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Hentai Anime Poker
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 12/31/1999

Description:
Play strip poker with some pretty anime girls. Lose your money and you bet a piece of clothing... and the game won't stop until everything's off!

Review:
Ever wanted to play strip poker with your favorite anime characters? Well, with Hentai Anime Poker, you might just be able to!

Hentai Anime Poker features four original female characters (meaning they don't belong to any anime or manga series), five kinds of poker games (5 card draw, 5 card stud, 7 card stud, Texas hold 'em, and straight poker), and five languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German). You start the game by choosing three opponents, after which you immediately proceed to play cards. Each player is given $150 to start with, and each round lets you pick what type of poker game to play. After the initial $150 is lost, players start betting articles of clothing. A player loses when there are no more clothes left. Thus, the object of the game is to strip all your opponents naked... and believe me, it's not easy!

I was expecting Hentai Anime Poker to be something I could breeze through like "Light Up", in which I succeeded in stripping everybody in about an hour or so. But no, it was not to be. It's pretty easy getting one of your three opponents butt-naked. The real challenge comes after that... when the two left have more money, which makes it tougher to make them run out of cash and start betting their clothes. Clothes have a monetary equivalent of $150, so money is added to the pool whenever someone loses a shirt, a bra, etc. Then comes the other hurdle: if you win more than $150 you can win your clothes back. I had a game where Rei Ayanami had nothing but her panties left but somehow managed to get fully dressed again... putting me back to square one. The absence of a save function is infuriating. Often I'd stop the game after stripping one or two girls, only to start from the very beginning the next time I play.

After a few games of Hentai Anime Poker, I realized that winning takes some degree of strategy (not just luck). You have to watch how your opponents play very closely -- how many cards they draw, how much they bet, etc. It's much like an actual poker game, with your opponents possessing decent levels of AI. Popular anime girls like Belldandy, Sasami, Rei Ayanami, and Lina Inverse (just to name a few) can be acquired through expansion packs that are sold separately. Their names have been changed though (I presume due to licensing reasons), so instead of Lina you have "Rumi".

The artwork is a mixed bag. I didn't find the four original characters very attractive. The expansion pack girls look a lot better, but they are drawn rather roughly as well. Nudity is depicted in detail, top to bottom. You don't just see nude girls. You see nude girls in kinky poses. As is the usual case with Jast USA releases, sexually explicit images from other bishoujo games and erotic CG collections have been included on the CD as a bonus.

Hentai Anime Poker will most certainly provide you with hours of entertainment and lots of replay value. A save function would really have helped though...

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Good if you like poker and anime.

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Review Title:
Hentai Anime Poker
Alternative Titles:
Anime Strip Poker
Released:
1999
Approximate Length:
2-10 Hours
Suitable For:
Adults Only
General Rating:
3 out of 5 stars
Hentai Rating:
3 out of 5 stars
Genres:
Ecchi
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