iHearts - Hearts Card Game
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Classic game of hearts
Each heart won in a trick scores 1 penalty point against the player winning the trick, and the player winning a trick containing the queen of spades scores 13 penalty points. Therefore, there are 26 penalty points in each deal. The game ends when one player reaches 100 points. Player with the fewest penalty points wins.
Take Em All
If one player takes all the penalty cards on one deal, 26 penalty points can be added to each of the other three players' scores. Attempting to take em all is a risky strategy, failure to capture even one of the penalty cards will result in the remaining penalty points (as many as 25) being added to one's score.
Good first effort
Good first effort. I want to commend the developer for taking the time to make this app and make it available for free. Having said that, I have a number of suggestions for improvement. 1. My number one gripe is the arbitrary one-second delay as the computer throws each card. If you've added this delay on purpose, get rid of it. It is highly annoying. Let the computer go as fast as it can go. 2. As others have said, alternate red-black suits in displaying the player's hand. 3. As others have said, disallow point card on first trick. 4. As others have said, need a way to see which cards were passed to me. Leave them sticking up until I push a button to say "OK". 5. Need a way to unselect a card I've selected for passing if I change my mind (prior to passing it, of course). 6. Passing traditionally goes left-right-across-keep, not clockwise. 7. Do not display points taken by each player during a hand. This is one of the challenges of the game: remembering who has taken points. 8. Improve the computer's strategy. This is probably an incremental kind of thing. Keep better track of what has been played so you can make better decisions. For instance, Microsoft Hearts occasionally leads with the queen of spades precisely because the implementation knows that all the spades have been played EXCEPT for the ace and or king. In general, I would encourage you to emulate Microsoft Hearts. While I'm no fan of MS, their implementation of Hearts is very well done.
Card Sorting...done incorrectly...
Cards should be sorted in your hand using alternate colors: Red-Black-Red-Black. All of the black cards are to the left and alll red cards to the right. Of course, as many card players know, this makes it much easier to miss a card in a suit since you may look at the cards and not notice at a glance that the suit changed if the cards happen to be low in one suit and high in the other. You must go through a two-step process to play a card: Choose the card and then touch an tellow arrow button. It would have been nicer to be able to use a finger swipe to flick the card and play it. That is, you shoudl be able to move your finger left-right to choose the card and then flick up to play the card. That would be more natural. Sound effects would be nice. I know they are not required, but they help you notice when things have changed.
The app is simply not fully functional; for example it's customary that hearts cannot be broken on the first round. In this app, however, if you have no clubs you can drop the queen of spades or a heart on someone. It's difficult to see the difference between spades and clubs at a glance, so the cards should be organized with hearts or diamonds between the two black suits instead of the black suits side by side. It's also difficult to tell which cards were passed to you, as they simply appear in your hand. Nor is there any way to take back a card if you push it forward and then decide not to pass it after all. Additionally the AI is inadequate, and often appears to try to shoot the moon even when a heart has already been taken by another player. Either that, or the AI simply doesn't consistently realize hearts are to be avoided. This app needs a lot of work.
- Category: Games
- Released: Nov 14, 2008
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 0.1 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Roger Lichfield
- © 2008 DMBC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 2.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.