Review: Fullpower Technologies MotionX Poker

On July 25, 2008, iLounge published iPhone Gems: Action Puzzlers, Table + Pinball Games, a feature article looking at eight assorted games developed for the iPhone OS. This review focuses on only one title from the collection; you can read the full article, with screenshots of all of the games together, through the link above.

Card games are nice. Dice games are nice. So now there’s a game called MotionX Poker ($5, previously MotionX Poker Dice) from Fullpower Technologies that combines the two with a simple motion- and touch-based interface. You get three shakes of the iPhone to make the best possible five-card hand from five six-sided dice, and Fullpower has glossed up both the dice and the table-like surfaces they’re rolled on to look almost photorealistic. Eight sets of dice are unlocked at the start, and additional sets get unlocked as you play; you also earn “gems” as you play, and have several tables to choose from—most are available only if you succeed in winning coins on your hands, a process that’s slow since you don’t have much control over the “bets” you place.

 

Review: Fullpower Technologies MotionX Poker

By cell phone game standards, MotionX Poker looks sharp, and the use of dice rather than cards makes its familiar gameplay seem almost original; however, the game’s simplicity—particularly its lack of a more complex gambling engine—limits its long-term appeal. Contrary to early gushing comments, we don’t think this game is “amazingly clever” or “mesmerizing,” but rather a nicely executed example of how the iPhone’s accelerometer and touchscreen can enhance a classic game rather than detract from it. We look forward to an update or a sequel with deeper gameplay, wireless multiplayer functionality, and even greater user customization.

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Our Rating

B
Recommended

Company and Price

Company: Fullpower Technologies

Website: www.Motionx.com

Title: MotionX Poker Dice

Players: One

Price: $5

Compatible: iPod touch, iPhone, iPhone 3G

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