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Blackbird!

By R. Don Wilson

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Description

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

Compete against your friends and/or 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 your friends online or play with other people around the world using Game Center!

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:
• More rules customizations


* 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 1.7.4

• It will teach you how to change trump if you tap the wrong one accidentally
• Minor improvements to the computer's playing skills
• Fix for fetching themes
• Other minor bug fixes

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Customer Reviews

Falls short

This IS Rook for all they call it "Blackbird." I'm not sure how they can legally sell it.

Anyway, as many other reviewers have said the biggest downfall of this game is the computer intelligence. No human would play as stupidly as your partner "Zeus." And the game is rigged in favor of the computer. They make the playoffs lays for each other 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.

I've waited a long time for this!

Update: And it keeps getting better. The developer keeps on adding great updates. I love it!

Finally a Rook game in the App Store! And it's good! The AI is fun and the number of variations on the rule set is stellar! Practically every house rule I've run up against is in there. Excellent job! I have had it on my iDevice since it came out and it is still there; I play it at least weekly.

Love game but needs tweaking

I love this game! However the partner playing needs some help. Like when you are trying to draw the bird or the high card 1 out and your partner won't play it. Or the other team called what color trump is and they lead out with a lower trump and your partner plays next and throws out a 1 or 14 of another color and you lose the hand along with the points your partner just threw away.

Blackbird!
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.7.4
  • Size: 15.1 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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