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Challenge Poker
By Stainless
Spectrum 48K

Published in Home Computing Weekly #20

Challenge Poker is something of a cross between Poker and Bingo. But don't let that put you off! This is a playable and challenging game for all TI-99/4A owners.

For one of four players, the aim is to complete standard five card poker hands along the rows, columns or diagonals of a five by five square gamesboard, the centre square being occupied by a 'wild card'. Twenty-four cards are drawn at random by the computer, and placed by each player, in turn, on their board.

Points are scored ranging from 1 point for two pairs to 9 points for a straight flush. The game continues until any player has 100 points. I was particularly pleased with the good colour graphics of this game.

One noticeable drawback, however, is that only one player's board is displayed at a time, this being re-drawn for each player. This becomes slow and tedious with more than two players.