BY DANNY GONZALEZ
A new puzzle app with an interesting name is becoming a hidden gem on the Apple app store. Based off of Open Face Chinese Poker (OFC), “Spicy Pineapple” is a new game for the iOS and Android platforms, recently updated on March 29.
In “Spicy Pineapple,” a player will play online against a maximum of four other players. The players have a blank board in front of them, consisting of a bottom and middle row of five empty spaces and a top row of three. Each player will get dealt the 13 same cards, in a sequence of five cards, then three sequences of three. Players then place 10 of the 13 cards into the spaces, and try to create a better board than their opponents.
The objective of the game is to put the best hand on the bottom, second best hand in the middle, and third best on the top. If hands are placed out of order, a foul and a point penalty will be given.
The game is extremely difficult to pick up at first, and requires a lot of strategy. However, the game becomes fun and addictive once players learn how to play and begin to rake in big wins.
Points are given out to players in the form of pineapples. A new user starts out automatically with 3,200 pineapples to play with. It is difficult, however, to create a decent pineapple count after starting out with such a small number.
In a match, a player risks 10 pineapples per each point earned or lost. For example, a player with a hand that gets 10 points will add 100 pineapples to their pineapple count. There are also 50 pineapple-per-point matches for more experienced players.
The actual gameplay is fun, but the app has a few kinks that need to be worked out. Many times the app tends to lag while in the middle of a hand, and will not allow the player to place the cards in the correct position.
Other than quick matches, players can participate in hourly tournaments that pay out pineapples to the top finishers. Each tournament has a guaranteed prize pool of 50,000 pineapples. The tournaments are the best feature on the app, as making a deep run or winning a tournament is a satisfactory experience.
At its core, “Spicy Pineapple” is an entertaining and strategic puzzle game that has the capability of becoming one of the most popular apps on the app store. However, minor bugs and lagging issues need to be fix in order for the app to further succeed.