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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.

Good, but not 5 stars

I'm really glad that this app is available. As a life time fan of rook, this is a close version to the original. With that being said, it needs some work. There are 3 things wrong with this app. 1) The AI partner will not throw points. He likes to keep those until the very end and we usually don't get them. 2) I did the math, the computers get the Bird 90%+ of the time. It's very hard to set someone and win a bid when I never get it. 3) The AI opponents never bid 90 or above without the Bird....ever. How can I expect to set them if they never bid high. And how do they know their partner doesn't have it?? There are a few minor things they happen also that I'm not going to write about. Overall, a good app that needs a little improvement.

Seems rigged, computer parter is an idiot

I've played it a good bit, and it doesn't follow normal Rook rules as I am used to. First and foremost, the AI always plays the Rook first if it wins the bid. In the version in used to, you can't lead with trump on the first trick.

Second, your partner (Zeus) is a moron. He doesn't point a trick you're obviously going to take, saves said point cards, and loses them to the opponent. Also, he's a wimp when it comes to bidding.

Third is it seems the computer opponents "communicate". It'll throw points on tricks that a real player wouldn't (because an opponent has a good chance of getting it), yet only does it when their partner ends up getting it.

Blackbird!
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.7.4
  • Size: 18.9 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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