Early this year we first caught wind of the hybrid poker RPG Sword & Poker [$1.99 / Free] and instantly fell in love with the game to the point of awarding it 5 stars in our January best iPhone games listing.

The basic premise of the game is explained in our review:

At the core is a card-based strategy/adventure game where battles take place by making poker hands on a 5ร—5 grid. When each game starts, nine cards are dealt in to the center of the grid and you take turns with the AI opponent placing pairs of the four cards you're dealt on the perimeter of the game board to form hands down, across, or diagonally. Jokers are wild, and as you play more hands a gauge in the bottom left slowly fills which allows you to swap a card for a joker as well.

There is a surprising amount of strategy in placing cards, as you need to look at what you've been dealt to try to determine the best order to play them as your opponent could also have plans for the same squares you hope to utilize on your next turn. Furthermore, as the game board fills up, you can potentially form multiple hands. A well-planned hand placed on the diagonal could also form many other hands going down or across.

The "Sword" portion of Sword & Poker comes from the roleplaying game layered on top of these poker battles, which could practically stand alone as its own game. Instead of just playing poker battles of increasing difficulty, the games are structured as floors in a dungeon and the challenge differs based on the type of monster you're fighting.

We don't really know anything yet about Sword & Poker 2 other than that it is coming soon, and the other sparse details on the Sword & Poker 2 web site. Obviously there are going to be new dungeons, and even new weapons and magic to players to wield. The story is a continuation of the original game, and from the sounds of it, Sword & Poker 2 is going to provide even more Sword & Poker gameplay.

Personally, I can't wait for the sequel. Sword & Poker really surprised me with how much fun I had with the game and I look forward to making my way through even more dungeons in Sword & Poker 2. If this is the first you've heard of Sword & Poker, please, if nothing else, try the lite version.

  • lolymoli

    looks great! Can't wait.

  • lolymoli

    looks great! Can't wait.

  • http://bassoonhero.deviantart.com/ Michael Wootton

    This just jumped to the top of my "most anticipated" list for iPhone gaming this year. I absolutely LOVED the first one, was addicted to it for weeks and I definitely consider it to be in my top 3 favorite iPhone games ever. It's just so unique, polished, and well executed, and I've never been into any kind of card game before. It was a total surprise and blast to play, and now I'm totally stoked for #2!! Best news of the day!

  • http://bassoonhero.deviantart.com/ Michael Wootton

    This just jumped to the top of my "most anticipated" list for iPhone gaming this year. I absolutely LOVED the first one, was addicted to it for weeks and I definitely consider it to be in my top 3 favorite iPhone games ever. It's just so unique, polished, and well executed, and I've never been into any kind of card game before. It was a total surprise and blast to play, and now I'm totally stoked for #2!! Best news of the day!

  • Vovin

    WOW! Yesterday, I was playing a bit S&P and I had the big wish for a sequel of this cool game - and it came true in one day... :D

    Absolutely anticipated!

    • Vovin

      Oh, and now there is a world map with different locations (Forest, Castle, Pyramids and a Town/Shop) - this means even more RPG feeling.

      Can't wait and will be an instabuy.

  • Vovin

    WOW! Yesterday, I was playing a bit S&P and I had the big wish for a sequel of this cool game - and it came true in one day... :D

    Absolutely anticipated!

    • Vovin

      Oh, and now there is a world map with different locations (Forest, Castle, Pyramids and a Town/Shop) - this means even more RPG feeling.

      Can't wait and will be an instabuy.

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    O boy, o boy, o boy!!!! ๎‰

  • http://Www.demasseur.me Remon

    O boy, o boy, o boy!!!! ๎‰

  • Armored Isamu

    Well, the first game was near perfect. The only thing that hold it back from a full 5 stars was, IMHO, a solid story. I hope this time time there will be one and then I will sacrifice all my non-working non-sleeping time to this sequel. :)

  • Armored Isamu

    Well, the first game was near perfect. The only thing that hold it back from a full 5 stars was, IMHO, a solid story. I hope this time time there will be one and then I will sacrifice all my non-working non-sleeping time to this sequel. :)

  • Guachuguo

    I told a friend some weeks ago:
    "The best games I've played lately are Arkham Asylum, Uncharted and... well... a small iPhone game... errr... Sword & Poker"

    He laughed at me for playing those "shitty weird iPhone games".

    Anyway, I'm raving with these news. Day one purchase!

    • http://www.Silvanti.com David

      Well, not everyone can be as leet as your friend is, apparently. Sword and Poker is a good game, though.

  • Guachuguo

    I told a friend some weeks ago:
    "The best games I've played lately are Arkham Asylum, Uncharted and... well... a small iPhone game... errr... Sword & Poker"

    He laughed at me for playing those "shitty weird iPhone games".

