About this project
Poker Smash is the killer match 3 style puzzler you love from Xbox Live Arcade, soon to be available on PC! Think Tetris Attack mixed with the added dimension of making poker hands. Now think of how awesome that would be.
We released Poker Smash on XBLA 5 years ago to many positive reviews, and we were excited about our success. We have been working on other titles since then, but we decided that it was about time that we brought Poker Smash to a new audience on PC. So we have been porting the code over, but a lot of the features that were supported by the Xbox infrastructure needs to be reworked, and that takes time and money. We need your help to make it happen!
Poker Smash kicks butt, but don't take our word for it, check out these reviews for the XBLA version:
"From the cleverly designed puzzles to the ability to speed up or slow down the scrolling of the cards at will, every part of this game feels painstakingly adjusted for maximum enjoyment." -- 1UP
"This is the best puzzle game of the year thus far, a perfectly blended mix of Tetris Attack-ish strategy and poker." -- GameDaily
"Every once in a while, a game comes along that really stands out in its genre, and Poker Smash is one of those games. By taking a generic formula and giving it a Vegas-like spin, Void Star Creations has put together a truly unique and entertaining experience that earns it a spot right next to the big boys in the puzzle genre." -- TeamXbox
"Unless you absolutely loathe poker or puzzlers, buy this game." -- Official Xbox Magazine
"There's probably about four people on the planet that won't enjoy this game and 80% of the rest of us that do enjoy it will be very impressed by both what it brings to the genre and how it goes about presenting that gameplay to the player." -- NZGamer
"You won’t regret investing in this game and adding it your Arcade collection, because I can guarantee whatever you thought was your favourite Arcade game just got knocked down a notch." -- Gameplanet
"..if you're a sucker for Tetris styled games with a twist, you can't go past the slick presentation and fast-paced fun of Poker Smash" -- PALGN
"If your other half is anything like mine, this type of game is like catnip to ‘em so if you don’t want to lose your 360 for hours at a time, best to keep this one quiet." -- Totally360
"The core puzzling itself is horribly addictive. " -- Official Xbox Magazine UK
Did we mention that playing Poker Smash COULD SAVE THE WORLD?!!
We are a very small indie game company, just 2 of us right now, and we need help to make sure Poker Smash is a success on PC. We have seen what the Kickstarter community can do for a project when they get behind it, and we hope you find us worthy of your support! We have wanted to bring Poker Smash to PC for some time now, but with the lackluster reception of our port to iOS, we were a little disillusioned. But we have had some fans continually asking us to bring Poker Smash to PC, and we recently dove back into the code while working on our upcoming game, Junction. That got us thinking again about launching Poker Smash on PC, and we went back and reread all the reviews of Poker Smash. We were reinvigorated!
Poker Smash needs to be on PC!
Poker Smash already has a good following from its release on Xbox back in 2008, and while the game still has a fresh look after 5 years, we still need your help and support to make it a success on PC. We are also currently slogging our way through the Steam Greenlight process and we need your help to push it through! If you are on Steam, come show your support for Poker Smash!
If we don't make it on Steam we will still release Poker Smash for PC - DRM free. Steam is just where it's at for PC gaming. We want to be where it's at.
Guess what? You can even download an early test port of Poker Smash for PC. There are a lot of features that need to be built out, but you can experience the core gaming in all its glory. We could release Poker Smash as-is, but we want to take the time to build out all the original Xbox features, and more!
Features of Poker Smash
Truly stunning next gen graphics and multiple intense single player game modes: Action Mode, Puzzle Mode, Practice Mode, and Theme Playlist Mode. We will port our multiplayer modes over for Steam so you can smash the poker out of your friends! Poker Smash also has a completely original soundtrack by David Sease of the band Stretch Arm Strong. It is sweet. We will also be including downloadable content that you had to pay for on Xbox. What a bargain!
Some Poker Smash screenshots:
Allows players to experience fast paced puzzle action with a poker twist. In action mode, the board scrolls at an increasing pace rewarding players with new and exciting surroundings as their skills progress. The goal is to make as many matches as possible to earn points and last as long as possible. Matches are created by arranging cards by color or by making poker hands. The most advanced players can chain these various matches together to make big scores. Bombs and slow motion will help advance your skills and prepare you to outplay your friends. Are you up to the challenge? How many chains can you make?
For the insightful player who excels at strategy. The objective of puzzle mode is to clear the board one exciting puzzle at a time. Watch out – there are multiple solutions to each puzzle, so retry to earn the maximum amount of points! Take a seat and be ready to enjoy some out-of-the box tactical thinking.
