Ireland-based social games developer OteetO revealed at the recent Dublin Web Summit the iPhone app version of its tremendously popular Facebook game, Texas Ask’Em Poker.
The game, launched only in May this year on social website Facebook, marries traditional video poker with trivia questions.
Players are dealt two cards, but must answer a multiple choice trivia question as quickly as possible before their hand is revealed. Correct answers are ranked according to their response times and the player with the fastest time receives the best hand. Only after this initial trivia round does it become possible to uncover the dealt cards and a regular Texas Hold’Em Poker game commences. At the end of the poker round, the correct answer to the trivia question is revealed together with each player’s response.
OteetO claims that since the launch of Texas Ask’Em Poker earlier this year, players have answered in excess of one million questions and sent more than 750,000 invites to their Facebook friends.
The company attributes this smashing success to the merging of a trivia quiz and traditional video poker into one single game, a creative move which according to industry observers is a world-first.
With the release of the Texas Ask’Em Poker mobile app, iPhone users can now join in the fun, playing the game directly via their mobile device. The app can be downloaded for free and users can play with no real money on the line. However, OteetO expects that in-app purchases will provide revenue in the same way the game generates funds on Facebook.
But the popularity of Texas Ask’Em Poker apparently even took OteetO by surprise. “To be honest, we are a little concerned about some of our fans that play so often. Some of them have [individually] answered over 35,000 questions [since the game was launched]. But it is refreshing to know that they are at least learning and having fun as they play,” said Neal O’Gorman, CEO of OteetO and the creator of Texas Ask’Em Poker.