|System: Wii (WiiWare)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Gameloft||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Gameloft||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Aug. 3, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Mature||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Still, the A.I. has a few recognizable patterns of play that, though not completely predictable, offer the illusion of showing off a weakness in their playing strategy. Some girls tend to bet heavy with weak hands, while others stay predominantly on the conservative side of things.
The game has a respectable presentation for a $5 WiiWare game, but that doesn't necessarily make it good entertainment. The girls barely animate, only batting an eye or blushing, but that's about it. The artwork is cute, and when some of the girls reveal a little skin, there are fleeting moments of sexuality. But the lack of animation and variety make this a laughably shallow package overall. You can go back into the options menu for a quick peek at the girls undressing after you've bested them in cards, but it's nothing to get excited about.
As a matter of fact, if you're expecting hentai or anything close to it, think again. The "M" rating for this game is obviously due to the amount of double entendres, as well as the overt nature of the poses the girls are in - but don't make the mistake of purchasing this game for any type of adult entertainment. The cards are still the main attraction here, and that's a tough sell when you've only got two games on tap.
The sound is equally competent, but again, it's not going to sustain any type of enjoyment for the game. So far as we could discern, each of the six girls is voiced by the same actress, and the music is right out of a cheap, off-the-strip Las Vegas casino.
We love cards, we love poker, and you know what - we also love the ladies. However, you're just not going to get any satisfaction from Sexy Poker. The girls aren't easy, they aren't sleazy, and the poker is boring. The visuals are lifeless, and the aural presentation is put forth with minimal effort. We fully understand that this is a $5 game, but it offers only about $0.25 worth of entertainment. Gameloft is dominating the WiiWare platform in terms of the number of games they've now made available for the system, but more isn't always better. WiiWare deserves creativity and fun, and this game fails on both fronts.
CCC Freelance Writer