Poker Squares - Atari 2600



With a blight of card games for the Atari 2600, enthusiast Brian Watson brings us a new card game, Poker Squares! In Poker Squares your goal is to place 25 playing cards (from a deck of 52), one at a time, in a 5x5 grid. Your goal is to make the best ten (or twelve) poker hands, five horizontally, five vertically, and optionally the two diagonals, scoring as many points as possible. Complete rules can be found at Solitaire Central (the English scoring system is used).

Poker Squares includes two options to add variety to the game. The first options allows you to disable scoring on the diagonals, making higher scores a bit more difficult. The second option will make the computer deal the first five cards to the corners and center of the grid. This makes for a much more difficult game. Author Brian Watson routinely scores 35-45 points, but there are some players who have gotten over 100 points. Can you be in the same league as them?

Includes cartridge and manual, with a beautiful label and manual designed by Dave Exton.

Author Brian Watson
Number of Players 1
Controller Joystick Controller
Cartridge Size 4K
Label and Manual Design Dave Exton
Nathan Strum on 07/11/2009 04:23am
Poker Squares is a solitaire version of poker, where your goal is to create the best five-card poker hands vertically, horizontally and diagonally, within a five-by-five grid. The more and better hands you can create, the higher your score. If this sounds familiar, then you may already own Atari's Casino (aka Sears' Poker Plus), since that cartridge has the exact same game on it called Poker Solitaire. There are only minor differences between Poker Squares and Poker Solitaire: the graphics are better in Poker Squares; Poker Squares uses a joystick, Poker Solitaire uses the paddles; and while there are a couple of minor game variations in Poker Squares that Poker Solitaire lacks, Casino also comes with Black Jack and Stud Poker. Poker Squares is completely without sound, even lacking the shuffling sound from Poker Solitaire. If you already own Casino, there's really no reason to get Poker Squares. The game itself is a decent solitaire effort with some interesting strategies and play value, but it really needs some additional games to make it worthwhile.

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