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Top Puzzle, Card and Board Games On Xbox 360

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Microsoft’s first games console, the Xbox, was a truly a success. It went on to sell millions of units throughout the world, with developers coming up with game titles such as the Halo franchise and other strong, robust, memorable library of games that would forever be etched into the minds of gamers everywhere.

With the Xbox 360, Microsoft took a different, but equally effective approach. They contacted developers all over the world and asked them what they wanted from a gaming console. They asked them what features would make it easier to develop great games for the console, and what could be done to help ensure that their games would be a success.

Microsoft’s approach worked better than anyone could have expected. The Xbox 360 went on to trounce its main rival, the Playstation 3, and it built itself a strong library filled with dozens of excellent games in a variety of genres.

Surprisingly, the Xbox 360 also replaced the PC as the best place to play puzzle games, card games, and board games.

This article will take a look at some of the top puzzle, card, and boards games on the Xbox 360.

Top Xbox 360 Puzzle Games

The Xbox 360 is home to dozens of puzzle games in a number of different genres.

Portal
A first person puzzler made by Valve Software, the creators of Half Life, Counter-Strike, and more – and its sequel, Portal 2, are obvious mentions. Both games saw players using a unique teleporting game mechanic to traverse vast environments and solve brain teasing puzzles while doing battle with Glados, an evil robot with a fondness for killing. Both games captured the hearts and minds of Xbox 360 gamers everywhere to become two of the most loved puzzle games on the console.

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Popcap, one of the most revered puzzle game developers in the world, also released a number of excellent puzzle games for the 360. Some of their best releases include Peggle, a physics based puzzle game that sees players trying to eliminate pegs by firing a small metallic ball at them; Plants vs Zombies, an innovative take on the tower defense genre of games; Bejeweled, a game that sees players matching up rows of jewels on a colorful player board—make sure to checkout a review of Bejeweled 3, the latest entry in the Bejeweled franchise —and Zuma’s Revenge, a puzzle game that sees players trying to prevent their doom by eliminating large numbers of colourful beads that are headed their way.

Other notable puzzle games on the Xbox 360 include Braid, a beautifully animated platform game that makes use of innovative game mechanics to produce brain teasing puzzles; Lumines Live, a puzzle game based on light and video patterns; and Limbo, an artistic puzzle game featuring a unique black and white aesthetic and dozens of challenging puzzles.

Top Xbox 360 Card Games

The Xbox 360 also supplanted the PC as the best place to play card games.

Several poker games were released for the system, including ‘Texas Hold ‘em’, an Xbox Live Arcade title that allowed players to play Texas hold ‘em against the computer or other gamers on Xbox Live; World Championship Poker and World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions, a set of poker games featuring multiple variations of poker; and, more recently, Telltale Games’ Poker Night 2, a charming poker game featuring cameos from a number of well known video games characters.

Other popular card games for the Xbox 360 include Solitaire, a game that allows players to play multiple variations of klondike solitaire, one of the most popular card games in the world; Spades, a game that allows players to play spades; Gin Rummy, a game that allows players to play gin rummy against Xbox live players around the world; and many more.

While a number of casino games were released for the Xbox 360, it did not, unfortunately, become the best places to play online slot machines. The PC still reigns supreme here, with dozens of excellent slots games available to play, some of which pay out online jackpots with real money.

Websites such as www.slots.com features game reviews and slot reviews allowing you to quickly find the best slot games to play online, as well as links to a number of useful resources to make the most of slots online games. Make sure to give them a visit if you enjoy playing slot games.

Top Xbox 360 Board Games

The Xbox 360 quickly won the favor of board game fanatics with its varied library of board games.

Some of the best board games released for the Xbox 360 include Monopoly, arguably the most popular board game of all time; multiple Chess games, many of which featured online gaming; and a number of other popular board games like Checkers, Scrabble, and Go!.

The Xbox 360 also became the console of choice for tabletop fanatics, with tabletop favorites like The Settles of Catan, Lost Cities, Carcassonne, Small World, and many more being released for the console.

Summing Up

The Xbox 360’s vast library of games has a little bit of something for everyone. Fans of puzzle games, board games, and card games, in particular, are well catered for with dozens of excellent games in these genres available for the system.

If you’re a fan of puzzle games, board games, and card games, make sure to grab the games featured in this article. You won’t be disappointed.

