Years ago while bored on a train with a deck of cards, I made up this solitaire game (for all I know, it may already exist under another name). So I've turned it into a little Pico-8 cart, my first "finished" game.
(as sounds common, I've started at least 4 other ideas... all in various WIP / playing-around stages, it's just too much fun to try new things...)
Arrange cards to make as many good poker hands as possible. For an extra challenge, play in "Perfectionist" mode where you only score points if you make a pair or better in all 12 hands (across, down, and diagonal), which takes some careful play and a bit of luck.
My personal best score for some time was 44, though I recently managed a 57 when the stars aligned.
This is great. Always happy to see good card games on Pico-8.
Good music choice.
I think the scoring is pretty fair. The points aren't on the same curve as a video-poker machine, but that's ok. You've got more control in this game, so rare hands are easier to achieve. Personally, I would like to see extra points for a royal flush, because that'd be something fun to aim for.
This is fun.
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