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Even after spending over 10 hours with Pocket Card Jockey I still couldn’t believe I was having this much fun and was so invested in my pony’s career. The game is fun, charming and addictive, and for a small downloaded title it’s hard to ask anything more. It’s sometime’s easy to judge a book by its cover (or a game by its trailer), but give this one a chance and you’ll be pleasantly surprised; this is the very definition of a sleeper hit.
Pocket Card Jockey is a relatively impressive effort from Game Freak, with terrific presentation, an abundance of charm and hugely addictive gameplay. For some players that's enough to make it a must-have, but there is a caveat - it's also poorly balanced, delivering a video game representation of the futility of compulsive betting. You can be the best player in the world and still lose, or have a mediocre round and win a minor race anyway. It inflates prices, sets ridiculous odds and makes you sweat for every reward, with your fates often in the hands of the pocket Gods. Yet it's addictive and fun, so you might not mind - for this writer, though, it left a tinge of regret at time wasted, where effort didn't seem to be rewarded.
Pocket Card Jockey is absolutely worth consideration and will hook many gamers with its irreverent and addictive gameplay, but beneath its charming veneer is a cruel world of lost bets and unfair odds.