Just Deal With It is a new offering in Sony’s Playlink series of games, this is a series of games that use your smartphone as a controller and can offer a party experience with everyone having their own controller.
Having your own screen is obviously important when playing local multiplayer in any card game as your opponent not knowing your hand is the whole point. The game offers 5 different card games like Texas hold’em, blackjack and rummy on offer and there is an attempt to add a sort of party game style spin on things with you having access to sabotage style power ups that will help you to annoy the people you are playing against.
You can play with up to 8 people, each needing their own device. For this review, I had to twist my wife’s arm to play it with me to help me get the review done. She didn’t enjoy it. Ultimately like me, she just felt “yeah, it’s cards”, it doesn’t really have enough silliness to be a good party game. Something like Knowledge Is Power works well as a party game, everyone enjoys a good quiz especially with a few people, I just don’t feel this title has that.
You can also play online but try as I might I could not get a match. However, I will say playing online kind of defeats the purpose of the whole Playlink gimmick. When you are playing cards Vs, someone, online why would you need the 2nd screen, they can’t see your cards anyway so at that point it’s just like every other online card game except with annoying little power-ups.
You would have to be really, really into card games to enjoy this for any more than a one-off experience. Most people that play it with you will likely get bored and not want to play you when you ask again. There is nothing to lose when playing because when you go bankrupt the game lets you constantly buy back in, so before you know it everyone has gone full tilt and is going all in over and over.
I guess there is only so much you can do with the Playlink series of games but I don’t see me playing this again.
*Code kindly provided by the publisher for review*