Joseph Ford, Thunderbolt writes:
Unlikely genre mash-ups have a long (if not particularly illustrious) history in gaming. By all means bask in those memories of fighting off the undead with your speed typing, but do spare a thought for those who had Mario as a teacher. The quality of a given mash-up can never be determined through its concept alone, however, meaning that 5 Card Hero’s pitch (“poker meets Pokemon”) tells us nothing about the game that has sprouted from it. If it is to be judged, it must be judged solely on its execution.