around.

In order to keep things interesting, the game offers a number of "Gem" achievements when you accomplish certain goals. These include simple tasks, such as winning 10 hands, and winning with the same hand twice in a row, to long term tasks, such as earning a 2.5 million coin bankroll. In addition, higher stake tables are unlocked as your bankroll grows.

Without considering the game itself, MotionX Poker is remarkable technology demonstration and could earn its place on your iPhone just to show interested passers-by. And to be honest, when I first started playing with it, I thought that's all it was. The game was a bit slow to draw me in, and I wondered if I would ever play it again.

But, once you start playing for an extended session and accomplishing some achievements, it becomes easy to get sucked in and hypnotized by the gameplay. Playing another round is just a shake of your iPhone away. With such quick gameplay, I could see this being a "goto" game for many when they are standing in line or otherwise in need for a short distraction. I don't think this game is necessarily for everyone, however, as some may bore of it, but for many, it will be a fun diversion.

Game Details

Name: MotionX Poker
Developer: MotionX
App Store Link: Buy
Price: $4.99
Compatibility: iPhone and iPod Touch

TouchArcade Rating

  • steve s

    Well, I've resisted getting this app because I just wasn't interested in a poker game, but after reading all the reviews about this wonderful dice rolling animation (this one here was just the latest of numerous reviews I've read) I went ahead and spent the 5 bucks.

    Gotta say, I'm a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, the animation is cool and all and i only did the Zen roll thing (haven't even played any sort of game yet) but I was expecting it to be as realistic and responsive as say, Aqua Forest, in terms of the animation being tied to the accelerometer.

    It's not really like that,though. The animation is cool, but all it does when you shake the iphone, (and you have to give it a pretty good shake) is trigger the animation which seems to be pretty random. I mean, if I shift the phone to the left, I would expect all the dice to roll to the left at the same time, but they all just bounce around randomly in all directions. and the vibration is there whether or not the dice are bouncing against the side wall or not. an when I tilted the iPhone, I was expecting the dice to slide in relationship to my tilt. You know, as accurate as Aqua Forest is in that regard. Not so. Too bad.

    Oh well, my mistake for spending money on a game simply because I got the impression from the reviews that it was a marvel in motion based on my actual gestures. that's the only reason why I paid for the game. I wanted to witness suberb accelerometer goodness, yet I got only about 65% of it... Live and learn, I guess.

  • steve s

    Well, I've resisted getting this app because I just wasn't interested in a poker game, but after reading all the reviews about this wonderful dice rolling animation (this one here was just the latest of numerous reviews I've read) I went ahead and spent the 5 bucks.

    Gotta say, I'm a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, the animation is cool and all and i only did the Zen roll thing (haven't even played any sort of game yet) but I was expecting it to be as realistic and responsive as say, Aqua Forest, in terms of the animation being tied to the accelerometer.

    It's not really like that,though. The animation is cool, but all it does when you shake the iphone, (and you have to give it a pretty good shake) is trigger the animation which seems to be pretty random. I mean, if I shift the phone to the left, I would expect all the dice to roll to the left at the same time, but they all just bounce around randomly in all directions. and the vibration is there whether or not the dice are bouncing against the side wall or not. an when I tilted the iPhone, I was expecting the dice to slide in relationship to my tilt. You know, as accurate as Aqua Forest is in that regard. Not so. Too bad.

    Oh well, my mistake for spending money on a game simply because I got the impression from the reviews that it was a marvel in motion based on my actual gestures. that's the only reason why I paid for the game. I wanted to witness suberb accelerometer goodness, yet I got only about 65% of it... Live and learn, I guess.

  • arn

    I understand your perspective, and the rolling is not mapped that specifically. If you spend the time to make 200 coins, however, and get to the next level, you'll find the board surface changes and it seemed like "feel" of the dice roll reflected it... (but looking at it now, it might just be the sound effects). edit: actually just hit "table" in zen mode and you get to the different tables.

    One neat feature is look at the shadows of the dice and rotate the iphone. The shadows stay in the same relative direction.

    I do see that some people will be bored of the gameplay itself.

    arn

  • arn

    I understand your perspective, and the rolling is not mapped that specifically. If you spend the time to make 200 coins, however, and get to the next level, you'll find the board surface changes and it seemed like "feel" of the dice roll reflected it... (but looking at it now, it might just be the sound effects). edit: actually just hit "table" in zen mode and you get to the different tables.

    One neat feature is look at the shadows of the dice and rotate the iphone. The shadows stay in the same relative direction.

