By Great Game Products, Inc.
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Rated "A" by the American Contract Bridge League
Internet READY!!! Play Online with your partner against the computer or players from around the Globe.
iPad READY!!! Play some serious bridge with your iPhone / iPod and iPad.
iBridgeBaron is based on the best-selling computer bridge game Bridge Baron, and is using its bidding and play engine, which has won Five World Computer Bridge Championships.
Save game on exit; load last game or start a new one
Over 2 billion deals
Tournaments from ACBL, Cavendish and ABF
Save game on exit; load last game or start a new one
Play deals with all cards face up
Vocal Bidding hints with explanation when playing by yourself or Playing with others
Vocal Play hints at any time
Choose static or rotating dealer
Choose who gets the best hand
Choose what kind of deal you want to play: Slam , Game , No Trump or Part Score Deal
iBB 3 new features:
- Online tables stays when the host goes
- Uses the latest Bridge Baron engine
- Force a call or play
- Create your own deals and save them
- Block particular players from joining your table
- Vocal hints
- Extra French, German and Spanish card sets
- Improved buddy management
- Includes Bridge Baron Teacher (Lessons via In-App purchases iPAD ONLY)
- Access to all 70+ tournaments with $15/year subscription.
- Improved online play stability over bad networks
Included bidding systems:
- Standard American 5-card Majors
- Standard American Yellow Card
- La Majeure Cinquieme
- Forum D
Each system has Basic, Intermediate and Advanced options, controlling the number of bidding conventions played. Each flavor can be further customized to match your knowledge and skill, you can choose from ~100 bidding conventions.
Adjust your signaling arrangements. Bridge Baron have 3 generic signaling arrangements, each can be customized and used for North/ South or East / West partnerships.
To customize a convention card or signaling arrangement, just click the INFO 'i' button next to it's name.
The 'i' button is very good friend, it explains screens, conventions and signals.
The computer also plays and hints at three levels : Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced
Bidding interpretation, take back and claiming at any time.
Full review of how you and Bridge Baron played hands in Duplicate mode.
You can play with your friends and foes, even if they are on the other side of planet Earth.
What's New in Version 3.52
iOS 7 related update: Fixes missing images for 6H and 6NT calls.
Leads when in Duplicate Mode
First I want to say that I have used Bridge Baron for many years and have found it fun and challenging; however, until recently I have only played it against two computer opponents and a computer partner. Now with the Ipad version I use it to play with a human partner against two computer opponents, always using the duplicate mode to get a better idea of how well the hand was bid and played. I have found this comparison to be not as helpful as it could be when the human side has won the bid. Even when all options are set identically and hands are bid identically, I almost always find the computer's opening lead different in the playback Duplicate mode than the one where it is played against humans. This difference makes comparing play less than ideal and needs to be addressed. Still this couple system that my wife and I now play is something I have dreamed of doing for decades, ever since the very first bridge programs were developed. I will continue to be an enthusiast for BridgeBaron.
Bidding is non-deterministic
Unfortunately, Bridge Baron either peeks and uses knowledge from human played hands in its replay or its bidding is non-deterministic (the bidding and even the play sequences are different when I play and when the computer plays the same hand for duplicate scoring. Here is the situation in duplicate play:
1) I am South. The bidding goes in a certain sequence. I make certain bids.
2) Computer replays the hand for duplicate scoring. It starts with the same opening bids, and then bids the same bid that I bid when I bid my hand. So far we have the exact same bidding sequence in 1) and 2). At this point the computer makes a totally different bid than in 1) and because of this achieves a higher score.
Good game, but really needs an update
When you pay $20 for an app, is it too much to ask for the app to be updated? This one is using iOS 6 UI controls, and is not optimized for the latest devices. It looks terrible and could really benefit from a visual refresh.
As for gameplay, it's smoother on the iPad version but not bad on the phone. My biggest complaint is the computer partner, who seems to make some questionable (aggressive) bidding choices. I also feel like the computer opponents consistently get better deals over many hands, but that could be me not keeping track of my good hands.
Overall I'm happy with the app, I just wish it got some TLC from the developers, especially considering what they charge for it.
- Category: Games
- Updated: Oct 11, 2013
- Version: 3.52
- Size: 25.6 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Great Game Products, Inc.
- © 1998-2013 Great Game Products, Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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