When the original Sword & Poker [$1.99 / Free] was released early this year, it served as a perfect example of a game concept that sounded so insane we just had to try it. The idea of a poker-powered RPG was extremely unique, and the original Sword & Poker was a huge hit, both on our forums and amongst my circle of friends.

The basic gameplay remains identical to the first. From our review:

At the core is a card-based strategy/adventure game where battles take place by making poker hands on a 5×5 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. ...Read More

We absolutely loved the game the first time around, and eventually ended up rating it 5 stars along with the other January iPhone games. The good thing about Sword & Poker 2 [$1.99] is that it's extremely similar to the original, almost to the point of feeling like less of a sequel and more of an expansion. This is also the bad thing about Sword & Poker 2, as if you didn't really like the first one, or simply are looking for more than just even more dungeons to make your way through, Sword & Poker 2 has very little to offer.

If this is the first you've heard of Sword & Poker, I highly recommend at least giving Sword & Poker Lite [Free] a try. If you like it, you should give some serious consideration to picking up Sword & Poker if not Sword & Poker 2 as well.

And chances are, if you played the first one, all you need is the iTunes link to the sequel:

App Store Link: Sword & Poker 2, $1.99

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  • http://www.noyblog.it Noy a.k.a. Manah

    There's a 2 players option or I'm wrong?

  • http://www.noyblog.it Noy a.k.a. Manah

    There's a 2 players option or I'm wrong?

  • Soulis6

    Bought. One of the few no brainers for me, the first one was just so damn addicting.

  • Soulis6

    Bought. One of the few no brainers for me, the first one was just so damn addicting.

  • intake66

    total no brainer! Great game with plenty of replay value.

  • intake66

    total no brainer! Great game with plenty of replay value.

  • http://soiled.com Gload

    Ok so what EXACTLY got added?

  • http://soiled.com Gload

    Ok so what EXACTLY got added?

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/ujnhunter Ujn Hunter

    So this could have either been done in a free update or a $0.99 in game purchase? It seems like only some new monsters were added? First game has grammar errors.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/ujnhunter Ujn Hunter

    So this could have either been done in a free update or a $0.99 in game purchase? It seems like only some new monsters were added? First game has grammar errors.

  • Pass

    First game was fun for 10 minutes then you realize none of the battles are real. Everything is predetermined and thus the game loses it's flavor very quickly. Not going to bother with this company again when part 2 could have been an in game purchase or even a free update
    since they never really updated the first. Greedy much!

    • mike

      Uh I'm playing the original now, and I'm on level 19...What do you mean the battle's aren't real. It's an AI, obviously, but what you do you mean predetermined....?

      • トラ

        seconded.. I don't understand what he mean.. >_> no game ever be the same for me..

    • jackthewhore

      What the hell are you talking about?

      1) The game is no more 'predetermined' than any card game/match 3 game.

      2) You are greedy for expecting additional content as a free upgrade. They are offering new version at a price. That is not greed. Moron.

  • Pass

    First game was fun for 10 minutes then you realize none of the battles are real. Everything is predetermined and thus the game loses it's flavor very quickly. Not going to bother with this company again when part 2 could have been an in game purchase or even a free update
    since they never really updated the first. Greedy much!

    • mike

      Uh I'm playing the original now, and I'm on level 19...What do you mean the battle's aren't real. It's an AI, obviously, but what you do you mean predetermined....?

      • トラ

        seconded.. I don't understand what he mean.. >_> no game ever be the same for me..

    • jackthewhore

      What the hell are you talking about?

      1) The game is no more 'predetermined' than any card game/match 3 game.

      2) You are greedy for expecting additional content as a free upgrade. They are offering new version at a price. That is not greed. Moron.

  • Prodigy_BE

    I was looking forward to this, but it's almost the same game as the first one. There are so much posibilities with this concept, but they didn't even try.

    What a shame!

  • Prodigy_BE

    I was looking forward to this, but it's almost the same game as the first one. There are so much posibilities with this concept, but they didn't even try.

    What a shame!

  • Bman

    What he means by predetermined is that the cards you are given are luck and the cards on the table are luck so therefore everything in the game is technically decided. Where he is wrong is that YOU decide where you want to put your cards and the AI must play around that sometimes you get lucky and unlucky but thats poker the placement is the skill

    I bought the Lite and loved is it recommended I get the first or second?

  • Bman

    What he means by predetermined is that the cards you are given are luck and the cards on the table are luck so therefore everything in the game is technically decided. Where he is wrong is that YOU decide where you want to put your cards and the AI must play around that sometimes you get lucky and unlucky but thats poker the placement is the skill

    I bought the Lite and loved is it recommended I get the first or second?

  • Geoff

    I wish they would drop the price on this one or the first to 99 cents. I am cheap!

  • Geoff

    I wish they would drop the price on this one or the first to 99 cents. I am cheap!

  • Tony

    If you love poker, then this isa great game. If not, then play final fantasy instead or some else

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     Poker 2 is a nice game ,I have enjoyed a lot playing this game.