    I do see that some people will be bored of the gameplay itself.

    arn

  • mek

    I was hesistant to purchase this game initially, because i was waiting out for a yahztee type game very similar to the shake (after watching the youtube video)..but i broke down....and love it

    it is addictive, and a simple game of it could last anywhere from 30 seconds, great for small time killers, but then you may find yourself playing for 30 minutes unknowingly because well..its that addictive

    it is worth the 5 bucks
    and i hope they develop a yahztee game aswell...

  • mek

    I was hesistant to purchase this game initially, because i was waiting out for a yahztee type game very similar to the shake (after watching the youtube video)..but i broke down....and love it

    it is addictive, and a simple game of it could last anywhere from 30 seconds, great for small time killers, but then you may find yourself playing for 30 minutes unknowingly because well..its that addictive

    it is worth the 5 bucks
    and i hope they develop a yahztee game aswell...

  • TC

    I am 100% addicted to the game. I've collected nearly all of the gems and I've found that I'll be watching TV and shaking my phone. I knew I was addicted when I was playing golf the other day and playing this game while waiting on a four-some ahead of me.

    I would like to see an update with more tables to be unlocked or with online scoring.

    Like everyone says, it is worth the $5. I hope Motion-X comes out with some more games too.

    • patrick quitoriano

      could you tell me if you know how to unlock the shadow dice

  • TC

    I am 100% addicted to the game. I've collected nearly all of the gems and I've found that I'll be watching TV and shaking my phone. I knew I was addicted when I was playing golf the other day and playing this game while waiting on a four-some ahead of me.

    I would like to see an update with more tables to be unlocked or with online scoring.

    Like everyone says, it is worth the $5. I hope Motion-X comes out with some more games too.

    • patrick quitoriano

      could you tell me if you know how to unlock the shadow dice

  • Frank M.

    I liked it. The only problem is that the game thinks that a straight beats a full house. I wouldn't mind seeing new game modes & multiplayer added so you can play over wifi, 3G, or by handing your iPhone to your friend for his/her turn.

  • Frank M.

    I liked it. The only problem is that the game thinks that a straight beats a full house. I wouldn't mind seeing new game modes & multiplayer added so you can play over wifi, 3G, or by handing your iPhone to your friend for his/her turn.

  • http://www.twitter.com/neilkod neil

    count me in as addicted to this fine app - I just passed the 9,000 barrier last night! Of course I have over 800 rolls :/

    As an aside, I can put the game into zen rolling mode and hand it to my 4-year-old; it entertains him like no other.

  • http://www.twitter.com/neilkod neil

    count me in as addicted to this fine app - I just passed the 9,000 barrier last night! Of course I have over 800 rolls :/

    As an aside, I can put the game into zen rolling mode and hand it to my 4-year-old; it entertains him like no other.

  • steve s

    arn, ok, so perhaps I was a little too critical right off the bat there. It is very impressive indeed and I hadn't noticed the movement of the shadows. Nice touch. I guess Aqua Forest has spoiled me... I look forward to more releases by MotionX.

    btw, I love this site. kudos!

  • steve s

    arn, ok, so perhaps I was a little too critical right off the bat there. It is very impressive indeed and I hadn't noticed the movement of the shadows. Nice touch. I guess Aqua Forest has spoiled me... I look forward to more releases by MotionX.

    btw, I love this site. kudos!

  • http://www.GalleyTech.com/ Galley

    Best game in the App Store!

  • http://www.GalleyTech.com/ Galley

    Best game in the App Store!

  • Walt

    Anyone notice how as you tilt the device, the shadows from the die lengthen and shorten according to the angle of the tilt?

  • Walt

    Anyone notice how as you tilt the device, the shadows from the die lengthen and shorten according to the angle of the tilt?

  • reverie

    Steve s, asically the dices react to your shake very precisely, but not to your tilt. If you accept that the tables are always horizontal you will find that the movements are very realistic.

    Arn, you could also mention the different dices in the game. They are all beautifully designed and each design has characteristic sounds and movements to them.

    Lastly, I think this is the perfect representation of a dice game and I hope that the company will bring out more different dice games in the future. Ideally one that would allow me to create my own rules or one that just lets me roll the dice on the iPhone (with the number of dices and rounds specified by me) so I can play any kind of game with my friends without having actual dices, even board games.

    This sounds kind of plain, but I think it's really useful when you're traveling because real dices tend to get lost. And to be honest, I've never seen such beautiful dices in real life.

  • reverie

    Steve s, asically the dices react to your shake very precisely, but not to your tilt. If you accept that the tables are always horizontal you will find that the movements are very realistic.

    Arn, you could also mention the different dices in the game. They are all beautifully designed and each design has characteristic sounds and movements to them.

