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This is a no-ads version of the first and most popular pinochle app for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac. Play single- or double-deck with configurable options, including meld bids and shoot the moon. Pinochle Gold is updated frequently with user-suggested features and AI improvements. To try before you buy, see our free, ad-supported Pinochle app.
Pinochle is a card game played with a 48- or 80-card deck of 9s, 10s, jacks, queens, kings and aces. The game consists of a repeating sequence of bidding (for the right to name the trump suit and optionally to pass cards), melding, and trick-taking. Players score points by melding various card combinations and by taking tricks.
In this version, one human player (South) plays with a computer partner (North) and two computer opponents (West and East).
BIDDING: Each player bids the number of points she thinks she can make with her hand. Player to the dealer's left is required to bid, and bidding proceeds to the left. Players who pass are out of the bidding for that hand. A typical high bid is 35 points (for 48 cards) or 60 (for 80 cards). High bidder names the trump suit for the hand and optionally exchanges cards with her partner.
MELDING: Players get points by showing various card combinations. A run (or straight) in the trump suit is worth 15 points. Aces in all four suits is 10 points. Pinochle (queen of spades and jack of diamonds) is 4 points, or 30 points for double pinochle (two of each).
TRICKS: Play begins with the high bidder, and proceeds around the table to the left, 4 cards per trick. Each trick has a winner, who gets 1 point per ace, ten or king.
SCORING: If the high bidder fails to make the bid (his team's total meld plus trick points is less than the bid), the bid amount is subtracted from the team score. Play continues until one team goes out.
(This edition is functionally identical to the no-ads app called Pinochle Plus.)
What's New in Version 3.5.3
Mediocre game that needs a lot of work.
I've been playing this game for quite a while now and it really lacks a lot. Let me put it this way; if my computer partner was a real pinochle partner I would've reached over the table and slapped him several hundred times by now. The game lacks the intelligence needed to be a game that is useful and enjoyable. The game makes several very obvious mistakes. For example the computer partner will open at 26 and when you pass, it passes the very next turn. It shouldn't be bidding if it can't be a second time. It's amateur pinochle. There are many mistakes like that being made in this game and they need to be corrected before this game is really considered a good game. The programmers have a lot of work to do. If you don't mind getting frustrated by stupid plays and bids, you like the game.
Finally a pinochle game by someone who knows how to play it! Let's you set some scoring specifics which is good with the many variations out there you can get the game you're used to playing with friends. Now I can practice - good job.
Could be more fun
I bought the upgrade but it was no better. The other players consistently get more meld. Some bidding patterns constantly repeat. Not a bad app, but it should be so much better. Best was when other team didn't bid then had a run in my trump.
- Category: Games
- Updated: May 19, 2015
- Version: 3.5.3
- Size: 14.2 MB
- Languages: English, German
- Seller: fishdog.net, LLC
- © 2009-2015 fishdog.net, LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.