Texas Cheat ‘Em Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
Texas Cheat ‘Em box art
System: X360 (XBLA), PS3 (PSN), PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Wideload Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: D3 Publisher 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: May 13, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 2-8 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Of course, cheating isn’t quite that simple. Adding another level of entertainment and complexity into the competition, you’ll have to successfully complete a random mini-game every time you use a naughty ability. These range from playing hi or lo, rolling dice, and blackjack to button-mash racing, roulette, and strength testing. When you or an opponent is cheating, a red sign flashes over the offender’s character portrait. There’s no other indication of exactly what cheats are being used, and adversaries won’t know what’s trouble they’re possibly in until they’re being directly affected by it. In player vs. player cheats, both the attacker and the defender will engage in a mini-game duel – the winner pulls off a successful attack or defense accordingly.

Texas Cheat ‘Em screenshot

The single-player Career mode consists of four card circuits that are each made up of four challenge matches. Winning a certain number of matches in the first batch will unlock the second match and so forth. Objectives in each challenge tend to fall along a handful of different goals, including accruing a certain amount of money, beating a specific player, beating every player at the table, and accruing the largest amount of money in a specific number of hands. This provides enough options to facilitate some lengthy and challenging solo sessions, and playing against up to seven other players in brutal cheat-riddled online matches is equally entertaining.

Gameplay-wise, Texas Cheat ‘Em delivers, but the overall visual presentation is lacking. Progressing through the Career mode will unlock various background settings to play in. Unfortunately, these static images don’t really mesh with the game visuals, and they come off as looking rather cheap. When you’re not playing against other humans, the character avatars are static and uninteresting. The table itself and cards are functional, if not overly snazzy-looking.

Texas Cheat ‘Em freshens up the classic card game with ample shenanigans that should sit well with casual card players or more experienced poker hounds. Incessant cheating across the board makes each hand fast-paced, unpredictable, and constantly changing. It’s easy to get drawn into multiple hands of this quirky and playful take on poker, even if the game is still pretty niche.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

Visuals lack cohesion and depth.
Easy to pick up.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Nothing too fancy but nothing offensive.
Play Value
Cheating makes for a strong improvement on an already solid card game
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Play poker the dirty, cheatin’ way.
  • Unleash 15 different cheats on your unsuspecting opponents.
  • Hit the tables with up to eight players in online matches.

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