    Anyway, I'm raving with these news. Day one purchase!

    • http://www.Silvanti.com David

      Well, not everyone can be as leet as your friend is, apparently. Sword and Poker is a good game, though.

  • dowzer

    A sequel already? I know we are spoiled by free updates by other devs, but still.

    • Lars

      Sheesh, some people will complain about EVERYTHING. It was a fine game with many hours of play time, why can't you just be happy with it?

      The whining and sense of entitlement on this site is astonishing

  • dowzer

    A sequel already? I know we are spoiled by free updates by other devs, but still.

    • Lars

      Sheesh, some people will complain about EVERYTHING. It was a fine game with many hours of play time, why can't you just be happy with it?

      The whining and sense of entitlement on this site is astonishing

  • Ake

    OMG!

  • Ake

    OMG!

  • Colbertj

    I have a serious ongoing 'wishlist' for an update and now that I hear of a full-fledged sequel, I just hope that it includes everything that I'm sure everyone has been thinking about. I hope it is NOT just a continuation of the first one and includes a stronger emphasis on multiplayer. How awesome would it be to create your perfect character to battle friends either online or through blue tooth? Talk about infinite replayability! Bravo to the developers, great concept, great game and I can't wait!

  • Colbertj

    I have a serious ongoing 'wishlist' for an update and now that I hear of a full-fledged sequel, I just hope that it includes everything that I'm sure everyone has been thinking about. I hope it is NOT just a continuation of the first one and includes a stronger emphasis on multiplayer. How awesome would it be to create your perfect character to battle friends either online or through blue tooth? Talk about infinite replayability! Bravo to the developers, great concept, great game and I can't wait!

  • kennfusion

    Lol, I was just playing this earlier and finally saved enough to buy the highest 150k gold weapon. yay me! Was actually worried that the game was going to be played out soon for me. This is great timing!

  • kennfusion

    Lol, I was just playing this earlier and finally saved enough to buy the highest 150k gold weapon. yay me! Was actually worried that the game was going to be played out soon for me. This is great timing!

  • pheh

    Great game. Hoping to see some iPad love.

  • pheh

    Great game. Hoping to see some iPad love.

  • Ultimate Zohan

    S&P 1 needs more updates!

  • Ultimate Zohan

    S&P 1 needs more updates!

  • Noah

    From the website, it looks like there might be MultiPlayer too!

  • Noah

    From the website, it looks like there might be MultiPlayer too!

  • Jon

    I like S&P 1, but there is really not much fun to replay it after you finished the levels; the lack of update is not really encouraging for the company.

  • Jon

    I like S&P 1, but there is really not much fun to replay it after you finished the levels; the lack of update is not really encouraging for the company.

  • Harv

    CHAOS!

  • Harv

    CHAOS!

  • Bob

    Very excited. I was impressed enough by Sword & Poker that I did a search on the developer (Gaia) to see what else they'd done, and was disappointed to see only a flower simulator.

  • Bob

    Very excited. I was impressed enough by Sword & Poker that I did a search on the developer (Gaia) to see what else they'd done, and was disappointed to see only a flower simulator.

  • thinkthis

    Lack up update?

    I think I paid 99 cents for S&P. You expect Mars to update your 99 cent Snickers after you buy it? No. You eat it. And then when you are hungry for another one you pay 99 cents again.

    Move on you cheapskates.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Finally someone with some sense around here!

  • thinkthis

    Lack up update?

    I think I paid 99 cents for S&P. You expect Mars to update your 99 cent Snickers after you buy it? No. You eat it. And then when you are hungry for another one you pay 99 cents again.

    Move on you cheapskates.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Finally someone with some sense around here!

  • That guy

    There is a God!!!!!

  • That guy

    There is a God!!!!!

  • antispin

    Is this game enjoyable (or playable) for someone who doesn't know how to play Poker (or any card game for that matter)? Not saying that someone is me. No siree. It's my neighbour's err, granddaughter's, 5 yr old son. Yup.

    • http://www.Silvanti.com David

      Yes, as long as you can remember the different types of poker hands (it's not that difficult, except for "high card" as I don't think that's a valid play in S&P):

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_poker_hands

      The trick is to figure out how and when to play different hands.

  • antispin

    Is this game enjoyable (or playable) for someone who doesn't know how to play Poker (or any card game for that matter)? Not saying that someone is me. No siree. It's my neighbour's err, granddaughter's, 5 yr old son. Yup.

    • http://www.Silvanti.com David

      Yes, as long as you can remember the different types of poker hands (it's not that difficult, except for "high card" as I don't think that's a valid play in S&P):

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_poker_hands

      The trick is to figure out how and when to play different hands.

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