Back in January of last year, developer Gaia released a unique game into the App Store called Sword & Poker [$2.99/Lite]. Similar to how games like Puzzle Quest 2 [$4.99] or Dungeon Raid [$2.99] wrapped a simple match 3 mechanic around an engaging RPG system, Sword & Poker is build around making poker hands from a 5x5 grid of cards and fleshes out the experience with all the usual RPG trappings of leveling up and upgrading equipment. It’s a formula that we really enjoyed when we reviewed the game upon release, and the sequel Sword & Poker 2 [$3.99/Lite] offered even more of this satisfying gameplay when it released several months later.

Then, for whatever reason, both Sword & Poker games and accompanying lite versions disappeared from the App Store late last year. Even more puzzling is that the titles still appeared in the App Store but if you actually tried to download any of them you were met with a message that they were no longer available. I had since emailed Gaia, as did many members in our forums, to see if I could find out what the deal was. Unfortunately none of us ever received a response.

While we still don’t know the reason for their absence, Sword & Poker, Sword & Poker 2, and both lite versions have since become available for download once again. I can’t say for sure if something like this will ever happen again, so I would suggest that if you’ve had interest in any of these titles you should waste no time picking them up just in case. At the very least give the lite versions a try, as both Sword & Poker titles offer a fun and unique experience that shouldn’t be missed, and it's great to see them finally return to the App Store.

  • Eleven

    My guess is that the jokers were flushed out of the App Store.

  • NEOline

    The best game of the AppStore, this game it´s terrible addictive and fun.
    Gaia, We want Sword&Poker 3 !!

  • Geraldflemming

    I had deleted them both to make room for other stuff on a small hard drive. Never again...very happy

    • YoureAMessy

      Really? They're like, 20 MB. That's not huge.

  • Jonallcock

    I'm playing sword and poker 2 again loads and was wondering what ever happened to number 3? Come on guys get your finger out!

  • Andrzej Raczynski

    nice, too bad i have no interest in learning poker rules, and it lacks ipad support.

  • Saxon

    Well crud. I was absolutely going to purchase the app before the trip I just took and it wasn't on the store so I obtained it in a slightly more questionable way. Now, if I want to make things right and purchase the official version will it overwrite my save game? I'm pretty close to beating it and don't want to lose my progress.

  • Chumbake

    If I don't have either, do I get 1 or 2?

  • FYI

    I've had that App Store message come up with another game. I emailed the dev, and he explained that it was because he'd let his iOS Developer Program memembership lapse.

  • Guy

    Awww f, I thought this was going to be a Sword and Poker 3 announcement 🙁

  • Peter Hedley

    i like this website

  • Anonymous


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  • CopTop1

    Sword & Poker 3 needs to hurry up and come out!

  • Peter Wilson

    This is a seriously fun game, but they need to come out with an iPad version.