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« on: March 12, 2017, 08:30:25 PM »

Someone mentioned Pocket Card Jockey in a weekend playlist thread a couple weeks ago.  I had some long flights last week, so decided I'd give it a shot.  It's only $7, no big loss if it sucks.

Holy hell...I literally cannot drag myself away from this game.  It's freaking brilliant.  It's a combination of horse racing, solitaire, and Pokemon that somehow all comes together and just...works.  I honestly played it for 6 hours straight on Tuesday, starting at the airport in DC then the entire 4+ hour flight home.  Here's a great article about how this it was the best game of 2016 that no one played, and I completely agree.

It takes a while to figure out what the hell is going on, but once it clicks, it's impossible to put down.  My only gripe is that certain races (and sometimes the career of that particular horse) can be won or lost on sheer luck.  You get a bad starting draw, someone bumps you off course, you misclick a card or miss a match...these can all spell disaster pretty quickly.  And since each horse has a limited time to advance, that one missed click can have a nasty snowball effect on the horse's development, and therefore success in future races.  Thankfully, this is mitigated by just how much damn fun the whole thing is.

I never would have possibly expected to enjoy a horse racing/solitaire matchup this much.  Talk about a game that came completely out of the blue!   eek
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2017, 09:30:15 PM »

Yeah, there really is something about this game that's crazy addictive.  I picked it up when it came out, and I remember being up hours after I was supposed to be asleep playing the thing.
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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2017, 01:50:08 PM »

Muhahaha, I'm taking over with recommendations!  icon_twisted

But in all honesty, I'm glad you love the game! I remember playing the demo and spending so much time on it (to the point where the only other demo I've spent more time with was the Dissidia sequel).
I'm currently on my fourth horse in growth mode, and this is still a great game to pick up and play in ten or fifteen minute bursts. It's a neat little title at a pretty bargain bin price if you ask me (7 bucks from the Pokemon people? Aw yasss.)
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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2017, 02:44:54 PM »

Just started my 5th horse in Growth Mode last night, and have won 7 GI races.  I even bred a couple of my previous winners, but their offspring was disappointingly average. 

The one thing I can't really figure out is the formula for how energy converts to enthusiasm during the homestretch.  It seems to be entirely random.  I've had some races where energy of 120 gets me 100% enthusiasm, and others where having energy over 600 only gave me 85% enthusiasm.  I think it has something to do with the level of race (i.e. G1, GII, GIII) you're doing and the pace (i.e. super slow, normal, etc.), but it would be nice to have a better idea of what energy number I need to shoot for in order to get 100% enthusiasm.

The RNG aspects were driving me absolutely batty yesterday.  Things like having 100% enthusiasm and 2 boost cards for the homestretch...only to find myself boxed in and unable to move.  Or being down to that last card with 8 remaining on a Comfort Zone 3 solitaire deck, and not getting the match you need.  Or getting knocked completely off track by another horse, even though I had the gold crown (i.e. the most energy) which supposedly prevents that from happening. 

The game is still a ton of fun, but RNGeesus can be a real bastard sometimes.
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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2017, 04:10:37 AM »

Quote from: Gratch on March 13, 2017, 02:44:54 PM

Just started my 5th horse in Growth Mode last night, and have won 7 GI races.  I even bred a couple of my previous winners, but their offspring was disappointingly average. 

The one thing I can't really figure out is the formula for how energy converts to enthusiasm during the homestretch.  It seems to be entirely random.  I've had some races where energy of 120 gets me 100% enthusiasm, and others where having energy over 600 only gave me 85% enthusiasm.  I think it has something to do with the level of race (i.e. G1, GII, GIII) you're doing and the pace (i.e. super slow, normal, etc.), but it would be nice to have a better idea of what energy number I need to shoot for in order to get 100% enthusiasm.

The RNG aspects were driving me absolutely batty yesterday.  Things like having 100% enthusiasm and 2 boost cards for the homestretch...only to find myself boxed in and unable to move.  Or being down to that last card with 8 remaining on a Comfort Zone 3 solitaire deck, and not getting the match you need.  Or getting knocked completely off track by another horse, even though I had the gold crown (i.e. the most energy) which supposedly prevents that from happening. 

The game is still a ton of fun, but RNGeesus can be a real bastard sometimes.

The enthusiasm is based on mood; you'll want to get your horse at blue at all times, and even then it might be a stretch. After peak time, the horse will  be tired, so that might be an issue as well. You also need to make sure that you can move out the way (you can check the top screen to see where you are relative to the rest of the racers). Winning hands in level 3 stretches also helps with stamina recovery.
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2017, 02:02:14 PM »

Quote from: katamaris4ever on March 16, 2017, 04:10:37 AM

The enthusiasm is based on mood; you'll want to get your horse at blue at all times,

Hmmmm, I don't think so.  I've had a number of races where I remained blue the entire time, but my enthusiasm was low because I didn't have enough energy (bad start only put me in a level 1 comfort zone and I couldn't get back in).  I know enthusiasm is tied to energy somehow, I just can't quite figure out the ratio.  Although, it could be a combination of both mood and energy.

Finished my 7th horse last night, and picked up another 4 GI trophies.  Lost a 4th one by literally .01 seconds.   mad
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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2017, 02:06:00 PM »

4 more GI wins this week, now up to 11.  Just 10 more to go.  smile

Level 10 Fire Boy, ftw.
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« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2017, 05:36:14 AM »

Never even heard of this game before. If it's $7 then maybe I'll give it a try.
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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2017, 04:53:59 PM »

Based on the love here, I bought the game. Holy hell it is seriously the best $7 ever spent.
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« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2017, 06:07:44 PM »

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on March 20, 2017, 04:53:59 PM

Based on the love here, I bought the game. Holy hell it is seriously the best $7 ever spent.

Might be the best "hours/$ spent" ratio I've ever experienced.

Finished a horse in growth mode last night that went 9 (of 11) wins during her career.  Was one XP card short of level 10 when she finished.  Trying to decide whether to keep running her, or retiring and breeding her.
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