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: 

2.0

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

iOS Version: 

13 PB2

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 and that 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.

However, some aspects of the game could work better. Sometimes, you get little tutorial hints popping up in the middle of the screen which stay there for a bit and go away after a few seconds. These don't get spoken by VoiceOver so unless you happen to be tapping in the area you'll probably end up missing them. You also get no info on what the other players were holding when the hand ends. You're only told who won and with what hand (pair/two pair, etc.) so if the hand is decided by a kicker card, or the suits of a combination, you won't know.

Following up on the last point, once a hand ends, the game stops so you can review what cards the other players were holding. During the game you can also tap on a player to see their stats. The problem is that at the moment VoiceOver doesn't see the other players, so you can't tap on them. You're also supposed to be able to tap on your card to have the game tell you its strength, but apart from hearing a sound queue this doesn't seem to be accessible either.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

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. That being said, there are some noticeable VoiceOver shortcomings at the moment, but hopefully we'll see future updates to this app which will address these.