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Tens and Twos review (iPod/iPhone)

January 4, 2012

“Forget about your house of cards
And I’ll do mine”

10 word description: iPhone rendition of ‘old favourite’ card game. Retina graphics. Game Center.

10 word review: Full featured, polished, great tutorial. Very well presented and fun.

You will like this if you enjoy: Playing card games (against good AI opponents) on your iPhone/iPod.

There's an occasional typo in the instructions, but that's hardly game-breaking

The good news: Clean and attractive graphics. Nice menus and UI in general. Loads of options. Excellent interactive tutorial. Decent AI opponents. A fun 4-player card game to rival Hearts.

I'm about to win ... thanks to the excellent tutorial

The bad news: It’s hard to think of anything to criticise; even the audio is pretty good with a choice of 3 tunes and separate volume controls for music and sound effects. I suppose there could be a pass-and-play multiplayer option, but it’s currently only a single-player game and it works very well as one of those.

Arcadelife verdict: Card games seem to be hit-or-miss affairs on mobile devices; luckily, this one is definitely in the ‘hit’ category. After taking the interactive tutorial, which is excellent apart from a couple of text typos in the instructions, I knew everything I needed to know and felt confident taking on three AI opponents. The game is simple to play, with good game speed and nice card animations. Overall, it’s a fun game and a recommendation for anyone looking for a good single-player card game that isn’t Solitaire!

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 7.5/10
Audio – 8/10
Controls – 9/10
Content – 8/10
Fun – 8.5/10
Final rating – 82/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.1
iTunes link

Tens and Twos website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 5.0.1)
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