Game of the Month, November 2009: World Series of Poker Hold’em Legend

It’s been a good month for iPhone gaming, especially due to indie hits like Smashed, PathPix Pro, and Harbor Havoc 3D. Big games like Rogue Planet, Eliminate Pro, and Monopoly impressed us as well. However, this month we’re giving our top prize to the single best card game you can buy on the App Store: Glu’s World Series of Poker Hold’em Legend.

We haven’t featured a lot of casino games on this site, mostly because there are so many of them that it’s hard for any to really stand out. But WSOP Hold’em Legend has the others beat hands-down because of its robust single-player campaign and irresistible nine-person online multiplayer. Laying down a straight on the computer-controlled opponents and raking in a big pot is fun, but laying the same cards down on real-live human opponents online is incredible.

The World Series of Poker license is put to great use in this game, with real-world casinos providing the backdrops for your money-grubbing exploits. Other stylish touches, like double-tapping the screen to check, or the way you can skip ahead to your turn by tapping the screen while the A.I. bets, make the single-player game very absorbing.

Our runner-up for Game of the Month is Auditorium, an a/v treat that combines physics puzzles with sweeping orchestral sounds. Using icons that affect the path of streams of light, you have to reach certain parts of the screen to create a musical score. The complexity builds and builds, until by the end you’re managing multiple streams of various colors, swirling through gravity wells to create a wall of sound.

Congratulations to Glu Mobile and EA Mobile for bringing two incredible games to the iPhone this month.

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