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Blackbird!

By R. Don Wilson

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.

Description

This game is similar to the classic ROOK® card game*.

Compete against the computer in this classic trick-taking game. Bid aggressively for the chance to declare trump. Take tricks with pointers to reach your bid or you’ll get set!

Play with two widely different rule sets (Kentucky Discard or Western Wyoming) or create your own set of rules to play with any of these options that can be on or off:
• Include 1's worth 15 points
• Low/high/10.5 Blackbird card
• Remove the Blackbird card
• Allow Blackbird card to be played anytime
• Winning bidder leads the first trick
• Red 1 worth 30 points
• Adjustable game winning score
• Bonus for taking most tricks
• and more!

Get awarded when you complete achievements and challenge your friends to complete them. Have fun looking at all of the statistics that are tracked so that you can analyze how you play.

Coming soon:
• Multiplayer - play with your friends!


* This is not in any way endorsed by or affiliated with Hasbro, Inc. ROOK® is a registered trademark of Hasbro, Inc.

What's New in Version 1.7.5

Minor AI improvements and bug fixes.

Since iOS 10, the multiplayer hasn't worked. I'm really sorry for this. I'm actively working on a solution for this!

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Customer Reviews

Falls short

You'll pull your hair out in frustration at this game. It's impossible to beat an opponent that knows what cards you're holding. It's obvious in this game that the logarithm doesn't randomly "deal" cards. Your opponent magically has the cards they need to set you. If you bid 90 without the Rook they almost always have it. Then they will "magically" lead with the one 14 you don't have. Then their partner "magically" has the 10 of that suit and you are already set. It's cheating and that's frustrating.

Also, no human would play as stupidly as your partner "Zeus." Your opponents aren't so stupid. They make the plays for each other that your partner is too stupid to make. (For instance, realizing the card you just played is the highest left in the suit and playing points.) There is no random distribution of cards. The majority of the time your computer opponents will get the better cards. Add to that the stupidity of your partner and you'll be screaming at the app as I am prone to do.

I would love for the algorithm to be changed to randomly distribute cards, for the computer intelligence to increase, and for you to be able to change partners.

Just a few more enhancements needed...

This is a great app but the level of excitement could be raised with the following options: (1) being able to choose your partner's level of aggressiveness. "Conservative" would eliminate complaints that your partner overbids you, the more aggressive settings would not let the bid go to the opponents for under 125 points & THROW POINTS when it's obvious you might take the trick; (2) allow your partner to call trumps when you take the bid and have an equal number of cards in each color. The penalty is that the bid is automatically raised by 5 points; (3) allow the option to "Shoot the Moon" and win the game if you play a perfect hand (perfect being defined as either taking every point, or to make it even more difficult, taking every trick). The last two options are popular in East Tennessee where I grew up playing Rook. Thanks again for developing this app!

Not Perfect...

Opposing Partners know what cards each has... it is hard to beat stacked cards but still fun when you can... It makes winning better... Need to be able to make the ROOK worth 10 Points... It is an easier advantage to the winning bidder when the ROOK is 20 points... I have played ROOK for 65 years and am now 76 YOA... ALWAYS made The ROOK worth 10 Points so that the Winning Bidder does not have a one sided Advantage...
Still giving 5 Stars because it is closer to playing Real ROOK than Hearts or Spades where the Cards are Stacked even worse.... Make Rook 10 Points and this Game will be close to perfect....

Blackbird!
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.7.5
  • Size: 15.8 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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