Poker Night at the Inventory Review

I’m fond of Telltale Games titles. They have a specific flair for creating engaging titles that are fun and look back on older gameplay elements while still presenting a polished title.

Poker Night at the Inventory isn’t so much a full-blown title, but a Texas Hold-Em title skinned with some characters from older titles that Telltale has released along with the Heavy from Team Fortress 2 and Tycho of Penny Arcade. Featuring voice acting from all the characters and holding a pseudo-illegal backroom feel, the title has a soul.

The problem is that the actual poker mechanics are a hit and miss. Through the many hands that I played, it appeared that the title favored Tycho, gave the Heavy bad hands, and helped force Strong Bad and Max of Sam & Max out. The poker doesn’t feel balanced enough for long term playing.

Poker Night at the Inventory is an in-between title, between Telltale’s other titles or taking a break from something more intense.

A fun mini-game feel, but it does get frustrating.

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