Telltale Texas Hold Em

By Telltale Games Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

This entertaining and unique Texas Hold'Em game scores big points on most fronts, but the ridiculously stingy trial period takes some of the wind out of its sails.

In Telltale Texas Hold Em, you find yourself sitting across from four 3D-animated characters, including a hippie-type kid and an elderly grandmother. Playing this game almost feels like competing in a real poker tournament, as your opponents are full of clever, often humorous banter. We have no complaints whatsoever about this program's cartoonish graphics, although it would be nice if you could resize the main window.

The jazz soundtrack fits the bill just fine, but you can turn it down if you find it distracting. You also can disable the other players' audio commentary in favor of subtitles. We really enjoyed playing Telltale Texas Hold Em, but we were very disappointed to find the demo only will let you gamble for 15 minutes before it shuts down. Such a short trial period may not give many users time to decide whether the game is worth their cash. In all other respects, this program is a winner, but don't get attached to it unless you're prepared to pay.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.3

Version 1.3 includes unspecified updates.


Release November 7, 2008
Date Added June 27, 2008
Version 1.3

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP, DirectX


Total Downloads 84,228
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Join poker's most outspoken players for a hand of Telltale Texas Hold'em, the card game stacked high with personality. Quips will fly, chips will fall, and you may just end up rolling in the aisles. This is your chance to play in a poker tournament against four characters of such lethal absurdity, you'll either die laughing or die trying.

Test your skills as you answer life's toughest questions. Can you outsmart Harry Weinhead, the wily businessman and student of the game? Can you humiliate Boris Krinkle, the tough guy with a heart of pure lead? Can you groove with Theodore Dudebrough, slacker extraordinaire and just plain cool dude? Can you even understand Grandma Shaky, the eccentric old coot who may be more dangerous than she looks? Even if you've never played Texas Hold'em before, you'll learn everything you need to know, and you'll laugh learning it. Version 1.3 includes unspecified updates.

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