[prMac.com] Melbourne, Australia – Creating a unique combination of logic puzzle and poker game, Quantum Clockwork today announces the launch of Puzzle Poker, a new app for iPhone and iPad that challenges players to arrange a grid of playing cards into the best poker hands they can. The app features over 20,000 mind-bending puzzle combinations.
To play, 25 cards are placed in a 5×5 grid. Puzzle solvers must figure out how to arrange the cards to form the best poker hands across every row and column – all at once.
“Tease your mind and challenge your friends with Puzzle Poker,” said Simon Bullen, owner of Quantum Clockwork. “For puzzle lovers who have tried ordinary logic games, Puzzle Poker offers a fresh and engrossing challenge.”
There are over 15 quadrillion different ways to arrange the cards in a single puzzle, making for an excellent logic brain teaser. Puzzle Poker can’t be solved by simply trying all combinations – players need to explore and strategize to figure out where the solution lies.
Points for each row, column, and the whole puzzle are shown so players know where they stand after moving cards. Better poker hands bring more points, however smart players know when to sacrifice one good hand for more points in the overall puzzle.
Players can try swapping cards without worrying they will lose points. With a tap, a previous arrangement can be brought back to regain the high score.
“Figuring out the best way to fit all the cards together is somewhere between Sudoku and horse-trading,” Simon Bullen said. “In Puzzle Poker, you often need to sacrifice a good hand so you can achieve a better score overall.”
As players earn points, they reach goals at easy, medium, hard, and expert levels meaning that one puzzle can be enjoyed for a while. There is no time limit, allowing players to savor each game.
The solitaire option in Puzzle Poker allows for solo play while multiplayer starts a race against friends. In this option, 2 to 4 people compete for the high score before time runs out. Players can also earn points in Game Center for achievements such as having an expert score in solitaire, winning a multiplayer race, and more.
Puzzle Poker is free to try. Users can access the full functionality, including over 20,000 puzzles, online multiplayer games, and puzzle solutions, with a single in-app purchase.
* 20,000 Engrossing Puzzles – Players always have fresh challenges to tackle
* Retina Graphics – Crisp and colorful graphics enhance the gameplay
* Game Center Enabled – Check achievements and play multiplayer games online
* Universal App – Allows for play on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
* Quick Start Tutorial – Introduces game and point values so players can dive in quickly
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.2 or later
* 18.1 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Puzzle Poker 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Additional puzzles and features are available with an in-app purchase for $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies).Quantum Clockwork
Puzzle Poker 1.0
Purchase and Download
Based in Australia, Quantum Clockwork specializes in creating games for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Their latest app, Puzzle Poker, was recently released in the App Store. The company has also released Morris, Mobius, Tablut, and Instrumental. Copyright (C) 2012 Quantum Clockwork. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.