Put on your P-P-P-Poker Face: Texas Cheat’em Hits PSN Today

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Texas Cheat’em from Wideload Shorts is out on PlayStation Network THIS WEEK for $9.99.


First, a bit about Wideload Shorts. We’re an indie studio within an indie studio. Our team lives within the walls of Wideload Games. Wideload’s founder, Alex Seropian, did some stuff once. He started this studio called Bungie, made this game called Halo, and sold it all to some other company. But Wideload, much to the delight of those who work here, is about doing new things, and taking new chances.

The Wideload Shorts team makes small games that are imbued with Wideload’s trademark humor. Our focus is on good, solid, NEW gameplay that will stand the test of time. When it comes to our gameplay, we are nurturing and protective. Imagine that our gameplay is a baby bunny rabbit. We will bring it carrots, and lick its fur to keep it clean. If coyotes are the latest fad, and everybody insists that we MUST get a coyote (“don’t worry, your baby bunny should be fine”), we won’t do it. Our motto is: “coyotes eat gameplay.”

We’d like to think that the title of our latest release, Texas Cheat’em, speaks for itself. Cheating is fun, that much is clear. If everyone cheats, then it’s fair. Think about it this way. If your favorite FPS had no guns, it would not be fun. If only one person had a gun, it would be downright scary. But everyone has guns, so it’s fun. Texas Cheat’em has no guns. And if it did, it would be downright scary. But everybody can cheat, so it’s fun.


Our cute fuzzy bunny that we call “gameplay” is paramount. We cheated each other in egregious ways for months to come up with the perfect balance of cheats. And what did we get out of it? A new game that did not exist before. A new game that is more fun than the poker games that came before it. Ah, yes, that was our goal. By way of analogy, Texas Cheat’em is to poker as NFL Blitz is to football. We shaped the rules to our liking in the name of fun.


Cheating opened up huge swaths of gameplay territory for us to explore. “Precognition” will show you all of the community cards before they are dealt. Very helpful! But this doesn’t tell you how the game is going to end… it just gives you a bit more time to plan your strategy.

“Suggestion” cheats let you “convince” everybody else at the table that one card is actually something else. You can change the value of the card by one (up or down), or you can change the suit of the card. Very useful. It can even change the fortunes of other players… though you can use Community Snapshot to lock in your hand if someone else starts to change a card.

As happened so often during the design of Texas Cheat’em, these cheats interact in surprisingly great ways, providing all sorts of beneficial side effects that open up some really clever strategies…

I won’t delve into the rest of the cheats here, or divulge any of my favorite strategies quite yet… but keep an eye out for us at your table, we’ll be out there playing. We love playing this game.


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  • @S-E-G to bad the poker games you listed are nothing like this one other then they are poker. thats like saying i already have gta 4 and bioshock so why would i get Infamous. its all been done before. even ideas people say are fresh have already been done in some form or the other. Its doesn’t matter if its been done before or not but how well it is done.

  • Hi Scott, looks awesome, but I was wondering… after a few time they will make some updates to improve it? THANKS! (first day buy)

  • StalkingSilence

    “something that perhaps the $14.99 Wheel of Fortune didn’t have” surprised you’d give SOE a hard time since you’re on the Sony blog. Also, Wheel of Fortune does have multiplayer w/ voicechat.

    The presentation looks busy and I’d like to see more gameplay VIDS. More interested in the mini-games than the core game.

    • Hey StalkingSilence –
      Didn\’t mean to say anything bad about Wheel of Fortune, was just trying to address the poster\’s comparison to the other game.

      Obviously I haven\’t played WoF, otherwise I would have known about its multiplayer.


  • I have to admit, I’m a little skeptical about this game. I love poker, but I almost feel like this game is going to trick it up to the point where it’s not really poker anymore. I could really use a demo, but I’ll probably end up picking it up anyway.

  • Buying simply because of Lady Gaga reference.

  • Lady Gaga is going to sue somebody for using p-p-p-poker Face in a title thats on here song! watch out wideload games

  • I wanna get this game but I don’t know how to play poker.Is this game fun for first time players? Or should I just leave it alone?

    • Hey Aptmac –
      We designed the game to be fun for non-poker players as well as those who are poker pros.

      For example, the game will always tell you what your hand is. If you have a flush, it will say \”Flush\” by your cards. This is nice, because you might not otherwise notice that you have a flush.

      There is also a \”Hand Rank Meter\” on the left side of the screen (if you\’re playing on a widescreen tv). That tells you how good your hand is, and what hands are better or worse than yours. So, if you have two pair, you can check that meter and notice that three of a kind would be a better hand, and that can give you some insight into how you might use your cheat points.

      Some of us on the dev team were not really that great at poker when we started working on this project, but playing Texas Cheat\’em goes a long way towards teaching you the game.

      Also, there is a tutorial in the game that will explain the basic rules of poker, the specific rules of Texas Hold\’em, as well as the unique rules of Texas Cheat\’em.


  • @ Scott Corley
    “Local multiplayer – no. We actually couldn’t figure out a way to do a local multiplayer poker game :) because you’d see everyone’s cards”

    How about this. You could use the PSP to display the hands so only you could see it:)I think that would be cool.

    Also, I wish you would have made a demo so I could try it out first. I know it’s only 10 bucks but I like to take a test drive first, you know? Why did you decide not to put a demo up?

  • If you’re still replying Scott Corley. Since you’re not releasing a demo why can’t you at least release a trailer?

    It’s really difficult to know exactly how this cheating is involved and I think a video could possibly show that. Don’t have that much money so I would like to know more about the game for purchase you know, in which case I appreciate you coming here but so far I found the description very vague. From what I’ve gathered it’s balanced and new and exciting. But really nothing of how the mechanics work

  • There is a trailer. You can see it here:


    You can see some of the little cheat mini games going on in the side bar on the right of the screen.

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