Demo Allows Seven (7) Days of Unlimited Free Play
In Arctic Stud Poker Run, you tool around a snowy landscape in a snowmobile. You and your opponents start from the same point, and each must end at the finish line, but you aren't constrained to a linear path. At various points in the play area are poker cards, which you can "pick up" by driving through them. When the game ends--after three minutes, that is--the player with the best poker hand who has succeeded in reaching the finish line is the winner.
However, you can also pick up weapons--guns and missiles--and use them to attack your opponents. A successful attack may blow the target off his vehicle, meaning he loses time, but may also knock one or more cards out of his hand--and if you're swift and nearby, you can grab that card before he recovers it. So it isn't just a matter of being first to the finish--indeed, that may not be to your advantage. You might want to hang around near the finish line and attack people with better hands, for instance.
You can play Arctic Stud Poker Run by yourself, but it's really designed to be played multiplayer, for quick and (often) humorous pick-up games. The developer runs dedicated servers, or you can host your own games, either over the Internet or a LAN. Indeed, this is an excellent LAN-party game.
Scads of levels, humorous characters, multi-game tournaments, and, well, just lots of stuff here.
About the Developer
Brian Colin and Jeff Nauman are serious old-school game developers, active in the industry since 1981. They've done all sorts of games, but are best known for their work in stand-alone arcade games--among their credits are for Xenophobe, Rampage and Demolition Derby. And if you've dropped quarters on the slots recently, you may have experienced their work as well, as they've designed scads of slot machines, too. Today, as with many other game developers dissatisfied with the constraints of the conventional market, they have turned to independent games as an outlet for their creative energies.
The Arctic Stud MUSIC VIDEO, A Tom Waits parody(?)