Poker Night 2 Xbox 360 Review

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Telltale Games, one of the worlds best known developers for creating some of the most entertaining point and click adventures under their belt has now released the sequel to their 2010 hit Poker Night. In Poker Night 2, as you begin a tournament, you will be forwarded straight into a cut-scene that takes you to the playing table. This is some kind of intergalactic time-rift of a speak-easy due to the nature of your opponents and serves as a neat little introduction to the game also. First up on the agenda is Brock Samson of Adult Swim’s popular show, Venture Bros (voiced by Patrick Warburton of Family Guy). Then followed by the annoying little dubstep spewing robot from Borderlands, Claptrap. Ash Williams of Evil Dead and Army of Darkness fame is next at the table. Unfortunately, he isn’t voiced by Bruce Campbell. However, the gentleman doing the voice work pulls it off fantastically. The final member at the table is pseudo dog-human Sam from Telltale’s own Sam & Max series. All of this hilarious super-stardom is completed with the table’s dealer and moderator, the evil robot with a niche for testing things, GLaDOS.

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Once you’ve paid the 20k buy-in and GLaDOS has dealt the first deck, the action begins. The game has two of poker’s most well-known archetypes, Hold ‘Em and Omaha. Now there’s nothing too exciting or out of the ordinary going on, but it is a poker game. You know what you’re buying when you pick it up. The opponents have tells just like real people would, and it’s up to you to try and figure those out yourself.

Figuring the character’s tells out can be a daunting task. You might think you’ve found a tell, but you will not know whether it is a good or a bad tell yet. There is a fun little feature, however. With tokens that you earn by playing the game, you can buy drinks from the bar. Buying drinks for your opponents will make them a bit belligerent and their tells will be all the more obvious with the more alcohol they consume. These drinks are also delivered by Moxxi from the Borderlands series.

Drinks aren’t the only things you can buy with tokens. You can buy new card decks, table felts, and even chip sets. If you activate all three of any one set, for example, Army of Darkness chips, table felt, and deck will alter the entire inventory to match your selected theme. This makes the graft of unlocking tokens more worthwhile in the long run.

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The game offers a challenge known as a bounty. In real poker, a bounty is when you make the previous winner bust out of the game. That means you win a small side-pot for defeating the champion. In Poker Night 2 however, it means that you will win an item that is very special to one of your opponents by winning the entire tournament. To unlock these bounties, you must first complete three bounty challenges. Like ‘win a hand with a straight or higher’ or ‘go all-in and win’. Once you have completed all three, the next game will have the special items up for grabs. Brock’s item is an orb that holds significance within the show. Claptrap’s item is his SPIKE Character of the Year video game award. Ash’s item is the unholy book of the dead, the Necronomicon, and Sam’s is his trusty banjo. Unlocking each of these will earn you an avatar award and extra unlockables for Borderlands 2.

Now this all sounds very basic and unoriginal. But the draw of the game is not the poker itself. It is the witty humour that comes from the game’s cast. The characters are portrayed perfectly and act just as they do within their own mediums. Brock gets unnecessarily angry as he does in the show, even dropping an F-bomb if you really get on his nerves. Claptrap is annoying as all hell, never shutting up and making the kind of noise that makes you want to tear your ears off. Ash has all the funny one-liners that made Army of Darkness a classic, and Sam drops some spiritual knowledge that just might make you think. He is often superseded by his maniacally uncouth rabbit partner, Max. GLaDOS will also chime in often to let you know that you’re a moron who doesn’t even deserve her testing wiles. There are many conversations that these characters have between themselves that are as hilarious as they are interesting. I found myself not wanting to skip hands that I was out of just so that I could hear what the varied cast had to say. The dialogue isn’t repeated as much as you’d think either. There is a wide array of conversations that the characters have, and their moods progress or digress as the game rolls on.

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I’ve found that the A.I. won’t make stupid bets. If there were difficulty levels in the game, I’d say it’s on expert mode by default. You really have to pick your bets and (I can’t believe I’m saying this) know when to hold ‘em, and know when to fold ‘em. With a 20k buy in and the blinds starting at 800, you can get knocked out extremely quickly. Buying drinks for the opponents is key, and keeping your bets low unless you have a sure-fire winning hand will keep you alive. As Ash would say, play smart, play S-Mart.

Telltale’s Poker Night 2 certainly has a lot going for it. But with an unnecessary amount of poker games already on the Xbox LIVE Arcade, is it worth buying? Comparing it with the others on paper leaves Poker Night 2 unfairly losing as it doesn’t feature any online play. There’s a nice little amount of unlockables and plenty laughs to be had. But, it’s the humour and the charm that make Poker Night 2 a worthwhile title. If you’re a fan of even one of the cast, it’s well worth giving it a go. The ensemble is what makes the game what it is, groovy. For those looking for a real poker experience; this review of 888 should provide the information needed.

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Telltale Games’ Poker Night 2 Announcement Trailer

TELLTALE, INC. POKER NIGHT 2Telltale Games are very well known for making amazing point and click adventures such as The Walking Dead, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, and the Sam & Max series. But if you’re not a PC gamer, you might not be aware that they have made a very popular poker game known as Telltale Games’ Poker Night.

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