Playing cards is fun but now you can play Poker, Blackjack, Hearts, Crazy Eights, and Rummy without fumbling around with a deck.
That's right; Just Deal With It! contains 5 classic card games that you can play via mobile phones and tablets. However, these aren't merely straight-up digital interpretations of the included games as there are enjoyable twists and power-ups in play. As you play, you'll occasionally get granted access to a power-up that you can use on an opponent to temporarily mess them up. For example, they may have to swipe jelly away or blow smoke to clear it. That latter power-up made me wish I knew where the microphone on my iPad is but I digress. There are also missions that you can complete as you play which are added in just for the heck of it and don't really alter the gameplay all that much. Overall, Just Deal With It! does a great job of breathing new life into these otherwise standard games.
The graphics and sound of Just Deal With It! are lively and help elevate the fun factor. For starters, there's a goofy host who's literally a Joker and his silly one-liners are sure to at least make you smile once in a while. To create your avatar, you take a picture of yourself, enter a name, then select a character and colour scheme. The characters are quite crazy and include a robot, an Elvis impersonator, and Death itself. There isn't much music as you play but the environmental sound effects and small audio embellishments are rather satisfying. All in all, Just Deal With It! is certainly a treat to play and its lively world makes it even more enjoyable.
To get the most out of Just Deal With It!, you should play with friends. You could play Blackjack solo but that's boring. Luckily, there's online multiplayer for those who don't have anyone to play with locally. For the record, I left it on waiting for someone to join me online but no one ever showed up. Either way, it's great that the developers incorporated an online mode as a lot of similar games can only be played locally. Speaking of which, Just Deal With It! is a great game to boot up whenever company's over.
One issue that I have with Just Deal With It! is that it can be rather confusing as there's a lot going on at once. Between the power-ups, missions, and strict timer, it can be hard to get in the groove of how to juggle everything as you play. This is especially true when you consider the fact that the gameplay isn't always intuitive so you may find yourself regularly explaining how to play to granny or Auntie Sue. Meanwhile, the game just keeps on going with no way to pause. It can be frustrating stuff.
Finally, I wish the individual card games in Just Deal With It! had more variations. For example, Poker is only Texas hold 'em. There could have been comprehensive options and modifiers that allowed you to change the rules as well. As it is, not everyone will enjoy the 5 games never mind the specific variants that the developers decided to include. Why they didn't expand on this is beyond me.
Those who enjoy card games like Poker and Rummy will have a fun time with Just Deal With It! Overall, it's an enjoyable and lively compilation of card games but the restrictive options make it eventually feel a bit flat.
- + Contains 5 classic card games with fun twists and silly power-ups
- + Lively game world and funny host
- + Features online multiplayer
- - Gameplay can get quite confusing and hectic which may result in frustration
- - Card games could use more variations