|Digital Release:||Xbox 360
February 6, 2008 (EU, JP, US)
|Delisting:||June 12, 2017|
|Developer:||Void Star Creations|
|Links:||Added to Xbox One BC
Xbox.com page [Archive]
Xbox Support page
Poker Smash was delisted on Xbox 360 (and Xbox One backward compatibility) on June 12th, 2017. The game was added to Xbox One backward compatibility in March of 2017 but by June a message was delivered to players who bought the game or made an in-game purchase explaining that it was being removed. As compensation, those players were issued refunds and sent a download code for a free copy of Hexic 2.
“Poker Smash is no longer available in the Xbox One Backward Compatibility program and so is no longer playable on Xbox One. It can still be enjoyed on Xbox 360, where your achievements and game progress will carry over.”
The last active capture of the game’s Xbox.com page was on June 12th, 2017 but at that time only the free trial was available. The last confirmed capture where the game was available to buy was over a year earlier on February 26th, 2016. Poker Smash was later released on iOS and BlackBerry devices where it is also unavailable to play.
Outside of this messaging, Microsoft has not addressed the game’s removal. The developer, Void Star Creations, has been inactive for quite a few years (since 2014, after successfully getting the game Greenlit on Steam) so it seems unlikely the removal was tied to the studio shutting down.
About the Game
“Single Player, Xbox LIVE Multiplayer 2-4, Local Multiplayer 2, HD (High Definition). Unlock the full version of Poker Smash to experience seven unique game modes, eleven immersive environments, next-gen 3D graphics, original music, and innovative gameplay. Hone your skills, earn achievements, show off your prowess in LIVE multiplayer tournaments, compete with your friends, and see how you stack up in the Poker Smash community! This game requires the Xbox 360 hard drive or the 512MB Memory Unit for storage.“