A classic card game, people have played the common betting game Poker for years. But, usually, it’s more of a pastime for a specific group of people - since it tends to involve the use of money. So what happens if you don’t know how to play Poker? Fear not, there’s a way to get involved! Gone are the days of emptying your wallet and crying over your losses. Gone are the days where you play seriously because your own money is on the line. From Cryptozoic Entertainment comes a new game that you never knew you were missing. Enter Poker Assault, a faithful adaptation of the card classic with a brand new spin. It’s sure to get new players and veterans alike involved!
Fight For Your Life!
Four Unique Factions!
Now, the real twist of Poker Assault compared to your regular Poker game is the factions. Each has a totally different theme and can change the playstyle completely! Vampires are focused on defending and increasing their health to outlast others. Werewolves are aggressors with powerful attacking cards and shapeshifting abilities. Rocket Patrol is another defensive race, rewarding successful defence with unblockable damage. The Aliens are a strange race, with a lot of unusual cards and ways to assault or steal other players’ powers. Each one has drastically different abilities and special cards that set them apart. They are all fun to play with and fairly balanced against the other decks.
Poker Assault Is Good, Power Assault Is Even Better
Not Just Power Cards!
As well as the 8-card deck of powerful game changers you get, every deck also gives 16 cards a special ability. These abilities are either used in attacking or defending. They may not be as pivotal as Power Cards, but they can make a lot of difference! Who doesn’t love dealing extra damage or removing cards from enemy assaults? These little extras are unique to each deck so all of them feel completely different. It’s such a nice little detail and no deck is boring to play with.
Poker Assault Is Not Fair Poker!
On the other hand, Wolf Pack almost always wins. This deck is pure aggression and has literally no defensive cards. With Power Cards allowing you to remove the weakest cards in your deck from the game, and letting you keep attacking over and over again, these are the ones that you have to be lucky and careful against.
Everyone Has A Favourite
Vampire Court is very fun too, another defensive faction. They offer a lot of extra health for successful defence and are suited best for outlasting their enemies. This makes them a good alternative to the Rocket Patrol and an enjoyable faction in our group. And then Invaders have strange tactics that often involve stealing the powers of other factions.
Final Thoughts On Poker Assault
Poker Assault is a really interesting spin on Poker, and it makes it appeal even to players who have never played the classic game. It takes away from the traditional gambling aspect and turns it into a friendlier game. The factions are really diverse and all play completely differently. Despite some balancing issues it’s still fully possible to win with any faction and I really enjoy playing as all four. This is a game I’d recommend to anyone looking for some fun with family or friends, or just something new. So pick up a deck, whether you prefer the savage wolves, bloodsucking vampires, powerful aeronauts or sneaky invaders, and enjoy!