    Lastly, I think this is the perfect representation of a dice game and I hope that the company will bring out more different dice games in the future. Ideally one that would allow me to create my own rules or one that just lets me roll the dice on the iPhone (with the number of dices and rounds specified by me) so I can play any kind of game with my friends without having actual dices, even board games.

    This sounds kind of plain, but I think it's really useful when you're traveling because real dices tend to get lost. And to be honest, I've never seen such beautiful dices in real life.

  • Matt Grob

    Its a nice looking game I'll give it that .... but the AI.....wins like every time... i cannot get more then 62 coins or tokens or whatever the money is that your winning in these hands... no matter what i get... the computer one ups me.... pretty irritating before too long... kinda lame if you ask me....

  • Matt Grob

    Its a nice looking game I'll give it that .... but the AI.....wins like every time... i cannot get more then 62 coins or tokens or whatever the money is that your winning in these hands... no matter what i get... the computer one ups me.... pretty irritating before too long... kinda lame if you ask me....

  • Scott R.

    Matt - I'm at 45,460 coins looking to unlock the last table. I have all but 4 gems and the game rocks. You have to try to get 5-of-a-kind rolls which unlock new dice. The dice each have their own "luck." Try using different dice and then check the stat screen. Your luckiest dice will be listed. Good luck.

  • Scott R.

    Matt - I'm at 45,460 coins looking to unlock the last table. I have all but 4 gems and the game rocks. You have to try to get 5-of-a-kind rolls which unlock new dice. The dice each have their own "luck." Try using different dice and then check the stat screen. Your luckiest dice will be listed. Good luck.

  • frank

    Matt: I think the key is to go for three of a kind or higher, rather than straights, though I agree it can get frustrating. I'm at 2,800 after a few days. I wish there were a way to increase my bet, just like there is in real poker.

    This is an addicting game, however. And reverie's correct about the die not reacting to tilt. For me, that was a good design decision, because it lets me play the game lying on my back with the device held vertically.

  • frank

    Matt: I think the key is to go for three of a kind or higher, rather than straights, though I agree it can get frustrating. I'm at 2,800 after a few days. I wish there were a way to increase my bet, just like there is in real poker.

    This is an addicting game, however. And reverie's correct about the die not reacting to tilt. For me, that was a good design decision, because it lets me play the game lying on my back with the device held vertically.

  • Michelle

    I didn't know much about poker scoring when I started playing this game, about the middle of July. I watched what the dealer did: what the dealer kept & threw away. I discovered that the dealer kept the highest pair & rolled the rest. I got hooked with the AI & played about 30 minutes everyday. The key is to move up to the next table as soon as you unlock it, because the payback is better. I've now unlocked every table, every gem, every set of dice, and my coin count is at 5,485,040.

  • Michelle

    I didn't know much about poker scoring when I started playing this game, about the middle of July. I watched what the dealer did: what the dealer kept & threw away. I discovered that the dealer kept the highest pair & rolled the rest. I got hooked with the AI & played about 30 minutes everyday. The key is to move up to the next table as soon as you unlock it, because the payback is better. I've now unlocked every table, every gem, every set of dice, and my coin count is at 5,485,040.

  • Rtrout

    I've found this the most addictive game on my iphone. And the longer I play it, the more I get a sense of its response. It's true that tilting has no real effect, but shaking very much controls the dice in a way. If the die is leaning and hasn't come to rest, continuing to shake just a bit can affect its final outcome. I've been able to get more 5 of a kinds by exerting this tiny bit of control.

    The game IS great for short waits on lines, can be quite zen-like in its way.

    The addictive quality comes from unlocking all the different dice, and achieving the gems. I've now got 12 of the 14 and ALL the dice.

    I wish they would add MORE gems and goals, because once I've gotten all the 'unlocks' the game will hold less overall appeal for me. But I've gotten HOURS of entertainment from this one.

  • Rtrout

    I've found this the most addictive game on my iphone. And the longer I play it, the more I get a sense of its response. It's true that tilting has no real effect, but shaking very much controls the dice in a way. If the die is leaning and hasn't come to rest, continuing to shake just a bit can affect its final outcome. I've been able to get more 5 of a kinds by exerting this tiny bit of control.

    The game IS great for short waits on lines, can be quite zen-like in its way.

    The addictive quality comes from unlocking all the different dice, and achieving the gems. I've now got 12 of the 14 and ALL the dice.

    I wish they would add MORE gems and goals, because once I've gotten all the 'unlocks' the game will hold less overall appeal for me. But I've gotten HOURS of entertainment from this one.