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Apple Pulls Its Only iOS Game, Texas Hold'em, From the App Store

Apple Pulls Its Only iOS Game, Texas Hold'em, From the App Store

Posted November 17, 2011 at 3:30pm by iClarified · 10689 views
Apple has pulled Texas Hold'em, the only in-house iOS game its produced, from the App Store, reports MacRumors.

Go all in with Texas Hold'em, a new iPod touch and iPhone application. Play against realistic opponents in single-player mode. Or play over a Wi-Fi network with up to eight of your friends. Drag your chips to go all in. Flick your cards to fold. Double-tap the table to check. Everything that makes Texas Hold'em so wildly popular now fits in your pocket. And it's available from iTunes for just $4.99.

MacRumors notes that Texas Hold'em began as a game for non-iOS iPod models, debuting in late 2006. When Apple launched the App Store in 2008, a redesigned version of the game appeared as a debut title. At the time, the game appeared to provide evidence that Apple was looking to pursue game development.

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Apple Pulls Its Only iOS Game, Texas Hold'em, From the App Store

Apple Pulls Its Only iOS Game, Texas Hold'em, From the App Store
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KnightGeek
KnightGeek - November 18, 2011 at 3:07pm
Actually the story we were told is that this game was actually developed by an Apple employee for personal sale. Apple took it over because, well you can't sell personal games on iTunes/App Store while still an employee. There have been zero Updates since it debuted in ios 2.0 and the launch of the App store
DanCJ
DanCJ - November 17, 2011 at 7:16pm
I love how companies seem to think putting the word "just" before a price makes it cheap - even when it's not.
undertaker
undertaker - November 17, 2011 at 3:58pm
they pulled it probably b/c they might plan on revamping it and releasing a new and improved version. i was just playing this on my iphone 3g the other day. it's a decent game, but the graphics and textures are just cheesy. apple probably re-evaluated it and said "we can do better than this", especially with the retina display and the ipad (as well as the newer HD ipad display soon)
Bill Gates
Bill Gates - November 17, 2011 at 4:49pm
They pulled it cuz the game was a con! Chip dumping all kinds of bizarre AI play..
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