Texas Hold’em

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Description of App: 

Apple’s Texas Hold’em is back! To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the App Store, we’ve brought back one of its first games, a popular classic. Originally created for iPod, then brought to iPhone, fans will love the polished redesign, featuring new characters, more challenging gameplay, and stunning graphics for the newest iPhone and iPod touch. Players will also love that it’s free to play—for the very first time.

Texas Hold’em lets you play like a pro against 24 realistic opponents—or with your friends over Wi-Fi. Use all of the hints, tips, tells, and your mastery to gain access to more challenging locations with higher stakes and even bigger rewards!

Features:
- Opponents bet, bluff, and have secret tells
- Winning advances you to the next location
- Includes 10 distinctive locations—including Las Vegas, Paris, and Macau
- Bring up in-game hints, tips, statistics, and player ratings
- Texas Hold’em is entirely free-to-play, works online or off
- Play against up to 8 friends with Wi-Fi multiplayer
- Rotate between immersive first-person and top-down gameplay
- Re-designed, re-rendered, and re-built to use high-resolution graphics that look stunning
- Designed for iOS 12 and later

Apple Watch Support: 

No

Version: 

2.1

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

iOS Version: 

13.2 PB1

Accessibility Comments: 

I'm happy to say that there has been some effort put in to make this game accessible. The most important information, like player actions and community cards being revealed, is spoken by VoiceOver automatically. You can see and interact with the most important items on the screen like the cards and your chips, which let you play the game. Some on-screen elements, like the player icons which display how much money they have and the hand they were holding after a game ends, seem to be only visible if playing the game in landscape mode so I would suggest that you flip your phone while playing. Be sure to look at the custom actions for both the control showing your chips and the one showing your cards, as they will help you perform the most common actions like calling or folding a lot faster. One small issue is that tapping on a player is supposed to bring up a detailed screen with their bio and stats, but this doesn't seem to currently work with VoiceOver.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

I'll freely admit that I've been spoiled at the VoiceOver support that Theta Poker provided to us, but after Apple banned the development of apps involving gambling by small developers, it's nice to see we once again have an accessible option, even including some features that theta poker didn't have like multiplayer. While I still prefer the way Theta poker gave you all of the information automatically while you played, such as the hands everyone was holding after a game ends, it's nice to once again have an accessible game of texas holdem.