Developer: Zynga Inc.
Price: free Download on the App Store
While Apple's iPhone is great for productivity with its push email and mobile document editing, it's also perfect for killing time. When you combine that with the latest worldwide online addiction, Facebook, then you've really got something going on. Of course, that's already been done with the amazingly designed Facebook app. But Zynga, the world's foremost social network game developer, added a third clinically addicting element to the mix, gambling.
The result is Poker by Zynga (formerly Live Poker). It offers gamblers a chance to work on their social skills and vice-versa. You can choose to play with a random set of people or connect with your Facebook friends to win large amounts of make-believe money to compensate for your real-world shortcomings. Speaking of the social networking giant, Live Poker is the first iPhone app to incorporate Facebook's Connect technology, allowing users to find friends to play with, without having to go through the site.
Great gameplay coupled with fun, realistic features like the drink bar, make for a poker playing experience nothing short of the best tables in Vegas. The developers over at Zynga have definitely used their previous experience in online game development to their advantage, bringing the best parts of their online games to the iPhone. Slick graphics, the ability to choose an avatar and the many game customization options make for a game which showcases great depth and personality.
On top of the free version, Zynga also offers a $9.99 version of Live Poker, which increases your chip count and allows you to enter tournaments. It seems a bit steep for so little features, but the added cost might be worth it for people who feel the need to win even more make-believe money. Grab Live Poker from the App Store today for free.