Designed for players who want to take their game to the limit. Players have full control of the board speed and can practice making mad chains and unlimited matches without the added pressure. After honing your skills in practice mode, you will have an edge over your competitors and reach achievements beyond belief.
THEME PLAYLIST MODE
Allows players to pick their favorite themes and order them as desired. A new theme is unlocked with each new level accomplished. Players can also save up their action mode winnings and visit the theme store to purchase themes. Either way, you better practice your skills in order to unlock the excitement of all eleven themes!
MULTIPLAYER TOURNAMENTS (Steam)
Designed for those with a thirst for smack-talking, fist pounding competition. Up to five players can participate in a tournament, and every player starts the tournament with the same amount of chips (or points). Chips are never added or removed from the tournament, they merely flow from player to player, and when a player has no more chips, he or she is eliminated from the tournament. Drop blocks on your opponents to get the advantage, but if your cards reach the top you are eliminated and your chips are divided up among the remaining players. In a Poker Smash multiplayer tournament, it's winner take all! There is a chance we will only be able to release this mode for use on Steam, but we will make our best efforts to deliver this in all versions.
We still have work to do!
You will see that our demo is largely functional, but we still have a lot planned for Poker Smash:
- Touch for Windows 8
- Playbacks for Timed Mode
- Leaderboards and Achievements
- New mode with Color Matching (for all those old school Tetris Attack fans)
- Finish Puzzle Mode
- Head to Head play
- The Poker Smash Store!
Poker Smash Addiction
Addiction to Poker Smash is not something to be taken lightly. We have created a pamphlet that serves as a step-by-step program for recovery from Poker Smash addiction. You can receive this pamphlet with the proper contribution. If you do have a problem with Poker Smash addiction, please seek help. If you don't have a problem with Poker Smash addiction, you probably haven't played it yet.
$1 - You will get our eternal thanks, your name will be listed on our website as a support of Poker Smash. We promise it will make you feel quite warm inside.
$8 - A DRM free copy of Poker Smash! And, if we are accepted into Steam, you will receive a Steam key. Play it how you like! You will also receive our thanks.
$10 - Early Alpha access to our upcoming title, Junction! If you can pony up the additional few dollars it will go a long way to helping us launch our next title, which is a very ambitious project for a small indie studio. You will also receive a DRM free copy of Poker Smash, and a Steam key when/if it becomes available. You will also receive our thanks.
$20 - A special edition "So you're addicted to Poker Smash" pamphlet, and a special edition Poker Smash key chain! Special editions are special, and so are you. And so are we. PLUS: Early Alpha access to Junction, a DRM free copy of Poker Smash, a Steam key (when/if it becomes available), and our thanks!
$37 - One of these SWEET Poker Smash T-shirts! You pick the size and color, and we may even have additional choices at print time. We will do our best to get you exactly what you want, but exact colors and sizes are not guaranteed.
PLUS: The special edition pamphlet, the special edition key chain, early Alpha access to Junction, a DRM free copy of Junction, a Steam key (when/if it becomes available), and our thanks!
$200 - Poker Smash creator Drew Card will make you pizza in his own home and play Poker Smash with you! And you will cry because he will crush you. You can talk indie development with Drew, or just bask in the glory of his Poker Smash skillz (that's with a Z). He did create the game, so I guess it makes sense he is pretty good at it. PLUS: The Poker Smash T-shirt, the special edition pamphlet, the special edition key chain, early Alpha access to Junction, a DRM free copy of Junction, a Steam key (when/if it becomes available), and our thanks!
If you have ideas for additional tiers, please let us know!
More Poker Smash videos made by fans!
Also coming soon from Void Star Creations... Junction!
Junction is a 3d world building game that stretches beyond the sandbox. Build out your worlds and link them together, or to your friends' worlds. Then you adventure from world to world exploring and playing games with friends in the Junction Universe. If you pledge $10 or more you will receive early alpha access to Junction! Check out some of our screenshots below.
Thanks for taking the time to read about Poker Smash! Please contribute if you are able! We need your help!
--- The Poker Smash Team
Risks and challenges
Our biggest risk comes from not getting Poker Smash on Steam as it will make it more difficult for us to develop multiplayer features. It means we need to develop more of the infrastructure, which takes more time, and could cause delays.
Our cats might eat our computers causing development delays. We think this is a low probability, however, because we don't have cats.
Meteors. They are out there, we just hope they don't pay us a visit.
To take a step back and be serious for a minute, we are going to ship Poker Smash no matter what. The core gaming is there. We just need your help and support to build out the features we think make Poker Smash all you have ever dreamed about in a puzzle game!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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